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1/30/2012 - Asheville arts news and events
by Asheville Citizen Times

 Artist Gayle Ray will host an opening reception for her painting exhibit 4-6 p.m. Friday at Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood St.

 Ray says her art explores "how we are all connected to one another ... Whether (I'm) painting a mother with her child, trees dancing together or lovers intertwined, they all have a longing to connect with each other."

The exhibit includes pieces created with a Valentine's theme.

Blue Ridge Orchestra concert

The Blue Ridge Orchestra will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St., Asheville.

David L. Foster will be featured on the organ, performing music by Albinoni, Haydn and Saint-Saëns, accompanied by the orchestra.

Hastings show in Black Mountain

"A Blue Ridge Rhapsody," an exhibit of the landscape oil paintings of Charlotte-based artist Paul Hastings, is running at Seven Sisters Gallery, 117 Cherry St., Black Mountain, through March 11.

Hastings creates exaggerated perspectives by using shadows and highlights to suggest an almost surreal space, often in large-scale works.

Also in Black Mountain, an opening reception will be held 3-4 p.m. Feb. 5 for an exhibit featuring Robert Tynes, painter, and Megan Wolfe, ceramist, at the Upper Gallery of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Both artists are art department faculty at UNC Asheville.

To learn more, call 669-0930 or visit

App State joins Boone Art Crawl

Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, 423 W. King St., Boone, is welcoming the winter season with the celebration of six new exhibitions 7-9 p.m. Friday, as part of Boone's First Friday Art Crawl. View the artworks, meet the artists and enjoy live music and a cash bar.

Among the featured artists are Robert Goodnough, the late Artine and Teddy Artinian, father and son Mario and Richard Prisco and department of art faculty. To learn more, call 262-3017 or visit

UNCA debuts bent wood exhibit

"Torqued & Twisted" is the new exhibition at UNC Asheville's Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 1181 Broyles Road, Hendersonville. The show explores the work of nine U.S. furniture makers and sculptors.

An opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. Feb. 10, and the exhibit continues through June. Tom Loeser will give a keynote talk, "Not the Straight and Narrow: Diverse Pathways to Bending Wood," at 7 p.m. March 15 in UNCA's Owen Hall, on the Asheville campus, in Room 302. There will also be a gallery talk 1-2 p.m. March 16. All events are free and open to the public.

Aquila Theatre Company arrives

The Aquila Theatre Company, directed by Peter Meineck, presents back-to-back performances of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" and Shakespeare's "Macbeth" next weekend at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville.

"Earnest" will be at 8 p.m. Friday and "Macbeth" at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35, $30 for students, $12 for ages 12 and younger. Student rush on the day of each show is $10. Call 257-4530 or visit

Ticket holders may also enjoy pre-show discussions at 7 p.m. before each show in The Forum at Pack Place. Aquila will also present "Macbeth" as part of the Mainstage Young Audiences Series at 10 a.m. Feb. 6. To learn more, contact Rae Geoffrey at 210-9837 or

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