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5/7/2012 - Asheville area arts news and notes
by Living - Asheville Citizen Times

Muses of Terpsicorps show today

 Asheville's professional ballet company, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, and Michele Lee's Center Stage Dance Studio will come together at 7:30 p.m. today at the Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place, downtown.

 This third annual showing of young talent will include nine middle and high school dancers, called The Muses of Terpsicorps, who worked for months in classes and rehearsals to put on a mixed repertory program.

The program includes Heather Maloy's "Run Ragged," created for Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, as well as new contemporary and neo-classical works by Maloy and excerpts from classical works "Sleeping Beauty" and "Napoli."

Tickets are $12 at the door or call 257-4530 or visit Learn more at

Motherwell reception Thursday at museum

The Asheville Art Museum is exhibiting "The Essential Idea: Robert Motherwell's Graphic Works," through Aug. 26. The show highlights the groundbreaking work of the master printmaker and Abstract Expressionist.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will host a reception and guest lecture by Motherwell scholar Mary Ann Caws at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The event is free to members or with museum admission. Learn more at

Paper works at TC Arts Council

The Transylvania Community Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, is displaying an exhibit titled "Paper Works" through May 28. A public reception will be May 25 during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. To learn more, call 884-2787 or visit

3 galleries open at Mechanics Building

The Phil Mechanics Building, 109 Roberts St., in the River Arts District, celebrated three simultaneous openings Saturday as the Flood Gallery, Courtyard Gallery and Pump Gallery all welcomed new shows.

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The second-floor Flood Gallery is featuring "Reclaimed Art," works by Katie Chen, through May. Chen utilizes tiny pieces of color and texture she cuts from pages of donated magazines.

The Pump Gallery is presenting the body art of Olivia de Soria, who extracts sensual shapes and patterns from ordinary structures and found objects to create her wearable jewelry and body ornamentations. The show is open all month.

The Courtyard Gallery celebrated its grand reopening in expanded space on the top floor with works by painters including Stoshy, Jarrett Leone, Lisa Walraven, Cynthia Potter and Harold Black. The gallery also sells jewelry, puppets, Love Monsters, earrings, metal art and textiles by WNC craft-persons.

Learn how to sharpen pencils

Humorist David Rees, who has dubbed himself the world's only artisanal pencil sharpener, will appear Saturday at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., to present his book, "How to Sharpen Pencils."

According to the publisher, Patton Oswalt, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Gilbert and Spike Jonze "all own & love Rees's pencils." Rees' political cartoon "Get Your War On" appeared for years in Rolling Stone magazine. To learn more, call 254-6734.

Calling all artists

Artists should be aware of these opportunities:

o First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., Asheville, is looking for artists to display work in its public art gallery. Gallery shows hang for a month. Artists are welcome to sell their work while it's on display. Contact Gary Mitchell, minister of music and sacred arts at

o The City of Asheville Cultural Arts Division has posted application forms and guidelines for N.C. Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program grants online at Applications are due by 5 p.m. June 20.

Nonprofit arts groups are eligible to apply. Grant amounts range from $500-$5,000; about $45,000 will be awarded in Buncombe County for projects occurring through May 31, 2013. Winners will be announced in July.

Application forms and grant guidelines are also available at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts office in City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, fourth floor, during weekday business hours. To learn more, contact Diane Ruggiero at 259-5815 or

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