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Asheville art scene has a busy week coming, including Art Walk downtown



5/29/2012 - Asheville art scene has a busy week coming, including Art Walk downtown
by Asheville Citizen Times

Grovewood Gallery hosts sculpture show beginning Saturday

Grovewood Gallery, 111 Grovewood Road, is hosting its annual Sculpture for the Garden exhibition, opening Saturday and running through December. The outdoor sculpture invitational features contemporary sculptures ranging from playful pieces for the home or garden to works for public spaces and corporate settings.

The opening reception, free and open to the public, will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Asheville artist Stefan "Steebo" Bonitz will lead a tour through the gardens beginning at 11 a.m.

To learn more, visit or call 253-7651.

Downtown Art Walk is Friday

The next Art Walk sponsored by the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association will be 5-8 p.m. Friday. Participating are 23 downtown venues, all listed on the Downtown Gallery Guide, with a map, available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce or Pack Place.

The gallery 16 Patton has two exhibitions opening Friday and running through July 1 with a free opening reception during the art walk. The shows are "Laurie Adams: Connections," featuring figurative oil paintings, and "Charles Philip Brooks: North Carolina Pastoral," featuring tonalist landscape oils. To learn more, call 236-2889 or visit

The opening reception for "The Colors of Art" will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Front Gallery at Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. The featured artists are painter Jane Voorhees and potter Julie Calhoun-Roepnack. To learn more, call 254-9234.

3 days of art in Black Mountain

AnTHM Galleries, 100 1/2 W. State St. in Black Mountain, is hosting several events this week in its hometown:

o First Fridays at the Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., return 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday as well as July 5, Aug. 3 and subsequent first Fridays. The monthly social and salon includes drink specials, appetizers, live music and art by AnTHM artists and other local talents. Jackson Hammack's mixed-media works are featured this month at the hotel.

o The Black Mountain Ale House is now showing the abstract oil paintings of Swannanoa's Sally Sweetland. An artist reception will be 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the tavern, at 117C Cherry St.

o AnTHM Town Arts presents new works by local artists Annie Singletary (ceramics), Missy Corrales (photography), Rebecca Becker (jewelry) and Jamie Rischitelli (floral acrylics) at a free reception noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.

To learn more about these events, call 419-0049 or visit

June workshops set

The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League is sponsoring a three-day workshop with watercolorist Tom Jones, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4-6 at Red House Studios, 310 W. State St., Black Mountain. The cost is $310, or $275 for members. To register, contact Sharon Sandel at 645-5338 or

Richard Christian "Rich" Nelson will be teaching a five-day portrait painting workshop 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11-15 at Skyuka Fine Art gallery, 133 N. Trade St., Tryon. Artists will work from life. The class is open to all media, but oil will be emphasized. The cost is $500. To learn more or register, contact or 859-0318. See Nelson's art at

Ceramics show debuts, including online

Crimson Laurel Gallery, 23 Crimson Laurel Way, Bakersville, will present "Juice: Ceramics by Noah Riedel" beginning Friday. A free artist reception will be at 6 p.m. Saturday. The show may be viewed -- and items purchased -- online beginning Friday. To learn more, call 688-3599 or visit

Craft as Object exhibition now open

HandMade in America is hosting the exhibition "Craft as Object" in its downtown office gallery, 125 S. Lexington Ave, Suite 101 (enter on Hilliard Avenue), through Aug. 17.

The show includes 25 objects made of traditional craft materials -- clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and recycled materials -- by Western North Carolina artists.

"The craft object is a fundamental expression of human values and human achievement that transcends special boundaries as well as social, political and religious beliefs," Gwynne Rukenbrod, HandMade's executive director, said. "Craft objects offer meaningful examples of our shared heritage as human beings."

Ruth Ilg is artist of the month

The Asheville Gallery of Art's featured artist for June is Ruth Ilg. A free opening reception for the artist will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 16 College St.

The exhibition, "Meditazioni," features new paintings describing a personal, meditative journey of color, form and texture. The show will be up through June 30. To learn more, call 251-5796 or visit www.ashevillegallery-

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