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Asheville area arts news include watercolor event, new exhibits



6/12/2012 - Asheville area arts news include watercolor event, new exhibits
by Asheville Citizen Times

Watercolor event this Wednesday

 The Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Western Region, will host an art event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday at the N.C. Governor's Western Residence, 45 Patton Mountain Road on Town Mountain.

 Artist Kate Worm from the Hickory Art Museum will demonstrate her painting techniques in a new watercolor painting with a live model. Worm won the top award in the 2011 State Watercolor Show and Exhibit.

Also featured will be a presentation by Erin Tapley, associate professor of art education at Western Carolina University. A catered luncheon by Brown Bag Gourmet will be served.

Cost is $25, or $20 for members. RSVP by Monday to Kathy Gagnon at 693-6598 or kathy

'Fiore/Drawing' opens at art museum

The Asheville Art Museum will open the exhibition "Fiore/Drawing" with a public reception 5-7 p.m. Friday at the museum at Pack Place, downtown. It's free with museum admission.

The show surveys the drawings of late American artist Joseph A. Fiore (1925-2008) across his 50-year career and will remain on view through Sept. 30. Fiore spent time at Black Mountain College in the 1940s and '50s.

Jeweler, painter Tanner shows work

Waynesville painter and jewelry artist Kel Tanner has 45 of her original oil and acrylic paintings, a group of gicleè prints on canvas and 48 sets of her one-of-a-kind jewelry on exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City through July 24.

The paintings include realistic portraits, figures, animals, landscapes and still lifes. Her jewelry brand is called Only 1 and incorporates semiprecious stones, silver and unique designs.

A reception will be held July 22 immediately following a 3 p.m. piano and bassoon concert; both events are free. To learn more, call 488-7843 or visit

Concert spotlights Asheville composers

Original works by Asheville composers Robert Glenn Palmer, Matthew Richmond, Mario Gaetano, Austin Harris, Jason DeChristofaro and Ron Lambe will be featured at a free concert at 3 p.m. June 17 at St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St., off South Charlotte Street at Max Street.

A free-will offering will be collected for the restoration of the historic church.

Learn woodturning in Tryon

Just in time for Father's Day, Tryon Arts and Crafts School is hosting a one day beginning to intermediate woodturning workshop with instructor Chris Carroll, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the craft school, 373 Harmon Field Road.

Students will learn how to use a lathe and other tools to create a one-of-a-kind wood bowl. Bring lunch; materials will be supplied. Minimum age is 14.

Advance registration is required. Contact 859-8323 or tryonartsand To learn more, visit

Art in Bloom is next weekend

Local musicians Joe and Karen Holbert will join next weekend's Art in Bloom events at an Appalachian music concert also featuring Doug and Darcy Orr at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. Tickets are $20 and available at the center, or call 669-0930.

The Gala Preview Party for the weekend will be at 6 p.m. Thursday ($30), and the Cottage Garden Tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($15).

Art in Bloom is a fundraiser for the center. To learn more, visit

The center is also now registering students for its summer camps, June 25-29. Summer Arts Camp, for grades K-3, meets 9 a.m.-noon, and Summer Drama/Music Camp, for grades 4-7, meets 1-4 pm. Tuition is $100; advance deposit required. Call 669-0930.

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