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Asheville area art openings, classical concerts and gallery events



6/18/2012 - Asheville area art openings, classical concerts and gallery events
by Asheville Citizen Times

Flowers reveal their secrets

 "Allure: The Secret Life of Flowers" opens Thursday at West One Salon with a reception with Asheville photographer Julie McMillan of Silver Birch Studio Photography.

 The free event is 7-9 p.m. at the salon, 372 Depot St., in the River Arts District. The exhibit runs through Aug. 15. 

A portion of sales from this installation of all-new original photography -- printed on metal to provide clarity, luminescence and image quality -- will benefit the Hope Chest for Women, a nonprofit assisting Western North Carolina women with breast or gynecological cancers. A fundraising auction will be held at the opening.

McMillan's commitment to the Hope Chest's cause stems from family experience, having lost her mother, Denise McMillan, to ovarian cancer two years ago.

"My mother supported the Hope Chest for Women and their work, so I hope sharing my photographs through this show will continue that legacy," McMillan said. "If this can help one woman in need in WNC or educate one woman to detect her cancer early enough for effective treatment, then I'm thrilled."

McMillan's photographs explore aspects of flowers with a macro lens, revealing details not usually seen at a casual glance. To learn more, call 606-4086 or visit www.silverbirchstudio. com.

2 concerts at St. Matthias June 24

Two concerts are set for June 24 at St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St., off South Charlotte Street at Max Street:

o The 41-piece Land of the Sky Symphonic Band will perform at 3 p.m. under the direction of Dave Wilken.

o Aaron Brown and Kimberly Cann, double-bassist and pianist-organist will perform at 5 p.m. The married musicians will play works by Bach, Piazzolla, Faure and Vaughan Williams, among others.

Both concerts are free, although a free-will offering will be collected for the artists and the restoration of the historic church. To learn more, call 285-0033.

Tryon Gallery Trot next weekend

The Tryon Downtown Development Association will present the next Tryon Gallery Trot 5-8 p.m. Saturday in the scenic Polk County downtown. Join 11 participating galleries, businesses and restaurants for opening art receptions, music and special events.

Participating are Richard Baker's Studio, The Book Shelf, Bravo Outdoor Marketplace & Interior Design, Green River Gallery (featuring works by Charles Harpt and Michael Bedoian), Kathleen's, New View Realty, The Pine Crest Inn, Skyuka Fine Art, Tryon Painters & Sculptors (hosting a recpetion for artist Joan Murphy), Upstairs Artspace and Vines & Stuff.

To learn more, find Tryon Gallery Trot on Facebook, visit or email Kim Nelson at

'Aqueous' opens in Black Mountain

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St., will hold an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday for "Aqueous," a collaborative exhibit exploring movement and transition from artists at Asheville BookWorks. The show will be up through July 27.

The exhibit focuses on handmade paper and the topic of water -- things that contain, are dissolved in or consist primarily of water, or to rocks and deposits that are formed from material carried by water.

To learn more, visit and or call the center at 669-0930.

Crossnore presents Daniel Ambrose

The Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery is exhibiting new work by Daniel Ambrose through the end of the month and will host a free public reception with the artist 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

"His work in oil and egg tempera is exceptional, and we are elated that Daniel has chosen to showcase his work in the gallery to benefit the Crossnore children," said Heidi Fisher, manager of the gallery.

The Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery is at 205 Johnson Lane on The Crossnore School campus, occupying the upstairs in Crossnore Weavers: A Working Museum. The gallery supports the school's Stepping Stones program, which helps students transition from foster care to independent living. To learn more, visit or call 733-4305.

Paintings invoke ancient ceremony

Now on exhibit at the Conn-Artist Studios & Art Gallery in Atha Plaza, 611 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, is "Deeper Than Dreams: Archetypal Visions and Healing," featuring works by Rowan Farrell.

The show will be up through Sept. 15. "Rowan's vivid paintings embrace the depth of the nurturing, sacred and spiritual wisdom of our foremothers," the gallery said in a statement. "These images of healing and soul retrieval remind us of our spiritual place in the world and our connection to all that is."

Farrell is a recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant from the N.C. Arts Council, administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County. To learn more, visit: or call 329-2918.

Café now open at Stecoah

The Schoolhouse Café at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is now open in the main building and serves lunch, fresh baked goods, coffee and snacks 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

Café patrons can enjoy free high-speed wireless Internet and outdoor seating on the deck or grounds. The Artisan Gallery at Stecoah is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday and features hand-crafted items from more than 135 local artists.

The center at 121 Schoolhouse Road in the Stecoah Community between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. To learn more, call 479-3364 or visit

RiverLink seeks vendors for RiverFest

RiverLink is now accepting applications for vending space at the 13th annual RiverFest and Anything That Floats Parade on Aug. 11 at French Broad River Park on Amboy Road in Asheville.

RiverLink is seeking vendors with an emphas is on local products, services, foods and traditions and a "shared love of our natural resources." RiverLink is a nonprofit working to revitalize the French Broad River as a place for everyone to live, work and play.

The festival will feature live music, variety acts, the Anything That Floats Parade on the river, kids area, food, beer, other beverages and vendors. An estimated 1,500 river lovers will attend.

The application deadline is July 27. Booth fees are $300 for food vendors, $200 for a commercial business, $100 for arts and crafts and $50 for nonprofits. To learn more, contact Curt Crowhurst at 400-4541 or

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