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Asheville area arts news, receptions, events



7/30/2012 - Asheville area arts news, receptions, events
by Asheville Citizen Times

Woolworth Walk offers 'Scenes'

 "Scenes Through a Window," an exhibition of paintings by Rob O'Sheeran, will be featured Aug. 1-31 at Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood St. A free opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the gallery, during Friday's downtown Art Walk, which runs 5-8 p.m. (Find a gallery guide during the event at any participating gallery.)

 A contemporary, eclectic artist, O'Sheeran uses bold, vibrant colors and recurring designs, often incorporating found objects and architectural salvage. His principal canvas is vintage glass windows, and his works come in all sizes and shapes. To learn more, call 254-9234.

Summer show for Swannanoa Valley

The annual Members Summer Exhibit of the Swannanoa Valley Arts League opens with a free public reception 2-4 p.m. Aug. 5 at the league's newly renovated home, Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 W. State St., Black Mountain, next to the Monte Vista Hotel.

The league includes 144 artists who work in media including oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, pencil, pen and ink, photography, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, mixed media, fiber art and collage. The summer exhibit will be juried by Constance E. Richards, the author and director of the Grand Bohemian Gallery in Asheville's Biltmore Village.

The gallery is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Learn more at or contact curator Susan Sinyai at susansinyaiart@

Celebrate animals in Brevard

"The Living Wild," a free photography lecture and digital presentation, will be offered by photographers Hal Looney and Bill Lea at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Transylvania County Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell St., in Brevard. A reception to meet the artists begins at 7 p.m.

The presentation is part of the council's monthlong celebration of animals. The exhibition "The Wild World of Animals" runs Aug. 8-31 at the council. Submissions will be accepted for the show through Aug. 6. The council show will also be part of the Brevard Gallery Walk, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 24. To learn more, call 884-2787 or visit

Learn to draw in Bryson City

The next Art League of the Smokies meeting will be 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Swain County Center for the Arts, 1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City.

The 83-minute DVD "Lee Hammonds's Lifelike Drawing," will be shown, covering how to draw a simple vase, furry dog, layered rose and textured pineapple using Hammond's blending technique. Anyone is welcome to attend free of charge.

To learn more, call 488-7843 or visit

Learn faux finishes in Waynesville

Join Teri Siewert of Wallchemy at Leapin' Frog Gallery 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday for a class on "Beginning Faux Finish" that will have you decorating your walls like a pro. Cost is $75, including all materials. To RSVP, call 456-8441.

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair comes to Burnsville next weekend

The 456th annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair will again transform Burnsville's town square into a paradise for craft lovers this Friday and Saturday.

More than 150 juried crafters and artisans will display works such as handmade quilts, jewelry, hand-turned wooden bowls, pottery, furniture, traditional mountain instruments, soaps and lotions and stained glass art. An ample variety of food vendors will also be present.

Live music will accompany shoppers from the bandstand. Scheduled acts include Road Tripp, Revolution Unseen, Doc Hill Bluegrass Band, Barn Burners Cloggers, Rob & Hannah Levin, Eva Kroon Pike, Ron & Minnie Powell & the Lucky Streak Band and Roberta Whiteside.

To learn more, call 682-7413 or visit

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