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Burlesque Brunch July 7 | To be held at THE BLOCK off Biltmore from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sun., July 7, 2019, this "monthly burlesque and bellydance show with a classic speakeasy feel" will be hostd by Queen April, reports More>

The Big Crafty art event July 14 | In its 11th year, The Big Crafty will be held Sun., July 14, 2019, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in downtown Asheville's Pack Square Park. It will feature 150 artists and crafters. For details, visit More>

Jan Havens'Independent Weed'


Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands July 18 – 21, 2019 | This incredible 72nd annual craft fair of the highest order will be held Thurs. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as on Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Asheville civic center (with the US Cellular Center sign), located at 87 Haywood Street in Downtown Asheville, NC, reports More>

Chihuly at the Biltmore May 17 – Oct. 7, 2018 | Amazing art exhibit at the Biltmore Estate, selection of Chihuly during the day, which is included in the standard admission. Special nightime showings of the Chihuly exhibit include additional fees, via More>

Downtown Asheville Art Galleries' free Art Walk Fri., June 1 | It's that lovely season for walking around downtown, and no better excuse is needed than for participating art galleries to open their doors wide on Friday, June 1, 2018. Psssst, pass it on: Take a walk through Momentum Gallery at 24 No. Lexington Ave. (and ask them about their additional and new 21,000 sq.ft. gallery to be located on Broadway). Momentum is living up to its big name with big talent to be exhibited in the coming months at a big 21,000 sq.ft. space (formerly Stuff Antiques) on Broadway next to the Mellow Mushroom. But live big today and visit Momentum on Lex, an exquisitely curated, stunning, must-see gallery for the serious art lover enjoying all the galleries participating in this summer and fall's upcoming Downtown Asheville's "First Fridays" Art Walks on June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, 2018, via More>

Southern Highlands Craft Fair returns July 20 - 22, 2018 | The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Guild will return to Downtown Asheville's U.S. Cellular Center (i.e., Asheville Civic Center) on July 20, 21 & 22, 2018. For details at More>


Second Saturdays in the River Arts District | The first Second Saturday event of 2018 will be held Mar. 10, and is open to the public with a wide variety of art demonstrations and parties: More>

New public sculpture to be added to Lexington Avenue |  The latest art installation to Downtown Asheville in 2018 will be located at 65 North Lexington Ave., reports the City of Asheville with details at More>


Zapow, a unique gallery of illustration, narrative and pop culture, has reopened at 150 Coxe Avenue in Downtown Asheville | | More>

Get on the bus * Photo: LaZoom Tours

Asheville Art Tour runs each Sat. at 11 a.m. throughout the summer  | Gabriel Shaffer, one of Asheville's finest artists, leads the tour on the funky LaZoom bus. What better way to enjoy the weekend? | More>

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Public invited to 'bus art' unveiling
Sat., Mar. 27, 11 a.m., at City/County Plaza

The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department along with the Public Art Board and the Transit Commission will host the unveiling of the "Art on Transit" buses on Sat., Mar. 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. in City/County Plaza in front of City Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Local artists Ray Noland, Naomi Johnson, and Nina Ruffini will each have their artwork appear on the buses as part of the City of Asheville’s “Art on Transit” Bus Graphics Program. The buses will remain wrapped with the art for at least four months and up to one year. The artful buses will be scheduled to travel along each of the city’s 24 bus routes.

The winning artists were selected by a five-member committee, who met in January to review design submittals by over 30 artists. The selections were approved unanimously by members of the City of Asheville Public Art Board at a special meeting on Jan. 29, 2010.

Norbert Irvine's “Tipsy Cake,” mixed media diptych

Stunning Mixed Media Exhibition by Asheville Artist Norbert Irvine | "Reflective Iridescences on Canvas," a major exhibition of stunningly colorful mixed media pieces by one of Asheville's best contemporary artists, Norbert Irvine, at UNCA July 1 - August 6; public reception with artist July 13, 2009 | *PUBLIC INVITED to free opening reception at noon on July 13, 2009, to meet Norbert Irvine | The unique show features some 12 colorful mixed media pieces. Irvine's works incorporate prismatic papers, glitter, acrylic, opalescent colors, permanent inks and commercial holographic paper. One must see the works in person to experience the ever-changing play of colors as viewed from different angles and in different lights. | The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Irvine's works will be on view at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Gallery July 1 - August 6, 2009. | A reception and artist talk will be held at noon Mon., July 13, in the gallery. For details and directions, Click Here>

ON THE VERGE (AND BEYOND) GABRIEL SHAFFER: His art grabs the cover of WNC Magazine's May 2009 issue * File photo: MediaBear

Was Phish Phrisking Phrenzy Really Necessary? Mumpower Thinks So

The Big Pat-Down took place at the recent Phish concert as Asheville Police looked on
*EVERYONE ATTENDING THE PHISH CONCERT IN ASHEVILLE WAS FRISKED AND PATTED DOWN by private Access Security guards -- while hired off-duty Asheville Police officers stood close by with hands off, but handcuffs at the ready -- before anyone was allowed to enter the Phish concert at the Asheville Civic Center on June 9, 2009 | Some call the public frisking a form of profiling. Some say it's city officials' attempt to discourage rock-and-roll bands from playing Asheville. Others call it necessary to maintain proper law and order. Still others say the frisking is a voluntary search, since ticket-holders can have their money refunded to them if they don't want to be touched. | What do you think about the whole affair of being frisked before entering the Asheville Civic Center? Should symphony concert goers and gun show attendees be frisked, too? | For MountainXpress's Phishville cover story,
Click Here> | For Phish's official website, visit or Click Here> | RECENT POST: Councilmember Carl Mumpower praised all involved, writing: "In a nutshell, I was impressed. It was apparent that city staff, our police, event security, the promoters, and the vast majority of those most important to a successful event, the Phish fans, were on their game. The atmosphere was fun, safe, and managed. The arena was not overwhelmed by the smoke of cigarettes or pot and it was evident that most folks were trying to do their part and respect the facility's rules. I understand that there were a significant number of arrests -- mostly outside the facility -- for drug activity. I appreciate our police officer's persistency in defining Asheville's Civic Center, public spaces, and downtown as a place you can come to have fun, but not a place you can freely sell and use drugs. In short, the difference between this event and the Ratdog and Wide Spread Panic events of several years ago was night and day." | TO POST YOUR COMMENTS: Click Here>

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* Downtown Asheville Art District | Over 20 to visit | Click Here>

* Asheville Art Museum
| While its new building for its new home is under construction, there's a whole lot of art going on | Click Here>

* Asheville Downtown Gallery Association |
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* River District Artists | Next Studio Stroll is Nov. 11 & 12, 2017 | Click Here>




'Doomsday Safari' at PUSH, UNCA grad launches career
 | Cavalieri's new and old works feature 3-D wall hangings of apocalyptic and personal narratives. Gallery owner Rob Sebrell told that while Cavalieri's works of "mutant animals and monsters come off more humorous than scary," the message is serious: a warning that citizens must treat the planet -- and each other -- better. | For details, visit PUSH at 25 Patton Ave.,, or
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'On the Verge' artists at Arts Council gallery

*WHO'S HOT AND RISING IN THE LOCAL ART WORLD, according to WNC Magazine, opened at the Front Gallery on May 1 | For details of the month-long exhibit at the Asheville Area Arts Council on Biltmore Avenue, visit or Click Here>| For's May 2009 article about its top ten list of emerging area artists (Ian Brownlee, Ben Johnson, Marie Knight, Genie Maples, Libby & Jim Mijanovic, Sylvie Rosenthal, Gabriel Shaffer, Ryan Simmons, Megan Van Deusen), Click Here> | For photo gallery of the April 30 preview party, Click Here> | EDITOR'S NOTE: If you are one of the 140 artists who did not make the cut, contact to explain why you deserve to be listed as one of the region's Top 10 up-and-coming artists and artisans -- and provide a link to your website: Click Here>


*'MOUNTAIN SCULPTORS' ANNUAL EXHIBITION Opens Dec. 19 | Reception for a group exhibition, known as "The Works," on Fri., Dec. 19, 5 to 8 p.m. at Vadim Bora Studio-Gallery. Featured are the works of 19 sculptors, who are members of the Mountain Sculptors. This annual exhibition celebrates smaller works created by sculptors who often work in large dimensions. “The Works” brings everything down to size (two feet and under) for intimate study, calling attention to detail, technique, style, and medium. Sculptors include Ralph Berger, Vadim Bora, Barron Brown, Richard Conn, Elizabeth Franklin, Len Fury, Dan Howachyn, Ina, and Karen Ives. Also featured are the works of Harry McDaniel, Dale McEntire, Catherine Murray, Linda Pannullo, John Richards, Ripp Smith, Julia Stout, Tekla, Martin Webster, and Robert Winkler. The sculptures are in a variety of media – from steel, plastic, wood, and glass to copper, bronze, marble, and concrete. | For details, visit or Click Here> | For directions to the gallery, where the exhibit will run Dec. 19, 2008, through Jan. 2, 2009, Click Here> | For some of the member sculptors' larger outdoor works on display at the North Carolina Arboretum, Click Here>


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Big Sam's Funky Nation to appear at Lake Eden Arts Festival
LEAF FESTIVAL Advance-Only Tickets Still Available | Asheville Area's most eclectic outdoor event no longer offers at-the-gate sales. So buy your tickets now for the May 9-11 party of peace, poetry, dance, music and munchies, located just east of downtown off I-40. 
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Flood Gallery in Asheville's River District. Click Here>

STAMP AND POSTCARD Show - April 19 & 20 | Richard's Stamp Shop is the sponsor.
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FEIST April 20 | Listen to
Feist (1234) at the Civic Center. Click Here>

UNCA Master Calendar | Events for students and the public.
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MALAPROP'S Events | One of Downtown's favorite places.
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CIVIC CENTER Schedule of Events | In the heart of Downtown Asheville, big events for big (and sometimes wierd) fun. 
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 April 5 - May 18 | For a bloomin' good tulip time, visit the Biltmore Estate. Click Here>

RINGLING BROS. Barnum & Bailey Circus May 28 - 31 | The all-new
"Boom A Ring" Gold Tour of animals, acrobats and more at the Civic Center. Click Here>

FINE FLICKS at the Fine Arts | Popcorn and beer, too.
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DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE Schedule of Events | Some of Downtown Asheville's best performances await you, including
Capitol Steps political comedy (April 19), NC International Pagents featuring teens, miss and mrs. (April 26), the high-energy Koresh Dance Company (May 2-3) and Buille Irish music (May 22). Click Here>

TOURIST Calendar of Festivals and Events | Something for everyone.
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13 Calendars of Events | Always something new to do.
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Flood Gallery in Asheville's River District. Click Here>

ART WALKS in Downtown Asheville - June 6, Aug. 1, Oct. 3 | Rain or shine, on select Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., the art galleries of Downtown Asheville invite you to come early and stay late.
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GROVE ARCADE Architectural Tour | Simply spectacular.
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Who's Doin' The Peel? Click Here>

GRAY EAGLE Live | Pickin', singin', playin'. 
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TOP 20 Night Spots | For fun downtown.
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April 4
BORA ART SHOW | Son of well-known Asheville artist/sculptor Vadim Bora will present his newest works at his second show at Vadim Bora Studio-Gallery, entitled "Mimesis," with a reception on Fri., April 4, 2008, from 5 to 8 p.m. Georgi's first show in 2006 sold out the first day.
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April 5

 Grand Opening
 | BlackBird Frame & Art is celebrating its second (NEW!) location at Lexington Station on S. Lexington Road (just up from Wild Wingz) Sat., April 5, 10 a.m. to Noon (artist Gayle Paul reception), and then Noon to 3 p.m. for party and prizes. Nice people. Nifty art.
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April 19 & 20
 and Postcard Show | Richard's Stamp Shop is sponsoring the show on April 19 & 20, 2008.
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June 14 & 15
STUDIO Stroll in the River District | This always well-attended art and fine craft event opens the studios of artists and artisans who work in Asheville's River District, located just minutes from Downtown Asheville. A must-do for art-lovers and artists.
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ROBERT GRIFFIS RODENBERGER: His first year, and glad to be there. * Belzak/Mediabear
SUCCESS! 36th Annual Village Art & Craft Fair

The 36th Annual Village Art & Craft Fair was a success. Although the overall number of people who attended was down from the previous year, the participating artists and artisans were glad they came. 

DENISE MEYERS: Bagging appreciative art and craft seekers
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In fact, this past year's fair, held August 2 and 3, 2008, was one of the nicest ever -- and for all the right reasons. Fine art. Fine craft. Fine folks. Fine weather.

If you're sad you missed one of Asheville's finest fairs of the year, take heart. There's always next year.

The 2009 fair will be held August 1 and 2. Held on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village, the fair features over 125 exhibitors from 20 states. For details about the increasingly popular event that is sponsored by New Morning Gallery and Bellagio, Click Here>

GOODBYE, JOHN PAYNE Splash Page: John Payne was nationally known for his interactive metal motion machines of dinosaurs and flying wonders. Anyone who had the pleasure of playing with one of his incredibly creative, hand-operated inventions knows the sheer pleasure, if but for a moment, of being a child again.

John Payne of The Wedge Dies at 58, Legacy Celebration July 19

On July 17, 2008, popular artist, art advocate and The Wedge owner John Payne died at the age of 58 in Mission Hospitals, reported WPVM.

A gathering with the public invited will be held Sat., July 19, to celebrate his life and accomplishments in conjunction with a previously scheduled grand opening of the brand new Wedge microbrewery.

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*For The Wedge,
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*For Payne Studios including John Payne's Bio,
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*For Wedge Brewing article by Mountain Xpress,
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Your magic will be missed.
Rest in Peace, John. Sorry you never got the chance to go back to Tahiti and live out the rest of your days, as you said you might do not so long ago. And thanks for letting me play with your latest inventions. Your magic will be missed, but your legacy long remembered.

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