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Ashwini Bhat is a Clayspace Co-Op resident artist from India working in clay.  She’s been in Asheville for three months working out of Clayspace (located on Roberts Street in the Wedge building).  Her exhibit is tonight.

“The overriding vision of Clayspace is to raise the level up, to be better artists, and sell better work–not necessarily increased quantity, but increased quality,” says Josh Copus.  “Ashwini’s work and residency is an example of what that looks like.”  Beer for the event has been donated by Wedge and food is donated by Clingman Cafe, and Bee Sieburg –an artist working in upstairs studios at the Wedge-generously offered unsolicited flower arrangements.  “I’m floored with gratitude,” says Copus, “these are community relationships.”

Painter Ben Betsalel (studio next to the brewery) is exhibiting The Investors–a reflection on the purchase of the Wedge building.  Read more here from MountainXpress.  John Payne‘s portrait, a Betsalel piece owned by the Wedge Brewery, will be shown as well.

John Payne bought the Wedge Building in early 2002.  During John’s 10 years of stewardship, The Wedge fostered many young artists, helping to create its legacy as a great place for art.   In 2008, just before he died, John, Tim Schaller and  friends, dreamed up the Wedge Brewery, as one way to help the building pay its expenses and keep the rents lower for artists…. pretty much the same thing that is going on now at The Wedge, where a restaurant will make financially possible, the desire to keep studio rents reasonable.

Tensions have been high around changes in the River Arts District.  For someone who has one foot in community development and one foot in business development, the conversation thus far has been interesting.  Some questions also worth considering:

  • Business: How does a business need to change in order to stay viable? How much can a vision change and still be “a good neighbor”? What responsibility does a business have to its community? Are there forces outside of all of our control?  Would it be better to walk away rather than adapt?  How should the business community communicate necessary changes to keep community informed?
  • Community: What responsibility does a community have to understand the complexities of owning a business?
  • Symbiosis: Business development supports community development.  How would our communities thrive without thriving businesses that can afford to give back?  What mechanisms can be put in place to create viable forums for the airing of grievances?  How can dignity and respect stay our way of doing things in the ARAD?  Can we be a true “alternative”?

I am interested in people’s thoughts.  I don’t have the answers, but I’m sure of what the answer is not: to allow the community to come undone because change is occurring.  This is a time to increase communication and come together, not sever and split apart.


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NEW  Saturday Art Classes in September only $45!  Asheville Inclusive Arts Coalition is a diverse group of community artists building a more inclusive community through the arts.  Sept. 8, 15, 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in West Asheville. EVERYONE is invited!

Join a diverse community of visual artists for an affordable class series taught by local professionals. Saturdays in September will be an opportunity to learn new techniques and exhibit your work at a local venue. Artists of all levels of abilities and experience, high school age and up, are welcome!

Saturdays in September: September 8, 15, & 22,
11 am – 2 pm

Open Hearts Art Center
5 Woodland Ave
Asheville, NC 28806
(Off Old Haywood Rd. at Patton Ave.)Registration/materials fee for the series: $45Ginger Huebner (artist and owner at Roots + Wings School of Art) and Holly de Saillan will teach Encaustic and Mosaic on two different Saturdays. The third Saturday will be spent completing art projects and readying them for presentation, with support from Starr Hogan and Alisa Lumbreras.Please bring your lunch and plan to eat in; this is a great opportunity to make some new connections!

For more info or to register, call or e-mail the organizer, Polly Medlicott, at (828) 775-6333 or polly.medlicott@gmail.com. Please do not call Open Hearts.

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Save the Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 6:30 – 10 p.m. at Highland Brewing Company

The talent show is a favorite of Open Hearts Art Center students who prepare for months for the event. Funds raised at this year’s event will go to support the agency’s new Boundless Art Program, which will allow for student field trips and to offer satellite classes in the community. The agency hopes to raise at least $15,000 to support this program.

After the Talent Show, the band Viper’s Dream will be playing Swing Jazz until 10:00 PM.

Tickets for the event will be $10. You can pay at the door. Ticket price includes an amazing talent show, delicious food, and local musicians. There will also be a raffle/silent auction throughout the evening, so bring your cash. Awesome items will be available!


Open Hearts Art Center is a non-profit inclusive art education program located in the vibrant arts based community of Western North Carolina. We are dedicated to serving adults with a variety of challenges which include but are not limited to, developmental, mental, physical and emotional disabilities. These unique individuals are able to reach their full potential through creative techniques such as, music, drama, dance, creative writing, painting, ceramics and animal therapy. Through the arts a challenged individual may: discover new ways in which to express their selves, gain self-confidence, and raise awareness of their individuality.

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Beat the heat on Sunday afternoon, July 29 (2:45pm) at the Stephaniesid WATER SHOW!

In Piscean fashion, we’ll be calling on the crisp chill of water to complement the music and dancing. We’re not planning to totally drench you, but let’s just say you’ll have more fun if you wear water-appropriate clothing.


Asheville Music School‘s performance workshop students to perform at Bele Chere kid’s stage 3:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday July 29, 2012. The kids stage is inside the U.S. Cellular Center (Civic Center) so come in out of the heat and hear what our next generation has to offer!

With multiple ensembles from classical, pop, jazz, rock, piano band, and more. Led by AMS teachers Amy Rae, Ryan Reardon, Gabrielle Tee, Gary Bradley, Andy John, Mariya Potopova, Frank Argento, and Ballet Conservatory of Asheville director Christopher Lynn, and vocal professor and performer Timothy Wilds. The show will culminate with a full band performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror,” complete with a choir, strings, horns, and more.


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Saturday, June 16 Lars and the Real Girl

Saturday, July 14 Thunder Road

Saturday, August 11 O brother Where Art Thou

Saturday, September 8  E.T.

All movies start at dusk and are weather dependent.  Bring your lawn chair!

Directions to the Wedge Brewery

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Everyone’s welcome!  Here’s how to get there.

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Roots + Wings School of Art is truly a rich resource for our community.  On top of all they provide, they are raising money for a scholarship fund.  You guys are awesome!

The Share Love event will be held on Sunday, February 12th from 2-5pm at Pink Dog Creative in the River Arts District.  All proceeds from the Share Love event will help support the Roots + Wings School of Art general scholarship fund, the visiting artist fund, and the Asheville Community Design Lab program.  The Share Love event is just one example of Roots + Wings School of Art’s ongoing commitment to making the arts more visible and accessible to the greater Asheville community.

There will be a live dance performance, and a silent art auction of works from a number of talented local artists.  Additionally, all studio artists of Pink Dog Creative will have their doors open!  A number of hands-on art making opportunities for all ages will be scattered throughout the Pink Dog Buildings during the event:

  • Unique card-making and letter writing for upcoming Valentine’s Day – stamps provided
  • Scrap t-shirt art site – artists using sewing machines to help piece the works together
  • Collage and mixed media site
  • Watercolor and oil pastel site
  • Live, Interactive Painting site – anyone will be able to make their mark on a series of five canvases – all of which will be auctioned off at the end of the event.
  • Dance Performance!

There is a suggested donation of $10.  Can’t make it but want to donate?

Questions? 828.545.4827 or email info@rootsandwingsarts.com for more information

More about Roots + Wings School of Art

In just a few short years, Roots + Wings School of Art has had an enormous impact in the community through their unique and engaging visual art education programs in Asheville.  Their work with children, teens and adults, is helping to unlock the inner, creative voice, grow self-confidence, and provide teaching opportunities and visibility for local and regional artists.  The Visual Arts Preschool works with children age three to six, weaving creative problem solving and visual art methods into a preschool curriculum.  The Visual Arts After-school program offers a safe, yet creative, after-school option for Elementary school children.  The Monthly Art Sessions and Off-site After-school Art Sessions provide an extra-curricular visual art option. They have also established the Asheville Community Design Lab, an affiliate program for teens, which provides a bridge between visual art, design and architecture.

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