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TONIGHT at Black Mountain College

Aki Onda: Reflections and Repercussions | A multi-media performance exploring the interplay among luminosity, acoustic, architectural, and emotional relationships within the space. Performing with various types of lighting equipment such as theater lights, flashlights, bare light bulb, mirrors and other objects, Onda arranges and rearranges the tools composing the visual and aural as a total environment. For details go HERE.

Beaverdam Studio Tour

Hi Folks! Just a quick note in support of our North Asheville artist community. We hope you get out and support this talented group. For details go here. Cheers!

A Community Conversation on Affordable Housing for Artists

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to participate in a community conversation on affordable housing solutions for artists in Asheville.

Please join them in welcoming Artspace, the national nonprofit leader in developing affordable artist live/work spaces, for a public presentation and discussion of a potential arts-based development project in Asheville.

Free parking available at HomeTrust Bank, 10 Woodfin St, Asheville. Light refreshments provided by Green Opportunities and Buchi Kombucha.

The project has received generous support from the The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, Duke Energy Foundation, and Ted & Terry Van Duyn.

Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/276926046066681/

How does an artist afford Asheville?

By the Citizen Times | Here is a nice article featuring some of our friends regarding artists making a living here in Asheville. Go here to read. Enjoy!

Create Boldly | the Art of Maxey Andress

Maxey CompAllow Modern Asheville to introduce you to artist Maxey Andress and welcome him to the Asheville scene. Maxey, a successful artist, thinker, designer and entrepreneur, is originally from Atlanta, but currently resides here in Asheville. He has been working with our Real Estate team on special projects soon to be announced. His artistic Oakley nest here in the mountains provides him both a place to relax and indulge his creative {and ultimately business} spirit. As a true Renaissance man we welcome his creativity to our growing art and design community here.Andress_Levity_acryliconpanel_36x23.75_2014_72

Maxey’s work on canvas explores moments, movements and juxtapositions seemingly suspended, illuminating journeys through spaces that expand or contract, often inferring themes of duality. It is where there is a sense of the familiar and mysterious, the contemporary and the futuristic,
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Along with Charlton Bradsher Art and Design, Maxey’s work will be showcased at our next Modern Mixer on Friday, January 22nd. Come by and see his amazing work, meet Maxey, Charlton and our team. Click here for details and to sign up. All are absolutely welcome. Cheers!

River Arts District | Fall Studio Stroll

November 14-15 from 10am to 5pm

12191897_10153732084796532_4698471145216248792_nThe Artists of Asheville’s River Arts District open their doors for a full weekend in the Fall Studio Stroll, welcoming the public to see and collect amazing art in their studios and galleries.

Getting to the River Arts District is easy (Here’s a map!). Take advantage of ample parking and hop aboard one of our free trolleys running throughout the Studio Stroll Weekend. The River Arts District consists of a vast array of artists and working studios in 22 former factories and historical buildings nestled along the French Broad River.

The_River_Arts_District_Association_Inc_footer2_local_flavor_avl_visit_explore_arts_ashevilleMore than 180 working studios, many with showrooms and galleries, are open every day, all year round. Our Artists work in paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, glass, wax, paper and more. Come be inspired, shop, meet the artists and watch live demonstrations!

Art Opening | Daniel Nevins

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Folks! One of our favorites is having an opening on Thursday night the 24th. Artist Daniel Nevins will be showcasing a variety of his work at the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall at UNCA from 6 to 8 pm. Why don’t we all just go. See you there!

Jeremy at the Junction

jeremy compIf you haven’t dined at the Junction lately it is time to stop by. Local artist Jeremy Russell’s work is vibrantly displayed throughout. Jeremy, is both a fine artist and scenic painter having worked in the entertainment industry. His work is conceptual in nature and plays with symbolic imagery dealing with issues such as science, sexuality, psychology, human nature, religions, politics and beyond to the universe. Go check out is work in person and visit his website here. Cheers!

Daniel Nevins at CAM

Local artist Daniel Nevins was recently selected for a show that opened at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh this past week. I sat and spoke with Daniel on Saturday about the amazing turn out for the NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award Exhibition featuring 15 artists, crafts-people and filmmakers across the state. He was overwhelmed by the turn out and support the community showed there for the museum. Daniel and I also got to brainstorm about producing an art event sometime later this year. Cheers to Daniel for this great honor at CAM!Daniel Comp


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It has been over a month since I visited the studio of painter Daniel Nevins. I’ve struggled to put words to my experience with his art. During my visit I lost all sense of time and space given the intimate experience with his vast paintings and left questioning myself in the process. So, I have needed time and space to distance myself and reflect. Daniel 02

As a former Disney and Hallmark storyteller, the most intuitive way for me to provide you an empathetic experience of my time there is to walk you through a fictional tale of my own making. {As my psychologist you would be expecting this.}  Visualize that sometime in the distant future a superior being began masterfully combining DNA of various living and non-living beings that may include the Virgin Mary, Peacocks and Sea Coral to create new, infant, living creatures walking the earth. This creator allowed these new creatures to grow up to experience the darks and lights of puberty including both want and bliss, along with, both the aloneness and pride of being singularly unique in the world. Just as these new creatures were gaining a foothold into the world and transitioning to knowing adults — the creator caught, gutted and turned the living flesh inside out for study and exploration. On display were the being’s inner, emotional landscapes {soulscapes} and recorded life experiences. Witnessed are the darks and lights, hopes and fears of a rich and brief, conscious earthly life. Daniel 03

Skillfully, Daniel uses color, line and imagery to take you on a journey of dualities: the familiar and the aloof, the comfortable and uncomfortable, the intelligible and elusive. Your eye follows the curves and lines of the paintings, like a needle on an LP, revealing hidden information for your senses. The rhythm of complimentary and flowing colors pushes, pulls and massages you into these soulscapes so skillfully that you don’t realize you are being lured into an intimate experience until it is too late. It’s the seduction of a new lover by an experienced one. The deeply rational masked by the seemingly irrational.Daneil 06

Orbiting back to earth — Daniel is currently preparing for a show opening at Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh. The opening celebration is next Thursday, Feb 6th. For more information click here. To see more of his art visit his website. I’ve added Daniel to my list of artists to follow and am looking forward to watching his evolution over time.



Art Opening Tonight

 A Girl and a Gun: Asheville Artists Cope with Love and Death

larkin-ford-Domestic-Scene-Pencil-on-Bristol-board-620x798Join local artist Taiyo la Paix as he gathers a sample of Asheville’s most talented in a provocative show about love and death, sex and violence, a girl and a gun. Opening at the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery on Friday, December 13, a gun and a girl: asheville artists cope with love and death will give viewers an insight into life’s most moving experiences through the eyes of Asheville artists.

Taiyo la Paix is the sixth curator in the Asheville Area Arts Council’s  Point of View, artists curate artists exhibitions. Point of View puts local artists in charge of creating a month-long exhibit showcasing the talents of their peers who illuminate the breadth and depth of Asheville/Buncombe County’s creative sector.  In la Paix’s artist’s statement, he admits he has a fear of dying and losing loved ones. His approach to this month’s exhibit continues his artistic exploration of sadness and joy by inviting local artists to share their visions of the same. “La Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard infamously said, ‘All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.’ When it comes down to it, sex and violence are our timeless allegories for love and death, our most burning concerns,” says la Paix in describing his vision for his first curated show. Born in Philadelphia, PA, la Paix was raised in Kyoto, Japan and graduated with a BA in Art from Middlebury College in 1994. His artwork has been seen throughout the Southeast United States, and he now resides in Asheville, NC.