Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude:
Works in Progress with Q+A
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Check back for updates on upcoming after-school art classes beginning in January!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
A big crowd came to join in the discussion with Mike Smith, photographer. Smith photographs Southern Appalachian terrain and has works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, and the Asheville Art Museum, among others.
His photos depict the interaction between the landscape and the humans who inhabit it. Smith directs the Photography Program at East Tennessee State University and has taught there since 1981.
Stay posted and check the Museum calendar, Profile, weekly e-blasts or the e-newsletter for upcoming Up for Discussions. If you joined us for this Up for Discussion, leave a comment-- we'd love to hear from you!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Big Crafty Holiday Show on Sunday, December 7 was a huge success! It was packed from start to finish with a great crowd. There were 100 crafters, a craffle, food, drinks, music and more. Who could ask for a better way to get holiday shopping done?
Stay tuned for details of the next Big Crafty. And don't forget kids are crafty, too! Sign your art enthusiasts up for one or all three days of the Asheville Art Museum's Holiday Arts Extravaganza Camp December 29, 30 + 31 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. each day. Call 828.253.3227, ext. 122 or visit www.ashevilleart.org for more information or to register now.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th at 2:00 p.m. each day, we'll be screening the documentary William A. Christenberry, Jr.: A Portrait. This is the perfect film to lend understanding to Christenberry's oeuvre and the thought process of a contemporary postmodern artist. And don't forget to check out the exhibition William Christenberry: Site/Possession after the film!
And on Sunday, December 7th take your shopping to a whole new (handmade) level at The Big Crafty Holiday Show from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Pack Place! Get your holiday shopping done in style--there will be 100 crafters, food, beverages, dj'd music and even a craffle!
(top) Mike Smith, Piney Flats, TN, 2005, photograph, 16.25 x 34.25 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by Frances Myers in memory of Nat C. Myers. Asheville Art Museum Collection.
The Big Crafty logo
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
There are drawings, paintings, photographs, constructions and the Klan Room Tableau. The work included shows the many sides of rural Alabama, both positive and negative, and includes many drawings from the artist’s collection that have not been previously exhibited. There are opportunities coming up to learn more about this exhibition, photography focusing on the narrative of place, and William Christenberry:
Up for Discussion: Mike Smith, Photographer
Friday, December 5, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, January 16, 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
On November 3, the Art Nouveaux held their second annual Purchase Party and voted to acquire seven works: 300-5, Broken Doll series and Caitlin/Bubble, both black and white gelatin silver prints by Carolyn DeMerritt; Pocket Vase, thrown and altered stoneware by Nick Joerling; Market Basket, white oak and maple with butternut and walnut dyes by Lucille Lossiah; and L-SF-ES #1 - #3, a suite of etching and aquatint works by Jack Tworkov.
Through the generosity of Art Nouveaux members Ray Griffin and Thom Robinson, the Museum also acquired Corruption of Ecstacy, lithograph by Robert Yarber.
The works purchased by the group reflect programming during the year--the group explored prints, photography and ceramics. Also, the purchase of the contemporary Cherokee basket continues the group's commitment to culturally and regionally important works, following their 2007 purchase of an early Buncombe County pottery piece by Oscar Bachelder.
We encourage new members and put a call out to all art enthusiasts looking to learn about growing your own personal collections while also growing the Museum's collection. For more information or to inquire about joining, please contact Rebecca Lynch-Maass, Membership Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.253.3227, ext. 114.
Jack Tworkov, L-SF-ES #1, 1979, etching and aquatint, 14.5 x 14.5 inches. 2008 Art Nouveaux Purchase. Asheville Art Museum Collection.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Check back soon for blog entries from our Art Adventurers who went to Philadelphia last week!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Friday, November 14, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
William Christenberry: Site/Possession with Curatorial Staff
Friday, December 5, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Expectant Gaze — Art from the Eye and Mind Docent-Led Tour
Friday, December 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Life's Rich Pageant: A Centennial Celebration of The Eight with Cole Hendrix
All Art Breaks are free with Museum Membership or admission, so make your lunch break an Art Break one of these upcoming Fridays!
Dean Butckovitz leads Behind the Scenes Art Break on October 17, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
After a great lunch at The Pines, the group spent the afternoon touring several studios of artists who have chosen to make a home near Penland. First, we went to the Bringle Gallery to see Edwina's weavings and her twin sister, Cynthia's ceramics. Always fun to see a potter's personal "coffee cup collection." Next, we went on to the studios of Pablo Soto, glass artist and Cristina Cordova, ceramist. The group ended the day a the studio of ceramist Nick Joerling.
The group had a wonderful day, meeting artists, making new friends, being inspired and SHOPPING! The next Art Adventure will be on Sunday, January 11, and will be the ever-popular annual "Collections & Obsessions" tour of private collections in the area. Contact Rebecca Lynch-Maass at email@example.com or 828.253.3227, ext. 114 for more information on these exciting day trips.
Suzanne Jones enjoys the painting and drawing studio.
Gloria Schulman shows off some recent work in the letterpress studio to Richard Pigossi, Lauretta Warlick and Pat Ramsey.
Several of the Adventurers check out a dry stone masonry class working on a campus rock wall.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Advance tickets are available from now until the day of the show by calling 828.253.3227. Tickets will also be available at the Fine Arts Theatre starting at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the show.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Our dedicated docent and seamstress extraordinaire, Nancy Ferguson handmade the one-of-a-kind eARTh Bags--thanks, Nancy!
The back of each bag is embroidered with the Asheville Art Museum logo. At a $22.00 price point, eARTh Bags are not only eco-friendly, but wallet-friendly as well. These bags are going fast, so come by the Asheville Art Museum Shop and claim your piece of the Museum to take home today!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Grave of the Fireflies DVD Cover
Monday, September 15, 2008
Photos from the opening reception of Life's Rich Pageant: A Centennial Celebration of The Eight:
Pam Myers, Museum Director talks with the Weiners
Stephen and Mina Weiner
The crowd enjoys the company
We enjoy the work of The Eight
We enjoy the delicious food
Friday, September 12, 2008
An audience member, Carol Lawrence, said: "What a pleasure it was to hear Art Spiegelman and think about comics in new, intriguing ways."
Thank you, Art Spiegelman, for a great night of comics!!
Photos from Art Spiegelman: History of Comix 101:
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Below are photos from last week's, September 4th, crowd-pleaser A Taste of Art + Wine:
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Gallery Talk with Sigmund Abeles on August 27, 2008
How to 'Doo Wop' with Richard Stokes, Stokes Architecture on August 29, 2008
Above are photos from last week's great events. Big crowds enjoyed both Sigmund Abeles' Gallery Talk on Wednesday and Richard Stokes' talk on How to 'Doo Wop' on Friday.
This week brings A Taste of Art + Wine: Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Thursday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. It'll be a great time with over 100 wines, beers and this year, bourbon! There is also awesome local food and a silent auction with over 100 items. Call 828.253.3227 for tickets.
We'll also enjoy a Friday Art Break featuring smArt speak with Nancy Sokolove from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. This will be an exciting talk and your chance to join the discussion on arts in the community!
Speaking of smArt speak, don't forget to get your tickets for upcoming events! Next week Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist, Art Spiegelman, will be here for a very exciting Thursday evening. Tickets for Faith Ringgold and Christo and Jeanne-Claude are also on sale. Visit www.smartspeak.org for more program and ticket info!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
We're also looking forward to Friday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m. when Richard Stokes of Stokes Architecture will give his lecture How to 'Doo Wop' with Richard Stokes and teach us about the fun and funky style of 'Doo Wop' architecure. Once again, this event is free with Museum Membership or admission.
And next week brings even more excitement as we get closer to A Taste of Art + Wine: Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. Don't miss the best deal in Asheville for a night out! This fun event starts at 6:30 on Thursday, September 4 and features over 100 fine wines and craft beers, delicious food from local restaurants and amazing items from downtown businesses, local galleries, local restaurants and much, much more! Tickets will be available at the door for $40 per person, or in advance at the Museum for $30 per person, $55 per couple for Museum Members and $35 per person, $65 per couple for Non-Members. Call 828.253.3227 for tickets now.
Monday, August 18, 2008
What a great way to spend your lunch break on a Friday! We learned so much from Nancy Sokolove, Adult Programs Manager, during this tour and found out that we actually were seeing pieces from the Museum's permanent collection that were going to be put back in the vault to "rest." Nancy taught us that artworks on paper need time to rest away from the elements. As I write, a team is working to change out these works with other selections from the permanent collection for this exhibition. So, even if you've toured the exhibition, come back and get a new taste of the permanent collection. And look for future Art Breaks — they are an excellent way to gain new information and a deeper appreciation for art.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
We'd love to have you as an ARTmob member! If you are interested in joining, contact Rebecca Lynch-Maass at
Friday, August 1, 2008
Today we took a closer look at the exhibit Pleasant Journeys and Good Eats Along the Way: A Retrospective of Paintings by John Baeder during our lunchtime Art Break from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. The tour was led by Nancy Sokolove, Adult Programs Manager, who pointed out amazing details and interesting facts. We learned how Baeder's work differs from photorealism, how squinting can show you a different side of an artwork, and shared our diner stories. It was a great way to spend a Friday lunch break!
Check back soon for photos from our Art Break today...and leave a comment if you participated!