Tuesday, August 26, 2008

tickets ARE on sale!

So, tix are on sale for the three remaining smArtists - Spiegelman, Ringgold + Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Check out the box offices - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium for Spiegelman and XTO+J-C, and Diana Wortham Theatre for Ringgold. Or, go to our website (www.smartspeak.org) for phone numbers and all that.

What a week!

We are all getting very excited as this week brings a Gallery Talk with Sigmund Abeles on Wednesday, August 27 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This event is free with Museum Membership or admission. How often do you get to tour an exhibition with the artist himself?

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

Art Break: Expectant Gaze — Art from the Eye and Mind Tour with Nancy Sokolove

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

ARTmob Movies @ the Rhino: Pulp Fiction

The Rhino Courtyard

The audience gets ready for Pulp Fiction

What a great night for an outdoor film screening! Friday evening, August 1, was the perfect evening to enjoy popcorn, cookies, drinks and Pulp Fiction at ARTmob's annual summer film party. Everyone enjoyed the outdoor screening of this cult classic at the Rhino Courtyard. Be sure to check out future ARTmob and Museum events.

We'd love to have you as an ARTmob member! If you are interested in joining, contact Rebecca Lynch-Maass at rlynchmaass@ashevilleart.org or 828.253.3227, ext. 114.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Art Break: A Pleasant Journey through John Baeder's Exhibit

They're here! Photos from the Art Break:

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!