Friday, October 31, 2008

Music @ the Museum

This Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 p.m., Deborah Belcher will grace our gallery as part of the Pianoforte Series. We are very excited about this unique opportunity to enjoy Music @ the Museum! Tickets are only $4 for Members, $4 + admission for non-Members and free with preferred seating for Music @ the Museum Members. If you're interested in joining Music @ the Museum, contact Nancy Sokolove at or at 828.253.3227, ext. 120. Join us this Sunday for a relaxing afternoon of music!

Check back soon for blog entries from our Art Adventurers who went to Philadelphia last week!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Behind the Scenes Art Break was a hit!

Last Friday, October 17th, Dean Butckovitz Preparator and Registrar led the Behind the Scenes Exhibition Preparation Art Break for an interested crowd. Who knew how much goes into setting up an exhibition!? Dean and his crew are pros at paying attention to every minute detail that the average museum goer takes for granted: cleaning up the dust on the baseboards from drilling holes to hang paintings, ensuring an accurate horizon line, wrapping art that will travel to other museums, art transportation and much more! It was a great Art Break (thanks, Dean!) and there are more to look forward to:

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

Art Adventurers in Penland

The Museum's Art Adventurers traveled up to Mitchell County on October 7 for an amazing day of inspiration and discovery. Hopes for a gorgeous day with bright fall colors and blue sky were dampened a little with gray and cloudy skies, but the group's enthusiasm was not diminished--everyone just had to stay a bit more energetic to keep warm! We started the day touring the campus of Penland School of Crafts, a vibrant center of creativity in the WNC mountains. Our delightful tour guides were master weaver Edwina Bringle and Gloria Schulman, photographer and wife of longtime Penland ceramist Norm Schulman. The day trippers enjoyed walking through the various studios on campus: ceramics, printmaking, metal, glass, painting and drawing, book arts, wood--some were quiet and allowed investigation of materials and equipment, while others were hopping with activity. The group really enjoyed the glass studio, although I am not sure if that was because of the glass work going on or simply because it was WARM!

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 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

See "Eraserhead" on the big screen!!

Next Thursday, October 16, gives us the rare opportunity to see director David Lynch's cult-classic Eraserhead on the big screen. The showing will be at the Fine Arts Theatre, downtown on Biltmore Ave., at 7:00 p.m. The Museum staff was lucky enough to have a pre-screening at the Fine Arts Theatre and everyone agrees that seeing Eraserhead on the big screen is an experience not to be missed!

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

Get ready to pARTy!

This Sunday, October 5th, brings the Family Art pARTy hosted by the Museum's Education Department. There will be refreshments and activities for kids of all ages and it is free with Museum Membership or admission. The pARTy will be a blast as we celebrate the budding artists of the Summer Art Camp--who all get free admission to the Family Art pARTy! So join the pARTy starting at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday!