Wednesday, November 26, 2008

We welcome the newest members of the Museum family!

Erin Shope, School & Family Programs Manager and Nancy Sokolove, Adult Programs Manager, both delivered healthy babies this month. Mommies and babies are all doing well. We welcome the newest members of the Museum family!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Faith Ringgold was a hit!

Faith Ringgold was a huge hit on Tuesday evening! The fun and informative lecture about her work as an artist and her life had the audience captivated. Following the lecture, Faith answered questions and commented, "Those were great questions." Afterwards, the crowd enjoyed meeting Faith and getting their books signed -- as well as a raffle for a signed copy of Dancing at the Louvre with Faith Ringgold notecards and Patron Tickets to Christo and Jeanne-Claude coming up February 5, 2009. Below are photos of the evening's event and the Patron brunch the following morning:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Faith Ringgold: More Than 50 Years is today!!

Today, Tuesday, November 18th, brings the highly anticipated event Faith Ringgold: More Than 50 Years at 7:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre. Tickets are still available at the Diana Wortham Theatre Box Office or by calling 828. 257.4530. Get your tickets now and then join us after the lecture for a book signing and raffle! Raffle tickets are available at the event for $5.00 each for a chance to win a pair of Patron Tickets to Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Works in Progress with Q+A, these tickets include a special dinner with the artists, or Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold's French Collection and Other Story Quilts signed by Faith Ringgold and Faith Ringgold notecards. Don't miss this exciting evening!

Friday, November 14, 2008

William Christenberry: Site/Possession Opens

The opening of William Christenberry: Site/Possession was a great opportunity to view Christenberry's work and discuss it with others as we enjoyed the reception Friday, November 7th. Christenberry is frequently the subject of national acclaim for his photographs of rural Alabama, but this exhibition offers the chance to experience a more complete representation of his life and work.

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.

Film Screening: William A. Christenberry, Jr.: A Portrait
Saturday + Sunday, December 6 + 7, 2:00 p.m.

Art Break: William Christenberry: Site/Possession Docent-Led Tour
Friday, January 16, 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Art Nouveaux Purchase Party

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 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.