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The River Arts District Studio Stroll is November 12th & 13th. A Rare Opportunity to See Asheville’s Artists at Work

November 7th, 2011 by abedofroses

Ceramic Sculpture by Jenny Mastin

Ceramic Sculpture by Jenny Mastin

Asheville is a mecca for artists and creatives of all types and the River Arts District  (RAD) is the place to find them. RAD is a hotbed of creative activity with at least 150 artists living and working just 5 minutes from downtown Asheville. Warehouses and historic buildings along the French Broad River have been converted to studios and galleries intermingled with restaurants and cafés and even a microbrewery! This weekend is a rare opportunity to see the artists at work. All 150+ studios are open to the public at the same time! It only happens twice a year and lots of artists’ demonstrations and festivities are expected, including hands-on activities. You’ll get a chance to talk to the artists and see a huge variety of art with everything from sculpture, ceramics, textiles, glasswork, jewelry and furniture to paintings in every medium you can imagine.

Artist at Curve Gallery

Constance Williams doing encaustic painting at Curve Gallery

The event is free and so is parking. A free trolley is available as well that you can hop on at any of it’s 8 stops. An information booth will be set up at the five-points intersection across from the Clingman Café. This is the perfect time to find that holiday gift that is one of a kind and will come with the story of how you met the artist who created it! Take a break from shopping and have lunch at 12 Bones Smokehouse on Saturday- another rare opportunity since the studio stroll weekends are the only 2 times a year that 12 Bones opens on Saturday!

Directions:

From Downtown Asheville-

  • Take Patton Avenue West
  • Merge right into traffic circle to cross Patton and take a left onto Clingman Ave.
  • Turn left to stay on Clingman Ave. until you reach the 5 points intersection.

From Biltmore Village-

  • Take Biltmore Avenue North
  • Left on Meadow Road
  • Meadow will turn into Lyman which runs into the 5 points intersection

From North-

  • Take 19/23 South to Patton Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Clingman Ave.

From South-

  • Take I-26 West to I-240
  • Take Exit 1C, Amboy Rd.
  • Turn left onto Lyman Street

From East-

  • Take I-240 West to Exit 4-C, Montford Ave
  • Turn right on Montford Ave.
  • Turn left on Hill Street (before the visitors center)
  • Take a left on Riverside Drive

From West-

  • Take I240 East to Exit 4-B, Patton Ave
  • Turn right onto Clingman Ave.

 

 

LAAFF: The Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival Showcases Asheville’s Creatives

September 9th, 2011 by abedofroses

The LAAFF Festival on Lexington Avenue

The view up Lexington Avenue

This past weekend Lexington Avenue in Asheville came alive with art, music, costumes, impromptu performance art and quirky good fun. Arts 2 People has brought this free end of summer festival to Asheville for 10 years. They are a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture, supporting artists and exposing the public to the transformational power of creative expression. This year they extended the festival to two days with 3 sound stages and numerous smaller venues for music. You could find lots of local food, art, one of a kind clothing and gifts, not to mention events you won’t find at just any street fair, like bicycle jousting matches!

Costumed shop keeper with musician

A shopkeeper is serenaded

Everyone dresses up in their most creative and unique style including the fair-goers. A silver statue of a woman with urn in hand suddenly walks down the street. A veiled creature with black material where a face should be pushes a baby carriage full of stuffed toys. A car that has been transformed into a dissertation on heaven and hell is proudly displayed by the artist. Cirque de solei style performers roam the street. It is truly a quintessential Asheville event. Lexington Avenue is known for its artsy and funky shops even without the fair. It’s also home to some wonderful restaurants, like Bouchon and Boca. We took advantage of the front window table at Boca to enjoy lunch and the very best people-watching at the fair. It was on the second day of the fair and a brief deluge from the outskirts of tropical depression Lee sent fair goers scurrying for cover. In no time the soaked and costumed crowd accepted their fate and children splashed in the river flowing down Lexington Street.

Clown on Stilts

A very wet clown on stilts

A thoroughly wet and dripping man on stilts in nautical dress peered down at us, dry inside the window. Once the storm was over the booths flung open their flaps and the festivities resumed as is if nothing had happened. The living statues took up their stations and wet musicians played again.

Little girl in costume

All the children dressed up for the event

See our photo gallery or go to our facebook page for lots more photos!

Asheville Crafts Fairs- Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, the 38th Annual Village Art & Craft Fair

July 24th, 2011 by abedofroses

Today is the last day of the Craft Fair of the Southern Higlands at the Asheville Civic Center. We look forward to this biannual event to see the best of the region’s traditional and contemporary crafts and artwork. Acceptance into the Southern Highland Craft Guild is based on a rigorous jury process so it is always a treat to see the work put out by these talented and diverse artists. This fair has been a local tradition since 1948. Artists give demonstrations throughout the fair as well.  If you missed it you will get another chance to see the guild’s talent in October from the 20th to the 23rd.

Village Art and Craft Fair Poster

39th Annual Village Art and Craft Fair

If you can’t wait that long to see great crafts and artists display their wares, though, you’re in luck! The 39th annual Village Art & Craft Fair is coming up August 6th and 7th. This outdoor arts and crafts fair is held outside on the lovely grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. This is a free event and a great opportunity to stroll the historic brick streets of Biltmore Village as well. There will be 120 exhibitors this year and you’re sure to find something beautiful or quirky that you can’t live without.  T shirts featuring this years poster art by Daryl Flaton are available now and I might not be able to live without one of them!

 

Asheville Area Events – Free Concert Series Thursdays 6:00pm – 8:00pm in Prichard Park

May 26th, 2011 by abedofroses

Prichard Park Concert Series

Free Concerts at Prichard Park

Yet another reason to visit Asheville mid-week! Homegrown in Prichard Park is a new free concert series featuring local singer-song writers every Thursday night throughout the summer. Presented by 98.1 the River, the series starts this Thursday with Jenny Greer of Jen & The Juice. Prichard Park is right in the center of down town Asheville so it is easily accessible and a vibrant part of the eclectic Asheville scene.

Homegrown in Prichard is part of the Prichard Park Cultural Arts Programs put on by the Asheville Downtown Association. This year they are partnering with WNC magazine and 98.1 the River, a great independent radio station, to put on events all summer long.

Other events in the park are Hoop Jam Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30pm and the Saturday Umbrella Market from 10am to 2:00pm. Asheville Hoops with Melanie MacNeil entertain and instruct you to music by George Pond on Tuesdays. The umbrella market features homegrown arts, crafts, jewelry, photography, flowers, tomatoes, herbs, and more!

Friday Night Drum Circle

The Friday Night Drum Circle

Prichard Park is also home to the famous Friday night Drum Circle. For nine years people have gathered in the park to dance and make music together. It’s a wonderful tradition and a memorable one. Dozens of drums resonating in this mini-amphitheater created by rock faces and trees!  Bring a drum and join in!

 

 

Upcoming Asheville Festivals and Events- Weaverville Art Safari May 7-8 and Montford’s Annual Music and Arts Festival May 21st.

May 6th, 2011 by abedofroses

 

Artwork by William Asman at the Art Safari

Artwork by William Asman at the Art Safari Studio Tour

The Art Safari free self guided studio tour is this weekend. Forty-six artists will be there and so will we!  Weaverville is just 15 minutes north of Asheville and it’s a quaint little town, well worth visiting, that many artists have chosen for their home. There are so many great artists in the Asheville area. The studio tours give us an opportunity to see them at work as well as shop for that one of a kind gift. It is mother’s day weekend, after all! This is the Art Safari’s 10th year and it’s their biggest tour to date. You can take a peak at the artists that will be on the tour at their website www.weavervilleartsafari.com as well as download a brochure with map. The tour is self guided and goes from 10AM to 6PM Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th with a special Preview Party & Silent Auction held Friday, May 6th.

Montford Annual Music and Arts Festival Poster

Montford District Music and Arts Festival

A little closer to home, look for the upcoming Montford Annual Music and Arts Festival on May 21st . The Montford Historic District is where we, at A Bed of Roses, are proud to be located. It’s a unique community filled with historic Victorian and Arts & Crafts homes and an eclectic mix of interesting folks. Their Big Spring party will have two performance stages, food, arts & crafts as well as plant booths. You’ll see everything from Chinese Dragon Dancers to Shakespearian actors from the Montford Park Players strolling through the fair! Check out the Festival video done by Montford resident Susan Stone of Stone Digital Media at http://vimeo.com/susanstone/montford-music-and-arts-festival.

For more formation about this great local event go to http://montford.org/festival.

 

Upcoming Asheville Festivals and Events- Big Love Fest May 1st Weaverville Art Safari May 7-8.

April 29th, 2011 by abedofroses

Asheville Big Love Fest May 1st

Asheville Big Love Fest May 1st

Spring in Asheville means great festivals and events. This weekend Asheville is throwing itself a party – the first Big Love Fest located downtown in Pack Square. It promises to be a celebration of all that is uniquely Asheville- independently owned businesses, artists, craftspeople, restaurants and local breweries as well as non-profits. On earth day we talked about how supportive Asheville is of locally grown foods, sustainable farming and conservation. Support of all things local- restaurants, businesses and artists is very important to Ashevillians. You’ll see that on May 1st with local musicians, a home-brew competition sponsored by Just Economics and half hour comedy tours offered by The LaZoom Bus Tours running throughout the day. There will be two music stages, local beer and food, fun family activities and lots of the arts and crafts that western North Carolina is known for. This is a free event, but Just Brew It, the home-brewed beer portion of the festival, requires a $16 membership to Just Economics. More information at http://loveasheville.org.

Weaverville Art Safari Logo

Weaverville Art Safari Studio Tour May 7-8

Next weekend is the 10th anniversary of the Weaverville Art Safari. Weaverville is a very cool little town with lots of working artists just 15 minutes north of Asheville. Twice a year they open their studios for the Art Safari free self guided studio tour. This weekend there will be 46 artists! The tour is from 10AM to 6PM Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th with a special Preview Party & Silent Auction held Friday, May 6th. More information and a down-loadable brochure at www.weavervilleartsafari.com.

The Arts are Alive in Asheville! River of Art – from New York to Asheville Exhibition Opens Saturday

April 14th, 2011 by abedofroses

River of Art - From New York to Asheville

River of Art Exhibition at 310art

The arts truly do come alive here in the Spring and this weekend the River Arts District kicks off the season with an Exhibition featuring 23 members of the Women in the Arts Foundation (WIAF). The WIAF is celebrating their 40th anniversary with this show. From it’s roots as a group of artists, writers and other art world professionals meeting in lower Manhattan and taking to the streets to protest the exclusion of women artists in museums and galleries, WIAF quickly grew into a national organization. They now connect and support women in the arts from all over. Each artist has created a work honoring someone who has influenced her career. Fifteen artists from New York will be exhibiting along with many local artists in the Women in the Arts Foundation. We, at A Bed of Roses, are honored to be hosting one of the visiting New York artists, Betsy Gross during her stay in Asheville for the opening. River of Art-from New York to Asheville runs from April 15 through May 15, with a reception from 5:30–8 p.m. this Saturday, April 16. The exhibition will be at 310 ART at Riverview Station, 191 Lyman Street in the Asheville’s River Arts District (828) 776-2716.

Spring INN Asheville Tour of B&Bs

March 14th, 2011 by abedofroses

Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association

Join us for the 2011 Spring INN Asheville tour of B&Bs! The tour of fourteen fantastic Asheville inns takes place April 16th & 17th. Sponsored by the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association, proceeds will benefit MANNA Food Bank. A Bed of Roses will be on the tour Saturday the 16th between 12 noon and 4PM. Some wonderful independent Asheville area restaurants are partnering with the inns to provide food and we are so proud to partner with Rezaz restaurant in Biltmore Village! The restaurant, named after its Owner and Chef, Reza Setayesh is well known and loved in Asheville for its outstanding Mediterranean cuisine and impeccable service. Come enjoy the beautiful historic properties and gardens, taste some delectable food along the way and you can even take advantage of the opportunity to win a $250 Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association Gift Certificate. For more information go to http://www.ashevillebba.com/tour.

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