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The Paris of the South; A Taste of Asheville’s Cultural Events

November 15th, 2013 by abedofroses

The River Arts District

The River Arts District

Asheville has been called the Paris of the South and with good reason. The sidewalk cafés, the abundant art and music as well as theater and cultural events throughout the year make it a very special gem nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. The Asheville Cinema Festival   just recently successfully demonstrated this, showing 40 full length and short films at various downtown venues.

Asheville celebrates cinema

Asheville celebrates cinema

Filmmakers from around the world answered questions after the screenings and industry professionals held discussion sessions. Opening and closing parties gave film buffs a chance to mingle with filmmakers.

More art was on display at the semiannual River Arts District Artists Studio Stroll. Two weekends a year over 180 artists open their studios to the public. The district is located along the French Broad River 5 minutes from downtown in historic industrial buildings. This internationally known event features demonstrations in a wide range of media as well as live painting performance art and hands-on activities. Throughout the year 2nd Saturdays offer more opportunities to view artists at work in the River Arts District.

Great concerts are always going on in Asheville from Nine Inch Nails and Wide Spread Panic earlier this month to Amy Grant at UNC Asheville. The Mountain Oasis Festival that took place at the end of October is a new electronic music festival in Asheville that everyone is very excited about. It was a great success and is sure to return to Asheville.

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Asheville has always been known for electronic music thanks to Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. Moogfest, the annual music festival to honor Moog has been moved this year from October to April and promises to be much more than just electronic music. The daytime sessions have just been announced and tickets are on sale now for 5 days of Technology, Art and Music. There will be a wide array of workshops and speakers, a tech expo and job fair, media artists, engineers, designers, architects, philosophers, futurists and innovators of all kinds, not just musicians contributing. What will the future be like? Come to Asheville to find out!

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

And then, what would Paris be without food? Asheville’s reputation for outstanding restaurants is growing exponentially  and an event coming up November 20th is showcasing the best of Asheville’s Independent Restaurants. A Taste of Asheville celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association and showcases 40 of the city’s most talented and celebrated chefs. Find out why Asheville has the distinction of becoming one of the Southeast’s top culinary destinations.

 

 

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Oct. 17-20, 2013 Get a head start on your holiday shopping!

September 28th, 2013 by abedofroses

 

Work by Paula Marksbury

Work by Paula Marksbury

The Crafts Fair of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild is a wonderful showcase for the best artists in the Appalachians. Twice a year, in July and October, the Southern Highland Craft Guild presents this outstanding exhibit of traditional as well as contemporary crafts and artwork at the US Cellular Center. I never tire of going to it. The fair has exhibited work by Guild artists since 1948. Many of the artists display their work year after year, and you can see how they develop and change over time. But there are always surprises too. My experience over the years of going to this exhibit is that it’s part great shopping for one of a kind gifts and part fine art exhibit. The level of the work can be art museum quality and is just a joy to explore. With the work of over 200 juried artists being shown and sold, there is something for every artistic taste. The rich diversity and talent attracts collectors and gallery owners as well as shoppers.

Wendy Seaward's "intuitive beading"

Wendy Seaward’s “intuitive beading”

A Tiny Sampling of What’s in Store:

One of the artists returning for this show is Wendy Seaward. She calls her stunning intricate jewelry “intuitive beading”.

Her work ranges from very affordable one-of-a-kind earrings to amazing beaded masks and neck piece collages of stones and beads.

Harry Hearn with his pottery

Harry Hearn with his pottery

Harry Hearn is another artist returning for this show. He posed with his incredible clay works for me during the July Crafts Fair.

Rebecca Kempson’s intricate and incredible life-like dolls will be there as well and they are totally riveting to look at.

The guild also hosts craft demonstrations throughout the fair in keeping with their traditional mission of educating the public about the history of crafts in this area of the country and the techniques used. Watch George McCollum create a white oak basket from tree to completed basket. Dede Styles will be demonstrating spinning and the use of natural plant dyes to color yarn. There will be demonstrations of less traditional crafts as well.

One of Rebecca Kempson's haunting dolls

One of Rebecca Kempson’s haunting dolls

And there’s music too! Mountain musicians perform live on the arena stage. Hot Duck Soup will play old time music with the help of “kazoos, slide whistles, banjos, guitars, ukes, an antique cornet, washtub bass and the Cacophonium” on Friday the 18th. Other performers will play everything from gospel, to bluegrass, to American Swing-grass.

Tickets to the 66th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands are $8 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Hours are Thurs-Sat 10AM to 6PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM.

Outstanding Music and Art Makes the Montford Historic District Dance!

May 21st, 2012 by abedofroses

Dragon Dancers

The Dragon Dancers

The 9th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival was a huge success this past Saturday. It was our biggest ever. Over 6,871 people came to the Festival! Bill and I got the rare opportunity to spend the whole afternoon listening to great music, chatting with neighbors and browsing all the colorful booths of art, one-of-a-kind clothing and local crafts and services. We even got to try out some acupuncture! The weather was perfect for strolling, the food was excellent- what more could we ask? We were only sorry that we could only stay to hear four of the sixteen bands that played on three different stages.

We heard everything from the traditional bluegrass of David Holt and the Lightning Bolts to the soul/funk/R&B of the Secret B Sides and the dreamy indescribably haunting sounds of The Judas Horse. It was a treat for the ears.

The Secret B Sides

The Secret B Sides Performed

Our own Montford Park Players were there as well, performing scenes from their current production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). You’ve never seen Shakespeare performed quite like this! We can’t wait to see the whole performance when we get to sample our Montford Players VIP package ourselves. They let you actually get a walk on role in costume!

We were so impressed with the artwork this year. It’s not often that you see top quality fine arts at a street festival. Perry Houlditch was able to show us how his extraordinary paintings catch the sunlight and reveal the depth and radiance of his hand produced pigments.

Oil Painting by Perry Houlditch

Ond of Perry Houlditch's oils with handmade pigments

Cindy Riccardelli’s haunting dolls were on display as well. These are not dolls to play with. Each doll is a beautiful piece of art with it’s own personality and definite attitude!

The Dragon Dancers had everyone smiling as they snaked through the crowd and there were plenty of activities for the kids too.

We topped off the day with a relaxing lunch at Nine Mile. A perfect May afternoon in Asheville!

See more photos at our photo gallery!

 

 

The 9th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival – Come meet our neighbors May 19th!

April 1st, 2012 by abedofroses

Montford Arts & Music Festival

Montford Arts & Music Festival

A Bed of Roses is located in a wonderful historic neighborhood called the Montford Historic District. We feel so lucky to belong to this vibrant, friendly, and quirky as well as beautiful neighborhood. There is a rich diversity of architectural styles as well as people here, from Queen Anne Victorian to Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts. The streets are tree lined and filled with B&Bs as well as family homes and businesses. Even though it is a National Register Historic District, the residents of Montford express themselves through their homes. Porches may be adorned with paintings or a giant polar bear and you’ll see more vibrant colors than you might expect in a staid historic district. So it’s not surprising that our wonderful neighbors and the Montford Neighborhood Association put on one of the best and most unique Spring Festivals in Western North Carolina.

Folk art doll

A folk art doll by artist Cindy Riccardelli

For the 9th Annual Music & Arts Festival there will be 2 sound stages, one on Montford Avenue and one for acoustic music only on Soco Street behind Nine Mile Restaurant (our favorite local haunt!) This is the largest one day music and arts festival in Western North Carolina, with over 20 bands performing and over 100 vendors displaying art, crafts, plants, food and children’s activities. The flavor of the community is retained by keeping the art, the food and the entertainment local. Artists lined up so far offer fine and unique jewelry, fiber art, pottery, paintings and wood etchings as well as mixed media.  Browsing the booths you will find hand crafted bags and clothing as well as glass art and stunning paintings and photography by local artists.

 

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts

David Holt the the Lightning Bolts are scheduled to return this year on the Montford Stage. David was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of fame and hosted The Folkways shows on PBS. If last year is any indication you will see a diverse sampling of music and art. The festival takes place on May 19th from 10AM to 7PM. You’ll be sure to see us there!

A Relaxing Day Trip to Black Mountain- The Front Porch of Western North Carolina

March 5th, 2012 by abedofroses

Black Mountain General Store

Downtown Black Mountain nestled in the mountains

Just 15 miles from Asheville is the quaint town of Black Mountain, nestled in the mountains and overflowing with charm. That small town feeling makes for a relaxing day trip of hiking, shopping or enjoying a leisurely lunch at one of their restaurants or cafés. We did just that the other day and took in the beautiful mountain views on the quick drive into town. With a history steeped in the arts, Black Mountain has lots of art & craft galleries to browse through as well as artists studios and unique gift stores. From the 1930s until the 1950s Black Mountain College brought the focus of American culture and arts to the mountains of North Carolina with a dazzling array of artists and thinkers associated with the college. John Cage and Buckminster Fuller taught there and Albert Einstein served on the board of directors to mention just a few. Fuller’s Geodesic Dome was created there.

Mountain Dulcimer Players

Instruction on the Mountain Dulcimer at Song of the Wood

Black Mountain is still a hub of creativity in a peaceful, slow paced way. I could have stayed all afternoon in the dulcimer showroom and workshop where Terry Read Smith crafts beautiful instruments. I particularly loved his richly toned and intricately carved hammered dulcimers. His sister was demonstrating and instructing a customer on a mountain dulcimer at the time and I couldn’t leave without buying one of Terry’s own CDs. Their shop is aptly called Song of the Wood.

Antique stores and gift shops drew us in as well, and we couldn’t miss the old fashioned general store. It was almost warm enough to eat on the lovely patio at the Black Mountain Bistro. Instead we lingered over lunch within a glassed-in area of the restaurant that gave us the views and feel of the patio.

Black Mountain's Lake Tomahawk

The Fountain at Lake Tomahawk

After lunch we explored the neighborhoods, admiring some of the older homes, (our weakness!). We’ve always been hooked on Victorian and Arts & Crafts architecture. We took a lovely stroll around Lake Tomahawk before heading home. All in all, a relaxing getaway for a few hours.

If you go, don’t forget the Black Mountain Music Scene as well. In addition to outdoor festivals such as the Lake Eden Arts Festival, Groovin on Grovemont, Park Rythyms at Lake Tomahawk, the local clubs offer a wide range of live music drawing fans from around the area.

You can find more photos of Black Mountain in our photo gallery.

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

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