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Asheville Inn-Sider’s Holiday Package: Spotlight on New Morning Gallery and the Amazing John Cram

November 22nd, 2014 by abedofroses

Dennis Thompson's Dragon with Opal Eyes at New Morning Gallery

Dennis Thompson’s Dragon with Opal Eyes at New Morning Gallery

When we at the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association decided to compile a curated list of the best Holiday Shopping destinations in Asheville to share with our guests, New Morning Gallery was at the very top of my list. My family and friends have been the recipients of New Morning Gallery one-of-a-kind gifts every year for nearly as long as the shop and gallery has been open. Long before I lived in Asheville my family introduced me to this exquisite collection of unique arts and crafts and it’s been my go-to place to buy gifts ever since. In that time I’ve witnessed how one man over the course of 40 years spearheaded a renaissance here in Asheville, not just with one wonderful gallery of gifts. When John Cram opened New Morning Gallery in 1972, Asheville was not yet the cultural destination that it is now and he played a big part in bringing art and culture to the city. This is evidenced by the State of North Carolina awarding him it’s greatest civilian honor in Fine Arts in 2013.

Poster for this past year's Art & Craft Fair

Poster for this past year’s Art & Craft Fair

He created the Annual Village Art & Craft Fair shortly after opening New Morning Gallery.

He then went on to help revive Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville by opening the Blue Spiral Gallery. He bought the theater next door that was known for screening porn movies and made it into The Fine Arts Theatre, Asheville’s home for art and independent films. Then Bellagio, “art to wear” in Biltmore Village followed with one of a kind fashion and Bellagio Every Day on Biltmore Avenue downtown.  We are so honored to have John Cram and his “Blue Spiral” of shops and galleries participate in our Asheville Inn-siders Holiday Package. Watch him talk about his life and how Asheville has grown and come to life in this video.
The Asheville Inn-Sider’s Holiday Package: Stay, Shop & Play Package is available Nov. 19, 2014 to Thursday, Jan. 3, 2015. Add it to any two night reservation at A Bed of Roses now.

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.

 

 

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