Thursday, April 28, 2011

Asheville Rites Project: A public art + performance piece

Photo of Molly Rose Freeman by Matt Rose, courtesy of Verve Magazine

For the next two weeks Molly Rose Freeman will be painting five 10' x10' panels for the Asheville Rites Project, a collaborative performance piece that comes together on May 21. The panels are installed in amphitheatre format in the RiverLink sculpture and performance plaza, an outdoor venue located at 117 Riverside Drive, across from the Cotton Mill Studios and 12 Bones Restaurant.

A dance choreographed by Garth Gimball is set to take place at dusk on May 21st (raindate is May 28th) at the plaza with Freeman's panels serving as the backdrop. Live music will be performed by Michael Libramento. The event is free and open to the public. In the meantime, you can swing by and check out the mural as it progresses.

This project is made possible with the help of Kickstarter donations, RiverLink, Arts2People, Asheville Mural Project, The River Arts District Artist Community, and Asheville Ballet

Read more about Molly Rose Freeman: Wall Flower: Verve Magazine May 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

SETSE at the W.C. Reid Center

Check out for some great pictures of kids at the W.C. Reid Center participating in an after school art program headed up by Cleaster Cotton. SETSE = Self Empowerment Through Self Expression. The program is being funded by 5 Walnut Wine Bar.
I love the paintings they're all making on the blog! Cotton says she's been teaching the kids methods she employs in her own work which you can see at

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Still Life with Internet: April 21

Jane Allen Nodine

Jenny Bowen

Jenny Bowen

Jasper Macfarlane Rhoden

Jodi Rhoden

No art but sculls and degree
Dasha Vladimirova

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Call for Art: Still Life with Internet

Submit your jpegs to my first-ever cyber art show:


Assemble a still life arrangement, take a picture of it, and send it to

I will post ALL entries, as I receive them, on this blog.

Some guidelines:

•You do not have to be an Asheville resident to participate.

•Do not send more than 2 jpegs.

•Please make them a reasonable size so as not to blow up my email account.

•Please send contact info and/or website so I can include them with your entry. (You may remain anonymous if you wish.)

I will post anything and everything I receive before June 1st, 2011.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Current shows in Asheville you might want to see

Travis Medford at PUSH Gallery. Opening Friday April 8th
"The Third Other will be an opportunity for the community to view the first solo exhibition by Medford. Primarily a graphic designer and screen printer, Travis will be showing larger mixed media works on wood, supported by limited edition, silk screened art prints. Taking inspiration from pulp novels, comics, monster magazines, skateboard graphics, and punk flyers, Medford’s work offers the viewer a layered mash-up of image, color and texture."

Molly Sieburg Courcelle's painterly abstracts at Atelier 24 on Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville.
Opening Reception Sat. April 9th. 6-9pm

Molly Rose Freeman's patterned ruminations at Eclipse Salon on Wall Street in downtown Asheville.
Show hangs thru April 18th.

Allen Leper Hampton at FLOOD Gallery in the Phil Mechanic Building in the River Arts District.
Show hangs thru April 28

An assortment of photos taken with disposable cameras at the Desoto Lounge in West Asheville. is one of the photographers.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Book trailer by Luca Dipierro

I'd like to call attention to this recent stop motion book trailer created by Luca Dipierro for the novel Us by Michael Kimball (NY Tyrant Books, 2011.)
Dipierro currently lives in Asheville, NC.
Learn more about his projects, including his
new book, by visiting

Friday, April 1, 2011

Bridget Elmer

We can go beyond it

Combining her interests in handmade books, libraries, information exchange and social justice, Bridget Elmer produces works of art that go beyond the book — literally.

Her thesis project, Fibre Libre mirrors the way open-source technology is developed. To make paper for the book, Elmer brought together 10 people who each contributed to its production. Similarly, she had participants adjust processing code to produce a variety of digital images for the book, demonstrating the fundamental ideas of collaboration and revision found in open-source technology.

Another project, We Can Go Beyond It, (pictured above) explores theories of neuroplasticity -- the assertion that the human brain is capable of changing itself. Comprised of various maps of brain activity, the book detaches into "links" that can then be manipulated by the handler: a physical manifestation of the way a person might dismantle and resolve destructive ways of thinking.

Read more: Bold Life Magazine 4/11: Books without Borders

Elmer will perform a collaborative piece involving her printing press and artists R. Brooke Priddy, Matt Schnable and Nathanael Roney at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center {Re} HAPPENING event April 9. Visit for details.

See more of Elmer's work at www.flatbedsplendor