“Handmade for the Holiday,” Weaverville, Celebrates 6th Annual Season to Benefit Arts for Life on Sunday

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Consider taking part in Weaverville’s “Handmade for the Holidays” Sunday, Nov. 24. For more information, click on the flier above.

 WEAVERVILLE – The 6th annual handmade for the holidays will be Sunday, Nov. 24, noon-5 p.m., at Weaverville Town Hall. This year, 10 percent of all sales are designated to benefit Arts for Life. 

A partner with Mission Hospital and other North Carolina hospitals serving children, Arts For Life builds bridges and makes lasting connections between the art and healthcare communities of North Carolina. AFL programs offer young patients and their families visual arts, music, and creative writing for more than 250 hours each week, creating successful pediatric clinic art programs, patient and family art support groups, and inpatient art programs.

The best of handmade available during the event includes art prints, candles, clothing and accessories, home goods, jewelry, note cards, ornaments,  paintings, pottery, a raffle with prizes, and more.

Handmade for the Holidays is Sunday, Nov. 24, noon-5 p.m. at Weaverville Town Hall, 30 South Min Street. Checks and cash will be accepted at the event, and 10% of proceeds will be donated to Arts For Life. For more information, visit www.aflnc.org. 







Photographing Asheville

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Hello from a local photographer! I’m a photojournalism student from UNC Asheville and I couldn’t have picked a better place to study photography. Every so often I will post one of my photos from my work around Asheville. This particular piece – a set of 50 shots from Beaver Lake yesterday evening – is one of my current favorite nature shots. One of the great things about photographing scenic Asheville is the city’s beauty no matter the season. Although we haven’t had the most colorful fall, the beautiful sunsets and gorgeous days (and rainbow this morning, for those who were up early enough to see it) more than make up for it.

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Beaver Lake, October 2013

-Adrian Etheridge (of ASE Photography)

Enchanted Animal Affaire Unveils “Light of the Phoenix,” Benefits Lake Louise Community Center

WEAVERVILLE, N.C. – The third annual Enchanted Animal Affaire, the “Light of the Phoenix,” kicks off May 24, and runs June 1-26, with a Gala and Auction on June 28.

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Annual fundraiser to benefit renovation of Lake Louise Community Center, Weaverville

Get your copy of the downloadable 2013 EAA Poster here.The Phoenix represents the future renovation of the Weaverville Community Center at Lake Louise.

“The Weaverville Business Association has already pledged $5000 to this future effort,” says Liz Lewis, event chairman. “This fundraiser supports the Weaverville Business Association.”

The local, non-profit organization of businesses of businesses which support and promote Weaverville as an outstanding place to visit, do business, live, and work.

For the Enchanted Animal Affaire, the Weaverville Business Association partners with local artists and businesses. The artists create one-of-a-kind works of art, and merchants display the illuminated multi-media works to the delight of townspeople and guests.

Participating artists include Joan Atwood, Phil Atwood, Mark Bettis, Verge Design Studio, Sharon Bailey, Leah Baker, Randi Milofsky, Rob Durham, Gwen Komala Durham, Jackie Williams, Ray Mann, Mark Peyton, Barbara McGuire, and Pamela Paddock.

This year’s affaire will kick-off on May 24th with an unveiling at Maggie B’s Wine & Specialty Store, where the public will see the sculptures for the first time. Sponsoring businesses will each house a phoenix through June 25, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt and drawing to win one of the works.

Entry forms may be obtained at Aabani Salon & Spa, Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub, Edward Jones Financial Advisors, Maggie B’s Wine & Specialty Store, Mangum Pottery, Miya Gallery, Optix Eye Care, the Tarrants Agency Inc., Tierney and Company Real Estate, Weaverville Home Trust Bank, Weaverville Pet Pantry, and Well Bred Bakery & Cafe.

The local art collectors and scavenger hunt hopefuls will gather on the evening of the 2013 Enchanted Animal Affaire Gala and Auction, now one of Weaverville’s most anticipated summer events, to see the phoenixes as a flock one last time before the good-natured bidding begins. In addition to the widely anticipated auction, the evening fundraiser held at the community center includes live music, an array of hors d’oevres from local restaurants and a cash bar.

“In addition to sponsoring community events, such as the Enchanted Animal Affaire, the association works with town management to ensure businesses have a voice in local matters,” says Lewis.

“The support member businesses receive for their ventures is exceptional, and we look forward to an exceptional event,” she says.

 Scavenger hunt forms and informational brochures may be obtained from area businesses. The 2013 Animal Affaire Gala and Auction will be at the Weaverville Community Center at Lake Louise, 60 Lakeshore Drive, 6-8 p.m. Admission $10. For more information, profiles of the participating artists and businesses, visit the Weaverville Business Association online at www.visitweaverville.com. Sherri L. McLendon is a freelance writer in Weaverville.




Cindy Walton Featured Fine Artist at Charlotte, N.C., Gallery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Noted abstraction fine artist Cindy Walton today opens an exhibit of selected original abstractions in cold wax as the featured artist through March 31 at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, which represents a juried selection of distinctive, award-winning artists.

The opening of the exhibit is tonight, and includes new works in the artist’s dynamic Horizon Lines series.

Working predominantly in the Cold-Wax medium, Cindy Walton explores the horizon line as a compositional element. For the viewer, the orientation of the horizon line informs their perception of the visual landscape.

“Through color and texture, I draw the viewer into the environment I have created,” says Walton. “While the physical nature of the horizon is not always obvious, it is a theme which runs through my work.”

Additionally, the layered application of cold wax and paint adds to the originality of each of these abstracts. In fact, Walton’s mastery of versatility in medium and mood captured the attention of regional art enthusiasts in 2010 with her introduction of the cold wax medium – consisting of a beeswax paste mixed with oil paints for a matte, layered texture – into her repertoire. The result has generated a furor of interest among discerning collectors and experts in the U.S. and abroad.

Recently accepted to the juried National Association of Women Artists, Walton enjoys emerging prestige as an artist with increasing significance in the national arena, and is a sought-after instructor by professional artists interested in the cold wax technique.

For more information on Cindy Walton, visit http://www.cindywalton.com, and learn more about Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, http://www.charlottefineart.com/welcome_.




Fine Artist Cindy Walton Featured Instructor at River’s Edge Studio, Asheville, N.C.

Noted abstraction fine artist Cindy Walton teaches “Oil and Cold Wax Techniques” Jan. 26-27, 2013, at River’s Edge Studio, Asheville. Emerging artists will explore the diversity of the cold wax medium, acquiring new techniques and creating textured surface effects.

 

Cindy Walton

About the Artist

Selected work from Walton’s signature, color-driven Landscape series compared favorably to mid-20th century Colorist Hans Hoffman in a 2011 exhibit at Asheville Museum of Art.

Now, working predominantly in the Cold-Wax medium, her current “Horizon Lines” series creates elegant, subtle palettes layered to create intricate jewel-like canvas treasures.

In fact, her mastery of versatility in medium and mood captured the attention of regional art enthusiasts in 2010 with her introduction of the cold wax medium – consisting of a beeswax paste mixed with oil paints for a matte, layered texture – into her repertoire.

The result has generated a furor of interest among discerning collectors and experts in the U.S. and abroad. Recently accepted to the juried National Association of Women Artists, Walton enjoys emerging prestige as an artist with increasing significance in the national arena.

With her growing reputation as a significant artist to watch, and an awe-inspiring mastery of technique and style, the demand for Walton’s works has increased, and her workshops for professional artists have sold out repeatedly.

 

About the Event

Artists attending “Oil and Cold Wax” will explore the diversity of the medium, which can be used with oil paints, pigment sticks, and powdered pigments. The cold-wax medium lends itself to experimentation with non-traditional tools to achieve texture and finishes similar to encaustic, but without the fumes and heat. As the exciting medium gains popularity, it opens doors for painters to explore new vistas and brings a fresh eye to artists’ vision.

 

Red in the Morning - 2011 Oil and Cold Wax on Canvas

“The cold wax medium has totally changed the way I approach painting,” says Walton. “It offers opportunities to develop complexity through layers of introspective and emotional interpretations.”

For Walton, being an artist isn’t something she does, it’s who she is: bright, decisive, present, emotive, evocative, intelligent and saturated with complexity.

“I’m simply happy to be able to do something I love, and share it with others who find beauty and meaning in the work,” she says. “Fine art is meant to be enjoyed. For someone to choose to live with one of my paintings is the highest praise of all.”

 

For more information on Cindy Walton, visit http://www.cindywalton.com/. For more information on the River’s Edge Studio event, contact the artist through her website.