Asheville Logo Design Contest by Skyland Distributing

Ok, so Skyland is getting ready to re-brand some and wants to get the talent of the local Asheville community behind it. As you can see, the logo Skyland Distributing has is just not good enough.

Skyland Distributing is now accepting entries for their new logo design contest. Here are the rules, prizes and deadlines:

1. Logos need to be submitted in 3 styles/sizes – 100 x 100, 200 x 200 and one with their QR Code incorporated in it – by July 20, 2011. The logos will then be on display and the Winners will be chosen by a Facebook, Twitter and Staff vote by August 1, 2011.

2. Prizes include: $600 in prizes for 1st place including a Kayak and/or Mountain Bike, $300 in prizes for 2nd place, and $100 in prizes for 3rd place.

3. Send all entries to

Great opportunity for a local designer to show off their skills, have a nice portfolio  project, and automatically be hired for additional work.


ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA —   More than 80 contestants carved, sculpted and painted their way into the 12th Annual Decorated Birdhouse Competition at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. The competition was held on Saturday April 16. Contestants used everything from paper cups to bottle caps to create dozens of creative and colorful birdhouses.

An intricate wood carving that resembles a tree house by Howard Atwood of Barnardsville, N.C. took first place honors at the 12th annual Decorated Birdhouse Competition.  Atwood’s prize included $1,000 in cash and a two night stay at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.

Second place winner in the adult competition was Jennifer Goff of Asheville, who received a $750 cash prize and a one-night stay at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. The third place winner in the adult category was Claire Simpson-Jones of Burnsville, N.C. She received a $500 cash prize and dinner for two at the Blue Ridge Dining Room.

In the teen division, Joshua Hodges of Leicester N.C. took the top spot winning $250. Second place in the teen division went to Kayla Barnett of Asheville who won $150 and third place went to Amber Martin of Weaverville, N.C. with a $100 prize.

In the youth division, Jacob Goff of Asheville won first place and $150. Spectrum 3 Class with Sarah VenRensselaer of Sylva, N.C. took second place and $75. The third place winner in the youth division was Janna Thompson of Hickory Grove, S.C. who won a $50 prize.

New to the 12th Annual Decorated Birdhouse Competition this year was a category for employees of The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa and their families. Winners in the adult category were: First place – Debbie Knight of Barnardsville, N.C., second place – Heather Brannan of Candler, N.C. and third place – Hilary Thomas of Asheville.

In the employee youth category winners were: Madeline Grassette of Arden, N.C. – first place, Sophia Grassette of Arden, N.C. – second place and Kerrigan Duncan of Swannanoa N.C. – third place.

The field of creatively designed birdhouses will remain on display at the resort from April 18 to May 9.

1st Annual Yarn & Fiber Crawl in Asheville

Friends & Fiberworks, a local business located in the Biltmore Square Mall, is sponsoring the first annual Asheville Yarn & Fiber Crawl May 14th – 15th.

What is a Yarn/Fiber Crawl ?

A Yarn/Fiber crawl is a fun way to acquaint all fiber enthusiasts and artists with regional independent retailers and the companies that supply and distribute the yarns and accessories they carry.  This is done by creating a self guided itinerary for the exploration of participating stores.  The stores participate by creating  special promotions, excitement and interest in various fiber mediums.  Participating companies share in underwriting the event and contribute full sized samples of their marvelous products which are included in the raffle baskets that are on display at every store along the crawl.  There is one raffle basket for every store.  Everyone is eligible to enter the Raffle.  There is never a charge to go on a crawl, and you go on your own time frame and at your own speed.  Every participant  on a yarn crawl is entitled to one FREE RAFFLE ticket from each store they visit.

Destinations included on the Yarn & Fiber Crawl itinerary are:

  • Friends & Fiberworks – Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville
  • Asheville NC Homecrafts – Asheville
  • Earth Guild – Downtown Asheville
  • Purl’s Yarn Emporium – Downtown Asheville
  • Yarn Paradise – Biltmore Village – Asheville
  • The Goldeski Farm – Asheville
  • Yarn Nook – Candler
  • Black Mountain Yarn Shop – Black Mountain
  • Nice Threads Fiber/Gallery Studio – Back Mountain
  • Charlotte’s Fibers – Brevard
  • North Woods Fiber & Farm – Inman, SC
  • Orr Farm

Support your local Western North Carolina fiber crafts community and stores by participating in this fun event! More information, itineraries, and maps of participating locations are at

About Friends & Fiberworks

Friends & Fiberworks is a local Asheville business headquartered in the Biltmore Square Mall. They are a community yarn shoppe and learning center, and offer classes on everything from weaving, spinning, dying, knitting, crochet, and more. They have over 2,000 sq ft of yarn, fiber, and crafting supplies. If you enjoy fiber arts but don’t have time to take a class, come on down and sit in a comfortable chair and participate in one of the many ‘sit and knit’ nights they have throughout the month. If you are having a problem with a project, or just have a question to ask, one of the friendly staff will be sure to assist you. Looking for a yarn, set of needles, or something else that they don’t have? Ask, and they will gladly order it for you, and let you know when your order has arrived!

Grab your knitting needles, spinning wheel, weaving loom, or craft of your choice and head on down to check out Friends & Fiberworks at the Biltmore Square Mall!


Opening reception honoring Cindy Walton, fine artist, is tonight at Asheville Gallery of Art

Fine artist Cindy Walton evolves an ethereal, emergent style in a series of abstraction and cold wax paintings evoking a timeless pathos and elegant sensibility

Cindy Walton, fine artist, may be known for bold, emotive impressions and sweeping, color-carved landscapes, but reveals yet another layer of talent and meaning in a new series of finely executed abstraction and cold wax paintings with unsurpassed elegance and intricate detail.

Walton is the featured artist at Asheville Gallery of Art from April 1-30, 2011. An opening reception in her honor will be Friday, April 1, from 5-8 p.m.

Within the past year, Walton’s introduction of the cold wax medium – consisting of a beeswax paste mixed with oil paints for a matte, layered texture – into her repertoire as an artist and instructor has generated a furor of interest among discerning collectors and experts. The first public showing of Walton’s work in this medium debuted in September 2010 at the Cotton Mills Studios, where she was a guest artist. In the six month interim, the demand for Walton’s works has increased, and her technique workshops for artists have sold out.

Inspiration and method evolve the creation of an original piece.

“These paintings are small format, intimate, jewel-like treasures,” says Walton.

The technique is ancient in origin, and can be traced to early civilizations as a fine art application. Often confused with encaustic wax painting, cold wax mediums are not heated to produce the delicately textured effect, but instead are applied with knives or other tools and layered for unique visual appeal.

“The detail is really exquisite. This medium gives a three-dimensional quality to a two-dimensional surface,” she explains. “It’s very interesting to see.”

Attend Abstraction and Cold Wax and meet featured artist Cindy Walton at Asheville Gallery of Art at the Opening Reception Friday, April 1, from 5-8 p.m., at 16 College Street, Asheville. The exhibit will be displayed in the gallery from April 1-30, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. For more information on the event, see the Artist of the Month feature at

For more information on Cindy Walton, fine artist, see her website at

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Sherri L. McLendon, MA, is a communication strategist, marketing mentor, and publicist in Western North Carolina. She may be reached through the website at

Asheville Electronic Dance Music + Live Artists – Sat March 26th

Peripheral, Disc-Oh!, Beat Repeat, Woodwork, Rah Bee, FlyPaper, TR, Laura Sellers, Infinite Geometry, Clay Wilson

Doors Open: 9:00PM | Location: 191 Lyman Suite 101, Asheville NC 28801 (directions)

Happy Spring! Its time for you to get down and dance to some of the best funky electronic music on earth! This Saturday night Dj Bowie and the Definition crew are producing an awesome dance party on behalf of Asheville Green Drinks. The third of Definition series event based in the Asheville area. Definition is back as a multi genre, multi venue event highlighting the finest that Asheville and the south-east has to offer dance and electronic music culture.

Get down! This Saturday Mar 26th at The Star Factory (River Arts District) with a smooth grooves meets eclectic, and rinse-out evening of mind inspiring and body moving musics!!

Music By:
– Peripheral
– Disc-Oh!
– Beat Repeat
– Woodwork
– Rah Bee
– FlyPaper

Live art:
– TR
– Laura Sellers
– Infinite Geometry
– Clay Wilson

18+ $12
21+ $7

Event starts at 9:00 pm with limited capacity be sure to get there early to make sure you get in, and to check out all the styles we’re bringing to the table.

Valid ID required. We are making an exception to allow for an 18+ show. Extra security will be present to control this to allow everyone a fun and safe event.

A benefit for Asheville Green Drinks (Social Networking for Sustainability)

The Star Factory
191 Lyman St. Suite 101
Asheville, NC 28801