The Eco Krinkle Club of Asheville – the day of panic on Wall Street

“The Day of Panic on Wall Street”…..stocks of Tiffany & Company dropped 3.6% [NY Times] but The Eco Krinkle Club is still at the top of the list, when you type  “eco-hip fashion jewelry” into your search engine.  Why is that?  It’s because we are at the forefront of the eco fashion movement.   Making “fashion jewelry” from recycled aluminum cans, bottle tops and magazine pages.  “What a great Idea” , and its all happening right here in Asheville! The quickest way to get there is on your computer: but if you want to use gas,we are in the Woolworth Walk gallery, Kress Emporium [ beginning in April] and Hip Replacements Clothing on Lexington Ave.  Beginning in May, we will have a street cart on Wall street, in the vicinity of the New City Market restaurant.  So, y’all come and visit.  All eco-fashionistas welcome!! and

The Village Potters – Coming to the River Arts District this May!

The Village Potters is a fully equipped Pottery housing the Personal Studios of 7 Professional Resident Potters. The Village Potters is the home of an exquisite Gallery exhibiting and selling the exceptional work of the Resident Village Potters as well as other regional artists. The Village also includes an Education Center committed to the advancement and development of Professional Ceramic Artists as well as interdisciplinary classes in the Arts for children. The Founding Potters are Cat Jarosz, Judi Harwood, Melanie Robertson, and Sarah Wells Rolland. They are all active members of The Southern Highland Craft Guild. Our grand opening is the 2nd Saturday, May 14th 10- 7pm. Come visit us at The Village Gallery, with pottery demonstrations, and tours of the studios and teaching facility. Celebrate with us this dream made real! Location: In Riverview Station in The River Arts District Asheville NC
The Village Potters
191 Lyman Street #180
Asheville, NC 28801
(Just 2 miles from Biltmore Village on the River)

Local Artists Shine at the Weaverville Art Safari

Weaverville, NC, 2011 — Some of the top artists in Western North Carolina open their mountain studios to the public during the Weaverville Art Safari, May 7-8, 2011. This exclusive weekend event is an opportunity to interact with more than 40 artists and see the process behind the development of their critically acclaimed works of art.

The Art Safari provides a chance to wind through the backroads and main streets of Weaverville, Alexander and Barnardsville on a self-guided driving tour. Artists are on hand to talk about their creative processes and exhibit their latest creations. Works of art showcased during the event include pottery, handmade glass, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, paintings, drawings and fiber art. Select studios offer public demonstrations and door prizes. Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

A special preview party sponsored by Claxton Farm on Friday, May 6, kicks off the event and celebrates the Art Safari’s tenth anniversary. The fun begins at 7 p.m. and includes door prizes, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar. The highlight of the evening is a silent auction featuring art from participating artists. Guests have the opportunity to bid on gallery-worthy works of art selected exclusively for the event and its patrons. Event tickets are $10 at the door with additional door prize tickets available for $5 each. All event proceeds fund future Weaverville Art Safari events.

Weaverville Art Safari brochures containing maps and artist information are available at Asheville-area art galleries, restaurants and shops beginning in April. A downloadable brochure is also available at beginning in April.

The Weaverville Art Safari is a collection of Western North Carolina artists whose goal is to raise awareness of the vibrant art community residing on the outskirts of Asheville, NC. The Weaverville Art Safari is a biannual event held in the spring and fall. For more information on the Weaverville Art Safari and participating artists, visit, or contact Steven Forbes-deSoule at 828-654-9065 or

Freaks & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow

Okay, I confess, I was the last adult in Asheville who didn’t have at least one tattoo-at least up until yesterday. I’d been thinking about it for a while, and when the opportunity came up, I jumped on it. I headed out with my friend Julie yesterday morning in search of a place that would take our money and inflict pain on us… it was harder than you’d think, for a place like this. Several shops claimed to be open but were locked up tight, and one guy said he’d come let us in but never did. Maybe they saw us coming and got scared, I dunno. Anyway, driving up Haywood Road in W. Asheville, we spotted Freaks & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow. I was drawn to the name; I loved that show, and Paul Feig is a genius, but I digress.

Julie and I fell in love with the place. The artists, Tiffany and Galen, were friendly, helpful, and absolutely hilarious. I’m kind of a wimp about pain and was a nervous wreck, especially since I’d been told that it felt less like being poked with needles and more like having a razor slicing through your skin slowly, but these people totally put me at ease. They worked with us to make sure we got exactly the designs we wanted, and they came out beautifully. Tiffany did Julie’s tattoo and Galen did mine, and we were both happy with the results.

Afterward they went over the aftercare thoroughly and reminded us to call if we had any questions. Freaks & Geeks are fun and friendly and totally irreverent, but at the same time it’s clear that they’re professionals and take their work seriously. This is a place you could go and hang out and laugh the afternoon away, even if you weren’t in the market for a new tattoo. I’m definitely going back for my next one.

Freaks & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow is located at 725 Haywood Rd. in Asheville. They’re open noon to 8 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 6 on Sunday and Monday. Contact them at 828-254-4429 or go to their web site, for more information.

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Asheville Artist Cindy Walton Shows Cold Wax Series in Highlands, N.C.

Asheville fine artist Cindy Walton will be a featured artist in the “Fall Colors Fine Art Show” in Highlands, N.C., Oct. 16-17, 10-5 p.m. Her new cold wax painting series, which debuted here at the Cotton Mill Open House last month, is expected to continue to garner attention among art enthusiasts.

“The attraction for many is the level of intricate detail,” says Walton, who previously has distinguished her work with bold, sweeping impressionistic landscapes. “These paintings are small, intimate jewel-like treasures.”

The cold wax medium consists of a beeswax paste mixed with oil paints for a matte texture. “The medium gives a three dimensional quality to a two dimensional surface. The detail truly is exquisite.”

The technique is ancient in origin and can be traced to early civilizations as a fine art application. Cold wax is applied with knives or other tools and layered for unique visual appeal.

Admission is free. The “Fall Colors Fine Art Show” is Oct. 16-17 from 10-5 p.m. in the Civic Center Recreation Park gymnasium. For more information on Cindy Walton, fine artist, visit her website at, email her directly at, or arrange a private studio visit at (828)251.1499.

Sherri L. McLendon is a freelance writer in Weaverville, N.C. at

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