Great Art and Good Business, Do They Mix?

Not always, but they definitely do at Perdue Studios located in River View Station at the River district. Warren Perdue founded the company in 2003 when he and his wife, Anna, moved to Asheville seeking a community of like-minded people and a great art scene. You can see Warren’s work all over Asheville. I am sure you’ve notice the beautiful door next to Barley’s Tap Room or the gorgeous tables and railings at Carmel’s. Warren’s work is distinctive and beautiful, and you know it when you see it.

The products and services of a business contribute to its success, but by no means are they the only factors. There are many practices that help a business thrive, two critical ones are: impeccable customer service and flexibility, and Perdue Studios is true to both of them.

Customers are not always pleasant. They are not always ideal. They may or may not appreciate what you do and who you are; but they are the customers and you need to value them even if they don’t reciprocate. When you have this attitude towards your customers, your business grows organically. Your customers will frequent your business more often and refer their friends to you because they know you’ll take care of them.

The second business practice that Warren implements is flexibility, which is the ability to adapt to circumstances. If there is something that ensures the success of a business, this is it. A flexible business has a multi-prong marketing strategy and a diverse customer base.

Perdue Studios works with builders, architects, small businesses and private individuals. Warren has built a strong and diverse customer base that allows him to respond to market conditions. He is able to do structural work such railings and stairs and he also creates beautiful stainless steel kitchen countertops, furniture, sculptures, water features, stained glass windowsand and much more; and he does everything with the same dedication to quality. This flexibility and market reach allows his business to thrive even in tough economic times.

Yes, great art and good business do mix.

You may contact Warren Perdue at 1-828-772-4183 or via email at

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Jason Sabbides presents New Work in Asheville

Sabbides’ oil on canvas paintings are curiously reminiscent of the daring display of figural compositions that were so much a part of Leonardo Da Vinci’s work. The bewitching magic of Da Da and Surrealist artist Max Ernst and the fantastic idealistic landscapes so prominent in the Renaissance Netherlander painters such as Hieronymus Bosch or Peter Bruegel also dominate Sabbides’ work. Similar to Bosch, his work is based on a unique world that he has created. He brings rich color and excruciating details of his imagination to life in his contemporary depictions of a capricious environment through a new technique blending Renaissance glazing techniques of the Old Masters with modern methods. Through processes of underpainting in grisaille (an initial monochromatic layer) followed by glazed and scumbled layers of color, the forms are given the luminosity and timeless three-dimensionality of Renaissance works while evoking a extraordinarily magical, mythic, and surreal human existence.

Friday, October 2, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm at Pump Gallery at Phil Mechanic Studios at 109 Roberts Street in Asheville. Phone: 8282542166 Email:

Pin Up Postcards 4 Troops- by Bootstraps

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Bootstraps Burlesque presents: "Pin Up Postcards: A Tribute to Our Troops!"

Saturday, July 25 – Doors at 10 p.m. Show at 11:30 p.m. Club 828 (formerly club Nashwa) $20 advance, $25 at the door, $5 off with Bootstraps postcard at the door, $7 off with military ID.

Bootstraps Burlesque, a throwback to showgirls of the early 1900s, presents "Pin Up Postcards: A Tribute to Our Troops." Saturday, July 25th at Club 828.  Doors open at 10:00pm with the showtime at 11:30.

Taking inspiration from saucy WWII postcards, the show features modern and retro style strip tease (with emphasis on the tease!).  Entertainment between acts includes worldclass juggling and schmaltzy mocking of pop culture.

To "support" Bootstraps Burlesque, limited-edition panties will be sold. 

Formerly known as Club Nashwa, Club 828 is located behind Hairspray and Hookah Joe's between Carter Street and North French Broad.

Asheville Mural Project – 2009 Update!

Under the Bridge: AMP Poised to Complete the Lexington Gateway Mural – Update on the Asheville Mural Project Summer 09

Arts 2 People’s Asheville Mural Project, Lexington Ave Gateway Mural, Summer 2009 – Grant and fundraising news included

Location: Lexington Avenue, under I-240 Overpass and

The Asheville Mural Project is poised to complete last summer’s work on the concrete support piers of the I-240 Bridge downtown. The Lexington Avenue side of the Gateway Mural is estimated to be completed by the end of July, where artists Kurt Thaesler, Steve Lister, and Harper Leich have been working to finish the portion dedicated to the arts in Asheville. Painting is currently well underway, as well as a plan to address the water run-off issue occurring due to the break in the roadway overhead.

AMP will be honored as the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Chaddick Foundation at the end of June, and hopes to raise interest in the community to match the grant, for a total of $10,000 enabling the collective to complete the mural in it’s entirety, both Lexington and Merrimon sides. Donations can be made to AMP c/o Arts2People PO Box 1093 Asheville NC 28802, or by visiting our website You may also contact AMP Director, Molly Must, at

AMP is also the beneficiary of the first four Lexingon Ave Bizarres and truly wishes to thank the organizers! AMP’s scaffolding this time has been donated which is great as it is helping keep costs down. The team has hit one minor snag where they have been looking to find a solution for the drainage/ roadway leaking problem which is happening directly above the mural. The leaking is resulting in water pouring off the top of the concrete wall (the canvas) and over the top of the finish mural work. They have spoken with a roofer who hopes to come up with a long term solution to protect the mural.

The Gateway mural has been a collaborative effort amongst several painters in the Asheville Mural Project. So far, for the past three weeks, three painters’ have been hard at work, Harper Leich, Kurt Thaesler and Steve Lister on the Lexington Gateway Mural to finish up the West side’s north section.

They have been really excited to get started on this side of the mural because their design really focused on the center, where both sections of wall supports come together, but do not touch. They felt that this was where the real potential in the mural design was and so it was a great feeling to get started on the north end and complete the other portrait to start the dialogue between the two images.

The drum circle created by silhouetted drummers also is an element that carries over from one wall the next, and sort of embraces this dialogue… the idea has been hanging out there while AMP has been fundraising and it is great to finally see the core concept taking shape now.

This west side of the Lexington Avenue mural project was tagged with the theme “Asheville’s Arts”. The general hope is that the life of the mural will summarize the arts and culture of city of Asheville.

AMP will be extending the mural to the Merrimon Avenue side of the bridge, and has gathered a new group of artists to manifest the plan. One section of the design will be a large stylized image of two individuals playing chess in Pritchard Park. One of the players in the mural, Charles O’Kelley, plays chess by the outdoor boards in the park “every day the sun shines” and indeed can be found there at the Haywood and Patton intersection on most summer days, contemplating the chess table he brings from home. Originally reigning from New York, Charles appears playing chess in the movie Searching for Bobby Fisher.

The approach to these two new segments surrounding Merrimon Avenue will be very different from the project’s previous traditional techniques. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program (, AMP will be using an off-the-wall method of painting on 5′ by 5′ sections of a non-woven fiber nick-named “parachute cloth” that will be applied to the wall with an acrylic medium, similar to wall-papering. This method presents numerous advantages, namely the ability for many people to work on the project at once, on the walls of studio, or on tables at a community event, eliminating the extended use of scaffolding. The mural should last longer as well, as the paint will be infused within the fibers and will be safe from peeling.

The Asheville Mural Project (AMP) seeks to build bridges within the community through the fantastic medium of public art. Locals and visitors alike benefit from the experience outdoor art invokes, as it connects them to the creative experience. Creating public art provides a uniquely enriching experience for artists and non-artists alike, and invests participants deeply in their community.

Murals beautify otherwise conventional and often bleak urban architecture, and reflect the unique culture and feeling of an individual place. The Asheville Mural Project aims to enliven our habitat by brightening dark corners, enhancing forgotten space and celebrating the every-day routes we travel. As well as enriching public life, murals memorialize the ideas, concerns, and dreams of a community. Murals are the voice, expression, and vision of a culture.

AMP is becoming a successful and enduring fixture for the area, enriching our environment and providing opportunities for our artists and youth.

The Asheville Mural Project is a branch of the Arts2People 501(c)3 non-profit, an organization devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the community through arts outreach, bringing the arts to those in need of the healing power of art, supporting the careers of artists, and through community cultural development. Arts 2 People houses several programs including the Lexington Ave. Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF), the REACH Programming series, Moving Women, and the Faces of Asheville. Visit

For the Love of Art and Derby

Calling all artists! Asheville’s all-female flat track roller derby team is gearing up for the 2009 Season! The Blue Ridge Rollergirls are putting together an art auction to benefit the league and we need your help! We are in need of donors of any type of art to contribute to this event, which will be at the end of March. The items will be auctioned off and proceeds will be used to put on a kick-ass season at the Asheville Civic Center filled with roller derby action! Artists may create a roller derby inspired piece, or can just kick down something that’s lying around. Please e-mail Sugar Magmaulya at if interested. Thank you for your support!