While galavanting around Asheville recently, we ended up in the River Arts District, and in search of Sake. We stopped by Blue Kudzu and to our surprise, we had the opportunity to taste the first batch of Sake ever brewed! We added an array of delicious appetizers to the mix, and wow, what a drinking and dining experience. Michael, who is on staff, hosted us and helped make it a night to remember. This spot is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the 5-minute trip from downtown Asheville.
(Foreword by Adrian Etheridge, of ASE Photography)
It was the week before finals and amidst my frenzy to find a job for the summer, I happened across a flyer advertising a communications intern position with a “local interior design firm specializing in collaboration with local artists.” In a fit of excitement, I emailed the contact immediately, crossing my fingers for a job that would combine my skills in photography and social media with my love for interior design – not to mention the added of intensive of working closely with local artists (as art is my passion.)
The “Second Saturday” festivities on Dec. 14 in Asheville’s historic River Arts District promise seasonal treats for gift-givers and art lovers alike as they meet and greet artists-in-residence
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Discriminating art lovers will want to take this chance to meet and greet artists Cindy Walton and Fleta Monaghan if they’re considering investing in the finer things of life as a seasonal treat on Saturday, Dec. 14, as part of the “Second Saturday” festivities in Asheville’s River Arts District.
Artist Cindy Walton of Cindy Walton Fine Art, co-hosts a holiday open studio during “Second Saturday” at The Wedge Building. There, she will co-host a holiday open studio during “Second Saturday” at The Wedge Building from her second floor studio from 5-8 p.m. She, together with the other top-tier artists in residence, will be present for the festivities – and the shopping. A little elf told us that Cindy will have special pricing on selected cold wax paintings during the open studio. With her rising star reputation, her paintings are rarely offered at these advantageous prices.
Cindy Walton Fine Arts is on the second floor of The Wedge Building, Roberts Street, and at www.cindywalton.com.
Fleta Monaghan is known both for her own prowess as a fine artist and for her leadership in the profession as the founder of this hot gallery spot. Under her direction, 310 ART Gallery also celebrates the holiday season this “Second Saturday” from noon -5 p.m.
“We feature 21 local fine artists and artisans showing original paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass art and more,” she says.
While enjoying refreshments, ask for the winter workshop schedule for adult art classes. We also expect reindeer will pause here for the hand-bound books and jewelry specials bound to make it to the tip toe of that special someone’s stocking – plus, a delightful 10 percent discount off original works by Monaghan.
The 310 Art Gallery is at 191 Lyman Street, Studio 310, and at www.310art.com.
Sherri McLendon is a freelance writer with McLendon Bylines, www.sherrimclendon.com, near Asheville, N.C.
Fallen leaves, colorful streets, and beautiful views: Asheville in the late fall is a beautiful city for portraiture. From brilliantly-colored leafy woodlands to creatively-painted graffiti backgrounds, a photographer only has to step out her front door to find a good backdrop for a photo shoot. This year, as you dust off your camera for for solo photos, family portraits, Christmas cards, or just a fun afternoon with a camera, keep a few of the best locations around Asheville in mind.
UNC Asheville Botanical Gardens
If you’re looking for a nature setting, look no further than UNCA’s campus in North Asheville. The university’s botanical gardens offer a beautiful natural backdrop complete with fall colors and soft lighting filtering through the tree branches. On a warm day (because weather in Asheville can fluctuate from 20 to 60 degree days in the same week) the creek is a wonderful place for reflections.
The saturated fall colors of the leaves and dying foliage make for a very colorful background. With a wide open space to run around, you can create lively portraits playing in the leaves or skipping through the field.
The garden’s gazebo is one of my personal favorite places for portraits. Hidden in the corner entrance, the gazebo only gets the last soft rays of sunshine, so it is a perfect location for softly-lit close-ups.
Wall Street, Downtown
After a day of window shopping and gorging in any one (or more!) of Asheville’s famously fantastic restaurants, Downtown is a great location for artsy portraits. Architectural ranging from the 1800s to now, statues both fun and iconic, streets lined with lights and leaves, and art at every turn create a perfect atmosphere for city portraiture. Wall Street’s green light poles, yellow leaves, and colorful building fronts pair well with a great leather jacket and a pretty smile.
Chicken Alley, Downtown
Chicken Alley is famous for the enormous painted chicken, and this unconventionally decorated backstreet provides a beautiful brick backdrop for photos. Commandeer a nice renter’s back porch and you can make portraits fit for any coffee-drinking city-goer.
Graffiti by the Hatchery Studios, River Arts District
The River Arts District is a great place for more than just buying artists’ work. The giant graffiti-ed wall and silo create an edgier setting. Looking for a place for band photos or artist portraits? Posing in front of Asheville’s underground muralists’ work is the perfect location.
Looking for a professional photographer to take your portraits? Check out ASE Photography by Adrian Etheridge: ASEphotography.pixpasites.com OR ASEartistry10@gmail.com
Looking for a model to try out these locations? Contact Erin Dalton: firstname.lastname@example.org