Spring is finally warming up and so is downtown Asheville’s art scene with 2015’s second Friday Art Walk May 1. Art lovers can expose themselves to the 20-plus galleries that line downtown’s streets, with numerous openings including a collaborative photo exhibition joining Blue Spiral 1 and Castell Photography Gallery, a group sing-a-long with Oakland, CA artist David Wilson at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, and a group exploration into dreams and dreaming at the Satellite Gallery. Also, the Asheville Art Museum will keep its doors open until 8PM hosting a special screening and reception for Prime Time: Third Annual New Media Juried Exhibition.
Opening Shows, First Friday Art Walk, Downtown Asheville, May 1
The Other Place We Live – Explorations in Dreams and Hypnagogia
Draw back the curtain and step into worlds within worlds of dream space and hypnogogic states. New works, most created specifically for this show, by Asheville artists Dona Barnet, Hannah Dansie, Nicole McConville, and René Treece Roberts explore the infinite landscape of dreams, dreaming, and the space between waking and dreaming. What adventures and questions fill your mind as you sleep? What magic resides in that territory where dreams and our own self-awareness converge? Mediums including photography, encaustics, collage, illustration, and drawing will be featured with works ranging from small, intimate scale pieces to large wall works. The show aims to evoke emotion and connection of both personal experience and the collective unconscious.
The Satellite Gallery
55 Broadway Street
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Castell Photography Gallery and Blue Spiral 1 are pleased to join forces in presenting a collaborative event for the First Friday art walk. Both galleries will feature exhibitions of photo based works. Blue Spiral’s exhibition, Coming Into Focus, will be in their downstairs gallery space. For the first time, an open corridor connects the two galleries creating a seamless passageway between the exhibitions. Food and drink will be generously provided by Noble Cider, Roots Hummus, One World Brewery, and Catawba Brewing Co. Music provided by DJ Hillbilly Ocean, and guests are encouraged to move back and forth between the two neighboring galleries, and enjoy the refereshments and the photographic exhibitions.
Coming Into Focus: Emerging Southeast Photographers
Blue Spiral 1 presents Coming Into Focus in Gallery 1 of their space. Whether documentary-style, capturing subjects and surroundings honestly and objectively, or non-traditional portraits with a sense of the surreal, seven emerging regional photographers take a frank and occasionally humorous look at personality and place. Featured artists are: Jeremiah Ariaz, Shane Darwent, Joshua Dudley Greer, Meg Griffiths, Tammy Mercure, Whitten Sabbatini, and Kristin Skees.
The Portrait and Landscape in Contemporary Photography
Castell Photography Gallery presents The Portrait and Landscape in Contemporary Photography. Although focusing on two traditional and endlessly explored subject matters in both photography and other art forms, this group of work is anything but the expected. The exhibition includes a strange and captivating mix of works from Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Blake Fitch, Charlie Rubin, and Aline Smithson.
Prime Time: Third Annual New Media Juried Exhibition
The selections presented in Prime Time: Third Annual New Media Juried Exhibition represent a sampling of the broad variety of works that fall into the category of New Media, as well as highlight the emerging talent of regional artists working in this medium.
The Asheville Art Museum remains open from 5:00–8:00 p.m. and offers pay-as-you-wish admission, as well as special shop promotions and events. For this First Friday event, the museum is hosting a special screening and reception for Prime Time: Third Annual New Media Juried Exhibitionat 5:30 p.m.
Back to the Drawing Board | In Song Sing On: The Songbook Project, David Wilson (Oakland, CA)
In Song Sing On: The Song Book Projectis a contemporary version of the timeless tradition of collecting songs in printed form to support and encourage occasions when people can come together to sing. For the Asheville edition of The Song Book Project, Wilson will work with each participant on Friday evening to transcribe lyrics and simple chord progressions so that the songs can be easily played and others can easily join in the singing. A recording of each contributor playing their selection will accompany the song book so that new songs can be learned and old favorites can be appreciated.
On Saturday afternoon participants will be invited to participate in a group Sing-A-Long. The ultimate goal of this project is for the Song Book to act as a tool to enable group singing, which proves to be one of the highest forms of community engagement and communing.
Friday, May 1, 6-9 pm: Bring a song or join along. Visitors may bring or discover a well-known traditional, pop, campfire, children’s, or folk song to transcribe, record themselves or others singing, and assemble songbooks. Snacks and drinks will be provided. No experience necessary.
Saturday, May 2, 2 pm: Explore where art can take you. Meet at CCCD, 67 Broadway Street, at 2 pm and grab a map created by the artist. Wilson will meet visitors at an undisclosed location to perform songs added to the songbook on Friday. This is an all ages event. Instruments are welcome.
Asheville artists pay tribute to their media heroes with an exhibition of works of art based on their favorite character at Downtown Books. Fan art or fanart are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction (generally visual media such as comics, movies, television shows or video games) and derived from a character or other aspect of that work. Opening reception, 6-9 PM.