Ahh, First Friday. One of my most beloved traditions, when my favorite artists open their studios to the public and share their enthusiasm for the talent in town. Every First Friday in Asheville is packed with fantastic, unique events, and this weekend combines the best of all worlds. There's a full schedule of openings, parties, poetry slams, and other events to keep you busily running between galleries. Here's what's on our radar. Let us know what we missed!
First Friday Reception @ The Refinery Creator Space
Works will be on display from Melanie Norris, Douglas Lail, and the artists of the WNC Emerging Craft Artist Showcase. Other artists will also have their studios open. If you haven't taken a peek into the Refinery yet (which also houses the Asheville Darkroom!), it's a great night to go and check it out.
Eric Baden @ Pink Dog Creative
Zona Torrida: Travels in Mexico and Peru is a presentation from Eric Baden, Warren Wilson College professor of photography. Baden's most recent body of work "explores the influence of water upon the structure and activity of the Peruvian desert landscape." This show includes images from the deserts of Mexico and Peru. Baden has been a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Survey Grant, a North Carolina Artist in Residence, and a Light Work Artist in Residence. Baden was a member of the Photo+Craft planning committee.
Daniel Nevins @ Satellite Gallery
Daniel Nevins's new show, Milagro, presents new paintings from the Asheville artist. A recent show of his explored his interpretations of the sacred Jewish text, the Torah. This show seems to return to Nevins's signature abstract images. From the artist's statement: "Miracles remain hidden. Not because they are very rare, but because they are so very common." Nevins's gorgeous colors and sensuous shapes are captivating, mysterious, and transcendent. Just like miracles.
Madhat's Poetry, Prose, and Anything Goes @ Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Duck into the new Black Mountain College + Arts Center space, just down the street from Satellite in downtown's BAD, or Broadway Arts District. The poets Nathaniel Mackey and Lee Ann Brown will present. Mackey is the Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University and is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan, and moved to Charlotte, NC, early in life. She is the recipient of a Fence Modern Poets Series Award and was a winner of the New American Poetry Competition.
November Repair Cafe @ the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design
In conjunction with The Future of Fixing exhibit at the CCCD, the Asheville Makers will pay a visit to help you fix your broken appliances and technologies. The Makers and the CCCD will have tools, materials, and knowledge to share; no fix-it experience is necessary. The event is free--pre-register and guarantee your spot here.
Margaret Curtis @ Revolve
Auriferous is Tryon artist Margaret Curtis's deeply felt body of sketches, created before and after a residency in the New Mexico desert. The beautiful sketches shatter expectations and reveal deeper layers of meaning on top of the flows of history, power, and geologic time. Work touches on topics ranging from environmentalism to colonialism, from nuclear technology to the human body itself.
Guy Fawkes Dance Party, Fundraiser, and Bake Sale @ NYS3 Warehouse Space
A dance party, a bake sale, a fundraiser?! Yes, this benefit for the MAP (Media Arts Project) is all of that and more. The MAP funds artists working in digital and new media, film, audio arts, and other innovative areas, and all of the proceeds from this event (suggested $5-25 donation) go straight to the organization and their artists. DJ sets from Gaul Plus, DJ Wey, Liquid Asset, Tann Jones, and DJ Deeds, visual projection from Geo Lynx. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own projectors and get their graphics up in the space!