Friday, September 22, 2017

First Friday Art Walks in Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) & Lexington Glassworks. 2017 - Just three left this year!

First Friday Art Walks in Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) & Lexington Glassworks. 2017 - Just three left this year!
Visit the Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) through the First Friday Art Walks on the first Friday of each month, this year, 2017, with just three left to attend – on the Fridays of October 6, November 3rd and December 1st.  Don’t miss this delightful way to tour and view the fine arts and crafts traditions of Western North Carolina!  The First Friday Art Walks are from five to eight pm. featuring over twenty-five locations that include galleries, studios and museums.  The galleries, studios and museums featured on the walk are all within a half mile radius of historic downtown Asheville; admission to each varies and is on a  “Pay-as-you-wish” basis.
Stops along this self-guided tour include museums (including the Asheville Art Museum), studios and galleries; and during the First Friday Art Walks,  partake in special events, including exhibition openings, guest artists to observe and meet, live music, refreshments and more.  What a great way to view and see Asheville’s vibrant downtown and Asheville’s downtown art scene.  Find wonderful & special gifts to purchase!  Printed brochures to participating sites may be found at all member galleries, various locations around town as well as the Asheville Visitors Center. 
For a complete listing of participating studios, galleries and museums, and for a map of the walk and locations of the the various galleries and stops click here to view a brochure .

As a part of the 1st Friday Art Walk events, be sure and visit Lexington Glassworks Studio (click here), glassblowing gallery and working studio.  View the fascniating art  of glassblowing first-hand, listen to bluegrass music and perhaps drink a local craft beer in a hand-blown glass at the taproom here.  Look for the big green garage doors (often wide open) at 82 South Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC (828 348-8427).  Besides these special events each 1st Friday between four and eight pm, Lexington Glassworks is also open to the public 6 days a week, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm.
Along your art stroll you will also pass by many of Asheville’s amazing restaurants and breweries.  Be sure and stop for an appetizer, meal and/or beverage before, during or after your inspiring walk.  If you are looking for a place to stay, check out Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast, 828 994-2627 (reservations and information), located within a mile of Asheville’s historic downtown district.

Monday, September 18, 2017

What is a Luthier? Enjoy a Jam Session & Luthier Craft Exhibit at Smith-McDowell House Museum

Chris Testerman teaches, builds and plays fiddles, banjos and dulcimers and studied in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program.

The Luthier exhibit may be viewed and enjoyed through October 25th 2017.

Besides viewing the art of stringed instrument building found in the special luthier craft exhibit, participate in an old-timey (and new-timey!) jam session!  Join others on the front porch of the Smith-McDowell House Museum for a "jam" session on September 23rd 2017 from 1pm - 3pm.  All skill levels are welcome, the more the merrier!  Instruments may include guitar, banjo, fiddle, lap dulcimer, ukelele, mandolin, harmonica, spoons and more!  Bring your creative spirit, instrument, picnic basket, blanket, chair for a fun afternoon on the front lawn and porch of the Smith-McDowell House.  Be a listener or a jammin' musician!  Dance along, sing along, smile along.  If you desire, drinks and food will be available for $1.00 otherwise there is no admission fee to participate during the afternoon Jam Session - so y'all come on and be a part of the musical spirit of Western North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountain musical traditions!  

While at the Smith-McDowell House Museum and on the AB-Tech campus, stroll to the top of the hill and sit on the front porch of the Fernihurst historic home.  Maybe the best mountain & sunset views in town (George Vanderbilt tried to purchase Fernihurst).  End the afternoon of music - watching the sunset in a big white rocking chair!  

The Smith-McDowell House Museum is open Wednesday through Saturdays, 10 am to 4pm.  Admission is $9.00 for adults, $5 for Children ages 8-18 and Students with a student ID, free for Children 7 years old and younger.  For more information about the Smith-McDowell House Museum (click here for link to website), call 828 253-9231, email and visit the website to stay updated on special events and activities. Oakland Cottage Bed and Breakfast (828 994 2627 reservation offices) is a block away - if you are staying there just walk on over to the museum!