May 2-5, 2013 &
October 12-13, 2013
BLUE TO BLACK Art Weekend, boasts the E.A.S.T. Studio Tour--in its 7th season and the new BLUE to BLACK Art Stroll in downtown Black Mountain. It's free to enjoy!
Tour your choice of 40 studios/art venues/galleries. A variety of media is represented including glass, fiber, clay, metal, photography, painting, woodworking – and more. The route extends from the BLUE Ridge Parkway at Highway 70 to east Asheville, Fairview, Swannanoa on to BLACK Mountain —where the event name “BLUE TO BLACK” originated. Large Yellow and Blue E.A.S.T. signs will easily direct you along the way to each E.A.S.T. artist studio then on to downtown Black Mountain as far as Old Fort. Brochures with detailed maps are available at the stops.
Art Studio Tours - May 4-5
Art Stroll Downtown Black Mountain: Saturday 10 AM-7 PM & Sunday 11 AM-5 PM
Have lunch at a fine restaurant, then continue with a visit downtown to participating venues and galleries.
Artist Studio Tours: Saturday 10 AM-4 PM & Sunday 11 AM-5 PM
Visit E.A.S.T. Studio Artists (and visiting artists) as they showcase their work. This is a unique opportunity to visit, meet and obtain the knowledge and education of their particular media.
Additional Special Events - May 2-5
Thursday: White Horse Black Mountain
“Rock the Taste” - Taste of Black Mountain, is a Fundraiser for the local Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30 PM which features the ultimate in tasty cuisine from local restaurants and chefs. In addition, see the unveiling of the latest Black Mountain event called “The Little Town that Rocks” which features Painted Rockers by local artists sponsored by Black Mountain businesses.
Friday: Monte Vista Hotel
Join AnTHM Gallery for an artist reception, 5-9 PM, celebrating E.A.S.T. Tour participating artists and Blue to Black Art Stroll participating art venues. The evening features a new art collection of portraits, nudes and abstracts in both oil and watercolor, titled “Nudes and Naked Truths” with many of the featured artists present during the evening. Enjoy “Artini” drink specials, appetizers and live music.
Friday: Red House Studios & Gallery
The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League presents its opening reception for “New Beginnings” 4-6 PM, welcoming you to see art that is inspired by the essence of the Spring Season including birth, renewal, re-awakening, etc. Wonderful original work in all media include paintings, collage, sculpture, clay and wood. The show is open in May: Monday-Saturady 11 AM-5 PM and Sunday Noon-4 PM. The Red House Studios and Gallery is the home of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts league (SVFAL). This historic 16-room house provides a setting to cultivate the creative talents of beginning and accomplished artists; a permanent and continuous gallery space for member exhibits and receptions. SVAL boasts a membership of 145 area artists who work in a variety of mediums, including oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, pencil, pen and ink, photography, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, mixed media, fiber art and collage.
Saturday: The Megaphone Project
BLUE To BLACK Art Weekend, in parternship with LEAF and sponsored locally by Greybeard Realty, presents the Megaphone Project, an interactive sound field, which originated in Australia and is currently traveling around the country. This play ART for both adults and children will be located on the grass area opposite Doncaster and beside The Gingko Tree Gallery on Broadway/9N from 1-5 PM. Eighteen striking red megaphones of different shapes and sizes recreate the miracle of wireless tincan telephones, and the joyful manipulations of voices that are naturally reinforced through simple acoustics.
Saturday: Artist Receptions
After your fun, exciting day, it's time to meet the artists and Black Mountain Gallery owners from 5-7 PM for a refreshing glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres at those participating venues and galleries.
BLUE to BLACK Art Weekend is free and open to the public, self-guided art tour and stroll. For more information, go to www.bluetoblackartweekend.com.