Blue to Black

Blue to Black
Find some local color during this artsy weekend experience

Mathilda Tanner, a ceramic artist based in Black Mountain
Mathilda Tanner, a ceramic artist based in Black Mountain
The Southern Appalachian Mountains surrounding Asheville are full of artists of all types, disciplines and backgrounds.

Some are members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild--one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the nation--and display their work at the Folk Art Center along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Others have one of the 150+ working studios in the River Arts District, an up-and-coming area along the banks of the French Broad River. And the work of others can be found in one of downtown Asheville's 30+ art galleries, or in Biltmore Village, or at annual shows like Art in the Park or the Village Art & Craft Fair.

But this weekend the spotlight swings to the east side of Asheville, highlighting the artists and craftspeople of Black Mountain and the Swananoa Valley. The Blue to Black Art Weekend combines a stroll through 11 open studios with a self-guided tour of 11 additional art galleries and a handful of special events.

Highlights include a kickoff reception at the Monte Vista Hotel--which is also hosting an exhibit of "Fabulous Fakes," classic paintings reinterpreted by members of the Swananoa Valley Fine Arts League; two full days of studio and gallery openings; handmade, limited edition Blue to Black mugs; and an "Emptea Bowls" fundraising event at Dobra Tea on Sunday evening.

Check out the Blue to Black Art Weekend website for details and a map.

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