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Watching Glass Artists at Work

Experience Glass Art in Asheville, N.C.

Home Events Where to See Glass Tours Chihuly Exhibit About Glass in WNC   As an art form, glass appears to be equal parts chemistry and alchemy. It’s a medium that’s been around since early Roman times, but here in Asheville, North Carolina, and the surrounding region is where studio glass took off in the Southeast. With more than 100 glass artists living and working in the

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Asheville Glass Artist Alex Bernstein

Glass 101: Types of Glass Art in WNC

Home Events Where to See Glass Tours Chihuly Exhibit About Glass in WNC   Exploring Western North Carolina’s ever-expanding studio glass scene is an education. From blown glass to fused glass and etching, you can encounter a different process in every studio you visit. The dazzling creations you see in and around Asheville are the result of mastery of a number of techniques as well as

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Lexington Glassworks

Why the Asheville Area is a Hot Spot for Glass Art

Home Events Where to See Glass Tours Chihuly Exhibit About Glass in WNC   Asheville’s reputation as an arts destination is well known, but there are still under-the-radar parts of the art scene to explore. While many associate Western North Carolina with the pottery tradition, the region was more recently pivotal in the development of another field: studio glass. If you’re not

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Blue Goldsmiths in Biltmore Village

Shopping for Art in Asheville's Biltmore Village

“Sapphires come in seven different colors,” Susan tells me, nodding at the silver-hued band that she designed and made by hand. My Art Connections tour guide Sherry Masters models the ring, a small-yet-bold work of art, crafted from pure white gold and set with a dazzling amber-colored gem. The jewelry sparkles in the Sunday morning sun and I am genuinely enchanted by the gleam. Before

Joe Greene

African American Voices Speak of Rich History and Vibrant Future

We meet our guide Joe Greene at the WRES studio next to Jack of the Wood on Patton Avenue, as the groovy sounds of R&B, soul, and funk emanate from the station’s speakers. The music brings smiles and an occasional booty shake from passersby. Soaking in the lively bustle of modern downtown Asheville, one could easily overlook the city’s history and the voices of people who worked

Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville's Drum Circle

Every Friday night in the rounded outdoor amphitheater of downtown's Pritchard Park people join together to play thundering sounds on the drums, dance to the powerful rhythms, or just sit back and enjoy the show of individuality and diverse community. The Drum Circle is a free event all about creating harmony, both in music and with one another. The weekly ritual draws hundreds of people

Serafina

From Biltmore to the Forests: Your Guide to the Serafina Experience

Plan an escape that will bring the best-selling novel series to life In the cavernous basement of the Biltmore Estate and in the magical forests surrounding Asheville is a mythical protagonist, 12-year-old Serafina, who has captivated the attention of the nation’s readers. The first chronicle of her daring quest to solve mysteries, Serafina and the Black Cloak , enjoyed an extended stay atop

Bright Star debuts on Broadway in 2016

Asheville Gets Broadway Spotlight in Steve Martin’s Bright Star

After retiring and stepping out of the glare of the spotlight, one of the best known standup comedians, Steve Martin, has become a chameleon in the entertainment world. Penning novella’s such as 2000’s Shop Girl -- which was later adapted to film -- tracking banjo based albums with powerhouse guest stars like Dolly Parton and Earl Scruggs, and now, in his latest

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Jo Lasher Jr.

Who's Next: Asheville's Grammy Watch List

Which local musician will be next to bring home a Grammy ? There’s no shortage of promising talent. Keep an eye on rising country artist Joe Lasher Jr. who, at 19, is already splitting his time between Asheville and Nashville. And Chase Rice — the songwriter behind country megahit “Cruise” — is also an Asheville native. Jessica Tomasin, studio manager at  Echo

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