On Thursday, July 21st the most widely talked about fashion photography event returned to Asheville. This time, FASHMOB took place at Salvage Station. This seasonal event always provides a unique
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She’s a fit and energetic 73 y.o. with a nut brown tan, a cowboy hat, and a faithful dog, Little Moose. She is surrounded by plein air painting gear, and is catching the sunlight on flowers in the field, or radiant rays coming through the branches in the forest. That’s Sarah Sneeden, whose new work will be featured at ART Works Brevard during June, 2016. Her month-long show is titled “Sunshine.”Cedar Mountain artist Sneeden has maintained a studio in Sherwood Forest, between Hendersonville and Brevard, for 21 years. There she paints portraits, or uses photographs and outdoor sketches for indoor painting from time to time. However, Sneeden always prefers the outdoors. She claims that “my paintings are all real places, and don’t show much imagination.” However, others see the stimulation of sunlight and color as only she experiences them in her forests and fields, expressed in her lively brushstrokes and luminous colors.Sneeden completed a liberal arts degree, and started painting in Florida under the tutelage of Roy Nichols, whom she still considers her favorite painter. She furthered her art education with classes in Phoenix, AZ, where she began her own art teaching – in her apartment. As her artwork gained attention, she has been invited to instruct in locations across the United States.Sneeden next buzzed through a brief stint in the business world, which allowed her to expand her skills through a focus on children’s advertising. Children’s advertising evolved into an abiding interest in portraiture.Since then, Sneeden reports, “I have painted at universities and on sidewalks, on location and in the studio- any job for money” to support her chosen path. “My life revolves around painting,” she explains. “I’m always looking for the next subject.” She works in all media but particularly likes the durability of paintings in oil.Sneeden loves animals and has incorporated pets into her commissioned portraits. Her ongoing Circus series includes elephants this year. In her book, Treasures of the Forest, published by Wickwire Fine Art/ Folk Art, she depicts a deer, horses- and people at play- in Dupont Forest. A portion of the proceeds from this book went to support Friends of Dupont Forest.She and her husband, Clifton, have an extended family of 30 birds, 3 rabbits, 2 cats and one dog. In the past, two dogs who accompanied her in the forest “saved my life- literally.” While painting, she was approached by a couple of questionable looking men with guns, and her dogs began growling. The men passed on by, but later Sneeden heard gunshots. Two women were killed nearby that day. As a result, she says, ‘Love me, love my dogs.”Sneeden’s work will be on display at ART Works Brevard NC throughout the month of June during regular business hours of 11 am – 4 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. On Friday, June 22, during Brevard’s gallery walk, Sneeden will be painting at the ART Works reception from 5-8 pm. The public is invited to see her work in progress, and artwork by 9 other artists. ART Works is located at 27 S. Broad St. Brevard, NC. Telephone (828) 553- 1063, or email email@example.com.
June 1 (Wednesday) 11:00 am - July 30 (Saturday) 4:00 pm
Art Works Brevard
27 S. Broad St. Brevard, NC
Dimensions Studio of Mars Hill
Dimensions Studio of Mars Hill in conjunction with Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. of Asheville is offering FREE dance classes for wheelchair users ages 13 & up beginning June 13 through July 25, 2016, Mondays – 5:30 p.m. and Fridays – 6:30 p.m. Class capacity is limited, and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information or to sign up, call 828-645-6115 or 828-989-1333.
The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity that helps people with disabilities find their passion in life and live their dreams. “We were very excited to be introduced to Sandra McAbee,” explains T.J. Shimeld, president and co-founder of the non-profit. “She had many visions that matched our mission, and wheelchair dancing is just the beginning!”
Sandra shares, “It’s been a dream of mine for sometime to start a dance group for many reasons, and then I joined The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., heard your goals, and thought what a great way to get people involved with your company and bring the community together!”
Sandra approached a friend, Anna Jones, whom is a dance teacher. She and another dance teacher have agreed to teach wheelchair dancing for free, and the use of the space at Dimensions Studio of Arts & Athletics of 7401 Hwy 213, in Mars Hill, North Carolina is donated as well.
At the end of the six week class, the wheelchair dancers will have a public performance in conjunction with a variety of talents from The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. including singing, storytelling, and magic.
June 13 (Monday) 5:30 pm - July 25 (Monday) 6:30 pm
7401 Hwy 213, in Mars Hill, North Carolina, 28754
ASAP’s Farm Tour is
ASAP’s Farm Tour is fast approaching. On June 25 and 26, the Farm Tour will give participants an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into the operations of family farms across Western North Carolina. Visitors can enjoy guided tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities at 20 different farms in Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, and Rutherford Counties.
Farm Tour passes are on sale now for $30 at asapconnections.org and at select area businesses and tailgate markets (a list of vendors can be found online). One pass admits an entire carload of visitors to all farms both days. Passes can also be purchased the weekend of the tour from any farm stop for $40. Farm Tour guides are available at several area businesses and online. Tour guides include a map, farm descriptions, driving directions, tour tips, and ways to engage with local food and farms all year long.
For this year’s tour, ASAP is unveiling the Farm Tour Photo Scavenger Hunt for participants to share their tour experience via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. The scavenger hunt features 26 different items from A to Z for visitors to capture and share throughout the weekend using the hashtag #asapfarmtour. ASAP will select the most fun and creative photos to share on their website, and to use in next year’s tour guide or promotions. More details on the scavenger hunt can be found in the Farm Tour guide or at asapconnections.org.
Those interested in taking the tour can find more information, including what to bring on the Farm Tour and details on volunteering, at asapconnections.org. ASAP will also share event information and stories leading up to the tour on their Facebook page and e-newsletters. E-newsletter sign-ups are available at asapconnections.org.
Tour is 12-5pm both days.
July 31, 2016 at the
July 31, 2016 at the Folk Art Center Auditorium.– The 9th Annual Gathering of The SeatWeavers’ Guild brings the craft of chair caning to higher elevations in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Experience hands-on demonstrations at 5 weaving stations, visit with over a hundred weavers from all over the nation, special exhibits and educational displays on site. Sunday’s SeatWeaving Roadshow is FREE and open to all ages from 12-4. Membership is required for Saturday’s workshops.
(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
FOLK ART CENTER
Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville, NC 28805