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CRAFTS Daydreamz project 6th annual call to ‘Create & Celebrate Spring’ by building birdhouses BY STAFF REPORTS • WAYNESVILLE

Daydreamz project is welcoming spring by inviting local youth and adults to create their most amazing

birdhouses for the annual

Birdhouse Bash.

The sixth annual Silent Auction, celebrating spring & creativity, is hosted in Waynesville by the Daydreamz project. This event benefits Daydreamz community-art projects, Open Door ARTS, as well as the community, by showcasing the

Artists creating birdhouses

diverse talent of local participants. The Open Door Garden and the local birds will also benefit significantly from these creative offerings. The deadline is May 10, so start creating now. Make or decorate a birdhouse with weather resistant, nontoxic, permanent materials. For the birds’ sake, don’t use cardboard, fiberboard, school glue, hot glue, toxic paints or finishes. The rustic folk art style is welcome and encouraged, to honor our local mountain heritage. Birdhouses will be auctioned by silent bids at Daydreamz’ booth during The Whole Bloomin’ Thing festival in Frog Level on May 11. Winning bidders are notified at 3pm. Plan to see this community showcase celebrating spring and our feathered friends. Last year’s event inspired Open Door family members to get creative throughout the year. Daydreamz now leads monthly Art-making sessions there, on the | 4 RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | VOL. 22, NO. 09 — MAY 2019

2nd Saturday, with the community encouraged to participate. The Daydreamz project builds community through art. They work with groups which may not have opportunities like isolated senior citizens, folks with disabilities/differently-abled, troubled youth, homeless individuals, and our bee pollinators. They hope to be the change our communities and future needs.

This birdhouse combines creativity and functionality

Deadline is May 10. Deliver Birdhouses to Second Blessing Thrift Store in Frog Level of Waynesville from 10 - 3:30pm Monday - Saturday. Call Daydreamz project for more information: (828) 476-4231. IF YOU GO


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Grovewood Gallery Debuts New Exhibition: ‘Stones & Dreams, Shadows & Streams’ “Icons in Transformation” April 28 - June 16 NorthLight Studios welcomes two new artists Nan Davis and Sandy Lear 310 ART celebrates the 10th anniversary of the gallery with special show Second Saturday in the RAD offers artist demonstrations, art deals, and more

310 Art: Nature’s inspiration in art

Art Classes Asheville Gallery of Art: “The Color of Rain” – Cheryl Keefer sees the light through heavy precipitation Downtown Asheville: The Asheville Symphony closes season with Stravinsky’s powerful ‘The Rite of Spring’

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Three high school prodigies in concerts of “Trios Three Ways” Art in a skinny minute at QuickDraw, June 1, Laurel Ridge Country Club ‘AmiciMusic presents “Cello Cadenza” and “The Folk Spirit” in May as well as “Jewish Jazz III”

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ART SHOW Grovewood Gallery Debuts New Exhibition: ‘Stones & Dreams, Shadows & Streams’ BY STAFF REPORTS • NORTH ASHEVILLE

Stones & Dreams, Shadows & Streams, a solo exhibition of

dreamscape and landscape paintings by

Hendersonville artist Cynthia Wilson, opens at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville on Saturday, May 18. An opening reception will be held from 2-5pm (free to attend and open to the public), with the artist in attendance. This exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, June 30, 2019. Wilson says her dream paintings are her most personal and intuitive works to date. After attending the Haden Institute’s summer conference on dreams - an annual opportunity for spiritual seekers and dream workers to gather in Western North Carolina - she became quite interested in the study of dreams and what they represent. “Since I’m not always able to express myself verbally, painting the emotions and symbols of my dreams became a great expressive adventure for me,” says Wilson. Wilson has always been an avid hiker and a lover of the outdoors, known for her nature and landscape paintings. “I decided to see if I could apply some of the more interesting aspects of working with dream symbols to my landscape-based paintings. Stones and Dreams, Shadows and Streams is the culmination of this effort. In this show, there are dream paintings that lead into landscape pieces, bringing together the symbols that I love and the shapes and colors that I see around me while I’m hiking or even

looking out my doors, including opportunities to be involved in windows at traveling exhibitions as well as invitations to have these beautiful one-person shows. mountains.” In 2018, Pardee Cancer Center in HenderWilson has sonville purchased three of Wilson’s paintings, painted with which was extremely meaningful to her as a watercolors cancer survivor. Her paintings are also a part of in the past the permanent collections at Fairfield University, but made Georgia Tech, the Housatonic Museum of Art, the switch to and Wachovia Bank among others. working with acrylics sevAbout Grovewood Gallery eral years ago Established in 1992, Grovewood Gallery is because nationally recognized of the for its dedication to fine “The Breeze,” acrylic on archival paper versatility of American art and craft. the mediLocated in historic um. She also wanted more texture in her Grovewood Village work, something she couldn’t achieve with adjacent to The Omni watercolors alone. With acrylics, she paints Grove Park Inn, the on paper or canvas and often incorporates gallery is noted for its collage elements, gold leaf, ink, and colcharming, old-world ored pencils into her work. setting and rich craft Wilson received a BFA in Visual Deheritage. This site once sign from Auburn University and worked housed the weaving in advertising for fifteen years as an art and woodworking director, illustrator and graphic designer. operations of Biltmore “In the Morning When We Rise,” acrylic on archival paper After too many career-related moves, she Industries, an Arts and decided to pursue her love of painting Crafts enterprise - origifull-time. Wilson joined a figure drawing group nally backed by Edith Vanderbilt - that played a where she learned how to work with watercolors significant role in the Appalachian Craft Revival and began exhibiting her paintings locally. After during the early 20th century. moving to the Northeast, she built credibility as an artist, getting juried into several New York City Grovewood Gallery IF YOU art shows and becoming a signature member Hours are Monday through Saturday from GO of the New England Watercolor Society and the 10-5:30pm, and Sunday from 11-5pm. Free National Association of Painters in Casein and parking is available on-site. Acrylic. Her big break came when her work was For more information on Grovewood Gallery, visit selected for the National Academy of Design www.grovewood.com or call (828) 253-7651. Annual Exhibition. This opportunity opened many

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“Icons in Transformation” April 28 - June 16

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BY STAFF REPORTS • WAYNESVILLE

Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville is hosting an internationally

acclaimed art exhibi-

“Icons in Transformation” from April 28-June 16. tion titled

This exhibit toured cathedrals and museums in Europe and the US, and more than 150,000 people witnessed this great exhibit. The artist, Russian emigre Ludmila Pawlowska, was born in exile. Following the death of her mother, she found inspiration in the Orthodox monasteries’ traditional spiritual icons. She shares her abstract impressionist masterworks using ancient icon methods and techniques. Henri Mattise, one of the first to appreciate the significance of the Russian tradition in the development of contemporary art, said, “the artist’s soul emerges in…icons… (and) it is through them that we should learn to understand art.” Grace Church in the One of two outdoor sculptures on the front lawn of Grace Church in the Mountains Mountains

welcomes the artist and her work by hosting a variety of cross-cultural and intergenerational opportunities. The public is welcome to view the art, hear expert speakers, and join icon writing workshops, while surrounded by the iconic beauty of the “Icons in Transformation” Appalachian Mountains. Known for their transformative power, the mountains, appeal to art lovers, nature enthusiasts, and truth seekers alike.

Church entryway with several of Ludmila Pawlowski’s works

“Icons in Transformation” For more information, call the church office at (828) 456-6029. Visit the church website, www.gracewaynesville.com for an extensive calendar of events including a community gala, docent-led tours, workshops and more. IF YOU GO

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RAD ART

“After the Rain,” by Nan Davis

“Every Move You Make,” by Sandy Lear

A group photo of the artists at NorthLight Studios.

NorthLight Studios welcomes two new artists Nan Davis and Sandy Lear

BY WENDY WHITSON • RIVER ARTS DISTRICT, ASHEVILLE

Two additional full-time painters are now part of NorthLight Studios, Nan Davis and Sandy Lear. Davis’s work begins with spontaneous marks and color fields, then builds content with color and line. Her work is energetic, spontaneous, and the range is vast, from animal art, especially birds, to landscapes including florals and abstract paintings. Her work can be seen locally at K2 Studio, and Mountain Made Art Gallery, both in Asheville, Silver Fox Gallery in Hendersonville,

Taupe Gallery in North Wilkesboro, in addition to NorthLight Studios. Lear’s love of mixed media including graphite, wax, acrylic, and collage, combine with mark-making, color, and texture, to create expressive, non-objective paintings. Her favorites are large canvases. She began her artistic career in music, opera specifically, but after raising her family became more interested in visual arts. She

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RAD ART

“Urban Swing,” by Fleta Monaghan, 36x36, oil

“La Primavera,” by Anne Allen, 27x21, pastel

“Abby The Spoon Lady,” by Nadine Charlsen, 26x20, watercolor

310 ART celebrates the 10th anniversary of the gallery with special show BY STAFF REPORTS • RIVER ARTS DISTRICT, ASHEVILLE

310 ART at Riverview Station celebrates their 10th Anniversary with a special Large Works show of new work by the 310artists. The gallery features original art in all sizes and a myriad of styles and mediums including oils, mixed media, watercolor, acrylics, encaustic, pastels, sculpture and exquisite, handcrafted jewelry all by 19 local artists. The show will be on exhibit from May 1st through June 30th. On May 11th we will host an all-day event with refreshments, demonstrations and a meet and greet the

artists. From 10-2 are demonstrations focusing on color and metal. Jane Molinelli will work on colorful abstract paintings and Lorelle Bacon will show her skills with wire wrapped jewelry. Nadine Charlsen will spend the morning creating “paintings with beer” using Wedge dark beer and watercolor to create her small signature landscapes. In the afternoon from 2-5pm, Cheryl Keefer will capture the light in her distinctive oil paintings,

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310 ART

May Se cond S at urday

The district will feature many special events and a free trolley on Saturday, May 18 Nature Inspired Art by Bridget Benton

Nature’s inspiration in art BY FLETA MONAGHAN • RIVER ARTS DISTRICT, ASHEVILLE

We can find inspiration to create this time of year as things bloom and everything turns green overnight in the mountains.

Artists, both beginners, and veteran painters pack up their plein-aire (in open air) easels, don hats, and comfortable clothes, and venture out to capture the light and movement of a spring day. Just the other day I saw a group of painters working peacefully at the French Broad River Park close to our studios in the River Arts District. One painter, Ben Hamburger, told me about his experience painting out of doors. “For me, painting outside is 10 |RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | VOL. 22, NO. 09 — MAY 2019

like a mindfulness practice. The process of attempting to capture my surroundings in a painting is a challenge that requires my full attention. In no other circumstance would I be consistently focused on a specific view of nature for up to a couple hours. Throughout the process, my senses become heightened, and I become aware of subtle colors, the shift of light, shadows, and even sounds and smells. When painting, I engage in a dialogue with the constantly changing environment, making decisions about how to translate it onto canvas. Because of this, I feel my strongest connection to the land


S h o p , L e a r n , E x p l o r e . . . E v e r y d a y , A l l Ye a r R o u n d Classes at 310 ART

Plein-aire painting

Ben Hamburger teaches an outdoor art class

when I am painting.” Artist Bridget Benton uses the simple natural materials she collects to create small sculptural pieces. Twigs, leaves, shells and even small bones go into her collection. She makes a detailed and reusable mold of her favorites. She pours into the mold a quick-drying resin. After it drys she sands, carves and paints the piece. The results are small highly detailed sculptures she uses in collage and assemblage artworks and jewelry. She also harvests leaves of all sorts and makes nature prints with inks, prints into encaustic (wax) and also makes Eco Prints.

Plein-aire painting

Using leaves and plant materials she dips in simple household liquids such as vinegar and lays out the leaves on silk and paper. Then she tightly wraps the materials into bundles, steams, and waits to see the results. Beautiful patterns and impressions are left, creating artwork and fine garments. All these things result from a walk in the woods! Artists have been inspired by nature from the very first artworks we know of. Beautiful cave paintings of wildlife are a mysterious reminder of our connection to the land. The use of our

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310 ART AT RIVERVIEW STATION

Marvelous Mondays with Lorelle and Nadine

Beginner and Up! Open art studios Mondays with instructor to guide you - start and continue year round in our Monday classes, 9:30-12:30pm and 1-4pm. Come the dates that work for you! See 310art.com for schedule and sign up. Beginners welcomed! 

Workshops: Coming Soon Oil Stick Painting - May 4 Casts from Nature for Mixed Media and Jewelry - May 11 Drawing on the Right Side of the Shadow - May 18 Watercolor and Wax Wonders - June 1 Eco Printing Intro - June 8 Encaustic Pendants - June 13

Most or all materials are provided in our workshops! 2019 Workshops now online at 310art.com Classes for adults at 310 ART, 191 Lyman Street, #310, Asheville, NC 28801

www.310art.com gallery@310art.com  (828)776-2716 Adult classes, beginner and up, most materials provided. Register online or at the studio.

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RAD ART Second Saturday in the RAD offers artist demonstrations, art deals, and more BY STAFF REPORTS • RIVER ARTS DISTRICT, ASHEVILLE

On the Second Saturday of each month, the River Arts District holds gallery walks with demonstrations, workshops, live music, wine tastings, delicious food, and more.

nirs. www.310art.com Riverview Station, #216 • Denise Markbreit • 191 Lyman St • 2pm and 4pm The process of printmaking demystified! Come and see the process of creating multiple images through an assortment of creative techniques and the use of a printing press.

Meander the mile-long district or hop on and off the free trolley and discover all that the “RAD” has to offer. There are more than 200 artists in the 23 buildings throughout the district. Most of them will be on hand to describe or show you their techniques and share their inspirations. Best time to swing over to your favorite studio, 11am 5pm. Most studios and galleries open 10am - 6 pm. Special Peaceful Morning by Fleta Monaghan 6x6 encaustic mixed-media at 310 Art evening events listed. Riverview Station • 310 Art • 191 Lyman St, Street Level, #310 • 1-3pm Painting with watercolor and dark beer from local brewery. Framed postcard sized original souve-

accepted.

Riverview Station, Studio 222 • AVL Headshots • 191 Lyman St, #222 • 12-4pm AVL Headshots is having an open studio day from noon to 4 pm! You can take a peek inside the studio, observe a live photo shoot, and get your headshot taken for 50% OFF normal rates, at $100 for a 30 min session (includes 2 professionally retouched images). Your headshot images will be emailed to you that same evening. *First come first served, no appointment needed, but there may be a wait of 15-30 mins in between sessions. Cash or credit card

Riverview Station, upstairs Studio #210 • Michael Riegerix • 191 Lyman Street • 12-4pm

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RAD ART Oil painting demonstrations. Going over different techniques and painting applications. 362 Depot Street Studios • Cindy Chenard 362 Depot Street • 2-5pm Cindy will be demonstrating her 3-Dimensional Art process whereby she paints and assembles thin layers of wood. Cindylouchenard.com Foundation Woodworks Gallery• 17 Foundy Street • 11-5pm The opening of “Wood/Glass” Exhibit showcasing work created collaboratively by many Asheville woodworkers and glassblowers. The gallery will feature blown glass vessels made utilizing wooden molds as well as unique glass and wood sculptures.

britoieart.com/ Studio A at Pink Dog Creative • 344 Depot Street • 12-5pm Pysanky - Ukrainian Easter egg - demos and cookies. See the ancient art of Ukrainian pysanky: layers of wax and dye, and then the wax is removed at the end to reveal the dazzling designs underneath. Trackside Studios • Ray Byram • 375 Depot Street • 2-5 pm Ray Byram, featured artist reception. Demonstrations all day. Sips & snacks. Ray brings a distinctive style to large format land-

scapes painted in oil with palette knife. He also creates serigraphs based on original paintings using 16+ color separations. Wedge Studios • Spotlight Gallery • 129 Roberts St • 11-6pm Callie Ferraro Ayers presents “Don’t Freak Out!” at Wedge Studios in the 2nd floor Spotlight Gallery. Ayer’s thought provoking series is a “Don’t Miss!” for the month of May. Instagram: calliefine_art IF YOU GO

For more information please contact Rachel Roux the River Arts District Coordinator at info@riverartsdistrict.com

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Jonas Gerard • 191 Lyman Street, Studio 144 at Riverview Station • 2pm Experience the creative energy of a live painting performance as Jonas Gerard amps up the music while allowing his subconscious to guide him to create art filled with light, color and warmth. Northlight Studios • 357 Depot Street • 114pm Northlight Studios celebrates May’s second Saturday, with an invitation to art lovers to stop by and enjoy our creativity. Six artists with six different styles... we will be happy to see you. Our Moms are on our minds this weekend, and at Northlight Studios we make art to celebrate their inspiration and support. Thanks, Mom! Odyssey Co-Op Gallery • 238 Clingman Ave • 11–5pm Featured artists for May: Pottery team of Mary Mikkelsen and Henry Pope, Anna Koloseike, and Tara Underwood. Come visit our two galleries and working studios and join us for snacks and live music. Olga L Dorenko • 170 Lyman street • 1-3pm Enjoyable oil on canvas with Olga Dorenko Riverside Studios • Brit J. Oie • 174 W. Haywood St • 10 - 6pm “The Mountaintop Experience” New works by Brit J. Oie. Exhibit and demonstration of mixed media collage and painting technique. www.

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Asheville’s Longest Established Fine Art Gallery with 31 Regional Artists

Asheville Gallery of Art 's May Artist

Oil paintings, left to right: Waiting, Pitti Palace; Composition Orange with Mauve; A Walk at Twilight

“The Color of Rain” – Cheryl Keefer sees light through heavy precipitation BY STAFF REPORTS • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

Some people find rain disconcerting, but Cheryl Keefer says she sees opportunities for hope, even joy, in the rain.  “The quality of light is what it’s all about. I am always excited by the first brush stroke on the canvas. As the tension between light and shadow intensifies, I tend to forget the subject matter and focus on rendering my feelings about the scene.”   Her work is noted for a soft nostalgia, a bitter-sweetness found in her misty streets and gloaming skies, that express the closing of another day.  “I can be profoundly moved by the mundane. Simple, sensual experiences, the aroma of an open-air restaurant, the moist reflection of a street light, cool shade on a summer afternoon, entice me to capture not only colors but emotion as well on my canvas. Through my work, I try to offer viewers a place they can open their hearts and reflect, and possibly even find hope.” When Keefer was very young, her mother, a teacher, provided her with pencils and paper and

encouraged her to create. From then on Keefer always knew she wanted to be an artist.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in art education, and a master’s degree in special education and art history from the UniverFlorence, Rain sity of Alabama, Birmingham. She took graduate painting instruction at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has developed a student/mentor-like relationship with some of the master artists who have impressed her most. Among her favorites are Whistler, Sargent, Corot, and Ivanov. Keefer now resides in Buncombe County and maintains a studio in

The Ramp, on Riverside Dr. in Asheville. When she is not in the studio she spends time with her family and is an avid tennis player.   Asheville Gallery of Art  IF YOU AGA May show, “The Color of Rain,” feaGO tures the work of Cheryl Keefer, who is well known for her atmospheric rainy street scenes and luminous landscapes. The show runs May 1-31 during gallery hours, 11-6 pm Monday — Saturday and 11-4 pm Sunday. The gallery, located at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, across from Pritchard Park, will host a reception for the artist on Friday, May 3, 5-8 pm. Everyone is cordially invited to stop by.  Keefer’s work, as well as the paintings of the other 30 gallery members, will be on display and for sale through May. For further information about this show, you can contact Asheville Gallery of Art at (828) 251-5796, visit the gallery website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com, or go to the gallery Facebook page.

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C h e r y l Ke e f e r Through my work, I try to offer viewers a place they can open their hearts and reflect, and possibly even find hope.” — Cheryl Keefer Oil paintings clockwise: The Color of Rain; Spring Rain; Lunch at the Grove Arcade; Brunelleschi’s Dome

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Asheville Symphony closes season with Stravinsky’s powerful ‘The Rite of Spring’ BY STAFF REPORTS • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

The Asheville Symphony’s 2018-2019 season finale on Saturday, May 11 ends with a fittingly powerful work: Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” which brings nearly 100 musicians to the stage for an electrifying musical journey. Beginning at 8pm under the baton of Asheville Symphony Music Director Darko Butorac in downtown Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, the con-

Simone Porter — Photo credit Emma Bella Holley

Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 with guest violinist Simone Porter. The program opens with the sultry rhythms of Mexico’s Gulf Coast in Arturo Márquez’s Danzón

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larity when the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela under conductor Gustavo Dudamel included it on the program of their 2007 European and American tour. The piece is inspired by a Cuban dance style known as danzón, which made its way up the coast to the Mexican state of Veracruz, where it has become an essential part of folklore. Next, violinist Simone Porter joins the orchestra for Saint-Saëns’ virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 3. Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of intense energy, interpretive integrity, and vibrant communication. In the past few years, she has debuted with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London at age 13. In March 2015, Porter was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and, in June 2016, her featured performance of music from Schindler’s List with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and members of the American Youth Symphony was broadcast nationally on the TNT Network as part of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams. The evening reaches its pinnacle with a rare performance of one of the most powerful pieces of orchestral music ever written: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Though it caused a riotous reaction upon its 1913 premiere in Paris, this piece is now regarded as one of the most important works of the modernist style and has left a mark on many other musical styles. Due to its sheer enormity — nearly 100 musicians — The Rite of Spring is a work that truly must be experienced live.

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Three high school prodigies in concerts of “Trios Three Ways” BY STAFF REPORTS • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

The chamber music organization Clarinet & Friends is proud to present “TRIOS THREE WAYS” May 11-12 in the Asheville area. The program will feature works from three different musical periods. Beethoven’s exciting Clarinet Trio represents the classical era, Fauré’s elegant Piano Trio reflects the romantic era, and Muczynski’s heroic Fantasy Trio illustrates the neoclassical period.

The concert will show the evolution of the piano-cello-clarinet trio in the styles and textures implemented from 1797 to 1969. Featured in the concert will be 16-year-old cellist Aaron Chen, 18-year-old pianist Christopher Tavernier and 15-yearold clarinetist Aaron Lipsky. Clarinetist Aaron Lipsky founded clarinet & Friends in 2018. Lipsky,

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‘Symphony’ continued from page 16 Single tickets for Masterworks concerts are $24–69, depending on seating section (reduced youth pricing is available). Tickets can be purchased online at ashevillesymphony.org, by phone at (828) 254-7046, in person at the Asheville Symphony office at 27 College Pl., Suite 100, or the US Cellular Center Box Office. Masterworks 7: Márquez, SaintIF YOU GO

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ART EVENT Art in a skinny minute at QuickDraw, June 1, Laurel Ridge Country Club BY STAFF REPORTS • WAYNESVILLE

art with a back-story, and a provenance they can talk about, county art teachers talk art with guests as they show off student work funded by the event, and commissionable artists meet their new collectors.

Put a bunch of creatives in a room, and something colorful is bound to happen. That’s the case with QuickDraw, the annual ‘drag race for artists’ that pits painters and their brush against the bell. The event attracts locals and visitors to see art in action. Attendees can watch seasoned plein-aire artists create an original start-to-finish piece in an hour. During the same hour, guests can chat with another category of artists using slower media, who demonstrate how they create finished artwork. Each artist offers one artwork at auction, and the proceeds support art education in public schools.

QuickDraw 2019 Saturday, June 1 at 4:30pm at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. Tickets: $75 includes the QuickDraw, auction social, and dinner. A portion pays for the art teachers’ dinners. The event is hosted by the nonprofit QuickDraw, a coalition of artists, organizers, donors, and educators who believe that art ed is critical to student creativity and exploration. Tickets are available from these fine galleries: Cedar Hill Studios, T. Pennington Fine Art, Haywood County Arts Council, Jo Ridge Kelley Fine Art and Teaching Studio. For information and schedule, visit www.WNCQuickDraw.com or call (828) 734-5747. IF YOU GO

Jenny Buckner creates one of her animal paintings.

Why create for sixty minutes in public? Artist Kelly Lanning Phipps of Fletcher quipped, “It’s like plein-aire in controlled conditions,” referring to the outdoor painter’s challenge to capture the subject quickly against conditions of rain or sun, bugs, hot tarmac underfoot, traffic, dust, or wind that dries paint or topples canvas. At QuickDraw, in a high-ceilinged hall boasting impressive mountain views, artists race the clock as they capture their subject in paint, pastel, oil, mixed media, acrylic, watercolor, or inks. The more relaxed demonstration artists will converse with attendees as they work on a piece in progress and talk technique of working in clay, glass, paper, metal, fiber, wood, and traditional fly rod materials. Artists find QuickDraw an exercise in flow and focus, and a way to show that art teachers foster creativity and inspire students. For attendees, it’s a rare opportunity to watch art being built from the surface up. For visitors and folks looking to relocate, it’s a way to make friends, find artists to commission artwork from, and tap into the

Haywood County community. For art teachers, it’s a lifeline for their classroom art initiatives in a cash-strapped school system. Since 2002, QuickDraw has raised north of $150,000 for art supplies and college scholarships to Haywood County Schools. But most of all, it’s a lot of fun. New for 2019 Singer/songwriter James Hammel and musician friends will present original songs and classics from The Great American Songbook during the auction preview social. Past QuickDraw artists are now featured in the small-format Little Gems gallery, where buyers will scoop up art for small spaces. The live auction will be shorter, showcasing 15 juried one-hour artists speaking on the block. “Artful Living” items include special travel packages, a monumental indoor/outdoor Grace Cathey piece in mild steel, trout fishing, dinner for 10 with chef and sommelier in your home, and an art class with lunch and wine. The evening includes the lively QuickDraw hour, an auction preview social with live music, an exciting art auction, and wraps up with a buffet meal for artists and attendees. Buyers score

ARTIST ROSTER 2019 New and returning artists to watch include John Mac Kah, Tina Honorkamp, Karen Stoner, Heather Mae Erickson, Susannah Flanigan, Teresa Pennington, Joyce Schlapkohl, Jenny Buckner, Gretchen Clasby, Bette Coningsby, Tony Corbitt, Jr., Dominick DePaolo, Jon Houglum, Cheryl Keefer, Jo Ridge Kelley, Kelly Lanning Phipps, Karen Zimmerman, Cathey Bolton, Wendy Cordwell, Tommy Thomas, Keri Anna Kelley Hollifield, Margaret Roberts and Gayle Haynie. Additional art from Cory Plott, Ann Vasilik, Luke Allsbrook, Juan Peña and Grace Cathey.

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YOUR CHEMICAL FACTORY One of the most important organs of your body – and the one that gets the least attention – is your liver. It is the heaviest organ (at 3.5 pounds) and the largest gland in the human body yet most people ignore its functions and give no thought to its health. The liver is the body’s principal chemical factory, creating more than 12,000 proteins (the major messengers and operators of the body) and carrying out more than 500 specific functions. These functions include: – creation and storage of glycogen (from carbohydrate) and glycerol (from fats) to make blood sugar when needed – synthesis of bile for digesting fats – creating, storing, and re-circulating cholesterol – production of triglycerides (for fat transport) – production of lipoproteins and glycoproteins as transporters of hormones and drugs – creation of albumin for water balance in blood vessels and as a transport for fats and steroid hormones – production of angiotensinogen to work with the kidney in regulating blood pressure – creation of amino acids for production (and destruction when needed) of most body proteins

Your Health

By Max Hammonds, MD

– metabolism of ammonia (from amino acid destruction) into urea – storage of vitamins A, D, B12, K, and iron and copper – creating and regulating the immunologically active mononuclear phagocytes. In general, the liver is quite resilient. It can even regenerate itself from as little as 10% of the original organ. But it is susceptible to several well-known disease entities. Hepatitis – literally, inflammation of the liver – is most commonly caused by the hepatitis viruses. Hepatitis A is usually carried on the hands and in food and is short — Photo by Johann Trasch lived. Hepatitis B (blood, drug use, and sexually transmitted) and C (usually contracted in – production of most of the blood clotting blood transfusion before 1985) are long-lived and factors are the major cause of liver cancer in the Unit– production (in the fetus) of red blood cells – production of the hormone regulating platelet ed States. The routes of transmission of these viruses dictate the lifestyle modifications required production in the bone marrow to avoid them. – metabolic breakdown of insulin, estrogen, The other significant disease of the liver is testosterone and other hormones also generally lifestyle related – alcoholic liver – metabolic breakdown of hemoglobin (to disease: hepatitis, fatty liver, and cirrhosis (severe bilirubin) – and other toxic waste products of the scarring of the liver). All of these weaken and body severely limit the ability of the liver to function – – metabolism of most drugs and their toxic by-products

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THE PROMISED LAND I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know…, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many find it hard to make sense of modern day America and they feel that sincere efforts to influence the society toward greater inclusion, fairness, ecological consciousness, toward public policies based in idealism and effectiveness don’t seem to be bringing the result they feel they need to maintain optimism. As a result, they are losing hope and feel like disengaging. Listening to the news can be enough to send a person into depression. It could be asked, is the American Dream of life and society always improving over? Possibly, yes, if you think in terms of immediate results as you imagine them to be. But that’s the point. It is a dream of things always making sense as we interpret sense and of effort producing desired results as we want them to be. To be honest this is very egoic and narcissistic, and it is very American. Does the current situation make sense? Of course it does. It is exactly the result of America being a materialistic, bigoted, dogmatic, jingoistic, instant-gratification, stimulation-addicted consumer society that is a major contributor to humanity’s current path toward destroying the ecological balance of the planet. Adding to the discouragement, there are many, if not most, in America who either disagree with this assessment or seem to have very little concern about it. AND… at the same time, in counterbalance, there is a growing presence of progressive and evolved political and social thinking taking root for a more inclusive, sustainable, and fair society than would have seemed possible only a short time ago. There is a strong historic strain of democracy, responsibility and fairness that runs through the consciousness of our society that sometimes quite surprisingly turns public thinking around in what seems like quantum leaps. Recent elections have placed more women and minorities into office than ever, serious legislation concerning climate change and greater economic fairness are challenging the establishment, and in Chicago, a gay, black woman was elected mayor while exceptional minority and progressive politicians are succeeding across America. Two powerful states of political consciousness, one regressive and the other progressive, strain our political and social system. Our situation is, of course, reflective of our past trajectory into this moment exactly to these results. This is the meaning of the Buddhist notion of karma. The present is exactly the summation of the past. To stay realistically engaged requires knowing this and seeing our current circumstance in a broad historic context. Will sincere effort to bring us to a course correction toward idealism and sane public policy that actually addresses the problems we face bring

ZEN PHILOSOPHY WITH BILL WALZ good result? Of course it will - yet most likely not in the time-frame many wish for or in quite the way we hope, nor will it happen without our suffering consequences from harmful conditions long established and continuing. There is no escaping karma. The problems that not only America but humanity faces are the result of an entire epoch of human history and evolution that has been based in human egoism, materialism, narcissism, and rigidly dogmatic belief systems quite disconnected from reality. The problems we face will not be corrected without shifts in consciousness that seem nearly impossible given the current preponderant mindset, yet this shift is happening. There can be no doubt we will evolve and progress toward an order of harmony and wisdom that presently seems impossible. This will happen because it must, and evolutionary dynamics are just as inexorable as karma. We will adapt because we are challenged by vast social, economic, and geo-climactic forces, by the growing dysfunction of our social, economic, political and cultural institutions. How we adapt will determine whether the near future is beautiful and sustainable or dystopian, as is depicted in so many of the currently popular movies and television shows, with a deeply diminished quality of life in American society and on this planet. In either case, we are a resilient and creative species, and Nature is endlessly creative and resilient. The evolutionary trajectory of humanity eventually will lead us to living in the wisdom of harmony, and it is this harmony that is the Promised Land. This brings us to another ancient Buddhist principle called dharma, the principle of the way things work, the laws of the Universe. Dharma tells us that only through evolving the collective consciousness of human society will the trajectory of human society and life on this planet begin to move in significantly healthier and saner directions. It also tells us that the collective consciousness of human society is progressed only through individuals who progress in consciousness, increasingly understanding and living within the truth that all phenomena are interrelated and interconnected. Dharma tells us that the Universe and humanity-as-an-expression-of-the-Universe are inexorably evolving into more complex unities capable of manifesting intelligent harmony, and so, for one who understands dharma, all that is necessary is to find and manifest intelligent harmony in themselves, both personally and in the public sphere. Karma and history will move humanity in the necessary direction. In Buddhism, one who understands and lives by dharma for the benefit of all beings is called a bodhisattva, an awakened being. A bodhisattva knows that an evolved and enlightened human society is inevitable, in a sense, a promise, and knows they will most likely not live to see it, yet they dedicate their existence to its accomplishment. This is known as

The Path of the Bodhisattva, and a bodhisattva realizes that Life makes perfect sense. Karmic forces (the state of consciousness and the ensuing actions) have created the results we presently live with and will shape all future results. And, very importantly, a bodhisattva knows that the ultimate sense and purpose of Life is to evolve and to be committed to the betterment of life for all beings - because it is what is needed by all beings, not because it is what they need. What we can have faith in is that if we do our part to evolve in compassion and wisdom, the collective of humanity is just that much more compassionate and wise, and others will find inspiration and courage to make their own journey and to take their own stand for what is right and good. We can have faith that no matter how much cruelty and ignorance are manifesting presently, it is less so than was previously and will be even less so in the future. Within the human community there is an inexorable increase in wisdom and compassion with each passing generation. There are periods of regression, most certainly, and it could well be argued that we are presently in such a regressive phase, but the pain, confusion, and harm done by this regression is really only setting the stage for waking people up and propelling us into the next evolutionary progression. This is happening not for our own satisfaction and sense of accomplishment, but because it is inevitable. We can have faith and find solace in knowing our own development and evolution are for the betterment of all beings, that we are instruments of human evolution. There is no place for personal discouragement, for these forces are not operating on the scale of the personal. It is in the full knowledge that, as the modern bodhisattva Dr. Martin Luther King declared – “I may not get there with you. But… we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land!” What is the Promised Land? It is an evolved human society built on harmony and wisdom buttressed by respect and compassion for all life. When will we get there? When a sufficient number of humans have done the work of becoming selfless - that is, wise and compassionate, aware and awake, thinking far less about how to make more of themselves while focusing far more on the well-being of their fellow humans and all the life that shares this planet, our collective home. How does this happen? Through individuals doing the work of their own evolution and refusing to become discouraged, by doing little personal acts of kindness and compassion daily while we seek to do what we can to influence politics and policy, holding to a much longer vision than needing today’s efforts to yield the desired results today. It is in having the wisdom to see that even perhaps in a particular political policy or candidacy defeat today, we have articulated and

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PERFORMING ARTS AmiciMusic presents “Cello Cadenza” and “The Folk Spirit” in May as well as “Jewish Jazz III” BY STAFF REPORTS • WNC

through the music of Gershwin, Goodman, Bernstein, Kovacs, and more. Mr. Loew is a former member of the U.S. Marine Band who has played sical music in very intimate spaces, will present for four Presidents and also performed two great concerts weekends in May. in the National Symphony and New York First up is “Cello Cadenza ” Philharmonic.   featuring cellist Frances Borowsky Finally, AmiciMusic will return on Meand pianist Daniel Weiser performmorial Day weekend to showcase the ing powerful and virtuosic works for vital importance of indigenous folk and cello and piano by Rubinstein, Bizet, dance music in three exciting piano trios Stutchewsky, and more. Borowsky from around the world. This program, has performed in over thirty counFrances Borowskwy entitled “The Folk Spirit,” will feature tries and recently played at Carnegie Frances Borowsky on cello along with her Hall. This concert will be performed brother, Emmanuel, on violin, and Artistic Director in three venues. On Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm, Daniel Weiser on piano.  This exciting concert they will play at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village; on Saturday, May 4 at 2 pm, they perform will include Antonin Dvorak’s spirited “Dumky” trio filled with tunes from his native Bohemia, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brevard; and Paul Schoenfield’s virtuosic “Cafe Music” with on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm, they will present the ragtime, spiritual, and dixie sounds of Amera special House Concert in Biltmore Lake on a ica, and Astor Piazzolla’s tango-inspired “Four fabulous seven-foot Steinway grand piano., Seasons” from Argentina. This is a program that On Sunday, May 5 at 2 pm, AmiciMusic preswill make you want to dance. There will be three ents a special program entitled “Jewish Jazz III” performances:  Friday, May 24 at 7:30PM at the at Beth Israel Synagogue in Asheville.  This conWhite Horse in Black Mountain;  Saturday, May cert features clarinetist Steve Loew and pianist 25 at 7:30pm at a beautiful private home in Daniel Weiser performing a fantastic mix of Jazz Hendersonville with a nine-foot concert grand and Klezmer music highlighting the important piano from 1892; and Sunday, May 26 at 4 at connections between these two musical styles the very intimate St. Giles Chapel at the DeerAmiciMusic, the award-winning chamber music

organization dedicated to presenting great clas-

field Retirement Community, which is open to the general public as well.   AmiciMusic is a non-profit chamber music organization dedicated to performing excellent chamber music in intimate venues and non-traditional spaces. AmiciMusic, meaning “music among friends,” seeks to break down barriers between performers and audience through brief discussions of each composer on their programs. AmiciMusic also strives to have a relaxed and informal atmosphere at concerts to highlight the spirit of community and camaraderie. The Borowsky siblings are part of a family of musicians based in Baltimore known as The American Virtuosi (www.theamericanvirtuosi.com) who have been performing internationally since they were young children, including tours in China, Cuba, and Latvia. They aim to reveal the power of music to bring different nations and peoples together in a spirit of unity while also expressing the unique, vibrant and diverse cultural colors from each country. They often team up with composers in the countries they visit to present new works that utilize the folk spirit     WHEN YOU GO

For more info and to purchase discounted advance seats for any of the shows, please visit www.amicimusic.org.

‘Trio’ continued from page 17 a sophomore at A.C. Reynolds High School, attended the Brevard Music Center’s (BMC) Summer Institute and Festival in 2017 and 2018. This summer he will be attending the Curtis Institute of Music’s 2019 Young Artist Program. Aaron Chen, Christ School Class of 2020, has been playing cello for 11 years, studying under Frances Duff in Asheville. He won the Junior Division Competition as a 12-year-old at the University of Tennessee and has performing experience in various chamber groups like AmiciMusic and the Asheville Young Musicians Club.

Christopher Tavernier made his orchestral debut with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 13 in Rocky Mount, NC, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in the opening concert of the orchestra’s Fall 2013 season. Since then he has won the Hendersonville, Asheville, Augusta, and Charlotte Symphony concerto competitions, and received the second prize in the National Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he was the youngest performer in the history of the competition.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $15 for church members (at the church venues). A donation is encouraged at Freeburg Pianos. Discounted advance tickets clarinetandfriends.com Saturday, May 11, 2pm - Freeburg Pianos (Hendersonville) Saturday, May 11, 7:30pm - Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (Brevard) Sunday, May 12, 2pm - First Presbyterian Church (Asheville)

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ARTS ‘NorthLight’ continued from page 8 has extensively studied painting and finds much of her inspiration in the panorama of her natural surroundings. Lear’s work can be seen at Taupe Gallery, Magnolia Home Décor in Roanoke, VA and at NorthLight Studios. NorthLight Studios is also home to four other artists, each with a distinctive style:

Wendy Whitson, atmospheric landscapes, Bill George, realism/naturalism paintings, Bernadette St. Pierre-George, skyscapes and nature, and Angela Alexander, colorful animal art. WHEN YOU GO

NorthLight Studios The NorthLight building, circa 1904, is a

collaborative working studio space, open Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 11-4pm, and by appointment. 357 Depot St. Asheville (Inside the River Arts District) • www.northlightstudiosasheville.com • (828) 423-4567

‘310 Art’ continued from page 9 Fleta Monaghan will paint with oil sticks on small encaustic nature-themed works while Charlsen will paint dramatic large-scale train paintings. Katrina Chenevert will be painting in oils all day. You can even take a peek at a workshop in progress in their school. 310 ART hosts a weekend-long open house

on Memorial Day weekend, Sat and Sun 10-5 with more demos, refreshments and a “greet and meet” the artists both days. The gallery was founded in 2009 and now features 19 artists and artisans. It is one of the first full-scale galleries to open in the River Arts District. 310 ART also houses the oldest fine art school for adults in the

region founded in 2006. 310 Art 310 Art is at the Riverview Station ground floor north, 191 Lyman St #310, Asheville. 310art.com Opened seven days a week, Monday-Saturday 11-5pm, and Sunday 12-4pm.

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‘Create’ continued from page 11 natural resources has always been the start of everything – both what we see visually and the materials we use. Paints made from wax, oils from plants, earthy clays, and minerals, wood, and stone transformed into sculptures all connect us to the earth through art. With our modern lifestyles,

getting back to nature through the practice of The gallery is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in WHEN U O Y art gives us a connection to our ancestors who May and June with a special large works show of GO engaged with nature for daily survival. never before seen works. Join us in workshops To see the art of Ben Hamburger, Bridget and learn to make resin casts, paint inspired by the Benton and 17 other fine artists inspired by nature, outdoors, and more. 191 Lyman St, #310, Asheville. visit 310 ART in the River Arts District. 310art.com

Seasons of Art

“When we have positive energy we create light and color in our art.” — Olga Olga Dorenko Fine Art Studio • Asheville River Art District • Warehouse Studios • 2nd Floor, 170 Lyman Street • Wed-Sat 12-5pm or by appt • (828) 713-8362 VOL. 22, NO. 09 — MAY 2019 | RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | 23


THE POET'S VOICE

By Carol Bjorlie — “THE POET BEHIND THE CELLO”

Ah! Weather! I immediately quote e. e. cummings: “i thank you, god, for most this amazing day.” What an amazement it has been. Yesterday it was 82 degrees - in April! When I lived in Minnesota we had snow in May. I’ve chosen poets with last names beginning with “K”. I don’t know why. Ted Kooser, Stanley Kunitz, Galway Kinnell, and Deborah Keenan. First Mr. Kunitz’s poem, “Change.” “Change” Dissolving in the chemic fat Of time, man (gristle and fat), Corrupting on a rock in space That crumbles, lifts his impermanent face To watch the stars, his brain locked tight Against the tall revolving night. Yet he is neither here nor there Because the mind moves everywhere; And he is neither now nor then Because tomorrow comes again Foreshadowed, and the ragged wing Of yesterday’s remembering Cuts sharply the immediate moon; Nor is he always: late and soon Becoming, never being, till Becoming is being still. Here, Now and Always, man would be Inviolate eternally: This is his spirit’s trinity.

Now, Mr Kinnell’s poem, “Sex.” (How could I avoid a poem with that title?) “Sex” On my hands are the odors of the knockout ether either of above the sky where the bluebird get blued on their upper surfaces or down under the earth

where the immaculate nightcrawler take in tubes of red earth and polish their insides

I particularly like the words ether and either used together How’d he think of that? And from Deborah Keenan, the poem, “What My Daughter Asked About the Angel in the Tree.” “What My Daughter Asked About The Angel In The Tree” There’s mountain ash on fire outside the only window that counts, and the children grow restless seeing autumn as the end of things. Why don’t we let the angel of the tree inside? We’ve got no money to leave home with, and the architecture of our rooms spares us beauty and little else. Oh, let that angel in. This is no annunciation; his wings are on fire, his sorrow is audible, and we are cold enough to be useful. lonely enough to be warmed. Here is something worth reading a few times, Mr. Kooser’s poem, “A Happy Birthday” “A Happy Birthday” This evening, I sat by an open window and read till the light was gone and the book was no more than a part of the darkness. I could easily have switched on a lamp, but I wanted to ride this day down into night, to sit alone and smooth the unreadable page with the pale gray ghost of my hand.

I must include a poem by Jim Moore, “My Fame.” I don’t know why, I just must. My Fame Don’t think I didn’t want it. But moonlight distracted me. Even dust in sunlight in summer distracted. Both were my friends, knew me for who I was, forgave me everything.

Here is a poem by William Stafford, “Time for Serenity, Anyone?” Time for Serenity, Anyone? I like to live in the sound of water, in the feel of mountain air. A sharp reminder it is me: this world still is alive; it stretches out there shivering toward its own creation and I’m part of it. Even my breathing enters into the elaborate give-and-take this bowing to sun and moon, day or night, winter, summer storm, still - this tranquil chaos that seems to be going somewhere. This wilderness with a great peacefulness in it. This motionless turmoil, this everything dance.

Sounds like Asheville to me. I wonder if he’s been here when the French Broad River flooded. Now, that wasn’t calm. It is true, this world still is alive - for now. Let’s be the change we wish for this world of ours. Let’s change. I’m off to Minnesota! At least it’s not winter! Carol Bjorlie

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BOOKS Leah Webb presents ‘The Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, DairyFree Family Cookbook’ May 28 BY STAFF REPORTS • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE

LEAH WEBB PRESENTS ‘THE GRAIN-FREE, SUGAR-FREE, DAIRY-FREE FAMILY COOKBOOK’ As the rate of chronic illness skyrockets, more and more parents are faced with the sobering reality of restrictive diets. And because everyone is busy, many families come to rely on store-bought “healthy” products to make life simpler, but many of these are loaded with sugar and hidden toxins. When faced with her own family health crisis, mother and health coach Leah Webb realized that in order to consistently provide high quality food for her family, nearly 100 percent of their meals would need to be homemade. But when she looked for a resource to guide her, most cookbooks that offered recipes “free” of allergenic foods were also high in processed starches, flours, and sugar. Webb, like so many parents, was looking for a cookbook that offered deeply nutritious, kid-friendly, whole foods recipes that were also easy, but there wasn’t one—so she wrote it herself. The Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Family Cookbook offers a new system to preparing food and approaching the kitchen that gets kids involved in cooking, which encourages excitement around food (a major challenge with restrictive diets). The recipes are rich in healthy

fats, nutrient-dense vegetables, ferments, and grass-fed meats, and include snacks, school lunches, and delicious sweet treats that rival the flavors of sugar-dense desserts. By following Leah’s meal plans, parents will be sure to please everyone in the family and make cooking on a restrictive diet enjoyable and doable over a long period of time. Families that know they would like to rid themselves of grain, sugar, and dairy, but are intimidated by starting, will find Webb’s advice and troubleshooting invaluable. The cookbook outlines family-tested methods that make for effective and efficient preparation, including everyday basic recipes that will become part of a cook’s intuitive process over time. The best part is that although she prepares nearly every single one of her family’s breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks using whole food ingredients, she only spends four to six hours on food preparation per week Through stocking her freezer, prepping the kitchen, shopping and cooking in bulk, and consistently planning meals, this diet plan is not only possible; it is manageable and fulfilling. Prepare for this cookbook to radically change your life. Webb obtained her health coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology from Appala-

chian State University and a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Georgia host numerous Readings & MAY 2019 We Book clubs, as well as Salons! Southern University. She has worked Visit www.malaprops.com PARTIAL LISTING in nutrition and gardening education READINGS & BOOK SIGNINGS since 2009 with a focus on engaging children in healthy eating habits Dr. Anna Garrett presents ‘Perimenopause: The Savvy through experiential learning and Sister’s Guide to Hormone discovery. Webb started and runs Harmony’ 5/06 - 6pm the Deep Rooted Wellness blog, Justin Gardiner presents on which she posts stories and tips ‘Beneath the Shadow: Legacy regarding nutrition, gardening, and and Longing in the Antarctic,’ in conversation with Scott healthy families. Leah lives in the Gould 5/07 - 6pm mountains of NC with her husband, Delia Owens presents ‘Where T. C., and her two children, Owen the Crawdads Sing’ 5/08 - 6pm and June. Owen has a life-threatening anaphylactic allergy to wheat, and Brian Panowich presents ‘Like Lions’ 5/09 - 6pm June has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease severely impacting the lungs Sarah Stacke presents ‘Photos Day or Night: The and pancreas. Webb’s commitment Archive of Hugh Mangum’ to a restrictive, nutrient-dense diet 5/13 - 6pm has played an important role in her Michael Matros presents children’s integrative care. ‘Slipstone Rill: A Gothic Mystery’ 5/14 - 6pm Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, IF YOU Dairy-Free Family Cookbook Leah Webb presents ‘The GO May 28, 6pm, Malaprop’s Book- Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy Free Family Cookbook’ store • (828) 254-6734 5/28 - 6pm

Coming in June

Mason Deaver presents I Wish You All the Best, in conversation with Becky Albertalli 6/04 - 6pm

55 Haywood St.

(828) 254-6734 • 800-441-9829 Monday-Saturday 9AM to 9PM Sunday 9AM to 7PM

John Ross presents The Forecast for D-Day And the Weatherman Behind Ike’s Biggest Gamble 6/05 - 6pm Both signings at Malaprop’s 55 Haywood St.

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Award-winning blues/roots singer-songwriter Cary Morin to play White Horse in Black Mountain May 9

BY STAFF REPORTS • BLACK MOUNTAIN

Awards for the Best Blues, 2018 International Songwriting Competily regarded as one of tion Honorable Mention, 2018 Native the best acoustic blues Arts and Cultures Fellowship and performers on the music 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award scene today, makes a from the Fort Collins (Colo.) Music rare WNC appearance Association. on Thursday, May 9 at Morin’s newest CD, When I Rise, 7:30pm at White Horse was released last fall to rave reviews. Black Mountain. The 12-track album includes ten A Crow tribal member originals, plus his unique take on the born in Billings, Montana, Jerry/Garcia/Robert Hunter song, Morin has achieved inter“Dire Wolf,” and a beautiful version national acclaim during of Duane Allman’s classic, “Little Cary Morin, generally regarded as one of the a 30-year career, carving best acoustic blues performers on the music Martha.” Among the testimonials: scene today out a unique acoustic Na“Cary Morin proves himself again as tive Americana style with one of the great acoustic players and qualities of the blues, bluegrass, jazz, jam reggae, songwriters working today,” wrote John Heidt of and dance. He has won numerous awards for Vintage Guitar Magazine March 2019. “It’s not just his work, including 2018 Independent Music Cary Morin, general-

the playing; the lyrics and chord changes of every tune keep things interesting and show off Morin and company’s best attributes.” “It’s difficult to comprehend just how good Morin is—as a songwriter, arranger, lyricist, and guitarist—because he does it all so well, without ever appearing flashy or self-conscious. It’s obvious that he listens to—and demonstrates great respect for—a wide variety of music,” says Dave Orban in the February 2019 issue of Blues Blast Magazine. Renowned folk musician David Bromberg, who has performed with Morin, called him one of his favorite players in Taylor Wood & Steel Magazine last year: “Cary Morin is a unique and brilliant guitar player, songwriter and singer. It’s hard to pick out what he does best. As a guitar player, I have huge respect for Morin’s style and technique. If you haven’t heard him, you should. Try to remem-

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FINE ART The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League works to end homelessness in WNC through art BY STAFF REPORTS • BLACK MOUNTAIN

people in homes of their home to call their own. Artists own. For May and June, are encouraged to consider all the SVFAL has an exhibit kinds of passages, including entitled, “Passages: A the journey made by those who However, there is an organization that is conJourney Through Place are homeless. The meaning cerned about this issue every day of the year and Space.” During the of home, safety and security, a called Homeward Bound. This non-profit’s mistwo-month show, SVFAL key that represents access to a sion is to end homelessness in our community by will donate 20% of all home and the journeys Homemoving people into housing as a first step, then gallery sales to Homeward Bound program particproviding support services to help stabilize their ward Bound. ipants travel to achieve their lives so they can stay in housing and improve “We feel it’s important goals can be the focus of the their quality of life. Last year, Homeward Bound’s for us to support comartwork. AHOPE Day Center provided roughly 26,000 munity-based organishowers, 80,000 cups of coffee, and 16,000 zations like Homeward The Red House StuIF pairs of socks to more than 3,000 people expeYOU Bound. Their efforts dios and Gallery GO riencing homelessness. Since 2006, Homeward with the homeless make The public is invited to Bound has moved more than 2000 people into “Moving from Dark into Light “ by Donna Davis a difference every day the opening reception for “Pashomes with 89% to those sages: A Journey Through Place never returning to in need. and Space” on Friday, May 10, 5-7 homelessness. We’re proud to work with them to pm at The Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 W. The Swannanoa present this show and to donate a State Street, Black Mountain, NC. Refreshments Valley Fine Arts portion of the sales to them,” stat- will be served. Wicked Weed is a sponsor and will League (SVFAL) ed Donna Davis, one of the Artists showcase its beer at the opening. Parker Legwear has a mission to in Residence at The Red House is also a sponsor and will supply socks for attendmake our commuand a co-curator of the show, ees to donate to Homeward Bound. The show nity a better place. along with Alison Curtin. remains on view Monday-Saturday 10-5pm and Therefore, the The theme of the show was Sunday 10-3pm through Monday, July 8. For more SVFAL is partnering chosen to emphasize the journey information svfalarts.org and homewardboundwnc. with Homeward people make from homelessness org or call SVFAL at (828) 669-0351. Bound to raise “Sunny Day” by Pat Austin to a safe, secure place to live – a funds to help place The cold of winter is particularly hard on one group of people in Buncombe County—the ones who have no home.

‘Cary’ continued from page 26 ber that it’s only one guitar.” In 1989, Morin founded the band, The Atoll, which toured nationally and gained a devoted following. Later, he achieved international acclaim with The Pura Fé Trio, for whom the single “Olé Midlife Crisis,” which Morin wrote and performed, placed at number 17 on France’s iTunes blues chart. Both as a solo artist and band member,

Morin has toured the world. White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Rd.) is a 215-seat music and arts venue that has staged more than 2,500 concerts and other events during its 10-year history. It offers state-of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, soft drinks, and snacks.

Cary Morin at White Horse Black Mountain. Thursday, May 9 at 7:30pm. Tickets are priced at $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.whitehorseblackmountain. com or call (828) 669-0816. IF YOU GO

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PHOTOGRAPHY John Highsmith presents “Breathless” series showing through July 15 BY STAFF REPORTS • ASHEVILLE

Photographer and Clyde dentist John Highsmith presents “Breathless,” a metal-print series of

Really, Truly Breathless It’s a challenge to hover in a swimming pool while a photographer captures moving forms, hair, and fabric. “It’s harder than it looks, and all credit to the models,” says Highsmith. “No one is used to posing underwater. It’s counterintuitive because there is no air. Your brain tells you to go up and breathe, while the photographer wants you to look ethereal. With each dunk lasting 15 seconds at max, it’s fun to see what images we create together.” Advice for underwater models? “Open your eyes, stretch out and own the space, think graceful thoughts, while your brain tells you to head for the surface.”

underwater people and waterborne fabrics.

The photo exhibit runs through July 15 at Green Sage Café Westgate in Asheville. Highsmith worked in pools with students, swimmers, dancers, and scuba divers. He digitally He digitally retouches images to remove air bubbles, sometimes replacing the black bedsheet backdrop retouches images to with classical art backgrounds. remove air bubbles, drop with classical art backgrounds. sometimes replacing the black bedsheet back-

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