This May, the first Blue to Black Art Weekend will combine the annual E.A.S.T. Studio Tour and the new Blue to Black Art Stroll in Black Mountain, to create an eventful art-filled weekend of self-guided art tours and open studios Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5.
“We are proud to continue the strong grassroots tradition of showcasing area artists and their works through the E.A.S.T. Studio Tour, founded in 2006,” says Cappi Macsherry, director of the bi-annual art celebration.
The participating 40 studios, art venues and galleries are located in the region that stretches from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Highway 70 East through Asheville to Black Mountain, hence the name ‘Blue to Black’ Art Weekend.
Throughout the weekend guests will have the opportunity to explore the private studios of artists in East Asheville, Black Mountain, Fairview, and Swannanoa, in addition to select galleries and art venues in downtown Black Mountain and Old Fort. During the unique event, each gallery will spotlight the work of a specific artist, together showcasing a variety of work including ceramics, glass, photography, painting, paper-mâché, woodworking, fiber and more.
“It is exciting that now people will not only have a chance to visit the studios and see art, but they can come into these little shops that specialize in locating emerging artists,” says Stephanie whose feature artist is painter Lorelle Bacon.
Individuals who plan on attending the event can pick up brochures with maps at AnTHM Gallery, the Monte Vista Hotel, the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber and Visitor Center, Visions of Creation and throughout Buncombe County including downtown Asheville.
From the various exciting events to the number of talented artists, the Blue to Black Art Weekend highlights not only the legacy of Black Mountain, but also history in the making. For more information, please visit BluetoBlackArtWeekend.com
Featured Image: Rebecca N King Fine Art