Tuesday, April 13, 2010

CURVE Open House part 2

Stop on by the CURVE OPEN HOUSE and see Akira Satake, Kyle Carpenter, Linda McFarling, Maria Troya, Cassie Ryalls, and many more.  Check out their fantastic website!

CURVE studios & garden Celebrates Growth with its Spring 2010 Open House Weekend & Twilight Party 
ASHEVILLE -- Fresh off its most successful year ever in Asheville’s River Arts District, CURVE studios & garden will celebrate the energy of the season by spotlighting seven new CURVE artists during its Spring 2010 Open House Weekend April 23-25, and Twilight Party, Friday, April 23.

Despite the sluggish economy, CURVE artists found 2009 rewarding. “What recession?” responded Pattiy Torno, CURVE studios & garden owner, when asked how the enclave of artists who maintain working studios in 6, 9 and 12 Riverside Drive were handling the challenging retail climate.  “Our customers are focusing on buying local, buying handmade & supporting the best and the brightest in the Asheville RAD,” she added.

The CURVE studios & garden Spring 2010 Open House Weekend is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the beauty of new growth in the garden & in the studios of the seven new resident artists. Barb Butler and Karen Donde are Sutherland Handweaving in #6. Fran Welch and Greg Vineyard, upstairs in #9 and Akira Satake, Kyle Carpenter and Linda McFarling, downstairs in #12, all work in ceramics.

In addition, some CURVE artists are showing off new studios. The demand for works by encaustic painter Constance Williams has predicated the need for a larger studio.  Williams can now be found on the main floor of #9. Cassie Ryalls and Jenny Mastin have moved upstairs in #9. Maria Andrade Troya has moved her pottery over into  #12 CURVE.  Torno and Meagan Chaney remain in #6. Represented artists include Simone Wilson and Mimi Strang in #6 and Patty Bilbro, Cynthia Wynn, Kelly Prestwood and Mystery Masiello in #9 CURVE.

Open house hours are 11 am-8 pm Friday and 11 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. The twilight party begins at 5 pm Friday and features a Mediterranean-themed feast, hand made chocolates, wine, Wedge beer and music. Everyone is welcome.

Throughout the weekend, CURVE studios & garden artists will offer in-studio demonstrations. Sutherland Handweaving will present its Just Weave class, inviting beginning and experienced weavers to weave a scarf in one day. Cost for the Just Weave class is $75 plus yarn, and reservations are required.

6 • 9 • 12 Riverside Drive • River Arts District • Asheville, NC  28801 • www.CURVEstudiosNC.com

John Britt

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