Happy New Year from the MAP
posted: December 31, 2009
Wishing y'all a joyous celebration in the light of the blue moon as we ring in a new decade.
Stay tuned for news on what the MAP has in store for you in 2010 and beyond...
Aesthetica Short Film Competition
posted: December 10, 2009
The Aesthetica Short Film Competition has just been launched! Leading the search for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works the competition provides an opportunity for both new and experienced filmmakers to have their work broadcast to a wider audience. All genres of film are being accepted: drama, documentary, music video, animation, satire, comedy, artists' film and anything else you can think of!
This award offers winners and runners-up a fantastic prize package, including:
- Screenings of your film at: The National Media Museum (Bradford), Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival (London), Glasgow Film Festival and on the Aesthetica website
- £500 first prize, £250 runner-up
- 12 months membership with Shooting People
- Collection of film books from Wallflower Press
- Winner and 10 runners-up to be included on a DVD that will go to all Aesthetica readers.
Films should be up to 20 minutes long. Entries are due in April 2010 - detailed guidelines and entry are here.
Call for Entries: Art Program for Public Transit
posted: December 7, 2009
City of Asheville: Art on Transit Bus Graphics Program
Application Deadline: 5pm, January 20, 2010
The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department announces a juried public art competition for the first Art on Transit Bus Graphics Program open to all artists in the City of Asheville and select surrounding towns serviced by the City of Asheville transit system.
Artists are invited to create original 2-D images for one of three different City of Asheville bus graphics. Two dimensional images include (but are not limited to) photographs, computer generated design, paintings, prints, and drawings. Text and letters are permitted when used as part of the overall design.
Although there is no “theme” for this project, it is suggested that designs reflect, at least in part, the ‘canvas’ the art will be displayed on – buses!
The call for entrries is online here.
Group Art Show at Asheville Arts Council
posted: December 3, 2009
Opening: Friday December 4, 5 – 8 pm
Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery
11 Biltmore Avenue, Downtown Asheville
In the main gallery, the group show artists include fabric artist Meg Manderson and painters Gloria Gaffney and Mark Holland. In the large basement area downstairs is work by Heather Lewis. This lower space, which has not been used for exhibiting before, has an industrial look that suits Lewis’ large light installations.
A lifelong desire to express the beauty she sees in nature has inspired Meg Manderson to combine her love of the tactile qualities of fabric with landscape art to create “fabric paintings.” Meg works with hand-painted, hand-dyed and commercially produced fabrics. Using fiber paints, pigments from native soils and natural dyeing techniques, she creates yardage from which she choose the areas that lend themselves to achieving her vision. Manderson has studied with the acknowledged masters of fabric painting and art quilting. She has practiced her art and craft for over 25 years.
Heather Lewis is a British visual artist, born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, currently living and working in the Asheville. She holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Lewis’ work has been shown in solo and group shows in galleries in the United States and abroad including the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York (in collaboration with Amy Guggenheim). Her current work uses light in several ways to play with shadows and reflections that incorporate some traditional qualities of drawing, but also offers new possibilities. “Light installations take art off the paper or canvas, introducing questions of scale and value.”
For Mark, each painting has a story in it and is a narrative of the thoughts he had at the time of its conception. He loves fantasy, frivolity, vanity, the sacred and profane, the tragic, the lost, the joy and “I want my work to show that to others. We as a human race have all those emotions in us and the artist reminds us to honor and enjoy those feelings and embrace what is human.” He has been a recipient of many national art awards, as well as works in private, corporate, and university collections.
Gloria Gaffney is an oil painter living and working Asheville since 1995. Ms. Gaffney’s work has been used in conjunction with Bele Chere Festival, the Asheville Lyric Opera, the Biltmore Estate and UNCA. Ms. Gaffney works ‘en plein air’, completing the artwork at the site of inspiration and can be seen painting at her easel on the streets of Asheville throughout the year.
Stan Vanderbeek's Films at BMCM+AC
posted: December 2, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 7:30pm
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
56 Broadway, Asheville
Johanna Vanderbeek will present and discuss the underappreciated films of her late husband Stan. Combining animation, painting and collage with a Dadaist sensibility, Vanderbeek made films in the 1950s and 60s that were beautifully original.
“Clearly a Renaissance Man, Vanderbeek has been a vital force in the convergence of art and technology, displaying a visionary 's insight into the cultural and psychological implications of the Paleocybernetic Age."
- Gene Youngblood in Expanded Cinema
$7 / $5 for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID
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