Above: Artist, Joanne Arnett
Through April 29, Blue Spiral 1 is presenting photoCRAFT, a national invitational featuring six innovative artists whose works are at the intersection of photography and object making. It is being presented in conjunction with photo + craft, a program of events, exhibitions, and artist talks organized by Eric Baden and Warren Wilson College. The artists in photoCRAFT are:
Joanne Arnett transforms herself, assuming various personas for mug shot self-portraits, woven with thread and reflective wire.
Mary Van Cline integrates surreal black-and-white photography with glass in her celebrated sculptures that have earned her international acclaim.
Kristin Skees’ Cozy Portraits depict whimsical figures masked in knitted, full-body stockings.
Clarissa Sligh’s powerful photo books elicit a visceral response, often addressing themes of race.
David Samuel Stern’s woven photographs on vellum portray multiple views of their subject. Hayden Wilson uses glass powders and a serigraph process to fuse architectural imagery of Asheville’s River Arts District onto his 2-D and 3-D glass objects.
Also at Blue Spiral 1, a group fiber exhibition, titled Contemporary Southern Textiles, continues in the lower level. Several of the artists will be present for a panel discussion at the gallery at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15. This event is free and open to the public.
Also, local artist Kreh Mellick has a solo exhibition of her narrative drawings.
Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Avenue, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For further information, visit bluespiral1.com or call 828.251.0202.