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On a Personal Note: Jenny Pickens

Jenny Pickens was raised around art. She has fond memories of watching her Uncle Billy Joe make art in a variety of mediums: from sketching W.E.B. Du Bois in pencil, to shaping a tree branch into a walking cane and carving a portrait of Elijah Muhammad into the handle.

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In Bloom: Red Maple

Acer rubrum, commonly called red maple, scarlet maple or soft maple, is a native, medium-sized deciduous tree that typically grows 40’–60’ tall with a rounded to oval crown.

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Lean Into Imperfection at WAXON Studio

WAXON Batik and Hand Dye Studio is a multi-faceted business: a custom dye house that creates bespoke pieces for clients; a teaching studio that offers small, expert classes; and a retail shop selling small-batch, limited runs of hand-dyed clothing and home goods.

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The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.