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American Folk Art: New Work by James ‘Buddy’ Snipe

Born around 1945 in rural Alabama, James 'Buddy' Snipe has been creating since he was a small child growing up in a large family. He and his 11 older siblings collected twigs, bits of cloth, shards of glass and other detritus and Snipe created toys from them. An example is a piece called Bone Doll made from animal bones.

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Arts Galleries

Jenna Jaffe: Swinging the Pendulum

On Monday, August 2, Jenna Jaffe opens an exhibition of her works titled Swinging the Pendulum: From Patriarchy to Empowerment at The Refinery AVL. “I selected and created pieces for this show based on the idea that the world is out of balance with the patriarchal model,” Jaffe says.

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Arts Galleries

The Nature of Summer at Asheville Gallery of Art

Asheville Gallery of Art presents The Nature of Summer, a 21-artist group show opening on Sunday, August 1, and running through the end of the month. “The Nature of Summer brings to mind a slower, more relaxing lifestyle: enjoying the simple pleasures of a warm, caressing breeze or a quiet walk at sunset,” says watercolor artist Claire Simpson Jones.

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Education Food

Tour Welcomes Visitors to WNC Family Farms

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s (ASAP’s) annual Farm Tour will return in 2021 after a yearlong hiatus due to COVID-19. On Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19, from 12-5 p.m., local farms in Henderson, Buncombe and Haywood counties will welcome both locals and tourists to discover the places that supply Western North Carolina its food.

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Arts Communities

Come to Leicester Studio Tour Set For August 21–22

For the 16th year, artists in Leicester open their studios to the public for the annual Come to Leicester Studio Tour. This free, self-guided event is held every third weekend in August. “The artists are open, friendly and eager to share about their art and the process of making it,” says potter Barbara Hebert. “Many artists invest much time in readying their work and their property for visitors.”

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Arts Education

Penland Holds 36th Annual Benefit Auction August 21-27

Penland School of Craft’s annual benefit auction will take place online again this year, beginning with a silent auction that opens on Saturday, August 21, at 2 p.m. and closes on Friday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. with a virtual cocktail party. The grand finale for the event will be a streaming live auction with auctioneer Jesse Miller at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 28.

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Communities

Two Sylva Traditions Return on Special August Dates

The Greening Up the Mountains Festival (GUTM) is a heritage arts event that, historically, celebrates the arrival of spring. This year the festival takes place in downtown Sylva on Saturday, August 28. “Considering that it has been well over a year since we were able to come together for this festival, I believe attendees can expect to be met with an even greater spirit of celebration and...

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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.