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Wanderlust at Gallery at Flat Rock in September

“This year I became involved with a photography print critique group which has compelled me to begin looking at photographers’ work again and to begin examining my own images. The series of photos that I’ll be presenting at the Open Studio Tour is called Wanderlust, images taken with my phone on explorations locally and when traveling,” Camarata says.

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Visual Arts

Spruce Pine Hosts Autumn Art Show

“Attendees will be surprised and delighted to find so many takes on art depicting autumn and Halloween and to have the opportunity to purchase items that are a bit different from what is commercially available,” says participating artist Dorann Nelson.

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From the Editor

With another school year beginning, it’s a good time to reflect on how we all constantly educate ourselves with the many exhibitions, symposiums, literary events, festivals and stage productions in Western North Carolina.

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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.