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AAAC Open Call for Asheville Area Artists

Brianne Stoehr (left),Mary Cozens and Jeannie Regan

Brianne Stoehr (left), Mary Cozens and Jeannie Regan

On Tuesday, August 27, from 12–6 p.m., artists from Buncombe County are invited to submit their work for ALL ACCESS AVL, a public exhibition at the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Refinery Creator Space. The show, held in conjunction with local artist Mary Cozens, curator Brianne Stoehr and arts administrator Jeannie Regan, is an opportunity for artists to show their work in an established gallery space without the usual hurdles of selection panels or extensive résumés.

“We want to give exposure to artists who otherwise could not show their work due to economic status and other hardships,” says Cozens. “It’s also a chance to show work that is truly Asheville flavored.”

The exhibit is open to work that is two-dimensional and ready to hang, with a maximum size of 20” x 24”. The work cannot contain obscene content (AAAC staff discretion). Artists must be 18 or older. A sliding scale fee of $10 is required to cover deinstallation of the show. Intake is first come, first served, until the gallery reaches capacity.

“I hope that we can shine a light on talented Asheville artists excluded from the highly competitive and often tourist-driven art market,” says Regan. “What I hope to see on intake day is what makes the heart of Asheville beat, work that ranges from raw and earnest to polished perfection.”

The exhibit will begin with an opening reception on Friday, September 6, from 5–8 p.m., and run through Friday, September 27.

The Refinery Creator Space is located at 207 Coxe Avenue, Asheville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To sponsor the event, lead art workshops, or volunteer to help install and de-install the show, email Follow on Facebook and Instagram @allaccessavlart.

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  • As a participant of this event I can report that we had a blast at the open reception and there were over 400 people who attended… I believe there were around 150 artworks submitted… The AAAC team made this event really special… the hors d’oeuvres table was plentiful and yummy.. the libations were delicious and thirst quenching and the art was spectacular!!!! I wished the Laurel had been there… because this is a super example of Art in our Asheville community… This was such a fantastic event for me it gave me a wonderful opportunity to experience having my artwork in an exhibit… Thank you so much for doing a little upcoming article about this event… FYI – this exhibit runs through Sept. 27th.. I hope all of you are able to check it out…

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