Thursday, March 25, 2010

CURVE studios & garden Celebrates Growth - Spring Open House

ASHEVILLE -- Fresh off its most successful year ever in Asheville’s River Arts District, CURVE studios & garden will celebrate the energy of the season by spotlighting seven new CURVE artists during its Spring 2010 Open House Weekend April 23-25, and Twilight Party, Friday, April 23.

Despite the sluggish economy, CURVE artists found 2009 rewarding. “What recession?” responded Pattiy Torno, CURVE studios & garden owner, when asked how the enclave of artists who maintain working studios in 6, 9 and 12 Riverside Drive were handling the challenging retail climate. “Our customers are focusing on buying local, buying handmade & supporting the best and the brightest in the Asheville RAD,” she added.

The CURVE studios & garden Spring 2010 Open House Weekend is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the beauty of new growth in the garden & in the studios of the seven new resident artists. Barb Butler and Karen Donde are Sutherland Handweaving in #6. Fran Welch and Greg Vineyard, upstairs in #9 and Akira Satake, Kyle Carpenter and Linda McFarling, downstairs in #12, all work in ceramics.

In addition, some CURVE artists are showing off new studios. The demand for works by encaustic painter Constance Williams has predicated the need for a larger studio. Williams can now be found on the main floor of #9. Cassie Ryalls and Jenny Mastin have moved upstairs in #9. Maria Andrade Troya has moved her pottery over into #12 CURVE. Torno and Meagan Chaney remain in #6. Represented artists include Simone Wilson and Mimi Strang in #6 and Patty Bilbro, Cynthia Wynn, Kelly Prestwood and Mystery Masiello in #9 CURVE.

Open house hours are 11 am-8 pm Friday and 11 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. The twilight party begins at 5 pm Friday and features a Mediterranean-themed feast, hand made chocolates, wine, Wedge beer and music. Everyone is welcome.

Throughout the weekend, CURVE studios & garden artists will offer in-studio demonstrations. Sutherland Handweaving will present its Just Weave class, inviting beginning and experienced weavers to weave a scarf in one day. Cost for the Just Weave class is $75 plus yarn, and reservations are required.

6 • 9 • 12 Riverside DriveRiver Arts DistrictAsheville, NC


fran welch said...

i love your blog and the wonderful way you have with glaze.
i look forward to meeting you at the opening

Meagan Chaney said...

Hi Fran,

Thank you so much for reading and following along!

Wish I could report that I was going to be at the Open House, but I'm not able to make it up from Florida this time. My work is still going to be there though, and I'm shipping new pieces tomorrow!

Hopefully we're able to meet sometime soon!