Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Asheville artists benefit RiverLink's riverfront revitalization efforts with plein air art exhibit - Oct. 23rd

"All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken."   -- Thomas Wolfe, Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man's Hunger in His Youth

View the official invitation by clicking here, and please join RiverLink on Thursday, October 23, from 6 to 9 pm at Sol's Reprieve (map) for a private artists reception where you can meet and speak to the artist and witness the unveiling  of these new works with an opportunity to be the first to  purchase these images of a river that is changing.  

Artist include:

John Mac Kah 
Christine Dougherty
Julyan Davis
Mark Henry
Nicholas Raynolds
Jason Rafferty
Caleb Clark
Paul Blankinship
Matthew Good
Peter Loewer
Robert Johnson
John Dempsey
Roger Nelson
James Daniel

To view the artists bios, work and statements and event website 

The Of Time and The River Exhibit will be held in the spectacular setting of Sol's Reprieve  on the west bank of the river in a former church  perched on a high  bluff overlooking the French Broad River and the  New Belgium Brewery site. Sol's Reprieve offers a panoramic view of the on-going  construction at  the new brewery, as well as a unique vantage point to appreciate one of Asheville's oldest mill villages known as Chicken Hill.  Chicken Hill, like so much of the urban riverfront  and adjacent  neighborhoods  is  experiencing much change. Sol's Reprieve offers views and vantage point not often seen by the public. 
Sponsors for this event include Whole Foods, Catawba BrewingBiltmore Estate Winery and Sol's Reprieve.  Join us for  a delicious array of heavy  hors d'oeuvres  prepared and presented by Aaron Bryant, Director of Catering Services Whole Foods, who will be on hand to answer questions about Whole Foods and the delicious and beautifully presented menu he has created for this special event. 
Karen Cragnolin, executive director of RiverLink, reports, "I love the idea of tying together Thomas Wolfe's'   thoughts about his youthful struggles  and  scenes  of the river by 14 of Asheville's most professional and outstanding artists.  The river is changing daily both physically  and in the  public  perception making this exhibit very timely.  Our artists have been capturing scenes from the river, Plein Air style,  for several months which seems very appropriate to both the times and the river.  River icons such as the Cotton Mill and  Ice House and now the Rail Road Round House are disappearing. We are so excited that these wonderful professional artists are capturing the river today and  hosting a fundraiser for us and hope to make this an annual event that captures the changes that are sure to come as well as remind of  our collective past. "

Members of RiverLink enjoy a reduced price of $50 per ticket, non-members are  $65 per ticket. Buy your tickets today by clicking here.

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