The Last LAAFF?!?

2014 – Is this the Last LAAFF for Lex Fest?

Hopefully not! Although is has been declared over and done and this year will be the “Last LAAFF” there will be metamorphosis to the project with a larger group of directors and organizations including the businesses along Lexington Avenue, the very source of the fest itself.  I believe LAAFF proved in the shadow of its final bow, that it is a festival Asheville wants. Even though I didn’t get to stay as long as I wanted to it was as much fun as ever! Particular favorites for me were The Water Temple, Bike Races with a Dunk Tank finish, Asian Teacher Factory and of course all of the great artists, performers and just folks that dress up and come out to LAAFF. The people watching is always par excellence and this year was no exception! Here are a few choice looks from the day. You can find more photos from LAAFF on my facebook page here.

[*And a note to the future organizers, please don't scrap a good thing because of one bad year. There's no such thing as a last LAAFF.]



The Tangerine Ball 2012

The AAAC put on a simply fantastic Color Ball at the Orange Peel Saturday night, their largest celebration and fundraiser of the year. Leading into the evening were multiple pre-parties happening all over downtown Asheville. I was lucky enough to make it to the Hotel Indigo‘s 10th floor for the Beautiful and the Damned Party as well as to the French Broad Chocolate Factory for the Chocolate and Moonshine Party.  Then it was off to the Orange Peel to see everyone turn out in their tangeriniest.

The winners from the Neoclassical Designers Salon at 5 Walnut were announced just after the opening of the ball and a brief showing of all of the designers entries. Thrilled to say my friend Amy Holdveldt of Amy vs Fabric came home with the winning design.  Asheville Face & Body Painting did live painting of two models to represent the Phoenix and the Flapper painting which was the grand prize of the silent auction. And throughout the evening there were artists painting live and creating art inspired by performances and vignettes by Dr. Sketchy’s Asheville Burlesque. Truly Fantastic! Beautiful, playful, funny, and great music to boot from the Low Down Sires!  And the best part was all of the fun folks who came out to celebrate and support the Arts Council. The dance floor was a whirlwind riot of fun and everyone was caught up in the swirl!

As usual I’ve put up way too many pictures on my Facebook Fan Page which you should definitely go and look at here: Tangerine Ball

Here are a few of my special favorites from the night. Enjoy!
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Tangerine Tango Fashion Show

Breathtaking fashion show to kick off the Asheville Area Art’s Council‘s Color Ball for this year, if you haven’t already guessed the color is tangerine.  Beautiful models, exquisite designs and perfect weather for the evening came together into one perfect chance for fashion and frolicking at the Altamont Theater in downtown Asheville.  I’ve featured some photos from the event here including pictures from the three Best in Show designers, Amy Holveldt, Lindsay Bryant Hoyes and Charles Josef.  There are lots more pictures are up on my facebook page.  You can check them out here: Tangerine Tango Fashion Show!

Amy Holtvedt – Amy Vs. Fabric
Lindsay Bryant Hoyes
Charles Josef

AAAC’s Drink and Draw Party

I had another opportunity to be artfully inspired and social at the AAAC this week.  The powerful sculpture work of Susannah Zucker’s Life Support show was definitely a motivator for contemplation and sketching.   Music and PBRs kept the mood fun and the party spilled outside for some spontaneous Art Car creation!

Painting PArtery at AAAC’s Artery

Last night I dropped in on the Painting Party hosted at the AAAC‘s Artery on Depot Street.  Live DJ Mixes by Crunky Brewster thumped through the heart of Depot St. as lightning scissored the sky and many local artists broke out the brushes, current projects and new ideas. Even after the storm passed on the creative electricity was definietly still sparking!

More Pics up at CLicKs Facebook Page.  Thanks to the AAAC for making the space available for some artist community building! Looking forward to next time!

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