Rhetorical Factory Show July 2015!

All new show scheduled, opening July 10, 2015 at Rhetorical Factory!

So excited for summer!

And here’s why…. 2 months ago I had a sit down, that’s amazing, brainstorm-y idea to collaborate with one of my favorite local artists. Today I ordered 9 yards of fabric from Spoonflower for what will become the centerpieces of my July show “Getting Off the Wall” at Rhetorical Factory in West Asheville.

This locally powered shop focuses on upcycling clothes and innovative design. Bethany Adams, the designer and captain of the ship at the shop,  had an inspiring boots on the ground meeting with me yesterday. She and I have had wonderful success in the past collaborating on projects (if you’ve ever seen me in a CLicKs shirt) and I can’t wait to see what she creates with my images! The show will also include 20 original glass art tiles which I’ve been working on for most of this year.

Come see what we’ve been dreaming up. . . second Saturday, July 10, 2015.

Tangleheart Carousel – Glass Art Tile 6″x6″ with wood stand available at upcoming show July 2015 at Rhetorical Factory in West Asheville.

Window Shopping in East West Asheville

Window ShoppingYesterday I broke out of the house and “snow day” lock down with the kids to head up to East West Asheville for a little fun, window shopping and cupcakes with my friend Jennifer over at Blog Asheville. She wanted to check out Whist, the sweet new gift shop on Haywood Rd. I wanted to check out Flora for plant ideas and maybe a few little sprigs of green for the house or greenhouse and of course I always have to check in with my good friends up at the Circle. I wanted to see if any of my art had sold (I have photo prints of Radiants and Asheville  for sale at the Circle BTW) and check out the new show by Hannah Rochester they have hanging up at the store this month.  All of these sweet little local shops sit right in a row together on Haywood Rd. which makes it so easy to enjoy them all.

Well worth the trip and so many needful little things I had no idea I was craving.  Whist had the PERFECT little gift for my sister’s birthday plus a card I know she’ll like which is rare to find both in the same place. The new store is bright & pretty, filled with lots of fun gifts and well laid out.

Going into Flora is like having Spring kiss you on the nose, as long as you’re into that kind of thing. Sweet smells, beautiful flowers, lush plant arrangements, terrariums all misty green, and little ferns, air plants and green bits you can bring home with you for just a few dollars that just possibly will restore your hope that cold weather will be vanquished and the world will be warm again.

I lost myself for almost half & hour at the Circle discovering sweet hand knitted hats and all their other hand made local wares and art that they are so good at putting right out front. The Hannah Rochester show is original and interesting. I especially liked her pieces that were described as “I had a lot on my mind” and while the originals were out of my budget the prints were just $20.

Then we went around the corner and down the hill to Short Street Cakes and made a late afternoon cupcake run, scoring a couple vegan chocolate, a couple Lemon Lavender, some “ugly but delicious” apple cake and a mini king cake to share. Came home feeling all warm and happy for spending time with a friend doing some local retail therapy.

CA$hevillans 2nd Hit – ZaPow!

Asheville Grown‘s Cash Mob or “The CA$hevillians” made another daring hit last night, this time at ZaPow Illustration and Art Gallery. There were Asheville Go Local cards for the first 10 mobbers to arrive and a mandate for economic stimulus on a local level to spend (at least) $20. Once the Cash Mob had assembled we headed down Battery Park in mass to show some Asheville Love for this very cool local gallery that showcases Asheville’s illustrative art talent. There was no shortage of eye candy and plenty of items that fit the Cash Mob budget from stickers to cards, t-shirts to skateboard decks. There is also a children’s bookshop in the gallery called Spellbound Bookswhich was an immediate draw for me and several other moms in the group.

Co-owners Lauren & Matt Johnson kept the cash register ringing and beer flowing while a lovely Gypsy Swing trio played in the back.  Cash mobbers took their time shopping and meeting the artists who came out for the event.
Personally, I just love having a “license to shop” with this group and I’m glad to have been brought by the mob into ZaPow, it’s been on my list of places to check out since they opened over a year ago.
These kind of events don’t just happen though, it takes a lot of coordinated effort in the background to make something “spontaneous” like this happen on a Thursday evening.  So if you want to be in on the next cash mob, or have a local business you want to suggest that would benefit from this kind of event, or you think you can lend a hand volunteering then you should get with the Asheville Grown Business Alliance and help them spread the local love!!
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