Three generation make art!

There are artists in our family.  Creators.  Daughter Katharine can draw.  Her pencil sketches are amazing.  At least they were.  Her drawing is on hiatus because of family, work and school.  I remember those days!   Son Christopher does amazing art work that is subtly ironic and thought provoking.  He's had several shows here in Asheville.  Husband Patrick is a master carpenter.  Everyday went I see our beautifully restored bungalow, with the columns, repurposed 100 year old salvaged baseboards and window headers, I am in awe of his skills.  And really thankful I brought him along in this Asheville odyssey!  And then there is my Haydin, my now six year old grandson.   Whenever we get together,  it is art time!  He now sees art in a branch, a leaf, in water.   

But last Friday night will always be a stellar memory for me.  Melinda Knies, the owner of Mountain Made gallery in the Grove Arcade in Asheville is doing a brilliant project involving pubic art.  Each First Friday Downtown Art walk this summer, Melinda has place a canvas outside the gallery and encouraged the public to paint around the theme for the piece.  The pieces for this summer will be actioned off for the benefit of the Asheville Area Arts Council.  

So!  Christopher, Haydin and I worked on "Star Light, Star Bright" together.   Just amazing and a time I will always remember!  I am thankful.  So very thankful!   

Downtown Art Walk at the Grove Arcade in Asheville

Public art rocks!  This summer during the Downtown Art Walk, Melinda Knies, owner of Mountain Made Gallery in the Grove Arcade invites those strolling by to paint.  Several painting have been done over the summer, and they will be auctioned off at a later date for a local Asheville non-profit.  How cool is that! Below is a snippet about this event from the Gallery Newsletter.

Join MOUNTAIN MADE as We Present Another

Wonderful Month of Live Art Demos by Our Local Artisans

The month of September continues our interactive art project during the Downtown Art Walk on September 5th from 5PM to 8PM.

The painting project is open to the public – basically anyone who happens to stray by our lures of colorful pots and paintbrushes!

The theme for this month’s painting is “Star Light, Star Bright”.  
Come by Friday evening to smear, dapple and paint your version of “Twinkle, Twinkle Star”. Remember no talent is required – just dip, paint and go!
While the Moon is technically not a twinkling a star - it does shine very bright on Tuesday, September 9th.

This full moon is called the Full Corn Moon by some Native Americans tribes because their corn was harvested around this time of year.

However, it is better known as the Harvest Moon, immortalized in the 1908’s pop tune, “Shine on Harvest Moon”.

This particular full moon got its nickname because in September, moonrise comes in the early evenings and shines brighter, longer - which actually does help farming crews to bring in the fall crops!

While we won’t be open late on Tuesday for the Harvest Moon, we do invite you to come by the gallery Friday evening during our “harvest hours” from 6-8PM to paint, have a bit of fun browsing the latest works from our artists and snik-snaking on some light refreshments.


So!   Friday will be lovely weather - come and be creative, enjoy the smashing work done by local artists, enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants around the Arcade, and stroll under the stars!