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Willing (to feel)

by Nicholas Andrea Late and vulnerable I asked you, yes I did, to break this heart and mind knowing the best lyrics come from a soul who is lost and wandering, for a light that ever shines; yes, the shadows are the place from which we can create a longing for something that we must …

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Face-To-Face With A Life

by Nicholas Andrea Alone I am sittin’ here not-knowin’ if I’ll be remembered, valued, and priority shown or left to sit here, on my own. But a choice, I have to make the choice to be my own leader to use my own voice. Wholeness is a take no prisoner path a tornado leaving to …

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Brazil

by Nicholas Andrea A country gone mad, 60,000 screaming, sweaty, violent fans, thick with desire, expectation, disappointment. Its people, en masse, having revolted at the billions, and billions, and billions spent to host these games, when there were mouths, souls, to feed. And then their team lost – clobbered, shellacked, thrown down by a measure …

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Route of All Evil

Nevada McPherson A faded red pick-up truck rolls into a trailer park, heading toward a single wide trailer with a rickety deck surrounded by lawn ornaments: flamingos, gnomes, and butterflies. Lila parks the truck and gets out. In her late-thirties, she looks and dresses like a woman with a past: brassy, kind of flashy. Her …

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Dumbfounded

RF Wilson Sheila Magnuson, a barista at Mean Beans Cafe, was on a break when she noticed that Sam was missing. Sam was a neighborhood icon, always seen seated on a chair outside the front door of the Downtown Gentlemen’s Store. He looked like a life-sized Cabbage Patch doll, overstuffed in old chino pants, a …

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The Art & Inspiration of Greg Vineyard

Please check back soon for this article! Meanwhile, enjoy one of Greg’s inspired illustrations – “Ideas Abound.” It’s available as a pastel on newsprint, 18″ x 24″, at ZaPow Gallery in Asheville, NC, along with lots more of his playful and fun work.  

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Horse Creek Water Trail Adventure

Maryann Zeliznak Dear Armchair Travelers, The Horse Creek Water Trail is now open! All ye canoers and kayakers gather up your gear. Go meander the many “S” curves. Go with the flow. Just do it. ‘Twas strange to put in amid the blocks of long abandoned Graniteville factories. One never knows where Mother Nature may …

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Acceptance and Chocolate

Sandee Setliff There are some things you can’t change no matter how much you wish you could. Like typing up a story and having it all wiped out by one key stroke. Yes, this was my lot with the first draft of this story. I tried to retrieve it without any luck. At this point …

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Creative Works by George & Elizabeth Ellison

George Ellison. Artwork by Elizabeth Ellison       Wretched Sedge   Wretched Sedge (Carex miser Buckley 1843; C. misera Small 1903); endemic to 13 counties in the Blue Ridge (TN, GA, NC); clumps of narrow pale-green grass-like leaves up to 16 inches droop forlornly from crevices in shaded seepage cliffs underlain by dry pale-brownish …

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You’ve Got My Attention

Phil Okrend Recently my oldest son, Jordan asked me to help him with a college psychology assignment. His assignment was to record my recollection of an event that we both experienced to see how our memories of that event contrasted. I told him that there was a traumatic event that we both experienced, and suggested …

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What to Do – December 2014

now through December 21 A Christmas Carol The Flat Rock Playhouse brings the words of the Dickens classic to life. This new, adventurous interpretation takes the famous story and infuses it with laughter, love and a brand new score that celebrates the holiday season. With more than a dozen new songs and exciting new characters, …

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We Love This Place – December 2014

Seeing Through the Eyes into the Soul – Fine art exhibit for James Daniel opens at the Blackbird Frame & Art Gallery. Diversified and internationally refined local artist, James Daniel, is skilled in the techniques of figurative and portraiture art. He makes the effort to learn as much as is available from the time tested …

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Inside: December 2014

  Performance: Asheville Symphony Orchestra..p6 NC Stage ..p7 Magnetic Theatre..p7 Asheville Contemporary Dance ..p16 Fine Art: Ariel Gallery ..p11 Blackbird Frame & Art..p11 Red House Gallery..p17 Asheville Gallery of Art ..p19 Susan Marie Designs..p21 Art After Dark..p30 Teresa Pennington..p31 Riverview Station ..p32 Toe River Studio Tour..p37 Southern Highland Craft Guild..p38 Grovewood Gallery..p38 Ten Thousand Villages..p38 …

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The 38th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular!

Asheville’s favorite, raunchy, screwball holiday comedy from The Magnetic Theatre returns for The 38th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular! The bawdy, bodacious, and boisterous Bernsteins are back, and they’ve got some special surprises in store for old fans and new friends! Judy Bernstein (Tracey Johnston-Crum, voted best actress in WNC in the Mountain Xpress poll …

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Celebrate the Holidays at NC Stage

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol Help us give stories to children in WNC with Bedtime in a Bag, a partnership with Children First. Ensemble Theatre Company, in conjunction with North Carolina Stage Company, is proud to present Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol! The show is playing exclusively at NC Stage in downtown Asheville, from December 17 through …

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Asheville Symphony Celebrates Christmas with Bach and More

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra celebrates the holiday season on Sunday, December 14, with its traditional Classical Christmas concert at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer will conduct the orchestra, the 120-member Asheville Symphony Chorus, and soprano and bass-baritone soloists in portions of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio as well as other holiday favorites. The first …

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Circles in Motion

Simplicity has always been a key element in Susan Marie’s work and circles are among nature’s most elegant and simplistic geometric forms. As a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, the faceted gemstones and pearls Susan Marie carefully selects are the focal point of her pieces. When designing and making each one she uses …

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Best Bet for Holiday Shopping

The Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale takes place at the Folk Art Center on Saturday, December 6 and Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be on hand in the center’s auditorium on these two Saturdays to sell select work 10-50% off retail. The sale is …

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Ariel Gallery – Fine Crafts for the Holidays

by Dennis Ray Bright with crafts and fine art, Ariel Gallery, a fine-craft artist co-op gallery, offers a variety of mingling textures. Fiber arts are on display alongside woodturning, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and glass. David Vrooman’s stunningly beautiful jewelry is on view alongside Janet Taylor’s incredible textiles. There is a wide array of styles and …

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The Power of Place

Works by Everett Schmidt Everett Schmidt is Asheville Gallery of Art’s featured artist for the month of December. Schmidt’s pastel studies strive to depict the essence of scenes from North Carolina, coastal Maine, New York City, and Europe. He agrees with the artist who said, “We are driven to capture what we know is fading …

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