What To Do September

September – November 13

New exhibit at Seven Sisters Gallery featuring original oil paintings by Charlotte artist, Cindy Wagner, now through November 13, 2016.”

Seven Sisters Gallery
117 Cherry St.
Black Mountain, NC 28711 • www.sevensistersgallery.com

September 10


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Appalachian Pastel Society (APS)

Topic: Where South Meets West in Pastels

Guest Speaker: Addren Doss

10:00am-Noon at Grace Community Church, 495 Cardinal Road,

Mills River, NC. Visit www.Appalachianpastelsociety.org for

more information.


September 17



The Bethlehem Community Development Association’s 7th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival and Classic Car Cruise In set for Saturday, September 17th, 2016 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM features FUN FOR EVERYONE!  Located in same location as last year at the crossroads of Shiloh Church and Rink Dam Road in Bethlehem (Alexander County), the annual fall event features live music all day, and a Pickin’ Tent, inflatable entertainment and activities for children, more than 50 arts, crafts and information vendors, all kinds of food & drinks. Classic Car Cruise-In Noon to 4PM.

For vendor Applications & Rules go to www.bethlehemcda.org or call Bud & Judy Caywood at 828-495-1057.

“Islamic Art: Between Preservation and Destruction” Scholarly Presentations at UNC Asheville Sept. 19-30

UNC Asheville will present Islamic Art: Between Preservation and Destruction, a series of scholarly presentations and exhibitions, free and open to the public, Sept. 19-30.

”The military and political struggles in the Muslim world are placing humanity’s most ancient and vulnerable cultural heritage at risk,” said UNC Asheville Professor of History Samer Traboulsi, who is convening the Islamic art presentations. “This is a crucial time to discuss the issues involved in presenting and preserving Islamic art and understanding the politico-religious factors putting it at risk.”

September 18

Jazz Concert 

There will be a jazz concert on Sunday, September 18, at 3 PM at St. Matthias Episcopal Church featuring Sharon LaMott, jazz vocalist and Mike Holstein, bass.

A free-will offering will be taken for the artist and the Restoration Fund for the historic church. It is located across from the Public Works Building on So. Charlotte and Max Streets, at 1 Dundee St.

September 19-30

Islamic Art: Between Preservation and Destruction will include:

Sept. 19-30 – Photo exhibition: Ravaging the Past: Radicalism, Civil Wars, and the Destruction of World Heritage in the Middle East and Beyond – This exhibit, curated by UNC Asheville Lecturer in Art History Eva Bares and her students, will focus on the art and architecture that has been destroyed by radical groups throughout the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and Mali. This exhibition will be on view in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library Foyer during regular library hours, http://library.unca.edu/about/hours.

Sept. 19 – Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum: Collections, Interpretations, Presentations – Navina Najat Haidar, curator in the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, will discuss the museum’s major exhibition, offering an interpretive approach that addresses the challenges of presenting the artistic heritage of Islam in post-9/11 New York. The talk will present the galleries, explain their philosophical approach and share perspectives on the works of art in the museum’s collection. 7 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall.

Sept. 20 – Saving History (for the Future) – Eva Bares, lecturer in art history at UNC Asheville, will present examples of both successful and unsuccessful preservation of works of art and architecture, and make a case for our continued engagement and interest in the conservation of cultural artifacts. Noon in Humanities Lecture Hall.

Sept. 21 – Documentary Film: Paradise Found, The Wonder of Islamic Art –  This film was produced for England’s Channel 4 by Waldemar Januszczak, one of the U.K.’s leading art critics, formerly with The Guardian and The Sunday Times. 11 a.m. in Lipinsky Auditorium.

Sept. 22 – A Cultural Genocide: ISIS and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in the Middle East – UNC Asheville Professor of History Samer Traboulsi offers a lecture examining the destructive acts against cultural heritage sites in the Middle East committed by ISIS since 2014, in the light of radical ideologies rooted in the puritan Salafi interpretation of Islam. 7 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall.

Sept. 24 – Unveiled: A One-Woman Show – Rohina Malik will bring to life five different Muslim women with five different stories revolving around different cups of tea. Malik is a playwright, actress and performance artist of South Asian descent who was born in London and moved to Chicago as a teen. 9 p.m. in Highsmith Union, in the Grotto.

The exhibition and lectures are sponsored by UNC Asheville’s National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor Dan Pierce and by the Department of History. Unveiled: A One-Woman Show is sponsored by the UNC Asheville student organization, Underdog Productions. For more information, contact Jessica Park at jpark1@unca.eduor 828-251-6808.

September 21-22

Lectures on Ancient Glassblowing and Anthropological Art by Alysia Fischer on Sept. 21-22 at UNC Asheville

Archaeologist, installation artist, sculptor, and craftsperson Alysia Fischer will offer two free public lectures at UNC Asheville, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Ramsey Library’s Whitman Room, and at noon on Thursday, Sept. 22, in Humanities Lecture Hall.

As an artist, Fischer has been uniquely positioned to study glassblowing technology in the ancient Near East from an ethnoarchaeological perspective and has published numerous articles and monographs on the subject.  She is a lecturer at the Center for American and World Cultures at Miami University of Ohio where she earned an MFA in studio art. She also holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Arizona.

Fischer has worked on the excavations at Sepphoris in the Galilee (Israel) for many years as well as in Jordan with local glassblowers investigating that country’s refuse/recycling system as it pertains to glass work and craft. In her own art, Fischer uses recycled materials, including tractor inner tubes, fabric, and other cast-off objects to comment on the waste produced by our consumption-driven culture.

Fischer’s lecture schedule:

  • Sept. 21: Glassblowing in the Eastern Mediterranean: Insights from Archaeology and Ethnoarchaeology,sponsored by the Western Carolina Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. 7:30 p.m. in Ramsey Library, Whitman Room. Free.
  • Sept. 22: What It Means to Be an Anthropological Artist, sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Department of Art and Art History. Noon in Humanities Lecture Hall. Free.

For more information, contact Laurel Taylor, UNC Asheville lecturer in art history and classics, at ltaylor@unca.edu or 828. 251.6290.

# # #


September 22

Preventing Identity Theft Class at Pack Memorial Library

Asheville – The Pack Memorial Library and OnTrack WNC Financial Education & Counseling are joining forces to offer FREE financial education classes in 2016.  The classes are part of a nationwide initiative through the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which capitalizes on the unique role of libraries as places where people go for community and for information.

Preventing Identity Theftwill be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  The class will be held at the Pack Memorial Library at 67 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.  This financial education opportunity is open to the community and there is no charge to attend.


OnTrack WNC’s certified financial educator, Anna Smith, will teach the Preventing Identity Theft class which will review how identity theft happens, offer alerts about prevalent fraud and scam techniques, provide tips for securing your identity, and explain resources available to identity theft victims.

“Identity theft is a growing concern,” said Celeste Collins, Executive Director of OnTrack WNC.  “Pack Memorial Library is an incredible community resource and gathering place, the perfect partner for offering this important financial education.”

Through this partnership, additional classes will be offered in 2016 including Understanding Reverse Mortgages later in October.

OnTrack WNC’s counseling and education services are offered in Asheville/Buncombe County. Learn more www.ontrackwnc.org.



September 30

Middle Eastern Friendship Dinner at Folkmoot

Join Folkmoot and Western Carolina University’s Office of International Programs and Services for a Middle Eastern Friendship Dinner, the first in a series of friendship dinners and dances scheduled throughout the fall of 2016.

Middle Eastern Friendship Dinner will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Folkmoot Cafeteria. Students from the Middle East including Saudi Arabia, Jordan,  Libya and Iraq will prepare a delicious traditional meal of lamb, chicken, rice, vegetables and hummus.  Activities for the evening will include Middle Eastern dance, Arabic writing and learning to eat with one hand.


Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance, $15 for adults, $10 for kids, at Folkmoot.org or by calling (828) 452-2997.  Tickets will also be available at the door, $18 for adult, $10 for kids.


Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives have been made possible by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.


Folkmoot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating many cultures in one community.  The Folkmoot Friendship Center is located in the Historic Hazelwood School at 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville. Staff can be reached by phone at (828) 452-2997 or by email at info@folkmoot.org.