Browse through upcoming arts and theater events in Hendersonville, NC, including musicals, plays, operas, and more.

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Auditions for Macbeth/Pericles
May 15 all-day
Online w/ The Montford Park Players

The Montford Park Players announces open auditions for two shows that will be performed in repertory, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Pericles, both to be directed by Jason Williams. Rehearsals will begin in July, and the shows will run from Friday, September 3rd through to Saturday, October 9th.
All parts are open to any actor 18 and up, all experience levels, ethnic backgrounds, and gender identities. Individuals/families/couples/friends who are quarantining together are encouraged to audition. The same cast will perform both plays on alternating nights.
Prospective actors and technicians should review the COVID-19 protocols which can be found at https://www.montfordparkplayers.org/…/MPP-ACTOR-SAFETY…. Actors and technicians recruited for this production will be required to abide by all safety protocols as contained in the document. Protocols are, of course, subject to change.
To audition:
1) fill out and submit the audition form located at https://forms.gle/36VBKUfD1vEfvF5w6. Headshots and resumes are appreciated, but not required.
2) Record an audition video of a 1-2 min. video of any Shakespeare of their choosing. It can be a soliloquy, monologue, sonnet or scene. It doesn’t have to be memorized.
Upload the video here: https://driveuploader.com/upload/6XaW3rROQN/ (Be sure and name the video with your name and the word “PericlesMacbeth”).
3) Virtual Auditions will be accepted until midnight May 30th.
Callbacks will be by invitation and will take place at a time to be determined. If an actor has already submitted a resume and Shakespeare video, they do not need to resubmit to be considered.
We’re also looking for stage managers for both shows, and a costume designer for MacBeth. Interested persons should email the director, Jason Williams, at [email protected].
CONSERVATORY Rising 8th – 12th Grades Scholarship Available
May 15 all-day
Online w/ Flat Rock Playhouse
One young woman singing on stage with three young men. HCPS Teens. Flat Rock Playhouse announces a new summer scholarship for teens in Henderson County Public Schools.

Announcing an all-new scholarship for exemplary performing arts teens in Henderson County! Selected students will be invited to attend the following Studio 52 summer program with a full scholarship:

CONSERVATORY

Rising 8th – 12th Grades

July 5 – 16, M-F, 9 AM – 2 PM

Learn from industry professionals in this two-week, pre-professional program blending acting & music theatre training as teens hone their skills and find their voice.

Qualified Student Nominees Must:

– Be enrolled in HCPS as a rising 8th-12th grade student for the 2021-2022 school year.

– Exhibit a passion for theatre, music, or dance.

– Serve as a leader within their drama, dance, or music classes at school.

– Provide the name and contact of a HCPS teacher who can serve as a reference.

Need-based scholarships are still available for all Studio 52 Summer Camps. Applications for need-based scholarships can be found on the Studio 52 website. All scholarship applications are due June 1.

Immersive Van Gogh Alive Coming to the Biltmore
May 15 all-day
Biltmore

 

Legends of Art & Innovation at Biltmore – a year-long series of multi-sensory experiences created to illuminate the remarkable lives of Van Gogh, Monet, and Da Vinci – is coming to Biltmore.

Produced by Grande Experiences, each individual component of this series offers fascinating ties to George Vanderbilt’s collection of treasures in Biltmore House. The series is included with regular daytime admission.

The three inspiring multi-sensory exhibitions at Biltmore include:
• Van Gogh Alive: Nov. 5, 2021 – March 5, 2022
Experience the most visited multi-sensory experience in the world to appreciate the works of Vincent Van Gogh during Christmas at Biltmore. Highlights include savoring the wonders of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and other masterpieces.

• Monet & Friends – Life, Light & Color: March 9, 2022 – July 6, 2022
The works of Claude Monet and famous Impressionist masters such as Pissarro, Cézanne, and Renoir come alive during Biltmore Blooms with an immersive experience that stimulates the senses. Two original Monet paintings from Biltmore’s collection will be on display in Biltmore House for the first time.

• Leonardo Da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius: July 10, 2022–Nov. 20, 2022
Marvel at the genius of Leonardo da Vinci as an inventor, artist, scientist, engineer, architect, and philosopher as you are immersed in his innovative and inspiring mind.

Ticket information
Tickets and required reservations for Van Gogh Alive will be available later this year, followed by the two remaining experiences at later dates. For updates, visit www.biltmore.com.

LEAF 2021 announces a few key dates
May 15 all-day
LEAF

Spring LEAF Retreat May 13-16 at Lake Eden
LEAF Downtown/ Reimagine August 27-28
Fall LEAF Festival October 14-17 at Lake Eden 
(Size TBD*)

These events will be limited in size but will retain all the LEAF Love. LEAF Members will have priority and at times exclusive access to these events. Please note that Spring LEAF Retreat will be members-only and tickets will be made available on January 4th, 2021. Members have kept LEAF Mission alive and at work in this wild year of 2020! Your membership empowered LEAF to maintain our support of LEAF International Culture Keepers in the 10 countries and local LEAF Schools & Streets Artists. When you support culture, artists and teachers you are investing in the community and young people’s future. Interested in becoming a member? Join membership today!

All $250+ memberships will receive the 2021 LEAF Calendar hot off the press and its going to be a great year!

Spring Annual Fund Campaign!
May 15 all-day
Asheville Art Museum

SUPPORT THE MUSEUM
We’re kicking off our Spring Annual Fund Campaign! With your help, we’ve been able to do some amazing things this past year, from hosting major traveling exhibitions like Across the Atlantic to delivering 1,600 Art Kits for Kids to local students and fostering in-depth conversations about art and artists through virtual programs. Your gift to the Annual Fund supports all of this and more.
This Divided Land Documentary: Local History of Racial Discrimination + Housing
May 15 all-day
Online w/ Habitat for Humanity

This Divided Land is a video produced by our friends at Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH). They discovered a racial covenant in the deed of an AAHH property, and documented how they took steps to address it, with assistance from Pisgah Legal staff attorney, Parker Smith. Here’s how AAHH describes the video: The home is the primary way Americans build wealth, but laws and systems have kept people of color- especially Black Americans- from accessing homeownership. Nationally and here in Asheville, white homeownership rates are significantly higher than people of color, and the racial wealth gap is as wide as it was in 1968 when the Fair Housing Act was passed.

After discovering a racial covenant in a deed of a South Asheville property AAHH developed for affordable housing, they decided to delve deeper and learn more about the history of discriminatory housing practices, how they shaped our city, and how practices like these contributed to current day racial disparities. The result is this 18 minute film, This Divided Landfeaturing local partners including Pisgah Legal Services.

Work at Tanglewood Theatre Summer Camp
May 15 all-day
online w/ Asheville Community Theatre

Work at Tanglewood!

Photo of 6 teacher assistants from past session of Tanglewood Summer Camp
Want to work at Tanglewood this summer? We’re looking for Instructors, Teacher Assistants, Junior Teacher Assistants, and Stage Managers! More information can be found in each application link, and those can all be found HERE!
Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
May 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.

Teacher Professional Development: More than Math
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

Free; application required
Small-group/in-person workshops
More Than Math is a professional-development program that integrates visual art into the mathematics curriculum for 3rd through 8th grades utilizing artworks from the Museum’s Collection. Our professional-development opportunities include curriculum-based and exhibition-inspired workshops led by Museum educators and/or special guests that provide teachers with tools to facilitate object-based learning. These workshops are interactive, hands-on, and incorporate art-making. Grades 3–8 math teachers are invited to apply to participate in this professional-development workshop. More info and apply at ashevilleart.org/events.

Biltmore: Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty
May 15 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Biltmore

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Included with admission

A unique-to-Biltmore, large-scale outdoor sculpture will be crafted and installed in Antler Hill Village this spring by Patrick Dougherty. Over the last three decades, this internationally-acclaimed artist has combined his carpentry skills and love of nature to build over 300 of these wondrous works, captivating the hearts and imaginations of viewers worldwide.

Image: Close Ties (2006) Scottish Basketmakers Circle, Dingwall, Scotland. Photo: Fin Macrae
NOTE: This is an example of Patrick Dougherty’s work; the artist will create Biltmore’s unique structure in Antler Hill Village this spring.

Introduction to Landscape Design
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain

Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join landscape architect, Preston Montague, for a design workshop that will help you make informed and confident decisions about issues facing you in the landscape.

Preston will present tenets of landscape design he’s learned as a professional landscape architect as well as his approach to solving a range of problems that include drainage, planting, and overall aesthetics. Participants are encouraged to bring some of their most pressing landscape challenges and/or aspirations to the workshop for Preston to go through and provide ideas. Participants will leave having learned a professional’s design process, some solutions to their aesthetic goals or challenges, and exposure to issues facing other participants that might help others solve similar problems.

Participants are asked to bring 8.5”x11” color photos of the area(s) they need help with. Three photos from three different angles of the project area are encouraged. Maximum 2 project areas per participant. All participants will have at least one of their project areas used during class.

Preston Montague is an artist, educator, and landscape architect who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. He works in Durham, focusing on projects that spark curiosity about nature and encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment. Montague’s latest body of work, Codex Carolinum, is a series of didactic botanical illustrations using art and storytelling to foster natural science literacy, which can be viewed on this website: www.prestonmontague.com

Adult Field Courses

Welcome to Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation’s (GMSF) Field Courses! We are excited to share the unique wonders of the mountain with you. Since 2008, GMSF has aimed at creating educational programming that deepens understanding through in-depth study and field research. Our goal is to provide you with a rich experience in a particular field of study, and to also provide a safe and memorable trip to Grandfather Mountain.

Please call us at (828) 737-0833 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

The series runs from May through October, with topics including bird ecology and behavior, ecology, photography, painting, climate change and stargazing. Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance. To learn more or become a member, click here.

Online registration opens April 15, limited to 10 people.

NOTE: Bridge Club members must present valid Bridge Club ID upon arrival, or they will have to pay the full price.

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LEAF ReTreat: May 13-16th
May 15 @ 10:00 am – May 16 @ 3:00 pm
Lake Eden

LEAF Retreat is created to Rejuvenate the soul and Replenish our inspiration in this beautiful secluded place, Lake Eden, in which you can relax and get away.

It’s less than 1/5 the attendee size of Festival while maintaining the same footprint which gives you the feeling of having the place to yourself. Connecting with the outdoors is an essential part of the experience. Stages are smaller, more intimate with meet and greets and a focus on local and regional artists.

Great music in open air settings, special featured performances with LatinX artists, along with workshops, panel discussions and activities to recharge your spirits. Prepare for a time of reflection, reconnection, healing, friendship and fun in a safe healthy beautiful setting.

*Please note: This is a private event for LEAF members only.*
Not a member? Don’t worry! You can easily become a member for as little as $50 a year. Simply visit this link to join: https://theleaf.org/give-to-leaf/

Art Exhibit: Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

Featuring more than 40 paintings and works on paper, Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom examines the career evolution of modern painter Beauford Delaney (Knoxville, TN 1901–1979 Paris, France) within the context of his 38-year friendship with writer James Baldwin. The works in this exhibition bring into special focus Delaney’s intensified experiments with abstraction sparked by the artist’s 1955 move to the Paris suburb of Clamart, as well as the ways that the artist and Baldwin’s ongoing intellectual exchange shaped one another’s creative output and worldview from their first meeting in 1940 until Delaney’s death in 1979. This exhibition also calls attention to Baldwin’s role as “witness” to the painter’s evolution, which he deemed “one of the most extraordinary personal and artistic journeys of our time.”

Asheville Art Museum Announces Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine
May 15 @ 11:00 am – Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum
Lewis Hine, Powerhouse Mechanic, 1920–21, gelatin silver print, 10 × 7 ½ inches. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. Courtesy art2art Circulating Exhibitions, LLC.
Asheville, N.C.Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine is a moving exhibition of 65 rare vintage or early prints surveying Lewis Hine’s life’s work documenting the travails and triumphs of immigration and labor. It culminates in his magnificent, oversized photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building in 1931. Our Strength Is Our People coincides with the complementary exhibition, Old World/New Soil: Foreign-Born American Artists from the Asheville Art Museum Collection. Both exhibitions will be on view in the Asheville Art Museum’s Appleby Foundation Exhibition Hall May 7 through August 2, 2021.
Asheville Art Museum Exhibition Featuring Paintings by Beauford Delaney
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

Featuring more than 40 paintings and works on paper, Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom examines the career evolution of modern painter Beauford Delaney (Knoxville, TN 1901–1979 Paris, France) within the context of his 38-year friendship with writer James Baldwin (New York 1924-1987 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France). The exhibition will be on view in the Asheville Art Museum’s Explore Asheville Exhibition Hall April 2 through June 21, 2021.

The works in this exhibition bring into special focus Delaney’s experiments with abstraction sparked by the artist’s 1955 move to the Paris suburb of Clamart, as well as the ways that the artist and Baldwin’s ongoing intellectual exchange shaped one another’s creative output and worldview from their first meeting in 1940 until Delaney’s death in 1979.

Asheville Art Museum Presents Huffman Gifts of Contemporary Southern Folk Art
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum
Addie James, Big Mama Demp, 2002, acrylic and pen on foamcore, 20 × 16 inches. Asheville Art Museum. © Estate of Addie James.
Asheville, N.C.Huffman Gifts of Contemporary Southern Folk Art features gifts of contemporary southern folk art including paintings, ceramics, and more from the collection of Allen and Barry Huffman. The exhibition will be on view in the Asheville Art Museum’s Judith S. Moore Gallery from April 7 through September 13, 2021.

Allen and Barry Huffman have been collecting contemporary southern folk art for the past 40 years. Both collectors are originally from the South, and their journey together has led them around the southeastern United States, from Florida to Alabama to their hometown of Hickory, NC. In each place, they formed bonds with regional artists and learned first-hand the narratives of each artwork. Within their collection are subsets of folk art, including self-taught artists driven to share their messages, crafts for the tourist market, and southern pottery. The guiding principle evident throughout their collection and the generous donation of contemporary southern folk art that they have gifted to the Asheville Art Museum is the story told by each of these artists through their artworks.

“The Asheville Art Museum is fortunate to have friends like the Huffmans; not only are they prolific collectors who have generously shared gifts with the Museum, but their knowledge about southern contemporary folk art and its artists enriches the region,” says Whitney Richardson, associate curator. “I have such respect for the curious nature with which Allen and Barry have approached adding each artwork to their collection. They formed a friendship with almost every artist they bought from and have a genuine interest in the stories being told by the art and its artist.”

Artists featured include Barry Gurley Huffman (GA, 1943–Present Hickory, NC), James Cook (Glen Alpine, NC 1934–1984 Lawndale, NC), Albert Hodge (Vale, NC 1941—Present Vale, NC), Howard Finster (Valley Mead, AL 1916–2001 Rome, GA), Addie James (SC 1943–2011 Statesville, NC), James Harold Jennings (Pinnacle, NC 1931–1999 Pinnacle, NC), LaVon Van Williams Jr. (Lakeland, FL 1958–Present Lexington, KY), and more.

This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and curated by Whitney Richardson, associate curator. For more information, visit ashevilleart.org/exhibitions/huffman-gifts-of-contemporary-southern-folk-art.

Asheville Art Museum: New Exhibition— Meeting the Moon
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum announces Meeting the Moon, an exhibition featuring prints, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, and more from the Museum’s Collection. This exhibition will be on view in the Asheville Art Museum’s McClinton Gallery February 3 through July 26, 2021.

2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Apollo space program at NASA, but its inception was hardly the beginning of humankind’s fascination with Earth’s only moon. Before space travel existed, the moon—its shape, its mystery, and the face we see in it—inspired countless artists. Once astronauts landed on the moon and we saw our world from a new perspective, a surge of creativity flooded the American art scene, in paintings, prints, sculpture, music, crafts, film, and poetry.

This exhibition, whose title is taken from a 1913 Robert Frost poem, examines artwork in the Asheville Art Museum’s Collection of artists who were inspired by the unknown, then increasingly familiar moon. Meeting the Moon includes works by nationally renowned artists Newcomb Pottery, James Rosenquist, Maltby Sykes, Paul Soldner, John Lewis, Richard Ritter (Bakersville, NC), and Mark Peiser (Penland, NC). Western North Carolina artists include Jane Peiser (Penland, NC), Jak Brewer (Zionville, NC), Dirck Cruser (Asheville, NC), George Peterson (Lake Toxaway, NC), John B. Neff (NC), and Maud Gatewood (Yanceyville, NC).

Meeting the Moon offers the opportunity to combine science and popular culture with works of art in the Museum’s Collection,” says Whitney Richardson, associate curator. “I think all visitors will find something that draws them into this exhibition, whether it’s the artwork, poetry, music, or science of space travel. It’s such an affirmation of humanity to find these mysteries, like the moon, which enchant us all.”

This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and curated by Whitney Richardson, associate curator. Visit ashevilleart.org for more information about this and other exhibitions.

Connecting Legacies: A First Look at the Dreier Black Mountain College Archive
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

This exhibition features archival objects from the Theodore Dreier Sr. Document Collection presented alongside artworks from the Museum’s Black Mountain College Collection to explore the connections between artworks and ephemera. This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and curated by lydia see, fall 2020 curatorial fellow, with support from a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant through the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Old World/New Soil Art Exhibit
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

Old World/New Soil

Foreign-Born American Artists from the Asheville Art Museum Collection

DATES:
May 7–August 2, 2021
LOCATION:
Appleby Foundation Exhibition Hall

Inspired by Allen H. Eaton’s book from 1932, Immigrant Gifts to American Life: Some Experiments in Appreciation of the Contributions of Our Foreign-Born Citizens to American Culture, this exhibition focuses on those artists in the Asheville Art Museum Collection who were born outside of the United States of America. As an American art museum, the exhibition calls attention to the fact that we have decided to collect those artists who came to this country – either at their own prompting or out of necessity. As they adopted America as their new home, we have, in turn, embraced them, their creative output, and their artwork.

Old World/New Soil: Foreign-Born American Artists from the Asheville Art Museum Collection is curated by Assistant Curator Whitney Richardson.

Old World/New Soil Foreign-Born American Artists from the Asheville Art Museum Collection
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum
René Pinchuk, Soliloquies, 1965, oil on canvas, 24 × 30 inches. Asheville Art Museum. © René Pinchuk.
Asheville, N.C.Old World/New Soil: Foreign-Born American Artists from the Asheville Art Museum Collection features ceramics, glass, paintings, sculptures, fiber art, and more. This exhibition coincides with Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine. Both exhibitions will be on view in the Asheville Art Museum’s Appleby Foundation Exhibition Hall May 7 through August 2, 2021.

Inspired by the book Immigrant Gifts to American Life: Some Experiments in Appreciation of the Contributions of Our Foreign-Born Citizens to American Culture written in 1932 by Allen H. Eaton, a contemporary of Lewis Hine, the exhibition Old World/New Soil calls attention to the collection of works the Museum has acquired from artists who came to the United States either at their own prompting or out of necessity. Just as they adopted America as their new home, we have in turn embraced them, their creative output, and their artwork.

“This exhibition proudly displays artwork by those that chose the United States as their home but were not born here, in an American art museum,” says Whitney Richardson, associate curator. “I hope Old World/New Soil encourages visitors to not only see this country through the eyes of these artists, but also to appreciate the creativity they brought to us and shared. Many artists in this exhibition went on to teach in the US and influenced the next generation of Americans.”