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

Monday, August 2, 2021
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Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
Aug 2 @ 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.

A Life in the Wild Art Exhibit
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

A Life in the Wild  features more than 30 large-format images from award-winning nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen, who has devoted decades of his life to documenting wild places across the globe and the remarkable creatures that inhabit them. For this traveling retrospective exhibition of his works, Mangelsen has hand-selected several legacy photographs from his portfolio of more than 40 years, during which time he has captured thousands of breathtaking images of wildlife under natural — and sometimes harsh — conditions. With subjects ranging from black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains to plains zebras in the savannas of East Africa, this collection of photographs serves to remind us all to slow down and take a moment to connect with nature near and far. Named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, among other accolades, Mangelsen has his work featured in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C..

A Life in the Wild is on display daily, May 15 – September 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Baker Exhibit Center. Face coverings are required for visitors ages 5 years and older.

Exhibit support for A Life in the Wild is provided in part by The North Carolina Arboretum SocietyAsheville Citizen-TimesBiltmore Farms HotelsGasperson Moving & Travel Guide and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine

THOMAS D. MANGELSEN – A LIFE IN THE WILD, produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.

Merry ol’ Land of Oz/From Wizard (0f) Oz to Wicked Theatre Summer Camp
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – Aug 6 @ 3:00 pm
Asheville Performing Arts Academy

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Separate workshops for students in grades 1-5 and grades 6-10

9-3pm Monday-Friday and Friday performance at the end of camp $300

Early and late care available for an additional fee of $50 (7:45am drop off and 5pm pick up)

“Oh what a celebration we’ll have today!” Let’s follow the yellow brick road to Oz and explore the different musicals set in this place. Was Elphaba all bad or just misunderstood? Where did she really go when Dorothy dumped the bucket of water on her? Depending on the story…there are different outcomes. Was Glinda really POPULAR, like the song suggests?

Come and find out! This creative and performance based camp will culminate in a sharing session for family and friends. Whether you join our munchkin chorus or dive deeper into script analysis of these characters motives, you are sure to have a great week diving deeper into your craft.

Biltmore: Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

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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.

Graduate Show 2021: Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Graduate Show 2021: Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program

Magic is in the Air – Focus Gallery Exhibition
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Folk Art Center
white tiger sculpture

Magic is in the Air- May 1 – Aug. 3, 2021

1 Cindy Billingsley – clay
2 Sharon Gordon – wall textile
3 Jane Cole – quilts
4 Jeanne Rhodes – Moen – jewelry
5 Lisa Besler – leather

One Day I Will Disappear, a solo exhibition
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bender Gallery

Bender Gallery is honored to present One Day I Will Disappear, a solo exhibition of current paintings by Czech American artist Tom Pazderka. His captivating work is deeply personal and is an elegant metaphor for life’s darker side: of landscape, of nature, of memory. The exhibition runs from July 3 through August 31 during regular business hours. There will be an opening reception for Pazderka on Saturday July 3, from 6 to 9 PM by RSVP only.

Pazderka is a painter, an installation artist, an intellectual, and a writer who spent his undergraduate years in the Asheville area. He was born near Prague in 1981 during the waning of the Communist era in Czechoslovakia. He lived in a panelák, a Soviet-style concrete apartment block, until emigrating to the US in 1994 at the age of twelve. Contrary to what we may envision in America, Pazderka has fond memories of his time there. Although life was basic and creativity was not encouraged, his family was never in need and they enjoyed regular visits to their family cottage in the country. However, most of Pazderka’s life has been lived in the US and he also considers himself American. His work and life are deeply influenced by what he describes as the “incompleteness of the immigrant experience”. Pazderka explores humanity’s quest for a universal truth. The work reflects his reverence for history and the failed Soviet promise of utopia of his native land. It is thus a balancing act between this history and his assimilation into the capitalist consumer culture of the United States.

The works shown in One Day I Will Disappear consist of oil, ash, and charcoal paintings on burned panel and paper. They feature clouds, mountains, portraits, ephemera, and remnants of nature. They are conceptually dark, yet haunting and beautiful at the same time. Pazderka uses humble materials such as found plywood panels that he burns with a torch before beginning the painting process. He transforms the painting surface with the destructive, yet creative power of fire. He states, “Materials and process are components of the work that are as important as the image and what the work is about”.

Pazderka chooses to work in a colorless palette reminiscent of aged black and white photographs. He explains, “Photographs interest me because it is a tangible memory, but photographs are really residue of the photographic process.”  They are themselves a memory of a memory. Much of Pazderka’s work is based on old family photographs and photos taken from nature and architecture relaying the past, the present, and the hope of a better future. The work appears otherworldly and fleeting, like ghosts of his memories. In Pazderka’s words, “The present is all there is in the end.”

Pazderka holds a BFA from Western Carolina University and an MFA from U.C. Santa Barbara. He has received many awards and fellowships and has held residencies in the US, France, and the Czech Republic. He lives and works in Ojai, CA.

Tapestry Weaving Demo at the Moses Cone Manor
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Moses Cone Manor

Fiber artist and outdoor enthusiast Sandy Adair will be demonstrating the techniques she uses to create her large mountain landscapes.

This demonstration will be held on the front porch of the the Moses Cone Manor from 10am-4pm.

Visitors are encouraged to watch and ask questions while the demonstrators work and talk about their creative process!

Call ahead in the event of changes (828) 295-2049, or check our Facebook page, for updates.

Wooden Flutes | Live Demo
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Folk Art Center

Watch and listen to Lee Entrekin as he demonstrates how he makes flutes out of various woods, and he’ll even play you a tune! He’ll be in the lobby of the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Call ahead for the latest updates: 828-298-7928.

Asheville Art Museum Announces Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 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 Presents Huffman Gifts of Contemporary Southern Folk Art
Aug 2 @ 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

Asheville Art Museum Presents Olympics-Themed Exhibitions for Summer 2021
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum
Walter Iooss Jr., Carl Lewis, Houston, TX, 1991, archival pigment print on paper, 23 ¼ × 29 inches. Asheville Art Museum. © Walter Iooss Jr.
Asheville, N.C.—The Asheville Art Museum is organizing a group of three exhibitions drawn from the Musem’s Collection in conjunction with the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. They will be on view in the Explore Asheville Exhibition Hall from July 9 through October 4, 2021.

“With these three exhibitions, the Asheville Art Museum is looking froward to bringing the Olympics to Asheville,” says Whitney Richardson, associate curator. “Athletes, sports fanatics, and those who enjoy art that captures the human athletic form will, I hope, all find something valuable in visiting these exhibitions. Some of the artworks are by renowned artists and some depict world-famous athletes, but it all speaks to the importance of the Olympics—and sports in general—in our lives and how we honor our athletes.”

Golden Hour: Olympians Photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. highlights dozens of photographer Walter Iooss Jr.’s images from the Museum’s Collection. Over his 60-year career, Iooss (Temple, TX 1943–Present NY) has captured portraits of hundreds of celebrated American athletes in action, and a select few as they prepared for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He began his career shooting for Sports Illustrated and has contributed to the magazine for more than 50 years.

Artistic Tribute: Representation of the Athlete pays homage to the historic Olympic tradition of including the arts as a competition. Until 1948, the modern Olympics included artistic representations of the athletes in painting and sculpture, among other media, as the ancient Olympics had done. This exhibition features artworks from the Museum’s Collection that follow this custom by artists including Robert Rauschenberg (Port Arthur, TX 1925–2008 Captiva, FL), Dox Thrash (Griffin, GA 1893–1965 Philadelphia, PA), Gerald van de Wiele (Detroit, MI 1932–Present New York, NY), Ward H. Nichols (Welch, WV 1930–Present NC), Marvin Lipofsky (Elgin, IL 1938–2016 Berkeley, CA), David Levinthal (San Francisco, CA 1949–Present New York, NY), and more.

Precious Medals: Gold, Silver & Bronze highlights works from the Museum’s Collection including glass, ceramic, fashion, and sculpture that use the same metals that are given to the top three placing athletes in an Olympic competition. The precious nature of these three metals is examined in relation to the artworks shown. Artists featured in this exhibition include Virginia Scotchie (Portsmouth, VA 1955–Present Columbia, SC), Mark Stanitz (1949–Present Northern California), William Waldo Dodge Jr. (Washington, D.C. 1895–1971 Asheville, NC), Richard Ritter (Detroit, MI 1940–Present Bakersville, NC), Jan Williams (Bucks County, PA–Present Bakersville, NC), and more.

These three exhibitions are organized by the Asheville Art Museum and curated by Whitney Richardson, associate curator.

Old World/New Soil Art Exhibit
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

Old World/New Soil

Foreign-Born American Artists from the Asheville Art Museum Collection

May 7–August 2, 2021
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.

Our Strength Is Our People Art Exhibit
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

Sadie, a Cotton Mill Spinner, Lancaster, South Carolina

May 7–August 2, 2021

Our Strength Is Our People

The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine

May 7–August 2, 2021
Appleby Foundation Exhibition Hall

This exhibition surveys the life’s work of Lewis Wickes Hine (1874–1940), the father of American documentary photography. Consisting entirely of rare vintage prints, it covers the three overarching themes of Hine’s three-decade career—the immigrant experience, child labor, and the American worker—and culminates in his magnificent studies of the construction of the Empire State Building.

Our Strength Is Our People is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, LLC. All works are from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.


Public Domain: Photography and the Preservation of Public Lands Exhibition
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

11am–6pm. Late-night Thursdays until 9pm; closed Tuesdays.

Public Domain: Photography and the Preservation of Public Lands presents works drawn from the Asheville Art Museum’s Collection by artists looking both regionally and nationally at lands that are either state or federally managed or have become so. This exhibition will be on view in the Asheville Art Museum’s Van Winkle Law Firm Gallery May 19 through August 30, 2021. 

“The Asheville Art Museum’s growing collection of photography features a variety of artworks that consider humankind’s impact on our environment and world,” said Hilary Schroeder, assistant curator. “The imagery featured in Public Domain reminds us of the critical role that artists play in environmental activism and preservation, affecting change at a range of levels”. 

Through images capturing the beauty, changes, and even devastation to the American landscape, photographers have played a vital role in advocating for the preservation of nature via the establishment and maintenance of state parks, national parks and monuments, and other federally protected lands. From George Masa and Timothy McCoy’s photographs of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to a selection of works from Robert Glenn Ketchum’s Overlooked in America: The Success and Failure of Federal Land Management series, these artworks provoke contemplation of both nature’s beauty and a calling to protect it. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Bureau of Land Management whose mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

Photographers include Robert Glenn Ketchum, George Masa, Timothy McCoy, Benjamin Porter, Sally Gall, and more. 

This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and curated by Hilary Schroeder, assistant curator. 

Walter B. Stephen Pottery: Cameo to Crystalline
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

Artist Walter B. Stephen (Clinton, IA 1875–1961 Asheville, NC) contributed to Western North Carolina’s identity as a flourishing site for pottery production and craftsmanship in the early 20th century. Walter B. Stephen Pottery: Cameo to Crystalline features art pottery and functional vessels from each stage of Stephen’s career, from his origins discovering the medium alongside his mother Nellie C. Randall Stephen in Shelby County, TN from 1901 through 1910 to his multi-decade production just outside of Asheville. This exhibition will be on view in the Asheville Art Museum’s Debra McClinton Gallery July 28, 2021 through January 17, 2022.

In 1926, Stephen founded his third and last pottery studio, Pisgah Forest, in Arden, NC, which he operated until his death in 1961. It was at this studio that the artist perfected the “cameo” decoration technique for which he became best known. His hand-painted images, achieved with layers of white translucent clay, often feature American folk imagery, from covered wagons and livestock to cabins and spinning wheels. A selection of works from the Museum’s Collection showcase his innovation in form and in decorative surface details, including experimentation with crystalline glazing.

The Montford Park Players Summer Shakespeare Program: The Tempest
Aug 2 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre Gay St, Asheville, NC 28801

4 Week Session with 1 Weekend of digital performance 

Rehearse – Monday through Friday 12-2(3)pm (July 13th – August 7th)

Shows – pre-recorded and streamed, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 5:30 pm August 7, 8, 9
w/live Q & A after

Limit 20 Participants

Class Cost : $100 (plus $8.00 online processing fee if paid by credit card)
Limited number of Scholarships available by request. Applications MUST be submitted. Email Ashleigh at [email protected]

Audition for Clue!
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Asheville Community Theatre


By Sandy Rustin, based upon the works by Jonathan Lynn, Hunter Foster, Eric Price, and David Abbinanti; Based on the Paramount Pictures motion picture, based on the Hasbro board game Clue

Directed by Jeff Catanese

AUDITION DATES: Monday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 3, 2021; 5:30-7:30 pm **Please come prepared to wear a mask, except when auditioning onstage.** Audition sides may be viewed and downloaded HERE.

VIDEO AUDTIONS: If unable to attend in person, you may submit a video application HERE. Applications are due by Tuesday, August 3 at 10:00pm. Please prepare this Wadsworth monologue. Actors are welcome to perform a piece of their own choosing in addition, however the Wadsworth monologue must be included in their video submission for consideration.

PRODUCTION DATES: October 15-November 7, 2021; Performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm, Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Cast must plan to arrive at least 1 hour prior to show time.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals begin August 16, 2021; full rehearsal calendar available at auditions – you are able to list any conflicts you have with the rehearsal schedule at this time. Tech Week will take place over two weeks; casts are expected to attend October 3-7 AND either October 12-14 or October 19-21.

DIRECTOR SEEKS: 11 actors; Actors of any gender identity, race or ethnicity will be considered for any desired role indicated on their audition sheet. All roles will be presented as they are gendered in the script.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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