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Around Town: the artist Asheville opens a studio space at the Roots + Wings Creative Campus

For the artist Asheville Ginger Huebnerthe opening of a new studio and laboratory space at his Roots + Wings Creative Campus was a dream come true, literally.

“I dreamed my study was in one of the classrooms,” he says. “It was so weird, but it kept coming back to me. I shared it with some people and they all said, ‘Why not?’ “

Huebner will celebrate the new space, Ginger Huebner Art, with a studio open on Wednesday 22 June, from 5pm to 7pm, at Roots + Wings School of Art and Design, 573 Fairview Road.

Roots + Wings offers preschool and after-school programming, semester courses and summer camps. Originally housed at The Cathedral of All Souls, the school began with programming for children ages 3 to 6, but now serves anyone ages 3 and up.

The new studio will allow Huebner to showcase its original artwork and host Create + Connect workshops and circles. In the past, she has had to borrow classrooms or share space with one of the school’s preschool classes or summer camps.

As part of the Create + Connect process, facilitate workshops, weekly circles and key talks with individuals, families, schools, business teams, community organizations, nonprofits, college classes, and more.

Huebner held a TEDx Asheville lecture in February on the subject of visual art as a means of communication. Being chosen by the event organizers, she says, helped her embrace the value of her art in her studio and Create + Connect work.

“I realized I had to create a more public, more visible space,” he says. “I need to allow myself and this work to be seen.”

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and then there were three

In the 25 years Stephanie Hickling Beckman lived in Asheville, saw only eight locally produced plays written by black playwrights. That number reflects a reality seen throughout the national theater scene.

“We still have a long way to go to find greater equity and visibility for BIPOC theater artists, especially playwrights,” says Hickling Beckman, founder and artistic director of Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective.

With that in mind, Different Strokes partnered with Asheville’s American Myth Center for A Different Myth, a program designed to promote emerging black playwrights in the development and production of new plays.

The inaugural cohort of the program, selected by Hickling Beckman and AMC’s Aaron Snookincludes three playwrights:

  • Melvin AC Howellchoreographer and creative director of international culture who lives in Asheville.
  • Mildred Inez Lewis of Los Angeles, who writes and directs for theater, film and digital space.
  • Lisa Langford, a playwright from Buffalo, New York, based in Cleveland. His game Rasto and Hattie received a Joyce Award and an honorable mention from The Kilroys’ List.

“We shot down [the initial list of applicants] down to fewer than 10 candidates and invited them to a conversation with us about the program and their pitch, “says Snook, who is also a playwright.” We especially wanted to hear how their work focused on the idea of ​​black joy, which is central to A Different Myth’s mission. “

A Different Myth will offer playwrights the chance to develop their work with mentors, directors, actors and, ultimately, an experienced audience. At the end of the show, the playwright will receive a $ 1,000 commission for his work and will go into production with Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective.

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Only the goddess knows

For most of Rachael Roberts Bliss‘in adult life, she was committed to supporting her family. The woman from Asheville wrote a non-fiction book in 1996, but for the rest of her, she put her dreams of becoming a writer on hold.

“Now all my children are alone and I have time to take the opportunity by writing fiction and perhaps spreading the message of the importance of women becoming leaders and guides,” says Bliss, a 76-year-old grandmother. “Directing the business of how the world should be run has been left to too many men throughout history. The time has come to let women do what they do best ”.

romance of bliss, The goddess of the promised land: Genesiswas recently published by Jan-Carol Publishing Inc. of Johnson City, Tenn. The first in a planned four-part series, the book tells the story of the Spirit Goddess as a baby girl who is found in the pasture of her family’s old plantation and her anarchist adoptive mother.

Later books, including Complaints And Revelationthe story of the goddess and her message to the world will follow.

“I am a liberal Christian who has often thought that when Jesus incarnated as a human being, humanity did not really take his message to heart and our patriarchal system was instrumental in misinterpreting his message,” she says. “Thus the Holy Spirit, whom many of the early Christians saw as the feminine face of God, has the possibility of bringing to us the divine feminine way of guiding the world”.

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Welcome, weary travelers

The city of Hendersonville recently unveiled a historical marker at 710 First Ave. W. to recognize the Landina Guest House that welcomed African American travelers during the Jim Crow era.

In 1960-61 the house was listed The Green book of the black driveran annual guide for black travelers immortalized in the 2018 Oscar-winning film Green Book. The guide was published by the New York City postman Winner Hugo Verde 1936-66.

The Landina Guest House has been featured in The Green book of the black driver as a place where one could “rent a room with a private bathroom with meals to satisfy”. The guest house, located behind the main residence, was managed by Hollis And Ozzie Landrum.

Hendersonville City Council, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Historic Preservation Commission have approved the installation of the marker.

“The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is aware that there are a limited number of historical indicators that recognize important African American historical sites in Hendersonville,” City Manager John Connet wrote in a letter to the board. “Therefore, they believe that installing this historic marker is a positive step in recognizing the contributions of African Americans to our community.”

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Amazing success

Do you want to dismantle the systems of oppression, at least symbolically? Here’s your chance.

The Odditorium will host Smash the Cistem on Saturday 25 June, 3pm – 7pm The idea behind the Pride event is simple: for $ 1, you can use a sledgehammer to get a glimpse of a dumped car . You can buy as many swings as you want or pay $ 10 to swing away for one minute.

Music will be provided by DJ Malinzinand The Odditorium will have food and drink for sale. A drag and burlesque show will follow the smashing event.

All proceeds will go to Tranzmission, a support group for non-binary, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people in western North Carolina.

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Help Ukraine

Members of the Hendersonville Music Community will hold a concert for Ukraine on Saturday 25 June, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

The benefit will include guest speakers, along with performances by Aaron Burdett, Carmody Sea And Ellen Trnka, Tom Fisch, Jeff Michels Folkadelic Jam and Ukrainian special guest Yulia (Julia) Kashirets.

All proceeds from the concert will go to the International Rescue Committee, which is helping Ukrainian refugees in Poland, and the Razom volunteer group, which is working to provide medical kits to people in need in Ukraine.

Trinity Presbyterian Church is located at 900 Blythe St., Hendersonville. Tickets cost $ 25 and can be purchased at

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