Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Betsy Carr studied art at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and graduated in 2004.  She developed a love for silversmithing at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN in 2007.  Combining silversmithing and collage, her company, found*ling, was born. 

Betsy is inspired by objects handed down through generations-things like haphazard fabric combinations in old quilts, spidery handwriting, faded paper, and quirky old folk sayings. She keeps her eyes and ears wide open for such treasures from her studio at 15B Domino Lane.

image courtesy of Jennifer Callahan

Thank you, Harvest Records!

Thank you, Harvest Records, for your donation!  Harvest Records is also generously providing a 10% discount  to those of you who are in the neighborhood for the event.  

Thank you, West End Bakery!

The West End Bakery will be donating cookies to the West Asheville Open Studios event!  You'll find them to nibble on in the studios.  Thank you, West End Bakery!

And, thank you, The Admiral!!

image by Melissa Robinson
Thanks to The Admiral for their donation of a $25 gift certificate to be included in our raffle this weekend, June 9-10th.  The raffle will be happening at The Drygoods Shop.  Tickets are 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.

Thank you, The Hop!

The kind folks at The Hop donated a gift certificate for an 8" ice cream cake to include in our fund raising raffle. Thank you, so much!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Thanks WALK!

WALK on Haywood Street donated a gift certificate to West Asheville Open Studios.  Thank you!!  We'll be including this item, along with other donated and handcrafted items, in our raffle.  The raffle proceeds will benefit future West Asheville Open Studios events.  Tickets will be one for $3 or two for $5.  The raffle will be happening at The Dry Goods Shop on Haywood Rd.

Mimi Strang

Mimi Strang's studio has been at 15A Domino Lane since 2004.  She's trained in ceramics and for years did architectural tile work.  She's currently focusing on sculptural work in welded steel.

7 Ton Letterpress Collective

7 Ton Letterpress Collective (http://www.7tonletterpress.com/) is a little studio in West Asheville devoted to letterpress printing, books, graphic design, calligraphy, paper goods, invitations & shenanigans. The collective includes four artists and friends: Bridget Elmer of Flatbed Splendor (http://flatbedsplendor.com/), Beth Schaible of Quill & Arrow Press (http://www.bethschaible.com/), Kelly Kelbel of Tiny Story Factory (http://www.etsy.com/shop/tinystoryfactory?ref=ss_profile), and Ele Annand of Two Step Press (http://eleanorannand.com/twosteppress/greetingcards/).

Bridget Elmer is an artist, bookmaker and letterpress printer. She is the sole proprietor of Flatbed Splendor, the co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts, and serves as a teaching artist at a variety of institutions including Asheville BookWorks, Penland School of Crafts and Ox-Bow.

Beth Schaible of Quill & Arrow Press is a letterpress printer, calligrapher, and bookbinder. 
She studied graphic design at Shepherd University and was a Core Fellow at the Penland School of Crafts.

Kelly Kelbel is a neophyte printer, zinemaker, and community builder in the early stages of exploring the merging of letterpress with critical theory but really she just wants to print a poster for your show or sleeves for your vinyl. In the meantime, she makes simple cards for folks to engage in interpersonal communication in the hand-written form.

Eleanor Annand is an artist and designer. The uniqueness of one persons mark to the next, the expressive qualities of line and the development of visual history are at the root of her work. She create prints, drawings and books that tell the story of her line. 

Thank you Desoto Lounge!

Desoto Lounge is a little slice of big city bar tucked into West Asheville. We offer a full bar with a heavy contingent of local beers on tap. The kitchen puts out scratch made food until one in the morning. Desoto Lounge has a game room in the back featuring a ping pong table, foosball and pinball machines. And don't miss the secret patio in the back!

The folks at Desoto Lounge made a cash donation to the West Asheville Open Studios.  Thank you!!