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Alex Minkin Presents Illuminated Cave Photo Exhibit at A-B Tech

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech’s Holly Library is pleased to host Inner Earth Illuminated: Caves of the Southeastern United States, a photographic exhibit by Alex Minkin.

Caving is a family tradition for the Minkins and five years ago Alex began illuminating and photographing caves.  In his words: “Most of the time these places exist in absolute darkness. When they’re illuminated, however, they have the power to stimulate every sense in the body. They can evoke both fear and excitement, or provide a place of absolute peace and solace. I have illuminated the caves with various colors in order to represent the feeling one has upon discovery.”

Instructor Rock Doddridge says that “Alex was a dual enrolled student here in spring of 2006. He took Psych 150 with me, doing a superb job. His father is a surgeon with Carolina Hand Surgery. Alex has committed himself to maximizing his talents and interests, and living life fully.” Alex earned his BFA from Guilford College in 2011.

The library will host a reception for Alex at noon Monday, March 5 in Holly Lobby. The exhibit runs March 5 through April 27.

“Absence as Presence” Photography Exhibit at UNC Asheville

Friday, December 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – “Absence as Presence,” a new exhibition of black-and-white photographs by UNC Asheville senior Gabriela Knox, is on display through December 17 at the Highsmith University Union Gallery on campus. This BFA senior exhibition is free and open to the public.

Photo by Gabriela KnoxPhoto by Gabriela KnoxKnox’s exhibit explores photography as an objective form of art. “Photography is often regarded as the most objective of fine art media,” according to Knox, “and it is conventionally expected to produce images that are a true record of the reality in front of the camera. It is also presumed that if a photograph lies, it is because the image has been manipulated before or after it was taken.”

Photo by Gabriela KnoxPhoto by Gabriela KnoxKnox presents unadulterated images captured in low lighting at night – “objects extracted from their surroundings, denied any previous context,” in order to “demonstrate the peculiar way people see,” creating meanings out of a combination of objective visual information and prior knowledge and experience.

“Absence as Presence” will be on view Mondays – Saturdays, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and on Sundays, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. through December 17. For more information, visit art.unca.edu or call 828.251.6559.

Outdoor Digital Photography, Photo Book-Making and Crochet Workshops Offered at N.C. Center for Creative Retirement

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The N.C. Center for Creative Retirement presents three workshops in June, “Outdoor Digital Photography,” “Making a Bound Photo Book” and “Heritage Crochet in Contemporary Design and Application.” All will meet at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center and are open to the public.

“Mountains Majestic,” photo by Richard Bernabe”Outdoor Digital Photography” will be taught by Richard Bernabe, editor-in-chief of the Nature Photographers Network online magazine, and primary writer and editor of the “Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography.” Workshop participants will take to the Blue Ridge Parkway to shoot a sunrise, wildflowers and more. Topics will include composition, exposure, landscapes, close-ups, presentation using Photoshop software, etc. Participants should bring and be familiar with their own camera and related equipment. The workshop will take place 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Cost is $165 for members of the N.C. Center for Creative Retirement and $175 for non-members.

“Making a Bound Photo Book” will take participants through the process of uploading photos from their digital cameras, organizing and editing the best shots, and producing a unique book electronically through Shutterfly.com. The workshop will be taught by photographer, author and educator Carrie Wagner, and takes place 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on June 13, 15 and 17. Cost for the workshop is $120 for members of the N.C. Center for Creative Retirement and $130 for non-members. The materials fee will range from $40 to $70, depending upon the size of the book chosen.

“Heritage Crochet in Contemporary Design and Application” will be taught by Rita de Maintenon, a Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist, and a member of HandMade in America and the Southern Highland Craft Guild. She will teach the history and techniques of hairpin and broomstick lace, and lead participants in experimentation with Tunisian and Aran crochet, and German and Irish thread patterns. This workshop will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18. The cost is $85 for members of the N.C. Center for Creative Retirement and $95 for non-members.

To register for the workshops, visit the N. C. Center for Creative Retirement website, or call 828.251.6140. Additional workshops will be offered later in the summer on topics that include watercolor, robotics and long-term care insurance.

Asheville Art Museum Presents an Art Break with Scott Riviere on Friday

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum invites you to join a special Art Break on Friday, July 9, 2010 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Art Breaks are free with Museum Membership or admission.

This special Art Break features Scott Riviere, lender to the exhibition Limners to Facebook: Portraiture from the 19th to the 21st Century. Riviere is a collector local to Asheville. Riviere is active in historical preservation in Asheville and has served as chair and vice chair of the Historic Resources Commission. Come hear him discuss his collection, portraits and the historical importance of these both during a Friday Art Break.

“We were fortunate to have Scott agree to lend work for the exhibition because it gave us the opportunity to show how one family had recorded itself in portrait paintings over the course of the 20th century,” said Frank Thomson, Asheville Art Museum curator and curator of this exhibition.

Limners to Facebook: Portraiture from the 19th to the 21st Century includes images in the following categories: formal portraits, self-portraits, portraits of animals and portraits of friends or models. It includes works in a variety of media and range of styles including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and new media.

Melissa Markis Opens Her Studio in Biltmore Town Square

Friday, June 11th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – If you’ve ever desired to show the world your talents, have your favorite moments in life captured, and be treated like royalty for a day, you finally have your chance. Photographer Melissa Markis, who offers a unique “Model for a Day” service, recently opened her doors in Biltmore Park Town Square. Designed to help young girls feel confident and to help foster healthy self-esteem, the portrait sessions capture the beauty and personality of the girls while they enjoy a full day of celebrity-style treatment that includes hair, makeup, and changing outfits. The final product will culminate in a music style video that features their photos. Of course, the adults won’t be left out either, as Markis also does other portraits and offers her services for weddings, too.

Markis is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology where she earned her degree in fashion and commercial photography. Prior to moving to the Asheville area, Markis traveled the world as a photojournalist for an international non-profit organization and also worked as a photographer and makeup artist in New York City. She now happily calls the Blue Ridge Mountains home, and works to capture beauty and spontaneity in all of her photos and videos. She does on-site and in studio work and has a portfolio that includes portraits, weddings, and fusion videos.

Town Square is happy to welcome her to the area and is looking forward to being featured in the background in the Model for a Day sessions. The restaurants, retailers, green space, and more offer a unique setting as well as plenty of destination points. So whether a model or not, stop by Biltmore Park Town Square soon to welcome Melissa.