Join us for a virtual program in conjunction with the exhibition ᎢᏛᏍᎦ ᏫᏥᏤᎢ ᎠᎵᏰᎵᏒ: ᎪᏥᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏔᎷᏣ ᏗᎬᏗ, ᎦᏙ, ᏃᎴ ᎪᎵᏍᏗᎯ Weaving Across Time: Contemporary Cherokee Basket Making, Land, and Identity. Lightning round talks followed by a panel about the intrinsic relationship between Eastern Band Cherokee identity, land, and craft. Speakers include Adam Griffith, Director of the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources based in Cherokee, NC, and Dr. Courtney Lewis, Professor of Anthropology at Duke University, and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina – Columbia. She is the author of Sovereign Entrepreneurs: Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty.
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Join Black in Black on Black curators, Ameena Batada, Dr. P.H., Professor of Health & Wellness, UNC Asheville; JéWana Grier McEachin, Executive Director of the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA); and Jill Fromewick, Sc.D., Executive Director of Sparrow Research Group and exhibiting artists, Ann Miller Woodford, Viola Spells, and Ronda Birtha, for a virtual tour of the exhibition followed by a panel discussion.
Tour and discussion is hosted through Zoom. New to Zoom? Visit their Help Center to get set up.
About the Exhibition
Black in Black on Black: Making the Invisible Visible is an exhibition about the lives and contributions of Black/African American communities in Western North Carolina (WNC). Presenting works of art alongside oral histories and research data, Black in Black on Black is a visual conversation about an often invisible history of our region. This exhibition features three WNC-based artists: Ann Miller Woodford, Viola Spells, and Ronda Birtha, as well as data from the Heart of Health: Race, Place, and Faith in Western North Carolina project, a three-year community-participatory research study that seeks to better understand the role and impact of race and racism on health. The Heart of Health project is co-led by researchers and community partners. In WNC, the percentage of the population that is Black/African American ranges from 0.2% to 10% at the county level, and is about 4% overall. As Ann Miller Woodford states, “My emphasis has been on people who have dedicated their lives to humanity, but have been overlooked, ignored, and often forgotten.” Visitors to the exhibition are invited to learn, through both visual art and scientific data, about the ways in which African Americans and others in WNC are working to reduce racism and build community through grassroots and organizational efforts.
Black in Black on Black is on view at the Center for Craft until January 7, 2022.
Bamboo Basket Weaving Demonstration with Y Bhong R
Y Bhong Rcom is a Rhade Montagnard basket maker from the Highlands of Vietnam. He has demonstrated his craft as well as given classes on this traditional form of basketry at many local art and folk festivals. Come watch and interact with Y Bong as he demonstrates the various stages of processing the bamboo and lays out his geometric designs. The artist will also offer several of his baskets for sale at this outdoor event. This is a free event sponsored in part by a grant from AARP. Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87516223615?pwd=QkRtbWRQSzZZQjl0Tm5jOXpoTllHdz09
Take a relaxing drive through Chatham County’s rolling hills and pastoral farmlands to visit 54 artists in 41 studios that dot the countryside. Meet artists, learn about their process and artistic vision, and browse affordable original works of art. Paintings, prints, sculpture, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass, leather, wood, digital, and fabric art will be available for purchase.
The Tour is self-guided, allowing you to explore at your leisure with the map provided. Stop for coffee or lunch in one of the many charming eateries in Pittsboro and its surrounds. Cap off the day with a craft beer, cider, a glass of mead wine, or some festive holiday spirits when you visit the Chatham Beverage District.
Dec 4–5 and Dec 11–12.
Saturdays from 10am–5pm and Sundays Noon–5pm
Create your own disguise in this workshop; participants will build their own animal masks from prepared templates or their imagination.
Family First Workshops include time in the Museum to explore a work of art or decorative art and will take place outdoors or in the Reynolda studios (weather and other restrictions permitting). Advance registration is required. Take-home kits may be available for some workshops; contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
In this workshop, attendees will create representations of leaves using cement and a bit of imagination. All required materials will be provided. A limited number of slots are available; advance registration is required.