This Issue:

• New Exhibit: A Walk in the Woods at ARTSVILLE at Marquee
• New Podcast: Artist Kenn Kotara Looks at the World Differently
• Name Change: SHAC becomes ARTSVILLE
• Celebration: Acknowledging our artists, podcast and discussion group talents

Five guest artists join Daryl Slaton and Louise Glickman with
new works at Artsville Collective

EW EXHIBIT at Artsville Collective at Marquee opens Saturday August 6

A WALK IN THE WOODS Features the Works of Guest Artists 
Along with Changed Exhibitions from Daryl Slaton and Louise Glickman. 
Five guest artists plus founding artists Daryl Slaton and Louise Glickman approach the glory of our Carolina woodlands with fresh takes on nature through their personal perspectives. Not at all what you would expect, their viewpoints reveal Appalachia through a fresh lens, inspired by fall and full of surprises for all locals and leaf-peepers.  Within each piece, there is a story to encourage a visit to Artsville’s gallery at Marquee, podcast and blogs.  For more, go to subscribe at

Artist Kenn Kotara talks about his work using braille as a form of communication

NEW PODCAST at and                 

KENN KOTARA: An Asheville Artist That Looks at the World Differently

Kenn Kotara, a contemporary mixed-media abstract artist based in Asheville, North Carolina has been propelled to national fame by his lifelong fascination with architecture, philosophy, literature and communication.  Kenn masterfully expresses himself on canvas, paper, and Mylar using a vast variety of mediums and photography. His site-specific installations evoke a powerful emotional response from those who view them. Of great interest is his work based on braille and teaching art to visually impaired children. 

Jim McDowell’s face jugs tell stories of his Black ancestors

UP NEXT: Podcast Interview with Jim McDowell: The Black Potter

Jim tells stories through the voices of his slave ancestors and his ancestral history with his nationally-known face jugs.  He has made a special collection at affordable prices for our ARTSVILLE Collective audience. Jim’s work is featured in our WALK IN THE WOODS exhibit, opening Saturday, Aug, 6- Oct. 30 at Marquee. 

READ MORE about Jim McDowell in the August Issue of The Laurel of Asheville:

ArtsvilleUSA, our new website, shows its face at

NEW WEBSITE: will soon replace

We are transitioning slowly to the Artsville name and website.  For now, information is available on both sites.  Help us grow by telling us what you think about the new site at

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Save this date: Help us applaud Artsville’s collective talent


CELEBRATE at ARTSVILLE Collective at our Open House on Sept. 10
With each new show, Artsville Collective has a party to show work and appreciation for the talented artists and community leaders who have made us a special place to show, talk and learn about art and artists in Asheville and beyond. Join is for this always-fun event.