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Hear from and interact with artists, experts, filmmakers, performing artists, poets, writers, and other special guests.


Winter 2015-2016 Programs

2012.52.32Make It Shine
FEBRUARY 13 – Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
East Wing | Upstairs Theatre
Free for Members or with Museum admission

Artists often use organic materials such as wood and natural pigments, as well as fragile supports like paper, to create their works. Over time, climate fluctuations, light, pollution, pests, and human interaction can cause damage. Museums do their best to prevent or slow this deterioration, but eventually artworks may need professional help. Conservator Wendel Norton discusses his recent project on a Museum sculpture by Raoul Hague, as well as other artwork interventions undertaken in his studio.

In the days leading up to the talk, visit Norton as he carries out conservation treatments on the Hague sculpture in the Museum’s galleries. Visitors are welcome to observe the conservation work in action and to ask questions of the conservator.

Presented in conjunction with Vault Visible: Behind the Scenes at the Asheville Art Museum.

TaylorAH_Promis_Lan__HiResArtists Make a Difference: The Creative Spark that Transformed Old Charleston
FEBRUARY 20 – Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
Museum Members: $25 | Non-members (includes Museum admission): $30

By 1900 Charleston, South Carolina, had fallen on hard times. City residents were “too poor to paint, too proud to whitewash.” In about 1915, local artists started to celebrate the old city’s charms and distinguished architectural legacy. Their paintings, prints, and books brought national attention – and northern money – that led to preservation initiatives and tourist amenities. This phenomenon, known as the Charleston Renaissance, is an example of a unique instance when artists united with writers, preservationists, and civic leaders to bring about a city’s revitalization.

Speaker Martha R. Severens was curator of Charleston’s Gibbes Museum of Art from 1976 to 1987 and learned firsthand about the role artists played in the city’s renewal. She served as curator of the Portland Museum of Art in Maine from 1987 until 1992, when she joined the staff of the Greenville (SC) County Museum of Art. She retired from that position in 2010 and most recently has been a consultant to the Johnson Collection in Spartanburg, SC.

Presented in conjunction with Grove Park Inn National Arts & Crafts Conference 2016.

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