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FEBRUARY ART In conjunction with the National Arts and Crafts Conference taking place February 15 – 17 at The Omni Grove Park Inn, Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will host craft demonstrations by local chair caner Brandy Clements and painter Bryan Koontz. Bryan Koontz painting en plein air in WNC. — Photo by Carol Koontz Brandy Clements of Silver River Center for Chair Caning - the nation’s only fully dedicated chair caning school and museum - will be at Grovewood Gallery on February 15-17, 11 - 4pm demonstrating a variety of seat weaving techniques, including hand-woven chair caning (laced caning), Shaker tape weaving, Danish cord weaving, and more. This is a hands-on demonstration where visitors are encouraged to step up and learn a few weaving techniques. Bring a photo of your special chair and get advice on restorations, or share your chair’s story. Brandy is a 4th generation chair caner and self-proclaimed “chair nerd.” She’s on a mission to dispel the myth that chair caning is a dying art. She and her husband/business partner Dave Klingler have been weaving new lives into chairs for over 13 years, and have taught over 250 sessions at their school, located in the heart of Hand-woven chair caning (laced caning). — Photo by David Simchock Craft offerings at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, February 15 – 17 BY STAFF REPORTS • NORTH ASHEVILLE Asheville’s River Arts District. Bryan Koontz, who was chosen to create the artwork for Biltmore’s 2018 Christmas wine labels, will be in the gallery on February 15 and 16, 11-4pm demonstrating traditional oil painting techniques – working on a landscape, using photos to aid his memory, or painting en plein air (weather permitting). Finished works will be on display and available for sale. Koontz is an Asheville native who can date his ancestry in WNC back to the late 1700s. His deep appreciation for the mountain culture, heritage, and the scenery is evident in his artwork, which he paints in a realistic style similar to that of the mid to late 19th-century American landscape painters. Employing traditional methods and archival materials, he aims to produce works of art that will endure and be cherished for many generations. In addition to painting, Koontz has worked 30+ years in graphic design and illustration. Notable projects have included pen and ink drawings for the Mast General Store, as well as their annual Christmas card paintings, and book illustration for author Nadia Dean. Brandy Clements of Silver River Center for Chair Caning — Photo by David Simchock Grovewood Gallery Established in 1992, Grovewood Gallery is nationally recognized for its dedication to fine American art and craft. Located in historic Grovewood Village adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn, the gallery is noted for its charming, old-world setting and rich craft heritage. This site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, an Arts and Crafts enterprise - initially backed by Edith Vanderbilt - that played a significant role in the Appalachian Craft Revival during the early 20th century. Today, Grovewood Gallery offers two expansive floors of finely crafted furniture, ceramics, jewelry and more, contributed by over 400 artists and craftspeople from across the United States. The gallery also boasts an outdoor sculpture garden and presents rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Free parking is available on-site. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 – 5:30pm, and Sunday from 11 – 5pm. For more information on Grovewood Gallery, visit or call (828) 253-7651. 22 |RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE Vol. 22, No. 06 — February 2019 IF YOU GO

FEBRUARY ART ‘Sixth Annual Second’s Sale inside the FW Gallery at Woolworth Walk BY STAFF REPORTS • DOWNTOWN, ASHEVILLE This sale is filled with beautiful items that artists are clearing out of their studios - there may not be any imperfection at all. Mark this on your calendar. During February, you’ll find the Sixth Annual Seconds Sale occupying the FW Gallery. In the last several years, more and more of our local artists have participated in the Seconds Sale, and it’s become a busy month as customers plan to be here to browse the sale. The Seconds Sale is full of slightly imperfect and discontinued items from our local artists Seasons of Art in varying mediums. Seconds are pieces of art which don’t quite live up to the artist’s standards; often only the artist is aware of the imperfection. There are always prints, paintings, photographs, pottery, glass, jewelry, mixed media and fiber works to browse. Also, here at the sale are items that artists are clearing out of their studios - there may not be any imperfection at all Find a deal on local handmade art at Woolworth Walk’s Seconds Sale, February 1 - 27. WHEN YOU GO Woolworth Walk Seconds Sale, February 1st - 27th 25 Haywood Street Asheville • (828) 254- 9234 • Mon-Sat. 11-6pm, Sun. 11-5pm • www. “When we have positive energy we create light and color in our art.” — Olga Olga Dorenko Fine Art Studio • Asheville River Art District • Warehouse Studios • 2nd Floor, 170 Lyman Street • Wed-Sat 12-5pm or by appt • (828) 713-8362 Vol. 22, No. 06 — February 2019 RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE | 23