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Rapid River Magazine June 2019

Animals in Art in WNC


FINE ART NEWS Local artist Cindy Walton honored in state department Cultural Diplomacy Program BY STAFF REPORTS • WNC “Out of Many Waters,” a painting by Cindy Walton is on display for three years in the public rooms of the residence of the new U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan as part of the State Department’s “Art in Embassies” Program (AIEP). AIEP is a public-private partnership that promotes cultural diplomacy through exhibitions, permanent collections, site-specific commissions and two-way artist exchanges in more than 200 U.S. embassies and consulates around Cindy Walton Photo Studio Misha the world. It has been a vital form of cultural diplomacy since 1963. The painting is not the only representation from NC. Before his current assignment in Kazakhstan and his illustrious career in Foreign Service, Ambassador William H. Moser was born and raised in the state and received a B.A. in Political Science from UNC at Chapel Hill. Cindy’s work has been exhibited at the Asheville Art Museum, South Cobb (Georgia) Arts Alliance, Florida’s National Vernissage des Femmes Artistes exhibit, various colleges and universities, and elsewhere. Her work is also in the collections of Mission Hospital, Citi Bank Corporation, and other entities as well as private collections in the United States and Europe. “Since the role of embassies is to represent our Nation around the world, Art has its special place in demonstrating that all people share a love of creative expression.” Cindy Walton For further information visit Walton’s website at or the Art in Embassies program at INFO Animals in Art at Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery • 123 Roberts St. Asheville • 4 |RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | VOL. 22, NO. 10 JUNE 2019

CONTENTS ART AND MORE FEATURES COLUMNS / DEPARTMENTS 6 8 Publisher/Layout and Design/Editor: Dennis Ray Poetry Editor: Carol Pearce Bjorlie CONTACT US: Rapid River’s Arts and Culture Magazine is a monthly publication in WNC. Mail: 85 N. Main St. Canton NC 28716 Email: Phone: (828) 712-4752 Detail of the painting “Last Hold Out” by Suzanne Barrett Justis RAD artists share their inspiration and fondness of animals Elizabeth Henderson talks about 12 being a ‘Visionary Surrealist’ “Live Artfully” - A collaboration of NorthLight Studios and Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 13 Angela Alexander echoes animals’ individual personalities on canvas 10 11 14 15 16 17 20 310 Art: Bet Kindley, waterscape artist extraordinaire Art Classes Asheville Gallery of Art: “The Wonder of It All,” features Anne McLaughlin and Sandra Brugh Moore 19 Twenty local artists interpret Appalachian barns in a marvelous art event ‘Summer is coming, and so is the Mountain Jewish Festival & 22 Waynesville’s downtown lights-up for Art After Dark Gatlinburg overnight experience to 23 raise funds for national park 27 28 21 24 26 27 Bill Walz: Evolving what is Poetry June — Two local poets share their poetry this month 25 novel ‘Give’ Books: Interview with WNC writer Erica C. Witsell on her debut Black Mountain: “Give Me The Roses” A celebration of the Carter family and women in oldtime music, June 7 at the White Horse Gallerye Rapid River Magazine’s Comics (animals are in 30 our comics) 31 Studio Tour: Toe River Valley Studio tour comes again May 31- June 2 *Red # ‘Animals in Art in WNC’ Distribution: Dennis Ray/Rick Hills Marketing: Dennis Ray/Rick Hills ADVERTISING SALES: Downtown Asheville and other areas — Dennis Ray (828) 712-4752 Dining Guide, Hendersonville, Waynesville — Rick Hills (828) 452-0228 ON OUR COVER June 2019 • Volume 22, NO. 10 15 15 18 Recipes to improve your skin, sleep, mood, energy, focus, digestion, and sex Cover: The fascinating allure of animals in art: a conversation with artist Suzanne Barrett Justis Downtown Asheville: Elizabeth Albright talks about the significance of animals in her art Theater: ‘Keep your hands on the prize’ taken literately in ACT’s latest comedy Health: Vascular Disease Contributes to Dementia AmiciMusic presents great trios for oboe, bassoon, and piano in June How the comic strip, Brother Rock, came about and ‘Rocked our world’ Animals in art help animals in need through a fundraiser at Arrowhead “Portrait of a black bear” by Suzanne Barrett Justis Online NOW NEXT MONTH 6 artists share their inspiration of animals 13 Angela Alexander echoes animals’ individual personalities on canvas JULY: SUMMER IS HERE IN FULL FORM. GET OUTSIDE FOR ART! ALSO WE ARE FEATURING ABSTRACT ART IN WNC All Materials contained herein are owned and copyrighted © by Rapid River’s Arts & Culture Magazine and the individual contributors unless otherwise stated. Opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Rapid River’s Arts and Culture Magazine or the advertisers herein. © ‘Rapid River’s Arts & Culture MagazineJune 2019 • Vol. 22, No. 10 VOL. 22, NO. 10 — JUNE 2019 | RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | 5