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Arts & Entertainment ‘Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft’ on exhibit through June 30

Austin Richards Xylem, artistHandMade in America announces the opening of its new exhibition, “Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft.”

This exhibit, running through June 30, is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, Starbucks and Windgate Charitable Foundation.

“What is innovation in art? Perhaps it is a willingness to fail or make mistakes in service to fearless creativity. ‘Breaking ground’ by definition, engages the unfamiliar and is key to an innovative studio practice,” according to Kathryn Gremley, director of the Penland Gallery & Visitors Center.

“Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft” features the work of WNC craft artists who are pushing the boundaries of their medium in unexpected ways. Featuring 26 works in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or mixed media, the pieces in this exhibit illustrate a balance of craft processes and unique ideas, combining tradition with innovation.

“Saint Anne's Theatre,” by Dustin FarnsworthArtists featured are: Michael Parry, Austin Richards, Jeana Eve Klein, Janet Williams, Gwendolyn Bigham, Kenn Kotara, Sondra Dorn, Dustin Farnsworth, Hayden Wilson, Rachel Meginnes, Robin Johnston, Sam Reynolds, Kathie Roig, Heather Allen Hietala, Ben Elliott and Anna Johnson.

Gremley has made selections that are guaranteed to represent some of the most innovative craft artists in WNC. She has curated and installed more than 70 invitational exhibitions and 144 instructor exhibits at the Penland Gallery since 1996, and has curated many national exhibitions. She is an accomplished juror and curator, specifically in regards to craft mediums, and with her discerning eye, “Breaking Ground: Innovative Craft” promises to be just that.

HandMade in America's office, in downtown Asheville, is located at 125 S. Lexington Avenue, which is the address of a large, mixed-use building called Lexington Station; however, the front door is located in Suite 101, which is actually located on the Hilliard Ave. side of Lexington Station. A sign for HandMade in America hangs to the left of the doors.

“Stacks” by Hayden WilsonFor more information about HandMade in America go to Questions, call (828)252-0121.

About HandMade in America

HandMade in America grows economies through craft, transforming both individuals and communities through education, entrepreneurship and economic development. HandMade in America has an 18-year tradition for pioneering innovative ways to empower the people and towns of Western North Carolina through programs that educate and facilitate the needs of creative entrepreneurs and communities.

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