AAAC Connects

During these unprecedented times of necessary physical distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19 the Asheville Area Arts Council recognizes the continued need for connection. This video interview series is a way to connect, support each other, and eventually archive this moment during a global pandemic. How are artists, musicians, actors, and makers surviving (and sometimes thriving) right now? The answers are as varied as the forms of expression present in our community.

We would like to reflect on the diversity of our community in this series, so if you would like to nominate someone for us to interview please email grants@ashevillearts.com.

Bios

Susan Patrice

Interview

Susan is a photographer and Director of Maker’s Circle; a residency and retreat center in Western North Carolina. Susan is a documentary photographer whose must recent series focuses on healing through the creation of large black and white landscape photographs.

She is also one of the founders of Six Feet, a collaborative photography project connecting photographers from around the world to share and navigate this moment of physical distancing together.

For more information visit: susanpatrice.com, makerscircle.org or sixfeet.photography

Colby Caldwell

Interview

Colby is a photographer and the Co-Founder/Director of REVOLVE, an art and music space in Asheville. Colby’s work distills personal narratives into singular objects that are beautiful and haunting.

For more information visit: colbycaldwell.com or revolveavl.org

Ursula Gullow

Interview

Ursula is a visual artist working and living in Asheville. Her paintings and collaborative projects are examinations of self-portraiture, crowds, public spaces, and the shifting periphery between individual and collective.

For more information visit: ursulagullow.com

Martha Skinner

Interview

Martha is a visual artist who studies our built environment as a delicate ecology using representation methods that visualize the cycles of life in order to more acutely address temporal, social and environmental issues.

For more information visit: marthaskinner.com

Stephanie Hickling Beckman

Interview

Stephanie is the Artistic Director of Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective, a non-profit community theatre group with a mission is : Making Theatre, Building Community, Facilitating Awareness and Changing the World (One Play At A Time).

For more information visit: differentstrokespac.org

Alli Marshall

Interview

Alli is a poet, performer, writer, editor, filmmaker, and creative community builder. She’s interested in moving writing beyond the page, seeking the golden in the mundane, finding the intersection of art and social justice, and reconnecting with mythology — both ancient and modern.

For more information visit: alli-marshall.com

Ben Mackel

Interview

Ben Mackel is a musician, actor, and composer in Western North Carolina dedicated to simple, bittersweet songs worn down to a thin comfort that are influenced by artists such as Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, David Wilcox, and Gregory Alan Isakov. He has a solo project, Threadbare, and is part of the Blue Eyed Betties, an indie-folk popgrass band.

For more information visit: benmackel.com or threadbaresongs.com

Simone Bernhard

Interview

Conductor and singer Simone Bernhard is the Artistic Director of the Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus. She has also performed in operas and dinner theatre and has appeared in and directed musical theatre productions. When she is not making music, Simone stays busy helping clients buy and sell homes as a Realtor with Preferred Properties. She lives in the River Arts District with her partner, Robert, and his son, Hunter. 

For more information visit: www.avlgmc.org or www.ashevillegaymenschorus.org

Nava Lubelski

Interview

Nava Lubelski is a visual artist and author based in Asheville who works with various materials exploring issues as diverse as mending, traditionally feminine acts of labor (such as embroidery), and climate change. 

For more information visit: www.navalubelski.com

Chris Wilhelm

Interview

Chris is a musician bringing his positive vibes to Western North Carolina with his indie folk-rock band Chris Wilheim and Friends. He also started a weekly series for these times entitled Quarantine Sessions, broadcasting live each Thursday on Facebook from his home. 

For more information visit: chriswilhelmandfriends.com