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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Stephanie Hickling Beckman
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 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 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.
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.
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