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Second Saturday Virtual Events

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May 9, 2020 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Please join us for a variety of virtual Second Saturday events. Click through to the artist’s profile and join them in their Asheville, NC home or studio, ask questions in the chat, and enjoy the creative process!


On the Second Saturday of each month, the River Arts District Artists typically holds a gallery walk & open studios event with demonstrations, workshops, live music, wine tastings, delicious food, and more. The public is invited to meander the mile-long district or hop on and off the free trolley and discover all that the “RAD” has to offer. There are more than 240 artists in the 23 buildings throughout the district. They come together each month to provide art experiences displaying their work and sharing their techniques and inspirations.

While our buildings are closed to the public at the moment, most artists are creating work in their homes or studios, and many are updating their personal or RADA webpages frequently with new work, sharing on social media, and participating in the #artistsupportpledge (search #artistsupportpledgerad). Some of the artists are creating online content specifically for this homebound time, which they would love to share with you – please explore the listing below.

We also invite you to peruse our website, riverartsdistrict.com, and have a virtual visit, which is a great jumping off point to explore Asheville’s art community, whether for educational purposes, entertainment, or if you’re looking for a great piece of art for your home or business.

Art can provide a journey outside the everyday, and those journeys are especially helpful during this stressful time. We in the RAD hope you visit – online today and in the district when we are able to be “OPEN EVERYDAY” again. We appreciate your support for the art community!

Virtual Events Schedule – MAY 9, 2020

Ignite Jewelry Studios – Jessica Hall & Nora McMullen

Live Silver Casting

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Join us while we do a live metal casting using sterling silver. We’ll discuss a little of the process first then you will see the molten metal pour and the final product.


The Village Potters Clay Center – Sarah Wells Rolland

Vessels of Hope

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM


Watch Sarah Wells Rolland as she continues making Vessels of Hope, each unique and each made on the potters wheel.
*The project began on April 1st
*The Goal: 500 vessels
On Saturday at noon she should be crossing into 300 made, 280 sold. Sarah will demonstrate on the wheel and show finished pieces as well. How can you make 500 different vessels using the same amount of clay and all the designing done on the potters wheel? Join her and see! Sarah loves to share her message of creativity, resilience and hope!


Nadine Paints – Nadine Charlsen

Dramatic Effects on Landscape Watercolors

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM


A live demonstration of unique techniques developing large watercolors. You will be able to submit questions that may be answered during the demo (written submissions) or feel free to email them to me later.



The Village Potters Clay Center – Lori Theriault

Surface Design: demonstrating sgraffito carving in clay

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM


Lori will demonstrate the techniques she uses in creating her “Vincent” series of sgraffito carved vessels.



Majik Studios – Pam Granger Gale

Marbling Demo

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM


Join Pam Granger Gale will demonstrate the relaxing quality of marbling – floating paint on a gel surface.



Jonas Gerard Fine Art

Jonas’ 2nd Saturday Painting Performance

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Join Asheville’s own Jonas Gerard as he paints to music and explores the unknown thought his abstract art on his Youtube, Facebook and Instagram sites.


Peter Roux – Painting & Drawing

Cloud Painting Demo w/ Q&A

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Join Peter to watch a little cloud magic come together on the canvas. Questions always welcome in the chat. The piece will be available as part of #artistsupportpledge – and you’re welcome to claim it during the session if you wish!


Dan Simpson

Dan’s Virtual Photography Exhibition and Happy 1/2 Hour

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM


I’m going to show and talk about my photography and hoist a local beer or two.



May 9, 2020
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