Sand Hill Artists Collective’s First Year – by Louise Glickman


Rounding the corner with hope toward a healthier new year, I want to point out that Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) has been a bright spot in 2020. Last December a group of neighbors in Biltmore Lake got together to discuss art and learn more about it on a regular basis. Biltmore Lake Artists began with about fifty folks, not only artists but neighbors who enjoy exploring all things creative and are eager to learn more.

Most of the artists in the group wanted to work towards an open studio tour here in Biltmore Lake, to join the ranks of neighborhood “studio strolls” near Beaverdam, Kenilworth, Weaverville and others. Covid-19 forced the recognition that this couldn’t be done at present, but why not begin with a virtual tour, a blog delivered to homes monthly? That evolution, Sand Hill Artists Collective, is now seven months old, reaches more than 400 subscribers, and is mounting Asheville’s first Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour from December 2nd through 15th.

Each month the SHAC website, available throughout the US, features three artists working in a variety of media and provides regional art news and commentary. This content is archived and easily accessible on the site. Anyone can view our growing online gallery of artists and learn about our creative neighbors and area arts non-profits. Subscribe on the Home Page to receive your monthly blog. It’s free.

The admin who maintains the SHAC website is Bob Ware, while I, together with a small committee of volunteers, develop ideas and criteria to move forward. This has all happened on a “shoe string,” and so far Bob and I have borne all expenses. The Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour showcasing area galleries and artists—including some from our SHAC neighborhoods—is intended to raise funds that will allow SHAC to hire a part-time social media coordinator to broaden our visibility. Our advisory committee agrees that this is critical for Sand Hill Artists Collective to grow, so that when the pandemic subsides we will have built a foundation of support to launch a live open studio event full of creative input and art from Biltmore Lake, West Asheville, Enka and Candler.

So, please support SHAC’s first-ever Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour. Tickets can be purchased on our website at www.sandhillartists.com. You will receive ten Zoom links, one for each gallery program, all for $55. Shop virtually by selectively “visiting” your favorite galleries or explore the offerings of all ten venues. Kick back with a glass of wine each weekday afternoon from 5-6 pm from Dec. 2-15.

See, shop, and learn about art in these hour-long webinars. View presentations, live demos, explore the galleries: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Blue Spiral 1, Center for Craft, LEAF Global, Momentum Gallery, Penland Gallery, Pink Dog Creative, River Arts District Artists, Southern Highland Craft Guild, and Tracey Morgan Gallery. Meet gallery directors and curators, hear from artists, view work, and shop from the comfort of home. Enjoy a range of work from the contemporary to the traditional in 2D and 3D, featuring the region’s well-known and emerging artists and craftsmen in a range of media: painting, drawing, wood, metal, fiber and more.

If, however, you are unable to attend the Virtual Holiday Gallery Tour sessions but wish to support SHAC’s future, you can find a donation link on our Home Page or here.

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