SHAC Connection – Roundup
from Louise Glickman
OH MY! How We’ve Grown!: Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) has matured from its infancy to an expanding community embracing emerging artists, professionals and enthusiasts. To engage audience and open wallets to build a decent living for area creatives, SHAC’s new format has been simplified and broadened. Starting in 2022, our podcast series highlighting Asheville’s artistic endeavors will be heard around the world emanating from our partnership with Crewest Studio/LA (creweststudio.com) and host extraordinaire Scott Power. Special thanks go to Dan Ubick of Dan Ube Productions and his team for producing our catchy ARTSVILLE theme music, a lead-in to our podcast series to launch in January (artsville.captivate.fm).
In 2021, we featured 36 artists from West Asheville neighborhoods on our website and at our One Year Anniversary blow-out at Foundation Studios in the RAD. This year, guest artists will be invited to show their work at SHAC’S new ARTSVILLE COLLECTIVE gallery inside Marquee, an arts market just opened in the River Arts District. We expect to exceed last year’s record through exhibits of works by new emerging talent alongside our own. Guest artist space will change quarterly and will be supported by Marquee marketing as well as SHAC’s including a podcast interview, a blog story and an open gallery event to bring audiences their work. Daryl’s pop art with Augmented Reality (AR) offers both a contemporary vibe and animated entertainment to ARTSVILLE. Visitors thus far have appreciated my carefully conceived mixed media revealing my love of travel, nature and fiber art.
We are proud to welcome Jenna Eberhardt to our team who has already been helping from afar with SHAC’s social media, website development and operations. Plan to meet her in person at our open house at ARTSVILLE Collective at Marquee in early February. You’ll also be introduced to our first set of guest artists who will be showing their work alongside Daryl and me in February, March and April. If you would like to be considered for a guest artist space, please send me a note about yourself and your work long with five images of pieces you might like to show to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We like to say that SHAC shows, tells and talks about Asheville-area art and talent. We SHOW at our new ARTSVILLE COLLECTIVE gallery inside Marquee in the River Arts District where we will have changing exhibits, events and discussions with local creatives, makers, gallerists, educators, collectors and business leaders. We TELL about our area talent with stories and news on a bi-weekly basis on our SHAC CONNECTION blog. And we talk with talented creatives, our guest artists and community leaders on our new ARTSVILLE NC podcast. Sign up at sandhillartists.com and/or go to our website and scroll through the many stories from guest writers and myself. And listen in when our ARTSVILLE NC podcast series is available (coming soon). Our show notes will be available at our ARTSVILLE website, now under construction.
We launch our new podcast series with six interviews that focus on how Asheville became ARTSVILLE. Now in post production, you can look forward to hearing from: Mia Hall on The Penland School, Kate Avarett Anderson on Black Mountain College, Tom Anders on Grovewood Village and the Vanderbilts, Michael Manes on Blue Spiral 1 and John Cram, Jordan Ahlers (Momentum Gallery) and Stephanie Moore (Center for Craft) about the Broadway arts corridor, and Sara Wells Rolland on The Village Potters and the RAD.
Highlights from 2021
We have had many high points in 2021 that enable us to move forward to foster participation in the new year. Highlights include:
• Momentum Gallery Opening: Private showing for a small group of active SHAC supporters
• Art in the Gardens event: Over 140 Biltmore Lake residents and friends viewed 8 artists in 8 magnificent gardens in partnership with the Biltmore Lake Garden Club
• First Year SHAC Anniversary Event: Over 125 supporters toasted with champagne while viewing two SHAC exhibits from our 2021 group of Featured Artists. Bob Ware’s photographs were accompanied by art inspired by Biltmore Lake gardens
- Biltmore Lake Artists: 50% growth in membership; festive Holiday Party and annual meeting
- SHAC Stats: 70% increased volunteer and financial support; 500 subscribers in the US
- Media Attention: Asheville Made, The Laurel of Asheville, AVL Today and others