We are a volunteer group of artists, art professionals and enthusiasts supporting the arts community on the far west side of Asheville, North Carolina. Loosely delineated, the neighborhoods that are the focus of our attention extend from Haywood Road into Enka, Candler and Biltmore Lake and encompass a corridor from Smoky Park Highway to Brevard Road, with Sand Hill Road at its center.
On our web site we feature a growing selection of works by area craft and fine artists, updated monthly. In addition, we publish articles, commentary, news of local arts events, and links to more extended viewing sites in support of our community. We encourage thoughtful responses to the work displayed here via “replies” to our Featured Artists’ pages and posts.
Our hope is to bring together and nourish the growth of a vibrant community of talent and enthusiastic appreciation on this side of town.
Louise Glickman, creator
Louise Glickman is a natural networker whose New Orleans-based marketing company focused on bringing visual and performing artists, museums and non-profits together with community leaders to build new economies throughout the US. Coming to Asheville after visiting Penland, she vowed to re-focus on the studio arts she had practiced in earlier years. Mixed media, mosaics, photography and ikebana have become her meditation practice. She also started Biltmore Lake Artists to meet her creative neighbors and has expanded upon this concept to help grow the Sandhill Artists Collective.
Bob Ware, site admin
A commercial and editorial photographer and educator for four decades in Los Angeles, Bob continues to work in Western North Carolina as a nature, landscape and portrait photographer. A former LA chapter board member of the American Society of Media Photographers, he volunteers with the NPS in the Cataloochee Valley of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and with Flashes of Hope, a national organization of photographers who provide their services to the portraiture of children with cancer. He is the SHAC website designer and administrator.
Katrina Chenevert, advisor
After a 28 year military career, Katrina Chenevert retired to Asheville, NC and is currently working in her second career as a resident studio artist in the River Arts District. In 2014, using her military education benefits, she went back to school to complete her BA in Art (Magna Cum Laude) with an emphasis in sculpture from the University of North Carolina Asheville.
Katrina is known for her work in 2D and 3D mixed media assemblage and small installations. Her large soft sculpture needle felted work incorporates elements of mixed media and fall into a Pop art genre. Her assemblage work built off large canvases fall into a unique style you will not likely encounter elsewhere which has delighted the artist. Her work has been exhibited in NC, and NYC galleries. Katrina’s work is also sold in her studio at 310Art Gallery, Asheville, NC and is available through her website at katrinachenevert.com.
Stephanie Moore, advisor
Stephanie Moore, now a Biltmore Lake resident, lived in the Washington, D.C. area for 23 years and last served as the director of visual arts for VSA, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is currently the executive director of the Center for Craft. Located in downtown Asheville, the center is a nationally recognized nonprofit that advances the understanding of craft in the United States.
Michael Manes, advisor
Michael Manes is the director of Blue Spiral 1 Gallery (Asheville, NC), one of the Southeast’s most established galleries of contemporary fine art and craft. Michael earned his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design and started his career in Ohio at the Columbus Museum of Art, moving on to the exhibitions departments at the Akron Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Before turning back to curating, he was artist-in-residence at a private school in Cleveland, teaching grades K-5. After moving to Asheville, Manes became involved with the Asheville Area Arts Council (former Vice Chair and currently on the Advisory Board), the Center for Craft, and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center where he currently sits on the board. Manes is a graduate of Leadership Asheville and currently facilitates the Downtown Asheville Arts District (DAAD). Manes brings experience from the sectors of education, art museums and art consultation, having worked with numerous artists, non-profit organizations, and art and craft collectors. Manes currently lives in Candler, NC with his wife Hanna, son Harvey, and two pups Ella and Mabel.