Knight to perform at Henderson County Library

On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Lee Knight will be appearing at the Kaplan Auditorium, Henderson County Library, 301 N Washington, Hendersonville. This program is presented by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to the public.

Lee Knight was raised in the Adirondack Mountains and has lived in North Carolina for nearly 40 years. Since he was in college, he has made a career of learning songs and stories from people who have had them as a part of the their families, communities and cultures. He plays a fretless banjo, regular 5-string banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, 12-string guitar, Cherokee flute, drum and rattle, as well as sings unaccompanied songs.



Hendersonville Symphony offers 'Inspiration' for everyone

All symphonic music lovers will find “Inspiration” in the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO)’s next 2017-2018 season concert set for March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall.

Featured soloist will be the 2018 winner of the Hendersonville Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, Cole Jenkins of Hendersonville. Jenkins, a cellist, received First Prize in the annual competition, performing the first movement of Edouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor.

A single, general admission ticket to the March 24 concert is $40 for adults, $20 for adults under age 40 and $10 for students.

In addition to the Young Artist Competition winner, the Symphony will perform Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D major.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, or call the Symphony office at 828-697-5884.


Saluda artist to deliver talk

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, will give a talk on his contemporary impressionist painting style and do a demonstration at The Gallery at Flat Rock on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. The gallery is located in Flat Rock Square, 2702A Greenville Highway, behind The Flat Rock Cinema. This event is part of the Gallery’s month long March Art Madness, crafted as a stimulating cultural alternative to basketball.

Carson is a nationally known artist, having won a number of awards in national shows and exhibits. He has participated in Plein Festivals in Door County ,Wis., Easton, Maryland, Richmond,Va, and Cashiers and Saluda.

Carson has been accepted to the Oil Painters of America Nation Show, as well as its Eastern Regional Show and Salon Show. He has been accepted to the annual American Impressionist National Exhibition and the annual AIS Small Works Showcase, held at Greenwich House Gallery in Cincinnati March 23-April 21. He is a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society, having been accepted to three national exhibitions within a five year period. He is also a member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAPSE), a group of forty outstanding southern artists.

Carson paints in Plein air, but also spends many hours in his studio, where he conducts numerous oil and acrylic painting workshops throughout the year. He refers to his paintings as contemporary impressionism, using bold brushwork, which hopefully results in fresh and spontaneous paintings.

For more information, contact Susan O’Brien at 828-698-7000,, or susan@galleryflat



Hendersonville Community Band to perform 'March Winds' concert

The Hendersonville Community Band will perform its annual “March Winds” concert at 3 p.m. today at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall located on West Campus Dr. in Flat Rock.

Under the direction of Winford Franklin, the audience will be delighted with symphonic selections to welcome in the Spring season of the band’s 27th year of concert performances. This concert band has 75 volunteer musicians who enjoy the privilege of being able to please the audience with beautiful music.

The guest feature during this concert is the Asheville Clarinet Ensemble conducted by Steve Loew a graduate of Juilliard School of Music and who played in the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own”, is currently the principal clarinetist with the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra in addition to performing with other well known groups. He is assisted by Associate conductor Matthew Larkin who is conducting at the the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College, N.Y., and performs with many other well known groups as well.

The Asheville Ensemble is comprised of 15 members demonstrating the harmonies and versatility of 6 different clarinets. A 9th grade student Aaron Lipsky from the Asheville Youth Symphony will be the featured soloist with this ensemble. 

Admission is $10 for adults, free for students. Tickets may be obtained at the Hendersonville Visitors Information Center, the Crate in Laurel Park, from any band member and at the door the afternoon of the concert. No reservations are necessary as it is open seating.

 For additional information, please visit or call 828-713-8590 or 828-692-8801.


Art League meeting to feature local Watercolorist

Watercolor artist Simone Wood will present the program at today's meeting of the Art League of Henderson County. An award-winning artist, Wood is known for her loose, impressionist watercolor style of painting, especially colorful birds. Her works can be seen locally at Art MoB Studios, downtown Hendersonville.

The meeting will begin with a social time at 1:30 p.m. at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville.

At the February monthly exhibit and meeting, attendees were treated to a presentation by oil painter Ed Morris.

Ellen Gennaro’s watercolor, “Good Sign”, was awarded first place in the Art League’s monthly exhibit. Honorable mention went to Tina Duncan for her oil painting, “Sunburst #2.”

ALHC meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville.

For more information, visit



Local artist gallery series opens at DoubleTree Biltmore

Local art will now have a permanent home at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Beginning this month, the Biltmore Village hotel will feature a rotational gallery in the lobby of the hotel, with proceeds from the sale of the artwork benefitting Helpmate.

The series will be changed out each quarter and will be celebrated with an artist reception.

Leslie Rowland, artist and creative director of Hopeless Creative and co-owner of Biltmore Village’s London District Studios, will be the first local artist featured in the DoubleTree Biltmore. Rowland’s work has been exhibited on a national and international level, and she has been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout her 18-year career.