News Release: Thursday, January 4th, 2018
About: "Bird Bliss"
Please join us for The Opening Reception of "Bird Bliss" by local artist Lisa Casperson on Thursday, February 8th from 5 to 7pm @MetroWines.
"This is the third exhibition by Lisa Casperson @MetroWines," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "As her work is both engaging and affordable, Lisa is back by very popular demand."
Multi-media artist, Lisa Casperson, will display petite paintings @Metro Wines from Thursday February 8, through Sunday, February 12, 2018.
The pieces will revolve around the theme of birds, some of which belong to a series the artist is presently working on, "Birds of North Carolina." These are not Audubon style bird representations; Casperson has combined several techniques to produce very unusual likenesses of our North Carolina song birds.
"Smaller framed prints mean more affordable art, just in time for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift," says Lisa. "A bottle of wine, a unique piece of art. Who knows where that could lead?"
More about Lisa and her work here: www.playswellalone.com.
The Opening and Wine Tasting are on the house. Glasses of wine are $5 all evening.
Photos Attached. Photo Credit to Lisa Casperson
"Little Bird Sings"
MetroWines will be pouring our wines provided complimentary by aSHEville museum
for guests at this event introducing
"The Embody Project" at aSHEville Museum on Thursday, December 7th from 5 to 7pm.
Follow news at the museum and details of the event HERE!
December 29, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Frances Figart
Editor of The Laurel of Asheville Publishes
Collection of Autobiographical Essays
ASHEVILLE, NC (December 29, 2016) —Frances Figart, editor of The Laurel of Asheville, has published a collection of essays that is now available through Amazon and select booksellers. The 92-page illustrated paperback, titled Seasons of Letting Go: Most of what I know about truly living I learned by helping someone die, chronicles a powerful time of crisis, transition and resilience.
In 2010, Figart (pronounced Fie-gert) was running kayak ecotours in Costa Rica and Canada’s Bay of Fundy, swept up in an international travel adventure. Back in the States, her mother was becoming weakened by the combination of a leaky heart valve and a chest wall damaged years before by a mastectomy and cobalt radiation.
“I made the decision to return and care for my mom in my old hometown of Winchester, Kentucky,” says Figart. “So I wouldn’t lose touch with my writing, I started a blog about my experience as a caregiver.”
Beginning just before her mother died and stretching over the last four years, the essays follow Figart’s transition to Asheville and share wisdom gained through caregiving and embracing grief in a healthy way. “Last year, I realized I had written my best essays during this time. It hit me: Why not publish them as a book to honor my mother’s life and help others dealing with loss?”
With inspirational quotes, song lyrics and literary references sprinkled throughout, the book is not only a personal account of loss and grief, but also a universal meditation on hope, spirituality and self-actualization. The essays are accompanied by stunning nature photography, colorful illustrations and graphic design elements that take the reader on an introspective journey of healing.
“If you or someone you know has experienced a loss or change, this book will touch your heart,” says reviewer Leslie Donovan on Amazon. “The beautiful photography and illustrations add to the story of adventure, loss, change and renewal. As a Hospice nurse, I will recommend this book to my patients and families.”
UPCOMING BOOK SIGNINGS
Friday, January 27, at Metro Wines, Asheville, 5–6:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25, at Gingko Tree Gallery, Black Mountain, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Part of the proceeds from sales at these events will be earmarked for a Gatlinburg family who lost their home and pets in the November fires.
Seasons of Letting Go: Most of what I know about truly living I learned by helping someone die, autobiographical essays, 2016, softcover, $19.95, amazon.com, by Frances Figart. Learn more at francesfigart.com.
Connie Regan-Blake is one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. She has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances and workshops. Entertaining audiences in 47 states and 16 countries, she brings the wisdom, humor and drama of stories to main stage concert halls, libraries and into the corporate world.
Both as a solo artist and a member of the acclaimedFolktellers duo, Connie has been featured on seven award-winning recordings – five audio and two videos produced by PBS. New Age Magazine, School Library Journal, and Southern Living have praised her work. She has been a guest on NPR’sAll Things Considered, ABC Good Morning America and CNN.
When Connie takes the stage she generates a brightness and warmth, drawing in listeners with her engaging humor and Southern charm. Her stories range from hilarious traditional Appalachian Mountain tales to poignant true-life drama. A consummate professional, Connie’s rare talent can transform a convention hall into a wondrous landscape and turn a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends.
Connie has performed at the nation’s top folk music and storytelling festivals in Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, as well as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Her groundbreaking collaboration with the Kandinsky Trio - an innovative blend of storytelling and chamber music - has been hailed as a “new art form.”
As a founding board member of the National Storytelling Association (formerly NAPPS), and a frequent host and featured performer at the National Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Connie helped ignite and shape the American storytelling revival.
Contact: Gina Trippi @MetroWines
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The book chronicles stories from officers of the LAPD shared around the campfire at Convict Lake.
Often heartbreakingly blunt and gruesome, you will experience the gamut of police work during the height of all that was the 60s to present day. Journey with five LAPD veteran officers to California’s High Sierra at Convict Lake as they discuss the politics, cases, and eccentric personalities of the Los Angeles Police Department. Humor, murder, tenderness, decapitation, fire, sadness, indifference, anger, thievery, family disputes, stabbings, shootings, riots, serial killers, and human stupidity is the world behind the badge.
". . . These cops on their fishing trip getaway, true to form can’t tell their families every story, probably out of a sense of protection, but they can vent and share with each other. Outstanding book! . . ."
Tim McBride, Commander, Los Angeles Police Department Retired
Bring your own copy to have signed or purchase for $15.95 at the event.
Recently relocated to North Carolina, most of Lisa's exhibitions, including two Juried Exhibits, have been in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The exhibition will feature affordable, original artwork including watercolors and mixed media from $45 to $350.
"My 'thrillingest' reward is when others enjoy what I create," says Lisa.
To preview the exhibition, go here: http://www.playswellalone.com/
Contact: Gina Trippi
Asheville Artist Asya Colie presents a small but intense PopUP Art Exhibit @MetroWines on Tuesday October 20th from 5 to 7pm. Asya Colie has been featured in WNC Magazine.
We asked YOU to bring professional clothes to donate to The Locker at AB Tech that offers free clothing to students for interviews because you only get one chance to make a first impression. YOU did it. This is what AB Tech said: OMG! What a great outpouring! We put out the word that we had a wonderful "new" selection and the response has been great! Students are coming by daily and taking clothes. We simply cannot thank you enough!
Based on this success, we have decided to continue to collect for The Locker at AB Tech. Drop off your donation with a list of items and your contact information. The Locker will issue you a receipt for your taxes. Bring it on!
The Locker is a professional clothing closet that offers free men and women’s business attire to A-B Tech students and the Asheville community. Sponsored by A-B Tech’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter, The Locker includes an assortment of seasonal clothing, shoes and accessories.
“The Locker is a great way for students to prepare for their upcoming business careers without having to spend a lot of money on new clothing,” said Marlene Frisbee, Co-Adviser of Phi Beta Lambda, A-B Tech chapter.
Phi Beta Lambda is a national business organization that strives to guide and promote professional development. In opening and operating The Locker, Phi Beta Lambda hopes to serve their community by allowing for professional growth.
Gently used business clothes are donated to The Locker by businesses and individuals in the Asheville community. Phi Beta Lambda welcomes all members of the community to donate unwanted professional attire for all seasons to their project.
“Without community members willingly donating clothes they no longer wear, we would not be able to provide this service to our students and community,” said Frisbee.
Hours of Operation are:
Monday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Thursday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Or by appointment
To set up an appointment, or for more information about The Locker or Phi Beta Lambda, contact Marlene Frisbee at 828-398-7247.
News Release: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Asheville City Council Member Cecil Bothwell presents "Darn Old Ducks and other Flotsam" @MetroWines on Friday, October 23rd from 5 to 7pm.
MetroWines hosts a Pop Up Art Show with Cecil Bothwell and Jason Rafferty on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th from Noon to 5pm.
For immediate release:
Another No Cover Friday at Metro Wines! Anita Riley and Brewing Up a Storm host Drink Like a Girl on Friday, July 24th from 5-7. We will be featuring four New Belgium beers including Long Table, New Belgium’s fall seasonal. Stop by and meet Wes Gibson from New Belgium and Anita Riley from Metro Wines. Live music will be provided by Nikki Calloway. There is no cover charge, plus the tasting and parking are both free at Metro Wines!
Friday, July 31st, 7:00pm until.....
MetroWines presents Carolyn Adams Comedy and Booksigning @MetroWines on another "No Cover Friday"!!
Join us for 30 fast and furious minutes of Carolyn's best stand up with Tom Emmons and then talk one on one with Carolyn about her first novel "Ruthless" published In NYC by Simon and Schuster. Carolyn will have a stash of books with her and be ready to sign. MetroWines will have a Red and White out "On the Taste" and Anita Riley of "Drink Like a Girl" will be tasting out 4 beers.
By Carolyn Lee Adams
(Pulse; ISBN 9781481422628; 7/14/15; Summer 2015 catalog)
From Publisher's Weekly" In Adams’s thrilling, horror-tinged debut, 17-year-old Ruth Carver refuses to be a victim even after she is abducted by a disturbed man she names “Wolfman,” severely injured, and taken to a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ruth is told that no one is looking for her—Wolfman intends to break Ruth psychologically and then kill her as he did six other redheads who he deemed needed to be punished. She narrowly escapes his grasp, but then is faced with surviving the wilderness as he hunts her down. When the tables turn, Ruth must determine the extent to which she will seek retribution. Readers will feel completely submerged in Ruth’s first-person, present-tense narrative, which alternates with third-person chapters that provide glimpses into Ruth and Wolfman’s pasts. Though Adams focuses primarily on Ruth’s will to escape her captor within the present, it’s clear that these past experiences have helped form her inner core of resilience. An intense and unsettling survival story.
Congratulation to Cindy Walton on being the WNCAP "Signature Piece" Winner.
The Western North Carolina AIDS Project has selected Cindy Walton, a River Arts District painter, as its 2015 Raise Your Hand Signature Piece artist.
“In Flight,” the winning composition, is a 36-inch by 36-inch oil and cold wax abstract painting in vivid oranges and blues.
WNCAP will auction the painting, along with other award winners and donated works, at its annual Raise Your Hand fundraising auction, dinner and gala on Sept. 26 at the Asheville Event Center. Tickets are $125 and go on sale July 1.
Walton was selected for the honor at a meeting of the jurors on June 12. Walton works out of Wedge Studios, painting and teaching workshops, and she also teaches at the Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, New Mexico, where Georgia O’Keeffe first came to the state.
Mark Henry won the prize for first runner-up for his framed oil on panel “Cregg Farms, SC,” and Linda McCane Gritta took second runner-up for her acrylic and mixed media on canvas titled “State of Wonder III.”
The art auction will raise money for WNCAP, which provides HIV/AIDS education and prevention services throughout WNC as part of the effort to fight the high rate of new infections in the Southeast and to help those battling the illness.
“Our client services have expanded over the years due to the additional needs of our clients for housing assistance, medications, food deliveries and day-to-day support to help them live healthier and more productive lives,” said Pam Siekman of WNCAP. “More than ever, we are hoping to exceed all financial goals this year.”
Those attending the auction can bid on dinner packages, antique collections, fine wines, vacations and local art. The dinner for the event will be catered by Strada Italiano.
To learn more, visit at wncapgala.org or call 828-252-7489.
Cindy Walton Fine Art HERE!
In MountainX HERE!
Saturday, June 20th
About Nikki from Website: Nikki Calloway is a new Asheville, NC artist by way of New Orleans, by way of Atlanta, by way of S. Carolina, Ohio, Germany…. She is a musician, healer, teacher who finds herself guided by Spirit to move around like a minstrel to express what is in her heart, and to inspire others to do the same. A licensed counselor, Nikki has found music to be the path to Peace for many and believes pursuing her musical calling to be an even more important part of her life’s work.
Nikki describes herself as “so many things when it comes to ethnicity” and influences. Her original influences in her youth were all R&B but a little later on in life, when friends introduced her to folk music, Nikki was inspired to break her boundaries and to “develop and go beyond what I had been taught I should be.” Her musicianship grew when she began honoring everything that she was interested in and capable of doing.
When Nikki really started exploring who she is and what she can do as an artist, she found herself to be “a folk/R&B/acoustic singer/songwriter with a sultry jazz flavor in there.” She credits the Indigo Girls as her biggest inspirations and guides because their music “speaks of compassion and gratitude, and social justice,” all very important themes for Nikki as well.
Contact: Gina Trippi or Anita Riley
MetroWines on Charlotte Street