Enjoying WNC’s premier museums doesn’t always have to be a static experience, where you passively admire the work of others. The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum and Asheville Art Museum are offering hands-on pairings of art, wine, and food.
BRAHM’s Cork & Canvas program is offered monthly, May through October. “It’s a way to make art fun and less intimidating,” says Leila Weinstein, the museum’s educational programs coordinator. An instructor guides participants through re-creating a featured piece of art. Everything is provided—canvas, easel, brushes, paints, apron, wine, and light snacks. The congenial atmosphere strips away inhibitions and allows artists, whether beginners or pros, to connect with their creativity.
The AAM focuses on culinary arts in conjunction with its current exhibit, Farm to Table: American Silver, which showcases handmade American silver objects and their connections to our food and farms through October 5. The exhibit is complemented by cooking classes, including an intimate small plates course at the home of Chef Arlene Cotler, and a parent/child back to basics class at Chef John Fleer’s restaurant, Rhubarb. Says Candace Reilly, the museum’s adult programs manager, “With any program we run, the hope is we’re offering something new and helping people connect every day to fine art.”
Cork & Canvas
July 24 & August 28; 5-7 p.m.
Blowing Rock Art &
$40, $35 members
AAM Cooking Classes
Small Plates with Arlene Cotler
July 17; 5:30–8:30 p.m.
$85, $75 members
Back to Basics with Chef John Fleer
August 12; 4-7 p.m.
$70 for parent & child,
Asheville Art Museum
(828) 253-3227; www.ashevilleart.org