With a Little Help from Our Friends…

(by Ann Batchelder)

photo+craft is a unique event in Asheville for many reasons. First, it began not with a premise, but with a question: What is currently happening at the intersections of photography and craft? Exploring various interpretations of this question has expanded the depth and breadth of it’s meaning.

"This is a Photograph" exhibition at Penland opens Mar 26 4:30-6:30.

“This is a Photograph” exhibition at Penland opens Mar 26 4:30-6:30.

The photo+craft team initially introduced this question to multiple galleries and arts institutions, inviting them to join the conversation in their own way (see: +and for the list and schedule). The more participants began their own investigations, the more exciting the question became. As a result, photo+craft is now more than just a weekend event — it has become an organic and dynamic collaboration,  a community-wide arts convergence that is igniting further dialog (and encouraging mutual support).

Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull at home

Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull

The generosity of each +and participant adds to this spirit of creative community (so central to craft roots). Thanks go to our +and partners as well as many supportive friends, such as Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull, who graciously agreed to host photo+craft’s Collector’s Dinner at their home on March 31st.

Jeff Kinzel's "Mommy Pants in Conversation".

Jeff Kinzel’s “Mommy Pants in Conversation”.

And to Kevin Hogan and Jeff Kinzel, two other Asheville artists who kindly opened (Kevin’s) home to introduce photo+craft as part of their Observatory series of soirees — a creative meeting of the minds (over cocktails).

muchas gracious!

muchas gracias! from the photo+craft team




Jeff Kinzel combines photography and craft in a unique way with foil application. New works from his “Conversations” series will be on display at Hogan Studio April 1-10 (273 Pearson Drive, 28801; 828.279-2235).

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