(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.
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).
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.
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).
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).