Acrylic Painting Class at Aloft’s WXYZ Lounge!

July 13, 2016 – July 13, 2016

51 Biltmore Ave

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Looking for the ideal drinking and painting experience? Join us in the WXYZ Lounge, at Aloft Downtown, for Asheville’s locally owned and Eco Friendly Painting Classes!

Artsy’s Painting Classes at Aloft’s WXYZ Lounge features food, drinks and instruction from our local artist, Laura. All of our Acrylic Painting Events are appropriate for all skill levels! Locally owned and operated in Asheville, a portion of Artsy proceeds benefit the Tribal Renewable Energy program through Trees, Water & People.

All materials are included with the cost of admission, and our painting instructors will encourage your self-expression for a drinking and painting class that’s laid back!

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Paint and Sip Workshop at Catawba Brewing Company – Biltmore Village

May 25, 2016 – May 25, 2016

63 Brook Street

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Paint and sip with Artsy during our Paint Night featuring the full moonLooking for the ideal drinking and painting experience? Join Artsy, Asheville’s premier paint night company for a paint and sip workshop at Catawba Brewing Company!

Artsy’s Paint Night at Catawba Brew Co in Biltmore Village features a delicious variety of locally crafted beer. Attendants are invited to BYO snacks, so feel free to bring pack some treats to complement your Catawba brew!

All materials are included with the cost of admission and your painting instructor will walk you through recreating the image below, while encouraging your self-expression.

A portion of Artsy proceeds benefit the Tribal Renewable Energy program through Trees, Water & People.

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Acrylic Painting Class at Aloft’s WXYZ Lounge!

May 31, 2016 – May 31, 2016

51 Biltmore Ave

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Paint and sip with Artsy during our Paint Night featuring the full moon

Looking for the ideal drinking and painting experience? Join us in the WXYZ Lounge, at Aloft Downtown, for Asheville’s locally owned and Eco Friendly Painting Classes!

Artsy’s Painting Classes at Aloft’s WXYZ Lounge features food, drinks and instruction from our local artist, Laura. All of our Acrylic Painting Events are appropriate for all skill levels! Locally owned and operated in Asheville, a portion of Artsy proceeds benefit the Tribal Renewable Energy program through Trees, Water & People.

All materials are included with the cost of admission, and our painting instructors will encourage your self-expression for a drinking and painting class that’s laid back!

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Paint and Sip Class at Aloft in Downtown Asheville

May 18, 2016 – May 18, 2016

51 Biltmore Ave

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Join Artsy for a paint and sip class at Aloft in Downtown Asheville for an Eco-friendly and fun paint nite in the WXYZ Lounge!

Artsy’s Painting Classes at Aloft’s WXYZ Lounge features food, drinks and instruction from our local artist, Laura. All of our Acrylic Painting Events are appropriate for all skill levels! Locally owned and operated in Asheville, a portion of Artsy proceeds benefit the Tribal Renewable Energy program through Trees, Water & People.

All materials are included with the cost of admission, and our painting instructors will encourage your self-expression for a drinking and painting class that’s laid back!

aloft-asheville-downtown

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Paint Night at Catawba Brewing Company in Biltmore Village

April 27, 2016 – April 27, 2016

63 Brook Street

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Artsy Academy hosts paint and sip events featuring colorful paintings with outdoor themes.Looking for the ideal drinking and painting experience? Join Artsy, Asheville’s eco-friendly paint night company for a paint night at Catawba Brewing Company in Biltmore Village!

Artsy’s Paint Night at Catawba Brew Co in Biltmore Village features a delicious variety of locally crafted beer. Attendants are invited to BYO snacks, so feel free to bring pack some treats to complement your Catawba brew!

All materials are included with the cost of admission and your painting instructor will walk you through recreating the image below, while encouraging your self-expression.

A portion of Artsy proceeds benefit the Tribal Renewable Energy program through Trees, Water & People.

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Acrylic Painting Class at Aloft’s WXYZ Lounge!

June 8, 2016 – June 8, 2016

51 Biltmore Ave

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backpainting

Looking for the ideal drinking and painting experience? Join us in the WXYZ Lounge, at Aloft Downtown, for Asheville’s locally owned and Eco Friendly Painting Classes!

Artsy’s Painting Classes at Aloft’s WXYZ Lounge features food, drinks and instruction from our local artist, Laura. All of our Acrylic Painting Events are appropriate for all skill levels! Locally owned and operated in Asheville, a portion of Artsy proceeds benefit the Tribal Renewable Energy program through Trees, Water & People.

All materials are included with the cost of admission, and our painting instructors will encourage your self-expression for a drinking and painting class that’s laid back!

aloft-asheville-downtown

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Artsy Event Coordinator: Ashley Spero

Meet Ashley Spero, Asheville artist.

Meet Ashley Spero, Asheville artist.

Allow visionary artist and Artsy event coordinator Ashley Spero to separate you from your stress during select Artsy Paint Mixers taking place at Tupelo Honey and Catawba Brewing Co. in Asheville.

The overtly colorful painter and sculptor connects her students to their “visual voice” with the help of Artsy’s environmentally-friendly art supplies and hometown brews.

“I definitely encourage people to . . . let go of their to do lists and let their imagination take over,” Spero said.

With a background that spans showcasing at well-to-do galleries in San Francisco to creating public art in India and Guatemala, Spero’s creative style is playfully precise.

“I’ve always been kind of artsy,” she said.

Spero excels at striking a balance between successfully translating how to recreate an image and encouraging expressive creativity, especially with beginner painters.

“[I encourage students to] think more creatively and outside the box, not trying to do the painting exactly how it is in the example,” Spero said of her teaching style. Instead, she suggests participants, “Let it flow with how they’re feeling that day.”

The armchair psychologist and budding art therapist is interested in the medicine of art as well as the art of medicine. She said she enjoys observing her students’ personalities evolve throughout her classes as they start to relax in a new way.

“I like . . . seeing peoples’ demeanor change and how their confidence builds,” Spero said. “Some people have no idea how to paint, and then they do. It gives them a high and it’s really cool to see.”

View photos from Ashley’s Artsy events and Spero’s fine artwork in the gallery below. For more information about Ashley’s artistic community projects, sculptural work and resume, visit her website or check out her artist page on Facebook.

Sign up online for any Artsy Asheville workshops or our artistic fundraising efforts to clean up the Catawba River.

 

 

 

 

 

Aveda Earth Month Fundraiser

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Artsy’s participation in the 2016 Aveda Earth Month fundraiser is a collective effort toward creatively building community.

The traveling art studio is looking forward to teaming up with Asheville’s Evolutions Salon for a charitable Terrarium Building Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14 at Aloft’s Ledge venue, a terraced event space overlooking Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville.

Half of all proceeds will benefit the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. A portion of the remaining proceeds will go to Trees Water & People, which benefits people and the planet.

“It came together so seamlessly,” Evolutions Owner Jamie Edmonds said “It goes along with our passion to help our own (neighborhoods) and our community as a whole.”

For the last 18 years Asheville’s second-oldest Aveda salon has affected positive change locally as well as globally, while leaving the smallest ecological footprint possible.

Terrarium Workshop

Evolutions Charitable Terrarium Building Workshop takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14 at Aloft, located at 51 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville.

 

Edmonds believes working together toward a common goal is the key to building businesses and their communities.

In order to honor the salon’s previous owner, Donna Griffin, Evolutions raised funds to benefit the Susan G. Koman Foundation. And their Arts for Life benefit brought art supplies to Mission Kids.

“I’ve always appreciated the value of being community driven,” Edmonds said, “especially in small business.”

The upcoming Earth Month fundraiser will contribute to cleaning up the endangered Catawba River with an Artsy Terrarium Workshop featuring artisan supplies handmade with locally purchased raw materials.

In addition to benefiting so many good causes, the $40 entry fee includes instruction by glassblower and Artsy Co-Founder Tracie Sell as well as access to Aloft’s five-star bar menu and an spring evening well-spent on a downtown Asheville patio.

Register for the fundraiser online. For more information about booking Artsy for your own fundraiser fill out an online inquiry form, or contact the Artsy founders directly at (216) 577-4327 or (440) 221-7122. 

 

Featured Artsy Events

We recently had the pleasure to gush about Artsy events with Kelley Engelbrecht, founder and editor-in-chief of Wonderfilled Magazine in their follow-up to the Explore Asheville edition of their quest for adventure through art and design.

Check out Englebrecht’s article and the magazine’s colorful insight into an ideal day in the East Coast’s quintessential mountain town.

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Read the full interview here:

Why did you start Artsy Academy? (Wonderfilled) 
We’re looking to build and support a creative community with fun, creative events in cities which inspire us. (Artsy) 

How important is the role craft & design play in our every day lives?
It’s pretty crucial, since life imitates art! As an artist, creativity fills a fundamental need for playful interpretation of the world around me, which elevates and quiets my spirit. Though I believe creativity is very important to integrate into our daily lives, I understand that it’s sometimes difficult to take the plunge to get started, a reality that’s especially relevant to beginner artists who have the urge to create, but don’t know where to start.

Artsy works to make art more accessible to beginners by providing all of the necessary materials, set up, break down as well as group and individual instruction needed to create a work of art from start to finish. Participants will have an opportunity to test drive quality supplies they might be considering purchasing, as well as access to artisan materials they can’t find anywhere else. The glow in the dark glass accents featured in our Terrarium Workshops, for example, are made by hand by Tracie in her Asheville studio.

Participants who signed up worrying about not being able to draw a straight line will leave with a finished work of art, and ideally, a positive enough experience to get them started creating independently.

Why is it important for folks to craft things with their hands?
People are turning to Pinterest and adult coloring books to quiet their minds and to regain connection with a world outside a screen. With crafting, it’s often more about the journey than the destination since it’s easy to relax as you’re tangibly progressing at creating something beautiful. Creating anything, but especially with high quality materials is infinitely more satisfying than buying something from the store.

Why terrariums?
Besides the fact that our finished, living works of art looks fantastic, building an Artsy terrarium fosters a healthy home. Keeping living plant materials inside serves as a natural air filter, removing volatile compounds, not just carbon dioxide from the air. Because the terrariums are self sustaining, the garden under glass is likely to live longer, for less effort.

On an existential level, the locally-harvested crystal accents will purify your room’s energy, especially when kept next to a window. Similarly, constructing the terrarium together is meditative because you’ll lose yourself in putting a little self contained universe together.

Collaborative Corporate Events

Why murals?
Painting in and of itself is fun, however creating collaboratively with Artsy events builds community. And because many hands builds light work, an organized group is able to create a large scale work of art for their office or community center in a relatively short amount of time. Artsy’s team building mural projects can incorporate the input of up to hundreds of people, so the mural can serve as a focus and a point of pride for your organization.

You’re in 5 different cities – how does each place influence your company? 
Our venues and featured projects reflect the character of each of our cities. The Country Club Chicago, for example, is located within a few blocks from the iconic Wrigley Stadium, where one of our painting workshops feature a Blackhawks-inspired composition. The setting and subject material are fitting for a sports town with a ridiculously good taste for art, food and drinks.

Furthermore elements from each of our cities are woven throughout the fabric of our company. For example, Mountain Glass Arts in Asheville provides the raw materials for our terrarium workshops, which co-founder Tracie Sell manipulates to create the containers and glow in the dark glass accents participants use to shape their living art.

Check out more of Artsy’s press coverage on our About page. 

Glow Paint Workshops

Glow Paint Workshops under black light

Artsy’s Meditative Glow Paint Workshops are eccentric paint and sip classes with an elevated focus. Loosely based upon mandalas’ artistic and spiritual elements, our black light paint classes feature quality materials, especially florescent, acrylic paint, which glow vibrantly under black lights.

Disorienting lighting and stimulating colors engage participants’ focus. Some folks relax and chat while other artists tune out completely, since mandalas are sometimes employed to enter a trance-like state.

“If you choose to [paint] a mandala it will tap into your creativity without any need for artistic expertise,” the University of New Hampshire of Health Education and Promotion website states. “The process of [painting] can sooth and nourish you.”

Flow States of Mind Glow Paint highlights.

Flow States of Mind Glow Paint highlights.

Some participants at Artsy’s glow paint mandala workshop at the Flow States of Mind music and arts festival in September said the workshop was a highlight of their weekend, while Artsy patrons are selling out our regularly scheduled glow paint classes in Cleveland.

Artists interested in setting up a private paint party with a serious twist should consider booking a glow paint workshop, where we’ll transform your space with a phosphorescent glow and a fun, creative atmosphere for an event your guests won’t soon forget.

Looking to grow your glow? There’s plenty of opportunities throughout Artsy communities to get your glow on:

  • Asheville Hot Yoga’s, “Glowga” workshops are scheduled semi regularly and are available to generate interest for your upcoming fundraiser
  • Cleveland’s Radiate 2016, Cumulous Entertainment’s 5th Annual Glow Fest features music and illumination, to take place from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on February 19
  • Participants in glow runs don glow stick jewelry for 5k races which sometimes feature DJs for a club vibe in the name of fitness; the Night Nation Run is raising money for Stand Up to Cancer in Pittsburgh July 30, 2016; a date for the The Color Run taking place in Asheville has yet to be determined, however would be participants are able to pre-register now for an event featuring lights, foam and bubbles, Glow in the Park is taking place on January 30th, 2016 in Orlando featuring 80s music and free t-shirts; Runners in Cleveland will cross the finish line through a sea of incandescent foam on July 16, 2016 at the Foam Glow 5k and runners in Chicago will enjoy free Lagunitas beer at the Glo Run in April 2016, and upon crossing the finish line will be greeted by a DJ afterparty.
  • Admission to Chicago’s Blacklight Slide, featuring a 500 foot slip and slide includes unlimited slides down a UV lined corridor, a towel, glow tattoo, donation to a local charity and admission to the afterparty. Tickets for the August 27 event in Toyota Park are $20 per person are going fast.