Ashvegas Hot Sheet: photo+sphere Asheville event announced


Here’s more of what’s going around, including an announcement about a new event focused on photography and the environment. Here we go:

-A new event called photo+sphere will be held in Asheville Nov. 7-11. It’s a project of REVOLVE and the MAP (Media Arts Project) and will include nationally known speakers, panelists, exhibitions, films, and performances who will “bring attention to how we see the environment through photography and photo-media,” according to a press release. Presenters include: Sharon Harper, professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University; Mel Chin, an internationally known visual artist whose conceptually rigorous and imaginative art; and Justin Guariglia, a photographer and multidisciplinary artist whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Time.

-Word on the street: Kendra Penland has left her job as executive director of the Asheville Brewers Alliance, a job representing Asheville’s high-profile craft beer brewers.

-There’s yet another attempt to bring back the Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park in Maggie Valley, The Mountaineer newspaper reports.

-In case you missed it, Nancy J. Cable has been named the new chancellor at UNC Asheville.

-Also in case you missed it,  Anthony H. Sgro has been named Asheville School’s ninth head of school, effective July 1. Sgro is a 1984 graduate of Asheville School and has worked as the head of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School since 2011, according to a press release. He will succeed Archibald R. Montgomery IV, who is retiring after a 17-year career as the school’s headmaster.

-Western Carolina University has launched a new economic dashboard.

Vintage Kava is the name of a new kava joint near Weaverville.

-A new shooting range, Mountain Range, has opened in Waynesville.