cryptozoology_2013This party on Saturday looks great. Get out and support these local artists. The event is 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at ZaPow! in downtown Asheville:

Opening Reception for The ZaPow Member Artist Group Show MYTH and the Launch of Jake LaGory’s Coloring book Cryptozoology containing 22 original illustrations of legendary animals ranging from Bigfoot to Bunyip.

Cryptozoology is a coloring book containing 22 original illustrations of legendary animals ranging from Bigfoot to Bunyip. Raised by zoologists, artist Jake LaGory was driven to create a project that connected his scientific filter of the natural world with his interest in imagining the life that could inhabit it. The objective in each interpretation was to provide pseudo-scientific rationales for the existence of often-bizarre creatures; be they wanderers of an errant evolutionary path or a distant cultural memory of man’s interactions with prehistoric beasts.

Each coloring book was assembled by hand and printed locally on a risograph machine, a style of printing that creates crisp contrast on beautiful, tactile papers. The end result is a collection of drawings that allow people of all ages to interact with art in an engaging, creative way. Cryptozoology Coloring books are $6 each and are available for sale at ZaPow. We can also ship than nation wide. (Shipping is $5 to the continental United States.) Jake LaGory will be available to sign your coloring book at the opening reception.

And this…

Local artist Levy to unveil Donna Jean Godchaux album cover artwork at Zapow’s MYTH opening Sat Dec 7th.

Asheville artist Joshua Marc Levy has been working the past month with legendary recording artist Donna jean Godchaux.

Donna, a Muscle Shoals session singer, who sang on “From Elvis in Memphis” which contains hits such as Suspicious Minds. The 9th studio album by rock icon Elvis Presley peaked at no. 13 on the Billboard 200, no. 2 on the country chart and no. 1 in the UK. Donna Jean became a member of the Grateful Dead and toured with them until February 1979 with her late husband Keith Godchaux. In 1994 Donna Jean was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with the Grateful Dead, and is featured in the new documentary “Muscle Shoals.” Donna and family have returned to her home base of Florence Alabama, where they recorded the new album “Back Around” at Muscle Shoals!

The album was recorded with guitarist Jeff Mattson who is best known for his playing in the Zen Tricksters and Dark Star Orchestra. Also in the band is Donna Jean’s husband David MacKay. Joshua Marc Levy linked up with the band after designing 5 posters for the Dark Star Orchestra. Levy has also worked for big bands such as Grateful Dead, AC/DC and The Black Crowes.

“This cover artwork is different than all of my other album covers and I’m very proud of it. It is a detailed study in watercolors, it’s magically beautiful, and could have been a children’s book illustration” The entire package, including back-side typography, was hand-painted by Levy. The artwork will be unveiled this coming Saturday night at Zapow art gallery downtown from 7-9pm. 21 Battery Park Ave, Suite 101, Asheville NC 28801. Levy will also be showing new original artwork in the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam art show which benefits the charity Habitat for Humanity, Opening Thursday night Dec 12th.

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