Some of what’s going around on this Tuesday following the MLK holiday, including the opening of a new gallery on the South Slope and the opening of a new deli inside a new craft brewery on Sweeten Creek Road:
-Rise Above Deli is planning to open inside a new craft brewery, Hillman Beer, under construction on Sweeten Creek Road. From Rise Above Deli on Facebook: “Hey everyone, thank you for visiting, liking, and following this page! Rise Above Deli will be opening in March/April 2017 inside Hillman Beer. We are very excited to bring you excellent house-made food and beer all in one place. Keep an eye out for updates and progress pictures. ”
-Word on the street: Buxton Hall Barbecue is planning to locate a smokehouse inside the new Ramp Studios on Riverside Drive.
-Beautcatcher Cinemas showed its last movies at its Tunnel Road location on Monday night, according to WLOS. I don’t know how old the movie theater is, but I’ve been going to see movies there since the 1980s. The property is being redeveloped as a new shopping center with restaurants and retail shops.
-Baxter Healthcare will pay more than $18 million to the federal government to settle its criminal and civil liability because of the company’s failure to follow the FDA’s rules when making sterile drug products at its McDowell County plant, the McDowell News reports. The employee who blew the whistle on the problem was awarded more than $400,000 in the settlement, according to the report.
-Harvest Records is teaming up with Grail Moviehouse for the showing of the movie Athens, GA: Inside/Out, which documents how Athens, Ga., exploded on the national music scene with bands like R.E.M. and the B-52s. The movie will be screened at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Reverend Finster, Asheville’s acoustic REM tribute band, will play a short set before the film. (They play acoustic covers of early ’80s REM songs from the IRS years.) Tickets are available here.
-The Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is seeking applicants to its home repair program. To learn more about the criteria for qualifying and how to apply, go to ashevillehabitat.org or call (828) 210-9370.
–Tracey Morgan Gallery, located at 188 Coxe Avenue on Asheville’s South Slope, will open Jan. 20 with a photographic representation of the Appalachian region from the late 1900s to the present, according to a press release. The inaugural exhibition, “Representing Place: Photographs of Appalachia,” was created in collaboration with photographer Stacy Kranitz and features work by pioneering photographers Doris Ulmann, Walker Evans, O. Winston Link and Bayard Wootten, alongside 1970s and 1980s photographers William Gedney, Susan Lipper, Rob Amberg and Mike Smith, as well as contemporary artists Tammy Mecure, Ken Abbott, McNair Evans, and others. The public is invited to an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19.
Morgan’s prior gallery experience includes director- and associate director-level positions with notable galleries in Florida and New York, most recently with Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York City. “It has always been my dream to open a gallery,” Morgan said, “but in New York City that simply wasn’t feasible.” Familiar with the Asheville area from her student years at Brevard College, Morgan realized the city’s small-town size and active music and arts scene made it an ideal location for the gallery she had in mind. She and her husband left New York City for Asheville in 2015, and she began searching for gallery space last spring.
Tracey Morgan Gallery will specialize in contemporary photography, works on paper, sculpture and video by emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad. Its secondary focus is to promote the visual arts in the local community by highlighting work created by resident artists or work pertaining to the Western North Carolina region. Each year the gallery will present a rotation of well-researched exhibitions by individual artists, as well as curated group shows exploring historical and contemporary themes. The gallery aims to assist both beginning and experienced collectors in building or expanding their collections, as well as to provide consultation to museums and corporations.
Tracey Morgan Gallery is located at 188 Coxe Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit TraceyMorganGallery.com, or call (828) 505-7667.