The Fiber Arts Alliance
ON EXHIBIT: May 31th - June 28th, 2018 on the main floor of Ramsey Library.
The Fiber Arts Alliance is a group of fiber artists and enthusiasts in western North Carolina. The exhibit in
Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library “ Delicious Fiber” includes 35 works by 11 artists. Cheryl Alderman,
Julie Bagamary, Kathie Briggs, Lynn Della Posta, Carole Honeycutt, Carol Hanniffy, Tina Hvitfeldt, Meg
Manderson, Diane Mullins, Jenny Perry, Laurel Reinhardt, and Heather Yurgeles. The exhibit runs from
May 31-June 28, 2018, when the Library is open. Please see Library hours here.
Special Collections recently added the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection to our archives. Containing over 1,000 images taken by Isaiah Rice, the collection documents Asheville’s African American community from the 1950s through the 1970s. The collection was officially unveiled on October 23 at the second annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference at UNC Asheville.
Asheville native Isaiah Rice (1917-80), a World War II veteran, was active in community and civic affairs. He was a recreation supervisor at the Burton Street Community Center in his neighborhood, and served on the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. He was employed as a warehouseman and beverage salesman for 40 years. He often carried one of his many cameras, seizing countless opportunities to capture his family, neighbors, and community members on film. He photographed people at church, his neighbors and friends as they gathered for social events, folks attending parades and football games, as well as many scenes of people working and going about their business in downtown Asheville. His photos document a thriving African American community in urban Asheville during the mid 20th century.