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Paintings and Ikebana by Jamie Rowe-Rischitelli

Paintings and Ikebana by Jamie Rowe-Rischitelli

ON EXHIBIT: June 4th - July 31st, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 8th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library

Rowe-Rischitelli says her art is “heavily influenced by elements in nature and the study of ikebana, specifically line, space, mass and rhythm.” In this exhibition, she is pairing her paintings – some abstract, and some from her bird series – with ikebana flower arrangements. Ikebana is a Japanese art form dating back to the seventh century. The medium used is living materials – branches, leaves and flowers.

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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.