The Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.
Display cases filled with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are a treat for the eyes at any jeweler's, but at Colburn Earth Science Museum, they dazzle visitors intellectually as well. More than 1,000 cuts from around the world make up the museum's extensive gemstone collection, which guests learn about via a gem-mine replica featuring a faux dynamite charge and gem pockets. The museum's additional exhibits showcase mineral specimens from the museum's collection of more than 4,500, as well as fossil specimens including teeth from a wooly mammoth complete with calcified floss.
Guests can take a more hands-on approach to scientific discovery during the museum's school programs and spring-break camps, which focus on subjects such as fossils, gravity, and space rocks. Voyage deeper into the galaxy during Spaced-Out Saturdays, when a digital spaceship whisks passengers on journeys throughout the solar system. After expeditions, stop by the Museum Gift Shop to pick up your own minerals or crystal-filled, 44-million-year-old geodes that museum staff can crack in half for you during your visit.
Fully restored to its original 1938 splendor as a Woolworth's luncheonette, The Soda Fountain whips up nostalgic noshables amid the converted confines of a historic department store turned art gallery. Classic sandwiches build the bulk of the menu, offering timeless tastes such as the Woolworth's BLT ($4.95), fried bologna ($4.75), and corned-beef Reuben ($5.95). Grillaholics can opt for a veggie dog ($2.95) or a freshly charred beef frank ($2.95), while those who prefer their meals to remain name-less can spoon on the anonymously appetizing homemade soup of the day ($2.95). Fountain fanatics can further indulge their inner child with old-fashioned desserts made from hand-dipped ice cream, including banana splits ($5.50), creamy malts and shakes ($3.95), fizzy ice-cream sodas ($3.50), or a red-cow ice-cream float, brewed with classic Cheerwine soda ($3.50).
The quadrilateral connoisseurs at the frugal framer perform all production in-house to ensure that posters, memorabilia, and artwork are encased in the finest shells. The skilled craftspeople specialize in custom framing, a process in which they design, size, and construct picture cocoons based on the dimensions, characteristics, and food allergies of the artwork. Customers have their choice of frames ($5+/ft.), mats, glazing, and moulding material. Box experts can forge a standard 8”x10” frame with matting for laundry folding certificates ($40 on average), or construct a 16”x20” edifice with a wooden frame, mat, backing, and regular glazing for prized post-it note ideas ($80 average). The frugal framer will also equip a 26”x34” piece of art, raised and floated on a rag mat with spacers ($300 average), or enshrine pieces in specialty casings such as shadow boxes with UV-blocking glass.
Named one of the top 100 Art & Framing Retailers by Decor magazine in 2006 and 2007, BlackBird crafts custom frames to preserve pictures and keep walls stylishly clothed. With an ensemble of framing options and three picture framers certified by the Professional Picture Framers Association, BlackBird honors each item with a frame that complements and enhances its appearance. In addition to framing paintings, photographs, and diplomas, the professional portrait preservationists have successfully mounted sports jerseys, steering wheels, fax machines, bowling ball halves, and electric guitars that music legends have used to practice their penmanship. Plus, TruGuard UV Protection glass options, such as anti-reflective museum glass, enable customers to display their favorite pieces of art while blocking nearly all the harmful UV rays that emanate from the 10,000-degree fireball our planet floats around.