From Board President, Lori Greenberg

Thanks to our interns, Venea King, Jackson McMahon, Addie Starbird & Alice Cleary.

I want to take a moment and say THANK YOU to our wonderful UNCA interns, Alice Cleary, Venea King, Jackson McMahon and Addie Starbird who have completed a semester with Aurora Studio. Each has shared their gifts of creativity and kindness with our program.

Over the course of the semester Alice has helped with food donations and prepped our lunches (we have never eaten so well). She has networked with area businesses for future art exhibits AND together with Venea they have both helped to host our groups (welcoming participants and offering poetic readings). Venea has started this blog, sharing photos of artists work and interviews with our Visiting Artists. Jackson has helped create this new web-site (there is still some fine tuning, but we are well on our way, thanks to his work). He also taught a fun class on creating small sculptures with scrap wood. Addie, another artist has helped with graphic arts and is creating an animation from the work of one of our artists. The animation will be released on the web-site come mid-summer so stay tuned!

I wish each and every one of them the best as they either continue with their education or move on into their careers. It is not good-bye however as Addie and Jackson have agreed to come back next year through our Visiting Artist Program. Venea would like to volunteer and Alice has agreed to continue as an Intern again in the fall. We are all very lucky.

There are some other canvases on the easels at Aurora. We are continuing to branch out and network with other organizations. Since this winter we have been partnering with Seek Healing, bringing an art table to their monthly gatherings. We also have been working with WNCAP and are in the process of developing some groups for interested individuals. We are continuing our outreach, so that we may offer more therapeutic art programs starting this fall. If you work at a recovery program and are interested in learning more, contact Lori at for more info.

Wishing you all the beauty found in creativity and community,


Zelda Fitzgerald Day

“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”

Zelda Fitzgerald

Celebrate Zelda

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, the City of Asheville will mark Asheville’s Fourth Annual Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald Day, with festivities around town between Saturday, March 9 – Friday, March 15, 2018. The community is invited to CELEBRATE ZELDA’s creative spirit and honor her memory through a week long celebration of the arts!

Zelda Fitzgerald Day on Facebook

“Cloud 9 – Acrylic on Canvas by Dawn Eareckson

Saturday, March 9, 11:00am- 5:00pm

Second Saturday Art Exhibit at the Wedge, “How Much The Heart Can Hold”, 129 Roberts Street, Second Floor, Asheville, NC 28801. Featuring Artists from Aurora Studio & Gallery and other works, some exploring the life of Zelda Fitzgerald and the 20’s. Dawn Eareckson from Aurora Studio will be demonstrating her “expressionistic art” style in Cindy Walton’s Studio, #2A. 

Wedge Studios in the River Arts District

Readings at Malaprop’s

Sunday March 10, 3:00pm

Writings of Zelda Fitzgerald,  “How Much The Heart Can Hold” – Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe – 55 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801. Join us for readings by locals Lynnora Bierce, Tom Downing, Maggie Imhoff, Jason Sanford and visiting historian, Carroll McMahan as they read works of Zelda Fitzgerald. ADDITIONALLY Asheville’s own Jim MacKenzie will host a Zelda Trivia Contest (with prizes).

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe 

Tuesday, March 12, 12:00pm

Discussion Bound book group: “Save Me the Waltz” by Zelda Fitzgerald, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801. Sponsored by the Asheville Art Museum. This monthly discussion sponsored by the Asheville Art Museum is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. This month’s program is moderated by Lisa Nanney, professor of American literature, and Kristi McMillan, the Museum’s adult programs manager. Free. 

Asheville Art Museum

Panel Discussion

Thursday March 14, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Malady or Motivation, what can Zelda and local artists teach us about trauma and creativity? Lord Auditorium at the Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801. A discussion hosted by Dr. Daniel Johnson MD, who will offer a presentation on the link between creativity and mental illness and recovery, with a panel discussion with local artists.

Pack Memorial Library

Roaring 20’s Party

Friday March 15, 6:00 – 11:00pm

A ROARING 20’S EVENING at The Block Off Biltmore, 39 S. Market Street, Asheville, 28801. Come decked out in 20’S PERIOD APPAREL, listen to the jazzy sounds of the ALBI & THE LIFTERS, a Trivia Contest hosted by Jim MacKenzie and enjoy a classic Prohibition cocktail. PRIZES will be awarded the FOR BEST COSTUME! Arrive between 6 – 7pm, to enjoy appetizers along with MONIKA GROSS of At-A-Site Theater who will be offering intimate one-to-one readings of Zelda Fitzgerald’s writings. $10 Cover Charge for this Fundraiser – donations will go to Aurora Studio & Gallery. 

The Block Off Biltmore

Events sponsored by the support of The Asheville Art Museum, Aurora Studio & Gallery, Block Off Biltmore, Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe, Pack Memorial Library, The POP Project, Wedge Studios and the CELEBRATE ZELDA COMMITTEE.