Friday, March 4, 2022 from 5 – 8pm

Flapper by Cheryl Eugenia Barnes, Mountains by Elise Okrend, Phoenix by Joyce Thornburg and Zelda’s Flowers by Elise Okrend.

An exhibit of small works, created as postcard responses to the life and times of Zelda Fitzgerald.

Zelda Fitzgerald was known for her wit, flare for fashion, unbridled desire to live her life on her terms during a time where society preferred women to be accessories. “Excuse me for being so intellectual. I know you would prefer something nice and feminine and affectionate.”― Zelda Fitzgerald, Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda was a gifted writer, painter and dancer.

In the days when letters and postcards were the way one would correspond with friends, we have invited local artists to imagine that they received a postcard from Zelda and this show is their response. Some of those local artists include: Deanna Chilian, Rhonda Davis, Dawn Eareckson, Cheryl Eugenia Barnes, Annie Gustely, Elise Okrend Debbie Palminteri, Kyley Shurrona and Joyce Thornburg (at this writing).

For five years, Aurora Studio & Gallery has hosted special events highlighting this Fitzgerald as she represents the spirit of an artist. Like the artists who partake in Aurora Studio, her life was affected by trauma; mental health issues and hospitalizations. She persevered, chronicling her life through her art. She persevered until her untimely death on March 10, 1948 during the Highland Hospital Fire.

Aurora Studio & Gallery is a supportive art studio for artists who have been impacted by mental health needs, substance use or being unhoused. They are located in their new studio space in the Refinery AVL, 207 Coxe Avenue.

The show opens on Friday, March 4, 2022 from 5 – 8pm, and remains open through the month of March. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED. 

Recordings from the 6th Annual Zelda Fitzgerald Week, March 8 – 13, 2021

THE MYTH OF THE SOUTHERN BELLE: Facts VS. Fiction of Zelda’s Formative Years.

Dr. Alaina Doten, Executive Director of the Scott &  Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama (the Fitz) discussses Zelda Fitzgerald’s background and history in Alabama.

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https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/wYgW3YuuvmfDYuMk-8Fawy6r6uszIE-l72DjlVA324ig6BShqc3MnjQ0Lr_efP_m.t9R-Eqh_hBjg-ck

Virtual Tour: A Glimpse of  Zelda: The Wife, Mother, Writer & Painter

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama (lovingly called “The Fitz”) is in the last house where Zelda, Scott and “Scottie” lived, as a family from 1931 to the Spring of 1932.  Zelda  wrote her only novel here  SAVE ME THE WALTZ. Some of her original artwork and original furnishings are on display. 

ASHEVILLE’S DOOMED DUO: F. SCOTT & ZELDA.

Tom Hearron chats about the literature and letters of both Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/l1udeHN9CqERb4Um9rdmT_kR5K1z_U7jukdkU_sVQRqRZ3IiacWW-5Q__MobnyTp.uVsKYRhaWEdPDfKq

THE SHADOW AND THE SUNLIGHT: MANAGING INTERNAL STRUGGLES WITH ART.

Evie Lindemann, ATR-BC, ATCS, LMFT.  The Shadow and the Sunlight: Managing Internal Struggles with Art will offer an overview ofthe relationship between trauma, art and health, bridging the gaps often perceived by the general public. Using the collective stories from community members, artists with lived experience, Ms. Lindemann will invite the audience into a greater community dialogue which is hoped to inspire.

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https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/5AKdoPUw1L7y7lRBXeMe4Ej4Ik5HkcEiaDg_gZyz65wz9xojOKnZVISBIF4r6tL1.1mNizSb8wq2MgMJ2

DISCOVER ZELDA’S ART WORK & THE ARTIST IN YOU! Create your own  “Zelda Inspired” Art Deco Floral Arrangement painting.

Annie Gustely, M.Ed,  instructs the basic principles of painting with gouache, a water based paint used by Zelda Fitzgerald for most of her paintings.

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https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/FVBzuKor8cD8566RhpiRrlIAMdEHf9xh0kUboRrniv9jUT7JJEcwpY1xAR24m5pz.KGJdi6KMLpDwPVwl

UP CLOSE WITH ZELDA.

Join Zelda (actor Terry Darakjy) and Asheville Citizen Times  reporter (actor Carol Anders) during an imaginary interview, in March of 1948, days before the tragic Highland Hospital fire, in which Zelda will lose her life. The interview explores  the therapeutic sustenance Zelda receives from her paintings, and being recognized as an artist. This “interview” is based on historic research.  CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW RECORDING.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/qImS5UQYo7Kl6gUfyp6PAwLLFX-oD6_697Mq_GHZ82xG2bpvHQR-aaMp_ShIbNur.oJX-tA7D4NmzJmIB