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We are THANKFUL to the Acoustic Corner and all the Instructors who participated in this year’s concert! What a show!

HOLLY JOLLY activities at the Arts Center

Clay Studio Exhibit and Pottery Market

Starting Friday, December 4, in conjunction with Black Mountain’s town-wide Holly Jolly holiday celebration, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts opens its upper floor to annual Clay Studio Exhibit and Pottery Market. The event will be held from 5-8 pm. The diverse Exhibit held in the Upper Gallery will feature the finest work of Clay Studio instructors and students and will be on display until February 29. In the adjacent room more than 10 resident potters will have smaller, more affordable work for sale.


“The work in the Upper Gallery this year will be stronger than ever,” said Pottery Studio manager Charles Freeland. “The people who have been with the studio for years continue to improve and the newer potters who will be featured for the first time have already achieved a good bit of skill. We’re looking forward to another great show.”

Freeland said that the artists who will sell their work in the Pottery Market have been focusing on creating work that is easy to carry since many of the sales are made to people who want to continue down the street to enjoy Holly Jolly festivities without going back to their cars. These unique handmade items are perfect for teacher gifts, stocking stuffers and hostess gifts such as beautiful dishware, holiday ornaments cups, mugs, and bowls among other gift-worthy items. These pieces are popular with Holly Jolly revelers because they can buy reasonably priced local crafts for their loved ones, teachers, and business associates all in one place.


During Holly Jolly more than six local authors will be in the Arts Center’s theater space to promote and sell their books and DVDs, which range in price from $5- $15. Popular novelists Yvonne Lehman, Ann Tatlock and Sarah Thomas along with suspense writer Lynette Eason, scriptwriter Lori Marlett and first time author Debbie Presnell will be on hand to talk about their work and autograph sold copies for Arts Center visitors.

December LIVE Performances

REASONABLY PRICED BABIES : Crazy Funny Holiday Show 

The Reasonably Priced Babies are bringing their comedy improvisation to the  Arts Center  for two nights only on December 18 and 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets for the shows are $15 with tax and can be purchased at or by calling 828-669-0930.

A typical comedy improv show has the performers satisfying suggestions from the audience based on a series of formats such as Next!, Movie dubbing, Forward & Reverse, The Carolers, Holiday Dating Game and many more.

Reasonably Priced Babies are Josh Batenhorst, who works by day at ArtSpace Charter School and by night may be directing a local show around town; then the busiest man in Asheville Show Business, Tom Chalmers, who is constantly on stage for one reason or another and hosts a storytelling show Listen to This every month at Asheville Community Theater; and local Black Mountaineers and married couple Mondy Carter and Karen Stobbe, who have been featured on NPR’s This American Life and will be speaking at a TEDMED Conference in November about the parallels of improvisation and Alzheimer’s. And of course last but not least the multi-talented musician Aaron Price who will be providing music for the whole show.

“We perform attention deficit entertainment,” says Mondy Carter. “It’s fast paced, fun and easy to dance to…wait – cut that last part. And the show is usually PG13 or higher, although most of the time not due to us but the suggestions from the audience.”


One-Man Dickens A Christmas Carol

In 1852 on December 27th Charles Dickens read A Christmas Carol in public for the first time. Since then the novella has been adapted countless times, for stage, TV, film, and radio. It’s been Mickey Moused and Muppeted, Magooed, Smurfed, and steampunked. And in a very short time, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation at the hands of various ghosts has become a Christmas tradition. Now audiences have the opportunity to see it how it was originally performed.

On December 20 at 3 pm  actor and Dickensian scholar Jamieson Ridenhour will be doing a Victorian-style reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, performing each character as Dickens himself did. Charles Dickens was an inveterate performer of his own work, and toured throughout England and America during the 1850s and 60s. Ridenhour recreates the experience—bringing A Christmas Carol to life with a book and his voice.

Ridenhour, a recent Black Mountain transplant from North Dakota, has been performing this piece for the past seven years in Bismarck and is happy to offer it to his new community. The performance will last only 90 minutes.

This special reading of A Christmas Carol is a gift to the community and donations will be appreciated. The Arts Center is located at 225 W. State Street. For more information visit or call 828-669-0930.

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a gift of more than 150 plays for its library!

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