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ANNOUCES ITS UPCOMING PRODUCTION at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts:

GREATER TUNA:  May 15, 16, 17  &  22, 23, 24 2014


Greater Tuna was written by Jason Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard in 1981 and was produced on Broadway in 1982. Since then, it has become one of the most-produced play in the U.S.  It represents a tour de force for the two actors depicting the 20 different characters – men, women, children and animals – who make up this hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town. This satire on life in rural America is enhanced by the quick changes in costume and personality demanded of the two actors.

            Carter and Chalmers meet that challenge with great vigor. They currently work together in the improv comedy group Reasonably Priced Babies. Mondy Carter is a familiar face to theatergoers. He has written and was in the first three productions of The Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular, was Jekyll & Hyde in When Jekyll Met Hyde at The Magnetic Theatre and was in last spring’s THIS at NC Stage. Carter, a Black Mountain resident, has taken on the extra task of directing the show.

The Front Porch Theatre is happy to have two such talented actors working the boards of their small stage. Helping the actors behind the scenes will be two dressers who facilitate the many rapid costume changes necessary to the show. Costumes are being coordinated by Rebecca Conway. The set and lighting design is by Adam Cohen.

            The Front Porch Theatre at BMCA is halfway through its inaugural season having produced Quilters and Gift of the Magi in 2013. Finishing the season will be Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in August and Turn of the Screw in October. The Front Porch Community Theatre project is supported in part by a Grassroots Grant by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For tickets ($15) or for more information call 828-669-0930

Great Fun – Great Community Theatre! More AUDITIONS for our summer production of OUR TOWN will be held on THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 at 6pm in the Main Floor THEATRE.

Call 828/669-0930 to be a part of this community theatre group or for more info.


Come to the Arts Center to indulge your love of photography and history this weekend.   On Friday, April 25th from noon to 1:30 pm artist, photographer and teacher Lynette Miller will be leading a Pinhole Camera Brown Bag Lunch lecture and demonstration at the Arts Center located at 225 W. State Street. This free presentation will include a brief slide show presentation explaining the history of camera obscura, a discussion of why the fascination with pinhole cameras has endured, and end with the construction of you own Pin Hole Camera. Materials are provided or you can bring your own sealed container or box from which to make a camera.

On Sunday April 27, join photography fans around the globe in celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. The Arts Center is happy to support Black Mountain’s contribution to this lively FREE event for the fourth year. Miller will have cameras available to borrow at the Arts Center from 1-4 pm and is happy to provide instruction and guidance. Your image will be uploaded along with those of participants from all over the world. For more information on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day visit www.ThroughThe

Plein Air Painting Workshop

Paint spring gardens on location with Cheryl Keefer

I you are interested in plein air painting sign up for  a workshop led by Cheryl Keefer May 8 and 9 from 9 am-4:30 pm that will be held on several local properties. This two-day workshop will begin with a demonstration, include two days of open-air painting, and instruction on how to manage equipment, simplify composition and use color to add depth. The cost is $125. Contact the Arts Center at 828-669-0930 to register or visit for more information.

The workshop is a timely precursor to Art in Bloom, which will be held June 12, 13 &14 and feature plein air painters at every stop on the garden tour.  Whether you are new to the plein air approach or seasoned, this workshop offers individual instruction and group critiques that will enhance your skills.  Class limited to 8 students.

Keefer is a well-respected artist and teacher who shows her work at galleries throughout the Southeast region. Working primarily in oils and watercolor the artist says, “Small studies from life are often a gratifying step toward larger landscapes, created back in the studio. An everyday scene, a lingering sunset, a misty mountain, rocks glistening in a stream—any of these may inspire a piece.”




Mark your calendars now for BMCA’s 8th Annual ART in BLOOM in JUNE!

This year’s Art in Bloom takes place June 12, 13, 14 and includes a Gala Preview Party (June 12 at 6 pm) with seated catered dinner, a gallery display of 22 Ikebana and Western floral designers interpretations of regional art work on loan from a dozen galleries, a two-day Cottage Garden Tour (June 13 and 14 from 10 am-4 pm), plein air painters in the gardens followed by a display of their works. 



Fighting For Your Writing: a Poetry Seminar & Workshop with Tina Barr Friday, May 16th, 1:00 to 3:30pm, $35. All writers, at any level of success, deal with discouragement regarding their work.  This seminar will address strategies for contending with one’s identity as a writer, whether just beginning, published, or award-winning.


WE RAISED $12,000 for the PROGRAMMING and OPERATIONS of the BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS (and had a GREAT time doing it)!!!

Photos by Ray Mata, Blue Ridge Pictures


Spring/Summer Calendar

225 W. State Street 828/669-0930


Auditions for upcoming theater productions (4/5)

Robin Bullock Concert (4/12)

Art in Bloom in the Gallery (4/22)

Pin Hole Camera Brown Bag Workshop (4/25)

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (4/ 27)



Poetry Brown Bag (5/2) and Workshop (5/16) with Tina Barr

Plein Air Painting Workshop with Cheryl Keefer (5/8,5/9)

Front Porch Theatre at BMCA presents Greater Tuna

(5/15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24)


Art in Bloom including:

Gala Opening Preview Party (6/12)

Garden Tours (6/13 & 14)

Art Exhibit with Floral Designs (6/13 & 14)


Summer Camp (14-18 & 21-25)


Joye Arden Durham Photos in the Gallery (8/8)

Front Porch Theatre at BMCA presents Our Town

Sign up for Fall classes Including:

visual arts, dance and creative movement,

photography and music