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Joye Ardyn Durham

Photography Exhibit 

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is pleased to share the work of award-winning photographer Joye Ardyn Durham in the Upper Gallery July 28 through September 12. An opening reception for the show “Carolina Through My Lens” will take place on Friday July 25 from 6-8 pm. The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public 10-5pm Monday through Friday. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State Street in the Old City Hall.


Durham, who is the owner of The Gingko Tree Gallery and Frame Shop in Black Mountain, has been involved in photography for over 45 years. “Carolina Through My Lens” reflects the diversity of her photographic abilities. “Every now and then I need to stir things up,” she said. “This is how I see the Carolinas. Some traditional images, some long exposure and even some funky ‘how did she do that’ images. Combined they all celebrate what we know and love as Carolina.”

In addition to the work of the Blue Ridge Mountains that she displays in her frame shop, her photographs have been featured in a wide variety of publications including Our State, WNC Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Durham is a respected member of many prominent photography associations, a distinguished teacher and beloved member of her community. Her experience, education, and the surrounding beauty of Western North Carolina have helped to create a passion for the art of photography. “Photography is my passion bordering on obsession,” she said. “Creating the photographic image is the very thing that feeds my soul, for that I am beyond grateful”.

Beat the heat in the air-conditioned gallery and discover the majesty of our region through the lens of Joye Ardyn Durham’s photographs. For more information on the opening night reception or the Gallery show, please contact the Arts Center at 828-669-0930


The Front Porch Theatre presents


The Front Porch Theatre at Black Mountain Center for the Arts is happy to present JUMP!, a children’s theater production on Friday and Saturday, August 15,16 (6:30 pm) and Sunday matinee, August 17 (2pm). A $15 ($10 for kids) donation is requested at the door. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State Street.

Consider becoming a JUMP! Sponsor

JUMP! is an exuberant story for all ages told through movement and music. This community theater production, locally written and produced, is directed and choreographed by Arts Center Dance instructor Amy Maze.  JUMP! was written by Arts Center program coordinator Jessica Klarp who has a theater background. This will be her fourth play. The set design is by Julia Burr and costumes by Dominica Bello and Tina Rosato. The original music is composed by Jeremy Agers and Andrew Ross with additional original compositions provided by Black Mountain resident Zach Cooper.

The cast is made up of ten local children: Lilyanne Bobilya, Annabelle Harrison, Adelaide Little, Ayden Mohr, Wyatt Ramsey, Anisa Vila, Amaya Vila, Che Vila, Grace Williamson, and Keira Williamson.

This will be the fourth production of the Front Porch Theatre, a community theatre group at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.  The next season will begin with The Turn of the Screw in the Fall 2014, followed by a Holiday Show in December and then Steel Magnolias in Spring 2015.

Jerry Pope to read at Arts Center and Brown Bag & Books lunch event

author Jerry Pope

On August 22 at noon, local artist and Swannanoa Valley historian Jerald Pope will read from his first novel “The Elvis Tooth” at a  Brown Bag & Books lunchtime event at the Black Mountains Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. Bringing a lunch to enjoy during the presentation is recommended. The Arts Center is located at 225 W. State Street in the old City Hall.

HUGE thanks for a

hugely successful and wonderful

Art in Bloom 2014!!!

Over 100 volunteers and gardeners and artists and designers and  chefs gave of their time and their immense talents to make our 8th year the best ever! Many thanks to our sponsors: Dawn Wilson Realty, GreyBeard Realty, Drystone Joe, New Morning Gallery, Blue Ridge Pictures, Gingko Tree Gallery and Zimmer Carolinas – what a great way to support the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Can’t wait to see what next year will bring. Believe it or not, planning has already begun.  Thanks again to you all!


Late Summer Calendar

225 W. State Street 828/669-0930



Kids Summer Arts Camps (14-18 & 21-25)

Joye Arden Durham Photos in the Gallery (7/25)


Kids Summer Arts Camp (Aug 4-8 9am-12pm)

Front Porch Theatre at BMCA is proud to present:

JUMP! an original children’s theater production

(8/15 & 16 at 6:30 pm and matinee 8/17 2 pm)

Jerry Pope Brown Bag & Books (8/22/14 noon)

Sign up for Fall classes NOW Including:

visual arts, dance and creative movement,

photography and music


Classes begin

Runway Fashion Event (9/14)

Bring Back the Monarchs Community-wide Awareness Event (9/18-10/3)