Friday, September 2, 2016

Flood Gallery and Fine Arts Center Re-opens in Swannanoa Vallery and Presents RED, by Connie Bostic.

 The Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center has moved from the River Arts District and re-opens September 17th at 2160 Hwy 70 near Swannanoa with an opening reception of Connie Bostic’s Art from 3pm to 9pm, performances by Ash Devine and other local singer song writers, and readings by authors of the Black Mountain Press. RED will be on display until October 30th.

Bostic’s exhibition at the Flood Gallery (opening September 17) is not necessarily new work, rather it is a forty-year exploration of female sexuality.

The need to appear desirable is so great that it often exceeds desire itself, which indicates that female sexuality is so powerful it is intimidating.  It encompasses issues of body image and self esteem that is affected by all kinds of social, cultural, political and religious opinion or input.

“Growing up, people of my generation didn’t talk about female sexuality,” says Bostic,  “and it was still awkward for people of the generation following mine.  It’s like you almost have to get to a certain age to be able to comfortably discuss it.” Historically there has been a sort of ‘purity standard’ recognized by American Culture that inevitably left many young women coming of age with feelings of shame.  In Bostic’s youth things like spaghetti strapped tank tops, and bikinis were frowned upon, and remaining sexually pure for marriage was encouraged, even expected. Today, while things have progressed, the rape culture and slut shaming that is still overwhelmingly evident indicates that much work remains to be done.
“Red, the color of blood is a color frequently used to depict women.  It’s a color of exposure and as such it’s a very vulnerable color,” says Bostic, “think red lipstick, red lingerie, red shoes, do you see?  Red almost indicates sex, if nothing else it’s at least a connotation of the word,” she finished. 

So where does today’s generation fit into this conversation?  Is female sexuality culturally relative anymore?  Is the work that has been done to dispense with negative stigmatisms by Bostic’s generation been effective?  Does the conversation today, between genders and generations shed new light on this intriguing subject matter?  Is there an openness today that never existed in the past, in discussing other types of sexuality?

Linda Larsen, artist and friend of Connie Bostic says this:  Throughout the years I have unsuccessfully tried to explain the power Connie Bostic’s painting holds. In her latest, and possibly oldest body of work, RED, it is finally becoming clear that she is, and always has been, a symbolist; an eloquent, fearless one, not the romantic or sentimental sort. Throwing formalism to the winds, Bostic reaches deep into her feminist roots and offers, for those of us who care to look, another complex human conundrum with which to grapple.” 

Due to the sale of the Phil Mechanics Building and the gentrification of Asheville, The Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center, The Courtyard Gallery and the Black Mountain Press have joined together in the their new Fine Arts Center in the Swannanoa Valley East Asheville.  On Saturday, September 17th, beginning at 3:00pm, you are invited to join in this conversation.  Bostic’s work, RED, will be on display at the Flood Gallery and Fine Arts Center in it’s new location at 2160 Hwy 70, along with other activities throughout the day at this new media arts and fine arts center.

This exhibition is sponsored by Shoe Warehouse Hendersonville

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

FedEx car #11 to be at GB Shoes in Hendersonville from 3pm-7pm Aug 16, 2016

Just found out--the FedEx #11 car will be at GB Shoes in Hendersonville in a few hours at 5418 Asheville Hwy from 3pm to 7pm today!
Take a selfie with the FedEx Freight car and post to , to get a chance to win a free pair of shoes up to $75.00. Be sure to race in to GB Shoes in Hendersonville on Aug 16th between 3-7pm or on Aug 17th at HouserShoes in Kingsport TN to see the #11 FedEx Freight car! Stop by to meet racing experts, take pictures with the #11 car, and receive souvenirs and a coupon for 25% off your entire GB Shoe purchase.
Selfie pictures winners in Hendersonville and Kingsport will be selected by random drawings.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Finding the Perfect Flat Shoe for Style and Comfort

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Many women think in order to look stylish, dressy and sexy they need to wear high heel shoes and they would never consider a flat shoe when trying to achieve that certain sexy and chic look.  High-heeled shoes can definitely add a dressier touch to an outfit and they can certainly make a woman feel sexy, but they are not the only shoes capable of doing this.  Flat shoes, when worn correctly, can dress up an outfit to perfection and they can be just as stylish, sexy and fun as their high-heeled counterparts.  And flats have the advantage of comfort that high-heels will never beat!!  So give your feet a break from the painful heels this season and slip on a pair of  comfortable flat shoes–you won’t regret it.
Tips for finding the perfect women’s flat shoe for you:
Because flat shoes aren’t as dynamic as heels, look for a shoe in a bright color, such as red.  Pierre Dumas’s Gloria red ballet shoe is a great option for a colorful flat. Also try flats with fun prints like the leopard print flat from Lucky Brand.  You don’t have to stick to the basic neutral colors like black, brown, gray or muted metallics.  Vibrant colors and stylish prints add creativity to ballet shoes and make them much more fun to wear.  Pair these shoes with dressier styles of pants and skirts to look sexy and classy at the same time, or wear them with jeans and leggings for a comfortable and casual look.
Ballet shoes made with textured fabrics are another great option. Jellypop’s women’s Lovely Charcoal flat shoe is a neutral color, but it’s textured fabric gives it a unique look and feel.  This shoe looks great with skinny jeans, a blouse and a cable knit cardigan or throw them on with leggings, a tunic and a colorful scarf.
Many of this seasons flat shoes for women have decorative embroidery and are accented with buckles, gems, bows, straps and ornate flair. The different types of embroidery and embellishments transform the basic flat into a shoe with unique style and personality.  ThePierre Dumas Gloria ballet flat is a fun and creative shoe that has decorative detailed embroidery and comes in an array of different colors like navy with gold designs and a cool cork color with gold designs.  The Pierre Dumas Orly in black or whiskey (brown) are also a great style of flat shoes to consider. The black flat has ornate silver flair and thebrown (whiskey) flat comes with gold flair. The gold and silver accents on both the Gloria and the Orly ballet style shoes make them easy to dress up and also very easy to wear with a more relaxed casual look.  Wear gold and silver  jewelry with dress pants and skirts for a more professional style.  For a fun casual look, pair either style of these flats with boyfriend jeans, a fitted t-shirt and some chunky gold or silver jewelry.
Houser Shoes offers a variety of brands and different styles of women’s flat shoes.   Check out our website and get your perfect pair of flats today at

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Iranian Poster Exhibit in Asheville at four venues, UNCA, Flood and Courtyard Gallery and Firestorm Books and Cafe

Installations at the Flood Gallery, Courtyard Gallery, UNCA and Firestorm Books and Cafe include over 126 never exhibited before posters from the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Opens Thursday Oct 17th at UNCA Ramsey Library,  6pm-11pm
Oct 18th at the Flood and Courtyard Galleries at 109 Roberts St in the Phil Mechanics Building, in the RAD Asheville, 6pm to 11pm.
Oct 19th at Firestorm Downtown Asheville, 7pm-9pm
All openings include lectures by Dr. Hamid Dabashi from Columbia University about the exhibit,
and events at UNCA and the Courtyard Gallery include film discussions on "This is NOT a Film,
 and "Chicken and Plums" at 8:30 pm on Thursday and Friday nights.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Iranian Poster Art Exhibition from the 1979 Revolution, Book Signing and Film Screenings

For Immediate Release
Contacts: Carlos Steward, Flood Fine Arts Center: 828-273-3332  Email:
Hamid Dabashi, PhD, Columbia University: 212-854-7524 Email:
Images: The complete poster exhibition can be seen online at:   Other high resolution images are available on request.

“In Search of Lost Causes: Images of the Iranian Revolution: Paradox, Propaganda, and Persuasion "on view at UNCA and the Flood Fine Arts Center–opening October 16th and 17th
Asheville, NC September 18th, 2013…A groundbreaking exhibition, In Search of Lost Causes examines three discrete but interrelated aspects of Iranian art of the 1960s through 1980.  Organized by the Flood Gallery, Courtyard Gallery and UNCA, In Search of Lost Causes presents over 125 never before exhibited works— revolutionary posters, film screenings and black-and-white photographs—and is on view at UNCA Library and the Courtyard and Flood Galleries at 109 Roberts St, RAD, Asheville from Oct 17th through November 29th, 2013.  After opening in Asheville, NC, the exhibit is scheduled to travel in various parts of the US and Europe.
In Search of Lost Causes: Images of the Iranian Revolution: Paradox, Propaganda, and Persuasion introduces American audiences to modern Iranian art while shedding light on the many ways visual culture both reflected and affected the 1960s and 1970s, two decades that saw dramatic changes, including the politicization of Islam and the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
The exhibition features a selection of revolutionary posters by professional and amateur artists who combined calligraphy, graphics, and rhetoric to convey abstract ideologies. Also exhibited are striking black-and-white photographs from the 1970s by anonymous Iranian photographers, and a series of modern Iranian films. These posters, photographs, and films encourage re-examining the notion of modernism in a non-Western culture.
After a North Carolina Humanities Grant brought him to Asheville to examine the posters, Dr. Hamid Dabashi of Columbia University noted,

“The significance of the Courtyard Gallery Collection of the Flood Fine Arts Center cannot be exaggerated––not just because of the actual collection but also because of the serendipitous manner in which history had decided to safeguard these magnificent traces of deeply traumatic episodes in a people’s struggle for freedom and justice.  For these reasons alone, it simply must open in Asheville.

“This collection contains a significant number of revolutionary posters (146 items) roughly from mid-1960’s to early 1980’s, namely just about a decade before and then well into a decade in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution of 1977–1979.  This collection has a number of crucial attributes that makes it a treasure trove of both the political and the aesthetic history of Iran in a global context and in multiple and varied dimensions.”

Dr. Dabashi has written a book about this collected titled “In Search of Lost Causes: Fragmented Allegories of an Iranian Revolution, and will be signing copies of the book during events at UNCA and the galleries.
“These posters from the Iranian Revolution were an act of resistance and creation,” says Carlos Steward of the Courtyard Gallery. “It sought out ways in which the arts could engage social and political concern. This period of Iranian visual culture is an archival record of the social and political problems that were emerging. It serves as the artistic pre-history to the Iranian Revolution of 1979. In Search of Lost Causes teaches us more about modern Persian art and helps us understand how a country that was heralded as a paragon of universal modernization underwent an Islamic Revolution with a message steeped in local imagery, demanding an idealized return to the past and to democracy.”
The Iranian revolutionary posters shown with In Search of Lost Causes offer a fascinating glimpse into Iran’s modern visual culture. Composed with bold forms, intense colors, and calligraphy, these posters pervaded Tehran during the uprising. Created between 1978 and 1980, they were used as props in mass choreographed street demonstrations, and covered buildings throughout Iran’s cities, often defacing public monuments built by Shah Pahlavi’s regime as symbols of its authority and grandeur. The posters were replaced almost as fast as the government tore them down.
Art, reportage, poetry, and politics all became entangled in a distinct form of visual culture. Many posters allude to battle scenes from the Koran or classical Persian poems; others proclaim solidarity with Palestine and the Kurds. Vivid red backgrounds refer to bloodshed and the red tulip, an icon of classical Persian literature. Anonymous artists combined various techniques and symbols, from newspaper collages to silkscreened portraits juxtaposed against bright, abstract backgrounds, reminiscent of Andy Warhol whose portraits of the Shah and the Queen hung in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.
“Iranian modernism, like many of the culturally specific modernisms that emerged around the globe, was not synonymous with the one constructed in the West,” says Jolene Mechanic, director of the Flood Fine Arts Center. “Both nationalist and internationalist, it looked inward as well as outward. In art, its languages included realism and abstraction, but formal issues were not its primary problems: the fundamental questions addressed by Iranian modernism centered on the notion of identity.” In Search of Lost Causes: Images of the Iranian Revolution: Paradox, Propaganda, and Persuasion is co-curated by Jolene Mechanic and Carlos Steward in consultation with Dr. Hamid Dabashi.
The second section of the exhibition features photographs by Iranian photographers that provide critical information about Iran in 1970s. Taken between 1978 and 1980, these photos provide startling and vivid views of Tehran and its citizens caught up in the throes of a whirlwind. Some have become iconic images.
The third section, the films, provide a look at Iran’s modern Cinema that was blossoming during and after the revolution. 
This project is important to both our local community and the community at large, as our society becomes increasingly influenced by media and corporations with agendas of keeping us misinformed for their own profit motives. We cannot effectively participate in a democracy if we don’t know the truth and conditions of the other cultures that we have become accustomed to manipulating into what we believe is best for them.

Through exhibition it is anticipated that audiences will begin to question their assumptions about Iran­, the negative influences of propaganda, and the power of persuasion by special interest groups.

The Events:

October 17, Poster Exhibition and Film Screening at UNC Asheville Library–30 posters

6–7:30 p.m. Reception for Dr. Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University at the Ramsey Library Glasshouse.
7:30 p.m. Poster lecture and book signings by Dr. Dabashi
8:30 p.m. Screening of This is Not a Film
in the Walt Whitman Room. This is not a Film documents a day in the life of  prisoner Jafar Panahi, banned for 20 years from filmmaking in Iran. The film was smuggled out of Iran in a USB stick hidden in a cake.

October 18, Poster Exhibition and Film Screening at the Flood Fine Arts Center–95 posters

6–8 p.m. Reception–poster art lecture and book signings by Dr. Dabashi.
8 p.m. Screening of Chicken with Plums
at the Courtyard Gallery. Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, this film adaptation of the graphic novel tells the story of Nasser Ali, a renowned musician who losess all taste for life after his beloved violin is broken.

October 25, Film Screening at the Courtyard Gallery

8 p.m. Screening of Persepolis at the Courtyard Gallery. Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, Persepolis is a poignant coming-of-age story about a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.
Posters will be on exhibit at Ramsey Libraby at UNC Asheville from October 1 through October 30, 2013.
Posters will be on exhibit at the Flood Fine Arts Center from October 17 through November 29, 2013.
In Search of Lost Causes:
This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hitchin' Post Stables in Sedona have a great cowboy cookout!

I just got back from western trip and the best part of my vacation was horseback riding in Arizona with Hitchin' Post Stables in Sedona and their Cowboy Cookout!  After a spectacular ride there is nothing better than a cowboy meal of steak, cowboy beans, texas toast, cowboy potatoes and a cold drink.  And in the morning you can get a cowboy breakfast with the best coffee in the world!

Next time you are in Flagstaff or Sedona Arizona give Hitchin'Post Stables a call for a wonderful experience for your whole family.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Courtyard Gallery Announces its 8th Annual Mail Art Show

 Anything Goes
Everything Shows!
8th Annual Int’l Call for Entries
The show title says it all…ALL submissions
received through the mail WILL be exhibited.
FORMAT: any size or shape; if you can stamp it and
get it through the postal system, it will show.
TECHNIQUE: All media & themes accepted including
mixed media, collage, montage, sculpture, digital art,
painting, printmaking, photography, YOU name it.
MAIL ENTRY TO: Carlos Steward
Courtyard Gallery & Agency
P.O. Box 9907
Asheville, NC 28815 USA
OPENING RECEPTION: Aug 3rd, 6pm-9pm
Courtyard Gallery, Phil Mechanic Studios,
109 Roberts St, River Arts District, Asheville, NC. •