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Asheville Regional Airport welcomes back artists and musicians at AVL

Passage Post Card

(Asheville, N.C.) For the first time in more than a year, local artists and instrumental musicians have been welcomed back to the airport, as part of the Art in the Airport program.

Passage, the exhibit on display in the art gallery now through November 2021, features six local artists of multiple disciplines. The show brings a feeling of movement and vibrant color to the airport, and provides a passage with a unique view. The exhibit highlights:

  • a love for North Carolina through mixed media on paper by Sophia Allison;
  • well known local landscapes through acrylic on canvas by Carrie Jenson;
  • a change in perspective through oil on linen by Joan Lesikin;
  • communicative vessels through earthenware sculptures by Robert Milnes;
  • vibrant abstract motion through acrylics on paper by Eleanor Palmer;
  • and a glimpse of Asheville through oil on canvas by Maureen Scullin.

This month, passengers in the airport will also hear stylings from local pianists Mike Andersen and Phil Okrend, as well as Blues/Americana vibes from Mr. Jimmy accompanied by Charles Wilkinson.
"We have missed the art gallery being available for passengers to enjoy the work of local artists, and the sounds of local musicians playing welcoming tunes," said Alexandra Ingle, Brand and Experience Designer at AVL and curator of the gallery. "Welcoming back these local makers allows travelers to experience a taste of our vibrant region."
Artwork can be purchased from the gallery by emailing Artists who reside in any of the eleven counties within AVL's primary service market may apply for acceptance into upcoming exhibits. Details about the program, including application instructions, can be found on the airport's website at

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