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Airport kicks off new Paws for Passengers program with four-legged airport ambassadors who provide companionship, comfort, wags and kisses

Starting July 14, 2017, there will be new ambassadors at Asheville Regional Airport. These volunteers will have four legs, wagging tails and lots of affection to share with passengers and visitors. They may even share a few kisses.

Their names are Grace, Sam, Doc, Sunny, Daisy, Baby, Jelly, Willa and Brody. And these ambassadors are part of a new program called "Paws for Passengers," in which pet therapy dogs and their handlers will meander through the airport terminal during busy times each week. The pet therapy dogs are mild-mannered, friendly and trained companions who enjoy visiting with people of all ages, and their handlers have hearts of service.

 "When asked why we started this new program at the airport, I immediately think about our region and how pet-friendly we are," said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Executive Director. "It is a good fit for Asheville Regional Airport to have this program that allows certified pets in the terminal to help bring some cheer, welcome locals and visitors, perhaps calm some nerves and provide a unique passenger experience."

The program currently has eleven volunteer handlers and nine pet therapy dogs, from Labradors and a miniature Greyhound to rescue dogs of various mixed breeds. All dogs and handlers are trained and certified by either Therapy Dogs, Inc. or Pet Partners, both national organizations committed to training, testing and certification, regulating, insuring and registering therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers so they are prepared to visit public places.

The volunteers have also participated in an in-depth airport orientation and training, and will be part of the Guest Services volunteer team.

"We are excited to join the small but growing list of airports that offer pet therapy programs," said Tina Kinsey, A.A.E., Marketing & PR Director. "Our program is the only one offered at an airport within two hours of AVL, and is just one more way we are focusing on passengers."

For more information about the program, including the application to become a Paws for Passengers volunteer, visit flyavl.com.


FLOURISH: Local Artists exhibiting in the newest show at Asheville Regional Airport Art Gallery

(Asheville, N.C.) The newest show at the Asheville Regional Airport Art Gallery opens to the public today. Flourish showcases fine art from four local artists in a variety of mediums.The exhibit is on display now through June 2017.

Noticed in the exhibit is acrylic brush work from Michelle Baker, hangings by fiber artist Karen-Eve Bayne, organic metal structures by Mark Olivari, and oils on canvases by Mari Lou Solares. 

Aptly suited to its name, Flourish lends itself to the welcoming of a new season in the Appalachian Mountains, by highlighting flourishing shapes, forms, and colors. The new exhibit tells a visual story through the arrangement of pliable fibers, rigid metal structures, and strategic brush strokes.

"The art gallery is truly a way for both the passengers and public alike to experience a taste of our region," said Alexandra Bradley, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at AVL and curator of the gallery. 

Artwork can be purchased from the gallery by emailing art@flyavl.com. 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 flyavl.com.

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Student Artwork Showcase – Students (K-12) represent 6 WNC counties in exhibit

(Asheville, N.C.) The Student Artwork Showcase, part of the Art in the Airport program, is the newest exhibit at the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until March 5, 2017. Select pieces will be chosen to remain on display through the end of the school year. Multiple counties across WNC are represented in this showcase, highlighting the creativity of students across our region. A variety of mediums and techniques are artfully exhibited by students from:

Brevard Elementary School
Brevard Middle School
Christ School
East Yancey Middle School
Hillandale Elementary School
​Junaluska Elementary School
Old Fort Elementary School
Tuscola High School
Waynesville Middle School
West Marion Elementary School

The variety of pieces range from colorfully imaginative drawings and collage pieces by kindergarten and first grade students to detailed paintings from high school seniors. The pieces were carefully selected by the art teachers from participating schools. 

"The art gallery is truly a way for both the passengers and public alike to experience a taste of our region," said Alexandra Bradley, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at AVL and curator of the gallery. 

Asheville Regional Airport's Art in the Airport program is pleased to feature an annual Student Artwork Showcase in its art gallery, highlighting the creativity of students across the region. If your school would like to participate in the next Student Artwork Showcase, please visit flyavl.com and click on Art + Music in the Social Hub to learn more.

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REVEALED: Airport art gallery unveils new exhibit highlighting local artists

(Asheville, N.C.) Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) art gallery unveils it's newest exhibit today. Revealed is an eclectic group of works highlighting four of our region's artists. The exhibit will be on display through January 6, 2016.

Featured in the Revealed exhibit, textured acrylic paintings on canvas by artist Walter Diehl, soldered glass and rock sculptures by artist R.C. Bob LaBerge, photography and encaustic on wood by artist René Roberts, and mixed media acrylic paintings by Tarah Singh.

The colors and textures seen throughout the exhibit are indicative of dream-like surroundings, expressing what is seen in the mind's eye or a memory. Those traveling through the gallery will be enticed to experience their own interpretation as each piece is revealed to them.

"The art gallery is truly a way for both the passengers and public alike to experience a taste of our region," said Alexandra Bradley, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at AVL and curator of the gallery. 

Artwork can be purchased from the gallery by emailing art@flyavl.com. 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 flyavl.com.

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