|The Wedge Studio|
I promised to post the rest of the River Arts District Studio Stroll. This studio is called The Wedge on Roberts Street in Asheville. Built in 1916 the building, once a food warehouse, now houses a number of artists on the street level and below by the railroad tracks. Ashehville has been chosen Best Small City for Art and it shows.
|Sign in window.|
Rather than show all of artists in this building, which I covered last year, I want to share one of my favorites. Marston Blow creates incredible singing bowls out of pottery. They are usually made of brass or glass. From the street side, you enter her showroom displaying all sorts of plates, vases, bowls and more for sale along with her singing bowls.
Inside Marston set up a table with bowls of all sizes to encourage visitors to try one out. If you are not familiar with this meditation method I will explain how to use the bowl. You hold the wood mallet lightly in your hand and run it around the edge of the bowl. After a few seconds, the bowl will start to vibrate and hum or sing. Large bowls make deeper tones and smaller ones higher tones. The tones they emit encourage healing , meditation and a calm state of mind. The sound in the room was soothing with everyone trying their hand on the bowls. To learn more about Marston and her singing bowls check out her web site here.
|My singing bowl.|
|Marston, the artist showing how to use the bowls.|
Just below her studio there are steps going down to the lower level of The Wedge and to the Wedge Brewing Company, a local microbrewery. For the second year in a row, Asheville was named Beer City USA for all of its local beers made here.
|View from above of trains and brewery.|
|Metal sculpted fence around the outside seating area.|
|A food truck offers edibles outside the Wedge.|
|Some pups jostling for a spot in the shade.|