words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Asheville And Art For Cities (A Post Canvas And Paint Video Remix)

Asheville the Paris of the South….

I have had the pleasure and opportunity to travel to some rather unique cities such Paris France, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and here in America, cities like Washington DC, NYC, and Los Angeles. In these major cities there are never a shortage of great art, fine dining, and exciting culture. The streets are always alive throughout the day and into the night.

But I have also come to love the small to medium-sized cities such as Greenville SC, Burlington VT, and my favorite Asheville, NC. Asheville is very beautiful. Bohemian and unique. It is a gay-friendly city and a haven for those who seek a more spiritual lifestyle. It is nestled in a valley surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. It host for the visitor or long-time resident, diverse experiences to discover the world of  art, theatre, music, and outdoor adventure. I simply fell in love with the city many years ago.

Here is my tribute to a great city….


14 responses

  1. Sounds like a special little city…nice combination of attributes. And I like your video, with the remixes…really gives a sense of the city… what could be better than “spiritual….very beautiful, Bohemian and unique”…I love Berkeley, near me, but it’s kind of big for me…Asheville sounds good to me!

    January 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  2. Thanks for the encouraging comments. Asheville is a cool city. The digital stills are from two other cities New Orleans and Philadelphia.

    January 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

  3. sandy

    It is a beautiful area, and the city sounds wonderful.

    January 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    • Thanks Sandy, it is a lovely area. I just love the mountains. They are majestic.

      January 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

  4. Watched the video twice, the art remix brought back culture to me. I lived in NY for most of my life, and now live in a semi-rural town in Oregon; though I miss the diversity and culture of a larger city, I am blessed to see pink skies and Mt Hood in the distance from our home and it’s a peaceful day-today living. We have been thinking of getting a second home in the Carolinas when we can afford it, which I guess will have to wait a couple of years, and Ashville is a town I think I would blend in! Thanks for sharing, this will keep my dream alive. 🙂

    January 28, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    • Hi Marie, thanks for commenting, I appreciate it. I am originally from Philly, and have spent a lot of time in NYC. I even exhibited my art at Agora Gallery in Soho in 1997. And I have always loved the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Big cities are a great place to be for a time, but having the opportunity to live in the South with mountains, lake and sky is just beautiful. You would love Asheville, it does not rain as much as in the NW.

      January 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

  5. I spent one night a few years ago in downtown Asheville, in a club during afunk jam session. It was absolutely amazing to be in the midst of such talent… And to jump in and take over the microphone for a few minutes. Anyway, that night went down as one of the best I’d had in a long time… A fine moment made in Asheville.

    January 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    • Lady Diva, you brought the house singing the funk. Too cool! Asheville has a way of creating nights to remember. Glad you had a great time.

      January 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

  6. Beautiful dialogue between traveling and your digital art!

    January 30, 2012 at 9:05 am

    • Thank you Marina, for taking the journey with me. I enjoyed your comment on “beautiful dialogue between traveling and your digital art.

      January 31, 2012 at 5:57 am

  7. Walter- This was a perfect gift to find! Today, I am hoping to learn where to find the ubiquitous beauty in the urban setting (http://psychevida.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/seeking-sanctuary/) I now know I need only borrow your glasses! – Thank you for offering a new perspective that I was much in need of this day!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:40 am

    • Thank you Psychevida. First for stopping by and subscribing and secondly for really treating me to a wonderful comment about the piece. Fantastic.

      January 31, 2012 at 5:58 am

  8. Cool! 😎

    February 1, 2012 at 5:50 am

    • I am starting to do some filming and working on learning my new video editing program. I am envisioning some rather abstract videoscapes and soundscapes.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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