51st Annual Village Art & Craft Fair, September 9 + 10

Queen in a Crown, Debra Mager

Most of us live in temperature-controlled homes with running water, endless electricity, and modish conveniences (think fridges that write grocery lists and vacuums that autonomously devour crumbs). Be that as it may, life in the 21st century is still chronically chaotic. That’s why Debra Mager creates her winsome mosaic sculptures. “My work represents a departure from the stress of everyday life,” the Fletcher creative tells Asheville Made. A former corporate marketing executive, Mager spent 32 years working with big names like Arby’s Restaurant Group. Though her work was inherently innovative, Mager (who is represented by New Morning Gallery) never considered herself an artist until she took a mosaic class on a whim. That was 13 years ago. Now, her main focus is producing bejeweled felines, regal wrens, and pink poodles using shards of glass, broken vintage jewelry, discarded china, and other found objects. Mager will offer her menagerie of mosaics at the Village Art & Craft Fair, a juried bazaar established by the late John Cram (founder of New Morning Gallery and Blue Spiral 1) in 1972. According to event coordinator Leah Chang, this year’s iteration will feature more than 100 artists across a variety of mediums. Admission is free.   

September 9, 10am-6pm; September 10, 12-5pm

The Cathedral of All Souls  /  9 Swan St., Asheville (Biltmore Village)  /  newmorninggallerync.com

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