Convening the Curious


Observer in Residence



Elizabeth Watkin is an illustrator and instructional designer. She is the founder of Open Coven, that works to develop and support the network of witches, wise women and pagans in WNC, as well as exploring the intersection of art, spirituality and community. Originally from the UK she has lived in Italy, China and Zambia. In Zambia she worked with local artists to start a non-profit journal focusing on the Zambian art scene. She has contributed articles to Holler and Hyperallergic and is currently illustrating her first children’s story.

Bernard Welt is Professor Emeritus at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University, where he taught courses in general humanities, film studies, and creative writing. He is the author of Mythomania: Fantasies, Fables, and Sheer Lies in Contemporary American Popular Art (Art issues Press), and has contributed hybrid fiction/essays to art catalogues including Splat! Boom! Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art, and Raymond Pettibon: A Reader.  His poetry has appeared widely in journals and in anthologies including The Best American Poetry. 

Week 7

Daniele Martin is a NYC transplant, who has made Asheville her home for the last 7 years.In her career she has worn many hats from actress, writer, yoga instructor and electrician to barista, community relations liason and production assistant for film and tv to name a few. After leaving Los Angeles in 2011, she was drawn to the mountain city to explore a southeast perspective of the healing art. The landscapes of new mountain scenery and a different social environment have proven to be excellent tools to refine and strengthen her passions, beliefs and abilities to learn, love and grow.



Week 8



 Week 1

Grayson Morris

Grayson Morris is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer from Asheville, NC, currently based in Los Angeles. Her original work has appeared at the Black Mountain College Museum's ReHAPPENING and numerous Fringe Festivals across America. Her  immersive performance art series, emersion, which she runs out of her own house, is currently in its third year. She is also a stand-up comedian and has opened for Maria Bamford and Louis C.K. and appeared on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live.

Week 2

Kimathi Moore

Kimathi Moore (Kima) was born in Paris, France in the 14th Arrondissement (District) to a family of writers and teachers. Although Kima went to music school for a rather small period in his life, his inclination to understand music and experiment with sound, texture remained constant. Later on Kima ended up learning percussion professionally and has since returned to his primary love; electronics, computer technology, field recordings and found sound manipulation.


 Week 3

Alli Marshall is a poet, fiction writer, and performer. She’s the author of the 2015 novel How to Talk to Rockstars and the 2017 chapbook It All Comes Rushing Back, as well as a number of zines. She’s a member of the Flatiron Writers and the spoken-word troupe Literary Circus, and the arts editor at alternative newsweekly Mountain Xpress. She’s lived in Asheville since 1995, which is either miraculous or insane.

(photo Vickie Burick)

Leif Erik Johansen, a below average student, found that he always excelled in his art and PE classes. Reckless, athletic, and artistic, he had little patience for a formal art education, but he loved the complete freedom of expression in art.

 Leif also knows how to carve an apple into a pipe, how to consume a “bar mistake” quickly without being seen by management, and how to drop a 35-foot cliff on his snowboard without dying.

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