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Jane Renfroe
Celebrate Zelda! 
~ Honoring the life and talents of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald!

Friday, March 10, 2017, 12:00 Noon
Asheville Art Museum On the Slope, 175 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. – Art Break: The Art of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Museum staff will host a viewing of and gallery talk about artworks by Fitzgerald. The gallery talk will include a reading by local writer and poet Melanie McGee Bianchi. 

Friday, March 10, 2017, 6:00pm
Malaprops, 55 Haywood Street, Asheville - 
As part of the ongoing project Celebrating the Birthdays of Dead Writers: the afterlife of the written word, Monika Gross of At-A-Site Theater will be offering intimate one-to-one readings of Zelda Fitzgerald's writings. Attendees will be invited to choose from a menu of selections and then enjoy a short 1 to 3 minute reading. Participants may then pick a "memorial" card to take away with them from a collection of cards with quotes by Ms. Fitzgerald.

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00pm
The Academy at Terpsicorps, 1501 Patton Avenue, Asheville
Recital - The Muses of Terpsicorps - Performing "Zelda's Dance" the pre-professional component of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance will be performing a short homage to the life of Zelda Fitzgerald.  The work focuses on her torrid relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald and her subsequent struggles with identity and mental illness.

ART SALE This Outsider Art Sale is by artists who are participants or friends of Aurora Studio & Gallery *(see info below).

Asher Leigh & Friends - Music
Asher Leigh stepped into musicianship and songwriting at age 25. Asher offers listeners and community a safe place to relate, integrate, and re-discover a sense of wholeness. Audiences include young adults, youth, children, parents, survivors of sexual violence, those recovering from addiction, and other servant artists.  Her music and services can be found at !
Heather Taylor and Sean Jerome come together to honor the Americana soul side of music. Digging deep with her "smokey tone and hypnotic vibrato", Heather writes original tunes from the heart. Sean Jerome balances out Heather's octave mandolin strums, with silky slide guitar licks. Pairing the genres of Folk, Americana and Blues, these two have something to say. 
Monika Gross of At-A-Site Theater will be offering a "tasting menu" of short selections of Ms. Fitzgerald's writings that attendees may choose from for an individual reading.

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 6:30pm
Firestorm, 610 Haywood Road, Asheville.
Two readings will close out the second annual Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald Celebration. Tom Downing will read excerpts of Zelda’s work. Tom first read Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in college along with other writers of the period and remembers being drawn to her powerful voice. Additionally, local writer and poet Melanie McGee Bianchi will read an article she wrote which was excerpted in a book by Maureen Corrigan about the “Great Gatsby”.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 12:00 Noon
Malaprop’s, 55 Haywood Street, Asheville – Discussion Bound book group. The Asheville Art Museum will host a discussion of Guests on Earth: A Novel by Lee Smith. This book imagines the relationship between a teenaged orphan girl and Zelda Fitzgerald, both patients at a mental institution in Asheville, NC. The author has created, through a seamless blending of fiction and fact, a mesmerizing novel about a world apart – in which art and madness are luminously intertwined.

LOOK FOR ADDITIONAL LISTINGS FROM: THE ASHEVILLE FILM SOCIETY, showing films at Grail Moviehouse, 45 South French Broad, Suite 130, Asheville. ORBIT DVD - Hosting a ZELDA GAMING EVENT, 781 Haywood Road, Asheville.

Events have been coordinated by the above listed community organizations. Special thanks to Jim MacKenzie who sponsored the proclamation for Zelda Fitzgerald Day on March 10th and to *Aurora Studio & Gallery for coordinating events. Please support Aurora Studio & Gallery a supportive studio for artists affected by mental health needs, addiction and/or homelessness by visiting the web-site at:
Zelda Fitzgerald