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Benefit for Eliada Homes

I just finished the poster design for the next Affiliates Event. Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 6th and come out to “Be a Superhero for Eliada,” a party inspired by superheroes, comic books, and pop-art. The event will be held in the River Arts District’s Phil Mechanic Studios, a multi-floor studio with an industrial feel. Entertainment includes a photo booths, live tattooing by Freaks & Geeks, and music by DJ Kipper (Broadways, The Arcade), the event is a fundraiser for Eliada, a century-old organization serving children in need.

RSVP here

Grab your tights and cape!

Asheville Addy Awards – Best in Show

The Asheville American Advertising Federation awarded the Keystone Camp Video a Gold ADDY award and best in show. I collaborated with Videographer, Michelle Tessier and Creative Director, Brad Campbell on a four day video shoot in Brevard, North Carolina. It was such a great opportunity to be part of this creative team and I couldn’t be prouder of all of the hard work that went into making this video.

Market Connections creative team, Creative Director Brad Campbell and myself, were also excited  to win both a gold ADDY and a Special Judges award this year for the advertising campaign for Transylvania County Tourism and Development Authority.

Celebrating our Creative Community – AAF Asheville

Asheville graphic design Gold Addy Winner

Read an article about the awards from the Mountain Xpress.


Award winning graphic design





Release your Inner Animal

animal poster design

I had a blast designing this poster with the Animal Compassion Network, but this was just a precursor to the event that will go down at Highland April 11th. Local favorite, DJ Marley will be spinning to a room full of tails and cat ears at the next Asheville Affilliates’ event. Catawba Valley Brewing Company will be providing the beers, while the Marketplace, Strada, and Wicked Weed will be handling the appetizers. Great raffle prizes provided by Frugal Backpacker and many others.

Tickets are only $20 in advance on the Animal Compassion Network’s website.

See who’s going on facebook.

Come out to the Asheville’s Addy Awards

On March 5th the American Advertising Federation of Asheville will be holding the annual Addy awards. This will be an exciting event where the winners of gold and silver Addy awards will be announced. Come out and see all of the great creative work being done in Asheville.

Last year was my first experience entering the Addy awards. We were fortunate to win two Silver Addys for our work with The Community Foundation of Hendesrson County and Blue Rdige Energy Systems. This year Market Connections has entered a few pieces this year and we are hoping to go home with a Gold Addy.


Buy your tickets online.

March 5th

 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The event will be held at: Highland Brewing Tasting Room


Product of the 80’s Fashion Show

Arcade 80's Party

Thursday, February 21, The Arcade will host a great event benefiting the Asheville Affiliates. The evening will feature appetizers, a cash bar, an 80s dance party featuring DJ Franky, 80s themed photo booth and an 80s inspired fashion show.

The fashion show, which starts at 8 pm, will feature top Asheville fashion designers like Charles Josef, Kristina Benshoff, Stina Anderson, Aurora Moulin, Simone Bernhardt, Lola Meese, and also business like the Honey Pot, Hip Replacements and the Costume Shoppe, who will be show casing 80s inspired designs on the runway.

RSVP on facebook

Women’s Business Weekend



Female entrepreneurs will converge to share knowledge, expertise and connection on Nov. 10th and 11th, 2012 to kick start both their businesses and their lives!

For two days next weekend, women entrepreneurs will get to learn, dream, network, and explore a variety of resources Asheville has to offer women leading the local business community.

Presenters include  Kitty Love of the Asheville Area ArtsCouncil, Jessica Tomasin of Echo Mountain Recording Studios, Yoko Morris from HandMade in America, and many more.  What a lineup of local wonder women!

I’ll be giving a presentation on the importance of building a strong brand presence. I’ll be covering positioning,  goals, and strategy for building a strong brand identity for small businesses.I’m really excited to talk about the importance of brand design for Asheville small businesses and how we can all create a unique voice with the help of thoughtful design. This should be a pretty interactive conference and I’m looking forward to engaging with the audience and helping local entrepreneurs with questions about their specific needs.


Tickets and full break down of presenters available on the Women’s Business Weekend website.

Benefit for WNCA

WNCA poster design

Come celebrate 30 years of Western North Carolina Alliance

Thursday, October 11 6-9pm

The Asheville Affiliates are proud to team up with Western North Carolina Alliance to celebrate 30 years of protecting our mountains, forests, and rivers. Come out to “A Night in the Forest” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on October 11th. The celebration will be at the beautiful Lift Studios in the River Arts District, and will feature food, drinks, live music – and fun!

WNCA is the region’s oldest grassroots environmental non-profit. Utilizing a combination of advocacy, scientific research, and community collaboration, WNCA and its chapters and partners throughout Western North Carolina work to protect the natural heritage of our region so that people and the environment can thrive.

The event will feature live jam featuring 12 local artists including, Chelsea Labate from 10 Cent Poetry, Gregory Scott (local singer/songwriter), Alex Krug of the Alex Krug Trio, Ben Melton of John Wilkes Booth and The Black Tooth, Caromia Tiller (local singer/songwriter), Jon Stickley of Town Mountain, Dan Hettinger of Shorty Can’t Eat Books, Dan Shearin of Uncle Mountain, Dulci Ellenberger of Now You See Them and Sweet Claudette and the Birds, Ryan Furstenberg of Uncle Mountain and The Moon and You, Melissa Hyman of The Moon and You, and Sweet Claudette and the Birds.

Tickets are $25 in advance by clicking HERE, or $30 at the door.

TEDx Asheville 2012: The Edge

TEDx poster design

Tickets are on sale now for TEDx Asheville 2012

TEDx Asheville will be held November 4 at the Diane Wortham Theatre. If you missed it last year, be sure to get your tickets soon. Tickets are expected to sell out by October 5th.

Updates: The TEDx Asheville team has announced the first three speakers. Grammy Nominee Casey Driessen, Interfaith minister and healer Anne Heck, and TIME Magazine science editor and author Jeffrey Kluger.

You can find out more about this year’s lineup below.


Mad Men party at the Market Place

Advertising event asheville

Please join us for a Summer Social at The Market Place  Thursday evening, August 16th. A $10 entry fee covers light appetizers and live entertainment. The proceeds from this event will go to support Western North Carolina Alliance who will be teaming up with the Affiliates for a fundraiser later this fall.

The Market Place’s new bar is the perfect place for rocking your favorite vintage dress, and beehive hairdo. As for the men, grab your skinny tie and Don Draper hat and enjoy a retro cocktail. The evening will feature live music from Ben Hovey, tasty appetizers and $5 vintage cocktails.

Affiliates social events are for networking and to learn more about the Asheville Affiliates and our partnership with Asheville-area nonprofits. We would love to see you there! The Market Place Restaurant is located at 20 Wall Street in downtown Asheville.


Benefit for the new Klondyke Playground

the klondyke playground design

Asheville Design Center’s 80’s Dance Party: June 21

The Asheville Affiliates and Asheville Design Center are teaming up on a benefit to raise money for the Klondyke Playground. “Kickin’ it Old School” is on June 21st from 6-9pm at Celine and Company’s On Broadway. This event is the largest fundraiser to date for the Asheville Design Center and is hosted by the Asheville Affiliates and sponsored by Charlotte Street Computers.

My favorite local DJ, Marley Carroll will be spinning an 80’s set. Dress to impress. Fanny packs, neon accents, and crimped hair are encouraged. All you can drink beers provided by Catawba Valley Brewing Company and wine from Skyland. Be taken back to your youth with food from Mark Rosenstein’s kitchen ready GO program, including an all you can eat Tot’s bar with sauces from Crooked Condiments.

Let’s raise the roof (and some funds) for a good cause!

Burton Street Community Day

green opportunities asheville

Saturday June 2nd 2-8 pm

The Burton Street Community is getting down this Saturday.  Green Opportunities is presenting Burton Steet Community Day. One of the oldest neighborhoods in West Asheville is going to be hosting a day full of events for all ages.

I’m encouraging all West Ashevillians to come out,  check out the Peace Garden and meet some of your neighbors.

Things to get excited about:

  • It’s free
  • A breakdancing workshop
  • Amazing eats provided by the GO-Kitchen ready program.
  • They are raffling off a Stromer electric bike! Tickets are only $10.

Strive Not to Drive Asheville

Strive not to drive week asheville

Bring on the helmet hair! 

Put down the keys and hop on your bike, it’s bike to work week!  Once a year, the community of Asheville is encouraged to try alternative modes of transportation for one week. Last night Strive Not to Drive kicked off the week with a Bike Corral at Downtown After 5. Despite the thunder clouds, bikers locked up their bikes and snagged a button. Commuters this week will be able to take part in several activities around town, and morning breakfast stops around town. Check out the full schedule online at

I was really excited to team up with Strive Not to Drive’s Ching Fu to market this important effort.  A kick-ass logo, buttons, and posters made for a great grassroots campaign. I encourage you all to wake up a few minutes early this week, embrace helmet hair and take on the hills. After all, showing your support could lead to more bike paths, greenways, and bike aware drivers around Asheville.


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