Join us Friday, June 21, at 7:30pm at The Residency at 821 for an evening for an open house evening of art and creativity.  Chuck Gutierrez and LimaqWNC will be providing Peruvian vegan light bites. Water is our theme for the night, and we’ll have a short film screening, a community poetry writing workshop, and a sneak peek at an immersive art installation centered around water.

This evening will begin with Dogwood Fellow Tiffany Womack’s 20 minute film, What About the Water, exploring the role of riparian forests in purifying and protecting our water supply and the community protectors of this water. We’ll then do a writing exercise that will guide community members to write their own poetry reflecting on water. The studio will feature a digital installation by Liz Williams, Mik Mitchell, and Shani Kashani. We will also have poem excerpts and art by 821 Artist in Residence, Aliah Lavonne Tigh, on the walls.


June 26st, Wednesday, 7:30pm we’ll gather again for a community reading where we might share this poetry from Friday, and this reading centered on water will happen inside an immersive digital art experience projected during the reading. We’ll have community poets Lockie Hunter and Jeff Davis, Hosts of Asheville’s WordPlay, other Asheville poets*, and artist guests Keagan Wheat and Aliah Lavonne Tigh.

Please join us on May 23 from 6-9 pm as our current artist in residence, Will Iselnogle, shares his illustration installation with our community!

Join us at Lamplight AVL’s Residency at 821 on 4/26 and 4/27 for two performances with Wind Cults and guests. Brett Naucke, Adam Lion, and Thom Nguyen will perform both evenings from 7-9pm. On Friday, 4/26, they will be joined by Zach Cooper, with an opening set by Corey Parlamento. On Saturday 4/27, they will be joined by Landon George, with an opening set by Astoria. Don’t miss these spectacular sets!

These artists are brought to you by our first ever guest curator, Brett Naucke. Brett is a composer and photographer who has deep ties to the experimental art world and a long history of gathering communities together through the music and arts events. We are grateful and honored to be the beneficiaries of his insight, skill, and expertise.

Join Garden Party for a weekend of 4/20 fun at Lamplight AVL’s Residency at 821, as we welcome the spring season and celebrate one of mother nature’s greatest gifts together. Garden Party will be bringing you a mini Garden Party shopping experience, complete with a curation of cannabis goods, special discounts, and sweet treats.  More details to follow.

Garden Party is lifestyle brand and retail experience for people exploring their relationship with cannabis. They celebrate your sunny days, green escapes, and tiny rituals. 

Image credit Jesse Mead. @BlackRivrComics

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT Join us at the residency as Candlewood Collective presents DOLORES, a one-act drama about two sisters drawn together by domestic violence. Sandra and Dolores push and pull against one another as they seek to connect with each other and protect themselves.

March 28 – April 7. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm. Sundays at 4pm.

Tickets are $15.

To request tickets, email with your name, the performance you wish to see (schedule below), and the number of tickets requested.

This unique production has double cast both roles; cast members will trade off throughout the run, resulting in FOUR DISTINCT ACTING PAIRS. Tickets are for specific nights of the production; audience members wishing to see the play in a new cast configurations should purchase tickets for each evening they wish to attend. See below for scheduled performances.

*Audience members please note: this play includes references to domestic violence and offensive language. The producers have decided to include the language in its original form because it is true to the timeframe and to the characters, and it represents an important phase in the arcs of both characters.


Director: Lucia Gray

Producers: Candlewood Collective

Stage Manager: Madelyn Anderson

Cast – Sandra y: Lauren Davis and A.K. Benninghofen

Cast – Dolores: Kim Mako and Emily Tynan McDaniel


SOLD OUT Thursday March 28 at 7…A.K. Benninghofen and Emily Tynan McDaniel

SOLD OUT Friday March 29 at 7pm………Lauren Davis and Kim Mako

SOLD OUT Saturday March 30 at 7pm…….A.K. Benninghofen and Kim Mako

SOLD OUT Sunday March 31 at 4pm………..Lauren Davis and Emily Tynan McDaniel

SOLD OUT Monday April 1 at 7 pm………Lauren Davis and Emily Tynan McDaniel

SOLD OUT Wednesday April 3 at 7pm……….A.K. Benninghofen and Kim Mako

SOLD OUT Thursday April 4 at 7pm………Lauren Davis and Kim Mako

SOLD OUT Friday April 5 at 7pm…..A.K. Benninghofen and Emily Tynan McDaniel

SOLD OUT Saturday April 6 at 7pm………Lauren Davis and Emily Tynan McDaniel

SOLD OUT Sunday April 7 at 4pm…………A.K. Benninghofen and Kim Mako

Join Sarah Louise, whose music has been called “Mystical” by the New York Times and “In tune with the thrust of existence” by NPR, for a community sharing circle. Bring ideas, questions, creative projects, jokes – anything that wants to be lovingly witnessed in community. Sarah believes that everyone’s creative expression matters to the healing of our world and is excited to share technique she uses to collaborate with creative blocks as the openings they truly are. Come to share or simply to bask in the creative light of our amazing community! You can check out Sarah Louise’s video describing her event on our Instagram Post or by downloading it Here

Join us at 7pm on Saturday, February 3, as Alex McWalters gives a public reading/performance at The Residency at 821.

It has long been a goal of his to host a hybrid artistic event which showcases his work as both a writer and musician. This may include other members of River Whyless, as well as other local musicians, in a musical accompaniment to a literary reading. Given that much of his work is about music, and about his experiences as a musician, and that the work itself strives toward lyricism and musicality, he envisions a reading that features a live soundtrack, followed by a full musical performance. Among other things, he sees it as a way to bring together into one space his associations with both the musical and literary communities of Asheville.

Please join us on March 8th and 9th!  Lyle de Vitry invites the community to attend an exhibition of his work and creative exploration at Studio 821. During his time in residence, he will develop lyrics for unfinished songs. The drafted lyrics will also be a part of a larger visual art show, which will include a collection and expansion of some of his older works.

At 7 PM, on Friday March 8th, Lyle will perform a 45 minute set of music, some of which will have been completed or drafted during the residency.

Open house hours to visit the exhibition are Friday March 8th, 6-9 & Saturday March 9th 2-5.

Join us on Saturday, January 13th, as Sarah Louise hosts an intimate group singing event that invites in herbal allies to sing with us through a tea party. Doors open at 3:30, and the event begins at 4:00 (at which point the doors will be closed to the public). The event is expected to conclude by 7pm.

After sipping your tea, sit back for a brief sound bath and guided visualization that will prepare us to make sounds for connecting with each other and the Earth. Whether it is laughter, tears, wild sound-making or beautiful harmony singing, all expression is possible in this caring space and no musical experience is necessary. The Earth delights in all of our expression! Suggested donation of $5-$50.