Seats Still Available for Friday Salon Series

February 20, 2013

An e-mail came our way today from RiverLink that I wanted to share with you because it sounds like a really great opportunity for education, networking, and community! Some of you may be wondering how this is relevant to you being that we mainly provide resources specific to craft artists and economic development that stems directly from a strong craft economy, but there is a common thread. In fact, there are enough threads to make a blanket. 

During the series, conversations will include information about the environment, politics, and environmental legacies; all of this is important to craft artists and artisans. For all you fiber people out there, what would happen if the environment became inhospitable to the plants you use for natural dye, or the grass became inedible to the sheep you use for sheering to spin your own yarn? Painters, if you use natural pigments, you also have a stake in the condition of the environment. So many of the changes we need to preserve our beautiful mountains and bodies of water, and to protect our wildlife, are implemented through policy that is decided by local and federal government. It’s important to engage at a local level to get to know the representatives who will be making the decisions that affect your lives, your businesses, and your craft. 

You never know who might be listening, so please consider joining Riverlink for their Friday Salon Series, to be a part of an important conversation.


Here’s their Press Release…

Seats are going quickly, but there is still time to sign up for first Friday Salon of 2013.

RiverLink is pleased to present the first of a stimulating five-part seminar series by Dr. Frank Kalinowski from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, February 22.  This first seminar, taking place at the RiverLink offices, is titled “A Practical Solution to the Environmental Crisis: The Scope and Range of Environmental Politics.” The purpose of these interactive lectures is to explore a deeper understanding of environmental issues and to attempt the placement of these issues in a larger social, political and historic context.

Kalinowski is a retired and popular professor from Warren Wilson College and the author of numerous articles and treatises that are thought provoking and informative about the complex world in which we live today. 

The dates for Salon Series are February 22, March 22, April 26 and May 31.

Future dates and topics include:

  • March 22, “The Constitution and the Environment”
  • April 26, “Political Vision and the American Founding: The Tensions Between Logic and History”
  • May 31, “Two Dreams and a Nightmare: The Environmental Legacies of Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison.”

This series is free and open to the public but reservations are a must, email to reserve a spot.

RiverLink is a regional non-profit working to revitalize the French Broad River as a place for everyone to live, work and play. The RiverLink office, the site for this series, is at 170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District of Asheville.  

Located in Asheville’s River Arts DistrictRiverLink is a regional organization spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River watershed as a destination where everyone can work, live and play.   

For more information about how you can get involved, see our Web site:, or contact us at or by phone at 252-8474.



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