See the Faces of Asheville project in the River District this month.
by Mick Kelly
In 2005, Jen Bowen saw her community changing and new she wanted to document it. By 2007, she had carved out the time and resources to start photographing hundreds of Ashevilleans, both longtime residents and a crew of newcomers. “I’ve lived in Asheville for almost 20 years,” says Bowen, now 29. “I wanted to document the people who had been here, and I also wanted to see why the transplants were newly calling this their home.” Her documentary project, Faces of Asheville, which first opened in 2009, will be up for viewing again most Saturdays this month in an open commercial space in Asheville’s River Arts District. The collection includes some 350 portraits. Bowen, who ran for Asheville City Council in 2009, will apply for a $10,000 arts grant through the state this fall that would let her double the number of portraits. A new mom, Bowen says she’d start shooting again in June of 2012.
The exhibit will hang in the Glen Rock Depot, 372 Depot Street, Suite 40, next to The Magnetic Field, in Asheville’s River Arts District. Open from 10am-4pm on June 11 and 12, and from 12:30pm-4:30pm on June 18 and 25. To learn more about the project, check out www.facesofasheville.com.