Words From The Editor

I’m really looking forward to hearing from readers about how you like this month’s issue. It’s an unusual one in terms of the lovely graphics including the dynamite cover! (thanks to Mary McKinley of marymackdesign.com and marymackart.com.) Much of the content and design elements were originally intended for a WNC Woman Guide to music, dance and theatre in WNC. Since that project didn’t come together I decided to utilize the articles and photos for a regular WNC Woman issue. When I posted the theme on our website, I also received several additional, wonderful articles and profiles. WNC truly is a haven for the performing arts.


Sandi Tomlin-Sutker. Email: editor@wncwoman.com

Sandi Tomlin-Sutker. Email: editor@wncwoman.com

If you don’t already know that, this issue will convince you of it, and of the strong role women play in our community. From musicians to singers, songwriters and promoters; from dancers and choreographers to teachers; from actors to directors and managers, women do it all and we are happy to highlight their strength and talent.


Have you ever wondered about the different genres of music people bandy about? You can bandy with the best of them once you read the somewhat serious, totally accurate Music Glossary that includes some places and faces locals know so well!


There are SO many amazing women in the music and dance world in WNC: our “Dozen Women to Know” gives brief bios of some emergent and some well-known; then we offer several in-depth profiles of performers like Sharon LaMotte; dancers/teachers such as Susan Collard and Lisa Zahiya and Diane Kepley. Music and dance can be (are meant to be) transformative and we present three groups with that goal in mind: the Asheville Movement Collective, InterPlay, and Pure Heart Ensemble.


And the issue wouldn’t be complete without a look at the region’s repertory and community theatres. Including a surprise Premier coming to WNC.


Our regular columnists, as always, round out the issue with humor, information, ideas and inspiration.


Oh, and an unusual treat: how to match your style to the music you love. With clothes and accessories from several local shops.


Hope this issue gets you moving!

Sandi Tomlin-Sutker
Written by Sandi Tomlin-Sutker