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"France on the Floor"

News Release: Thursday, January 19th, 2017
About: "France on the Floor"
Join us for the unveiling of an original painting, "France on the Floor," together with a French Wine "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines on Friday, February 3rd from 5 to 6:30.
The result of an accident, the painting which is literally on the floor, has brought history, humor and permanent art to MetroWines.
A bottle of red wine fell to the floor, broke, and created a stain. Shortly after the incident, Chestnut's Vanessa Scully walked in, saw the stain, and said: "That looks like Sardegna!" It did. But within the hour, oddly enough, another bottle was spilled in the same spot increasing the size of the stain and making it more closely resemble France.
MetroWines was faced with two choices: either call in a carpet cleaner and wait for yet another stain or think outside the wine box! "We saw this as an opportunity to bring a little history and art into the shop," says co-owner Gina Trippi. "So we
called Roxane Clement, a decorative painter, to assess the situation."
Roxane began the process of turning a stain into "France on the Floor." "You can transform anything with paint." says Roxane. A graduate of the AB Tech Decorative Restoration Program, Roxane also taught decorative painting after completing the course.
The project has been enormously popular with customers and MetroWines plans to continue the carpet culture. "We have a spot that looks just like Italy." says Gina Trippi. "Paging Roxane!"
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Frances Figart Booksigning


December 29, 2016


CONTACT: Frances Figart


Editor of The Laurel of Asheville Publishes

Collection of Autobiographical Essays

ASHEVILLE, NC (December 29, 2016) —Frances Figart, editor of The Laurel of Asheville, has published a collection of essays that is now available through Amazon and select booksellers. The 92-page illustrated paperback, titled Seasons of Letting Go: Most of what I know about truly living I learned by helping someone die, chronicles a powerful time of crisis, transition and resilience.

In 2010, Figart (pronounced Fie-gert) was running kayak ecotours in Costa Rica and Canada’s Bay of Fundy, swept up in an international travel adventure. Back in the States, her mother was becoming weakened by the combination of a leaky heart valve and a chest wall damaged years before by a mastectomy and cobalt radiation.


“I made the decision to return and care for my mom in my old hometown of Winchester, Kentucky,” says Figart. “So I wouldn’t lose touch with my writing, I started a blog about my experience as a caregiver.”

Beginning just before her mother died and stretching over the last four years, the essays follow Figart’s transition to Asheville and share wisdom gained through caregiving and embracing grief in a healthy way. “Last year, I realized I had written my best essays during this time. It hit me: Why not publish them as a book to honor my mother’s life and help others dealing with loss?”

With inspirational quotes, song lyrics and literary references sprinkled throughout, the book is not only a personal account of loss and grief, but also a universal meditation on hope, spirituality and self-actualization. The essays are accompanied by stunning nature photography, colorful illustrations and graphic design elements that take the reader on an introspective journey of healing.

“If you or someone you know has experienced a loss or change, this book will touch your heart,” says reviewer Leslie Donovan on Amazon. “The beautiful photography and illustrations add to the story of adventure, loss, change and renewal. As a Hospice nurse, I will recommend this book to my patients and families.”


Friday, January 27, at Metro Wines, Asheville, 5–6:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, at Gingko Tree Gallery, Black Mountain, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Part of the proceeds from sales at these events will be earmarked for a Gatlinburg family who lost their home and pets in the November fires.

Seasons of Letting Go: Most of what I know about truly living I learned by helping someone die, autobiographical essays, 2016, softcover, $19.95,, by Frances Figart. Learn more at

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Book Signing with Lois Chazen

News Release: Monday, August 29, 2016
Book Signing with Lois Chazen
  "The Key: Truths of the Universe"
Please join us for a Book Signing with author Lois Chazen of her new work "The Key: Truths of the Universe" on Wednesday, September 21st from 5 to 7pm @MetroWines. 
Bobbie Tyler Mauro Reategui Perez, Peruvian Visionary Jungle Artist, who created the art for "The Key: Truths of the Universe" and River, "The Ambassadog" from Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary will also join us for the Book Signing.
Turtle Dove Publications is donating 20% of all proceeds from "The Key:Truths of the Universe," to Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary in Black Mountain ( There is no charge for the event but your purchase of the book helps this worthy cause.
Calling the book "a remarkable dance of words," Karen Richardson Dunn of Penquin Random House, Simon and Schuster, says "The Key: Truths of the Universe" weaves ancient spiritual principles into a coherent unity offering a Divine wisdom that can be applied to the challenges of everyday life. "For spiritual seekers, not only is the book a worthwhile read, it just may change your life." 
About Lois: Born in Miami, Lois Chazen now lives in Black Mountain. Her first book, "Loving Ruby," inspired by the true story of a baby female cardinal she rescued, won the GOLD Mom's Choice Award in the Philanthropic category. The Defenders of Wildlife emblem is on the front cover and the organization still receives proceeds from this book.  Lois also won the Readers View Literary Award. 
Lois has recently created an amazing new series," Maddy Magoo's Animal Rescues," featuring different animal sanctuaries, representing all categories of species in every book with a portion of the proceeds sent to the sanctuaries and affiliate organizations. 
Her first book from this series, "Tugen" (Too-gen), is also based on a true story about a young rooster who was rescued by the Asheville Humane Society and placed at Goat Mountain Sanctuary. Tugen was clueless about who, what, or where he was, and why he was abandoned by his mother.
The second book in the series called, "River," about the beautiful and popular wolf-dog at Full Moon Farm in Black Mountain was written to help the wolves, wolf-dogs, and dogs. Lois will be spotlighting all species of animals. 
"My life-path is to create compassion for all animals on Earth, by creating a consciousness shift in humankind," Lois says.  "My heart belongs to the animals!"
Contact: Gina Trippi
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Connie Regan-Blake Storytelling

News Release: Friday, May 27th 2016
Re: Connie Regan-Blake "Slice of Life" Performance @MetroWines
Please join us for “A Slice of Life” performance on Saturday, June 18th at 7:30 @MetroWines, 169 Charlotte Street. Connie Regan-Blake and her "Taking the Stage" workshop participants present a great evening of storytelling. 
"Storytelling is alive and well, primarily because of Connie Regan-Blake." ABC Good Morning America
Your $15 ticket includes a glass of wine. Parking is free, easy and close. Purchase tickets here: 
About Connie Regan-Blake:

Connie Regan-Blake is one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. She has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances and workshops. Entertaining audiences in 47 states and 16 countries, she brings the wisdom, humor and drama of stories to main stage concert halls, libraries and into the corporate world.

Both as a solo artist and a member of the acclaimedFolktellers duo, Connie has been featured on seven award-winning recordings – five audio and two videos produced by PBS. New Age Magazine, School Library Journal, and Southern Living have praised her work. She has been a guest on NPR’sAll Things Considered, ABC Good Morning America and CNN.

When Connie takes the stage she generates a brightness and warmth, drawing in listeners with her engaging humor and Southern charm. Her stories range from hilarious traditional Appalachian Mountain tales to poignant true-life drama. A consummate professional, Connie’s rare talent can transform a convention hall into a wondrous landscape and turn a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends.

Connie has performed at the nation’s top folk music and storytelling festivals in Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, as well as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Her groundbreaking collaboration with the Kandinsky Trio - an innovative blend of storytelling and chamber music - has been hailed as a “new art form.”

As a founding board member of the National Storytelling Association (formerly NAPPS), and a frequent host and featured performer at the National Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Connie helped ignite and shape the American storytelling revival. 


Contact: Gina Trippi @MetroWines

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Chess Class @MetroWines

News Release:  Wednesday May 4th

Chess Class @MetroWines
MetroWines announces chess class with Paul Judd Pires @MetroWines starting Tuesday, June 7th. Class will be held every Tuesday from 2 to 3:30. $10 at the door. Join us to learn this great game of strategy that teaches skills applicable on and off the board!
Please call to reserve a seat. To provide individual attention, class size will be limited. While we will have some boards available, students are encouraged to bring their own boards. No membership required. No experience necessary. No obligation. 
Class will be lead by accomplished chess player Paul Judd Pires.  A British American chess teacher, commentator, live streamer and tournament organizer, Paul attended Appalachian State University. While a student there, Paul organized the first ever Boone Open Chess Tournament in 2003. President of the University Chess Club and mentor to many students around campus, Paul never left the house without a chess board!  
"Chess is for everybody," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We really want to especially encourage women to join the class!"
Chess is believed to have originated in India some time before the 7th century. The chess pieces took on their current powers in Spain in the late 15th century with the rules being standardized in the 19th century. Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops and eight pawns. Each piece moves differently. The object is to "checkmate" the opponent's king by placing the piece in an inescapable threat of capture.
Although considered a masculine game throughout history, women always played chess and got some good press in the painting "The Chess Game" by Sofonisba Anguissola in 1555. Many scholars have said the painting is meant as a metaphor to reinforce the intelligence and strategic skills of women.
Images Attached:
"The Chess Game"
Paul Judd Pries
Chess Pieces
Contact: Gina Trippi
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