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  • Art League of Highlands-Cashiers Member Exhibition

    GALLERY: Joel Gallery
    ON DISPLAY: August 28, 2021
    THROUGH: December 31, 2021
    MEDIUM(S): Mixed

    For decades Highlands has been a hub of the Arts for Western Carolina. The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers has been instrumental in making it so.

    The League has its roots more than fifty years ago in a group of area women, art lovers to the core, who took turns hosting brown bag lunches for artists. It didn't take long for wine to be included in the menu.  So the group adopted the name, Pickled Painters.

    Helen Sparkes had lived as a guest at the Bascom-Louise Inn, which was willed to the Hudson Library.  It became a visual arts wing to display the work of local artists.  That space evolved into The Bascom-Louise Gallery, and eventually the fine art center, The Bascom, now located on Franklin Road.

    In the late 1970s many Pickled Painters along with new-to-the area artists joined what would eventually become the Art League of Highlands.  The group, which met at Helene Sparkes' barn at the top of Webbmont, was small in the beginning, but it began to grow as word spread.  Members felt there was a need for an organized art society to support fellow artists in the creation, exhibition, marketing, promotion and teaching of visual arts.

    On July 24, 1980, several area artists convened for the first official League meeting.  Originally adopting the name, The Art League of Highlands, in 2014, the board voted to change the name to The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers and the Greater Plateau to reflect its expanding reach. Today the league is a thriving 501-C organization boasting over fifty artists and friends.  

    The group was founded on the principle that visual artists need mutual support in order to sustain and advance artistic growth.  That, in turn, encourages cultural appreciation of the visual arts in the community.  Not only does the League emphasize originality among its members, it also nurtures artistic expression in upcoming generations living on the Highlands Plateau. To that end, the League offers monthly presentations during the season, and annually sponsors two fine art shows in the area.

    The Art League is proud of its past association with the local community and The Bascom-Louise Gallery.  It will continue its collaborative with The Bascom and The Macon County Art Association to support the visual arts in the region. 

    To learn more about the League, visit www.artleagueofhighlands-cashiers.com .

  • Curious Terrain: WNC from the Air

    GALLERY: Bunzl Gallery
    ARTIST(S): Alex MacLean
    ON DISPLAY: September 28, 2020
    THROUGH: January 9, 2021
    MEDIUM(S): Photography

    It is curious to see the world from the air. As we rise above our usual ground-level vision, we gain a broader perspective on our built environment and the human impact on the land. Terrain that is familiar to us takes on new form, and unexpected marks and monuments reveal themselves.

  • Each Moment: The Bascom Photography Resident - Anna Norton

    GALLERY: Joel Gallery
    ARTIST(S): Anna Norton
    ON DISPLAY: April 23, 2022
    THROUGH: July 4, 2022
    MEDIUM(S): Photography

    Nothing will tell you where you are. Each moment is a place you've never been.

    —Mark Strand

  • Like No Other Place: Photographs of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

    GALLERY: Joel Gallery
    ARTIST(S): Various
    ON DISPLAY: July 16, 2022
    THROUGH: December 31, 2022
    MEDIUM(S): Photography
    GUEST CURATOR(S): Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

    Explore The Bascom's 2022 theme of "Place" through the lens of Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust properties.

    Our mountains are among some of the oldest in the world. Over time, geologic processes have resulted in a complex landscape that is home to a great diversity of habitats for plants and animals. Home to more flowering plant species than anywhere else in the temperate zone, 250 are found nowhere else but here.

  • Listening to the Land: Reimagining the Bartram Trail

    ARTIST(S): Beate Sass, Brent Martin, Eric William Carroll, Erik Mace, Frances Bukovsky, Kaye Savage, Mike Belleme, Raymond Thompson Jr, Susan Alta Martin, Susan Patrice, Yvonne Dalschen
    ON DISPLAY: December 15, 2022
    THROUGH: January 7, 2023
    MEDIUM(S): Photography

    Listening to the Land:  is a nine-month community celebration of the Bartram Trail, launching with the project-shaping photography exhibition With Rapture & Astonishment that highlights how eleven photographers inspired by William Bartram reimagined the landscape he encountered. A series of workshops, nature walks, and dynamic online conversations will follow, inviting photographers of all levels to join us in creating a community archive of the Bartram Trail that celebrates this region’s rich biodiversity while honoring each person’s unique way of seeing and responding to the land.

    Participants will be offered the opportunity to have their photographs juried into an online archive and a community exhibition in Fall 2023 that will bring to light the delicate and beautiful ecosystems that often go unobserved in public green spaces.

    An exhibition reception of With Rapture & Astonishment and the launch of our community Project Listening to the Land:  Reimagining the Bartram Trail will take place December 15, 5:00-6:30 pm.  Free and open to the public. 

    Featured Artists:  Beate SassBrent MartinEric William CarrollErik MaceFrances Bukovsky, Kaye Savage, Mike BellemeRaymond Thompson JrSusan Alta MartinSusan Patrice, and Yvonne Dalschen

    To learn more about Kinship Photography Collective, please click here. 

    Funding for photo printing provided by Wild Azalea Garden Club 

    Photocredit:  Yvonne Dalschen

  • Photography Artist in Residence Spring 2023

    GALLERY: Joel Gallery
    ARTIST(S): To be announced
    ON DISPLAY: April 22, 2023
    THROUGH: August 5, 2023
    MEDIUM(S): Photography

    Each year The Bascom’s Photography Artist in Residence Program brings in educator-artists who offer new insights to our signature STEAM-focused curriculum, integrating basic skills in science, technology, engineering and math with the arts. 

    The Bascom's Spring 2023 Artist in Residence will be announced soon. 

    Image credit:  Byron Tenesaca, 2016 Photographer in Residence 

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