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Source: The Laurel

Highlands, NC (March 27, 2021) – The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts is pleased to welcome Dr. Karin Peterson as its new Executive Director starting mid-April. Peterson comes to The Bascom with more than twenty years of service on the faculty of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Asheville and has recently served as Interim Provost at UNC School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, NC), and Interim Provost at UNC Asheville.

Source: Zest & Curiosity

While I was searching for the waterfall I took a wrong turn. As a fortunate stroke of serendipity would have it – I have landed perfectly in the right place. By a random chance, I found exactly what my heart needed.

Source: Our State Magazine

Find out what three experts have to say about becoming an amateur art connoisseur of every artistic medium at museums across North Carolina — plus, how to start building your own mini collection.

Source: Our State Magazine

Satisfy your curiosity by visiting some of our state’s wild, wonderful, and yes, sometimes (lovably) wacky museums, big and small.

Source: Garden & Gun Magazine

A string of small towns along a gorgeous stretch of the state beckon for wide-open adventure. 

Source: Our State Magazine

On a six-acre campus of renovated barns and an old covered bridge, The Bascom gives people from the rural western part of the state a chance to experience the awe of seeing fine art and the satisfaction of bringing their own creations to life.

Source: The Laurel Magazine - https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/arts-in-highlands-nc-and-cashiers-nc/art-league-news-at-the-bascom

The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers will explore the directions of The Bascom and the future of the Artistic Community on the Plateau.

Source: The Laurel Magazine - https://www.thelaurelmagazine.com/dining-in-highlands-nc-and-cashiers-nc/a-classic-tomato-pie

Tomato Pie is a sonnet to the fading days of a Southern Summer. It might be a secret, so don’t share it with anyone from Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

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This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Learn more at http://www.ncarts.org.

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Funded in part by a grant from South Arts
in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.