Center for Cultural Preservation highlights Blue Ridge Artists at May 31 opening

Posted by | May 30, 2014

Back at the beginning of May, Hendersonville, NC’s Center for Cultural Preservation launched a month-long online silent auction for its SPRING MOUNTAIN ART SHOW to benefit the Center and ECO (the Environmental Conservation Organization). Artists featured in the show include Cynthia Wilson, Costanza Knight, Marsha Hammel, Rob Travis, and David Voorhees. To view and bid on the art as well as get information about tomorrow’s live art reception, see the Center for Cultural Preservation’s website.

'The High Bridge.' Giclee print from original watercolor by Costanza Knight. Known by many as the Green River Bridge, this structure is a well known and loved bridge seen as one travels east on US 176 heading towards Saluda, NC. Built in 1927, it was replaced by a four-lane bridge in 1999. The plan was to tear down the old bridge. Local residents, knowing the aesthetic and historic value of the structure, petitioned the state to retain the bridge as a walking and biking park. Thanks to their efforts the bridge was not demolished, and will be used by pedestrians, sightseers, nature lovers and bridge buffs for years to come.

‘The High Bridge’ —Giclee print from original watercolor by Costanza Knight. Known by many as the Green River Bridge, this structure is a well known and loved bridge seen as one travels east on US 176 heading towards Saluda, NC. Built in 1927, it was replaced by a four-lane bridge in 1999.
The plan was to tear down the old bridge. Local residents, knowing the aesthetic and historic value of the structure, petitioned the state to retain the bridge as a walking and biking park. Thanks to their efforts the bridge was not demolished, and will be used by pedestrians, sightseers, nature lovers and bridge buffs for years to come.

The show’s live opening, to be held on Saturday, May 31st at 7PM, includes a reception with the artists, wine, cheese, and locally baked goods, as well as live music. Attendees will get the chance to “schmooze with the artists” and enjoy the grand re-opening of artist Heidi Mayfield’s Hi-Art Studios located at 415 Wall Street (behind 4th and Main Street).

According to Mayfield, “I am very pleased to support the work of the Center, which is doing outstanding work to keep alive the culture and heritage of the mountains. This art show and reception is a great chance for folks to see my work and my new studio but also to appreciate the richness of our local artists and photographers, who are second to none.”

The Center for Cultural Preservation‘s mission is to keep alive mountain heritage through an oral history project, documentary film, public programs, a forthcoming weekly radio program, and student programs in the public schools.

The oral history project, Mountain Elder Wisdom, collects oral histories from scores of mountain elders throughout a 12-county region in Western North Carolina. This benefit will support the center’s work in running this project as well as developing a documentary film about culture in the mountains.

For more information about the Spring Mountain Art Show, whose online silent auction has been active for several weeks now, log onto the Center’s website to see the art and make a bid or call the Center at (828) 692-8062.

The closing reception, featuring music and refreshments, will be held on Saturday, May 31st at 7PM at Hi-Art Studios, 415 Wall Street in downtown Hendersonville, NC.

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