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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 .

  • Art League of Highlands-Cashiers Member Exhibition

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

    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.

  • Selections from Our Permanent Collection

    GALLERY: Joel Gallery
    ARTIST(S): Various
    ON DISPLAY: January 9, 2021
    THROUGH: March 27, 2021
    MEDIUM(S): Various

    With over 100 works in our permanent collection, each installment promises to be a unique experience in the Joel Gallery.

  • The Art of Chamber Music

    GALLERY: Joel Gallery
    ARTIST(S): Various
    ON DISPLAY: June 7, 2021
    THROUGH: August 15, 2021
    MEDIUM(S): Painting & Photography

    The Bascom is proud to partner with the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival and celebrate their 40th anniversary! Each year HCCMF releases a program of their events with original art on the cover. This exhibition will showcase all of those original art pieces.

    "FESTIVAL! The word itself conjures up so many emotions; excitement, fun, joy, and variety. In the year 1999 when our founder Dr. Lucas Drew and the Board entrusted me with leading HCCMF into the new millennium, I wanted to find ways to celebrate even more of the extraordinary experiences that the area offers, and to expand on the idea of "Festival". We already had an extraordinary concert series augmented by our "Feasts" which celebrate great food, wine, and most importantly, friendship and community. We had programs which included poetry, and some which featured dancers. But what about art? The plateau is filled with wonderful artists in every possible medium- I think the natural beauty of the mountains inspires it- and so in 1999 we invited our first-ever "Festival Artist" to create a new work of art which we would use for our Program Book cover, posters, and general publicity. We are incredibly grateful to all the marvelous artists who have shared their talents with us so generously through the years and are thrilled to be able to share this unique collection with you publicly for the first time at The Bascom."
     
    Will Ransom,
    Anna and Hays Mershon Artistic Director

    Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival 

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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.