Friday, August 5, 2011
Moving on Up! 4,100 feet above sea level!
Today I had the pleasure if driving to Highlands NC. If you have not been to Highlands, it is about 2.5 hours from Atlanta . Located on a plateau in the southern Appalachian mountains, within the Nantahala National Forest, it lies mostly in southeastern Macon and slightly in southwestern Jackson counties, in the Highlands and Cashiers townships, respectively. The permanent population was 909 at the 2000 census. The population swells to 10,000-15,000 during the season from spring to fall.
Highlands was founded in 1875 after its two founders, Samuel Truman Kelsey and Clinton Carter Hutchinson drew lines from Chicago to Savannah and from New Orleans to Baltimore. They felt that the place where these lines met would eventually become a great trading center and commercial crossroads. In the 1930s the town became a golfing mecca when Bobby Jones of Atlanta and some of his well-heeled golfing buddies founded the Highlands Country Club. Today that club is one of seven successful residential country club communities.
I drove to Highlands to drop artwork for the Bascom Art Center's members show.
I am very excited about participating in this show. The Bascom is becoming one of the premier art centers in the southeast. With great resident artists and shows of modern masters, this wonderful jewel is bringing the art of our region to the national scene. Below is the piece I entered in the show. Taylor Kinzel Gallery that carries my work was kind enough to let me put this piece in the Bascom show. Thanks TK! www.taylorkinzelgallery.com
Today I became envious of landscape painters. The inspiration in this beautiful place is never ending.On this very hot day in Atlanta, it was 76 degrees in the Highlands and you could see for miles with a low humidity. You never know, I may have to find the time away from painting figures to painting landscapes. August 20th is the opening of this show. I think it will be so much fun. Jack and I will have to take a road trip for the weekend.
Won't you join us?!