Arts on the Green – A Festival of Outdoor Arts and Sculpture in Cashiers, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010

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Al Fresco Meets Art Deco in the Heart of This Popular Resort Mountain Village – July 12-17, 2010

The historic village of Cashiers in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is all abuzz as it prepares for its first ever “Arts on the Green Festival” in July. This week-long celebration of the arts takes place at the center of town on the Village Green from Sunday July 12 to Saturday July 17. Events will include lectures from artists, live art demonstrations, art competitions and all of the trappings you’d expect from an area that is well known for its festivals. Reminiscent of an old French village during the impressionist period, plein air artists can be found painting at easels all around town throughout the week. The festival culminates with a full day of live music, art demonstrations, competitions, children’s art activities, food, an unveiling of a new sculpture exhibition on the Green and a final awards ceremony with cocktails to celebrate all of the paintings of this beautiful area produced throughout the festival. A portion of the proceeds from “Arts on the Green” will benefit The Village Green – a conservancy project and community park that is supported solely through private donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorships. Our very own Jochen Lucke, owner of Silver Creek Real Estate Group proudly serves as President of the Village Green. He personally invites you and your family to join us on the mountain for this not-to-be-missed event.  If you are not an art lover when you arrive, you will be when you leave!

Schedule of Events

Sunday July 11:  Artists & Hosts Gathering at The Harmony Tower at The Village Green Commons from 4-6 pm – includes gift bags, drink and light food.
Monday July 12:  Artists Paint Plein Air Throughout Town – Talented plein air artists from all over the United States applied with images of their works in hopes of being chosen for this competition. Twenty-four artists were selected from forty-seven juried entries. Awards of $2000 to the Best in Show and $1000 for Artists Choice will be awarded on Friday July 16 before the Gala.
Tuesday July 13:  Robin R. Salmon’s Sculpture Lecture & Reception – includes wine, light food, and dedication of Harmony Tower at the Village Green Commons, 7-9 pm. Dedication to donors : Judy and George Dixon. SPONSOR EVENT. Robin Salmon, renowned sculpture author and curator of collections at Brookgreen Gardens, home of the largest collection of outdoor figurative sculpture in the world, explores the amazing life of sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington in her lecture “Anna Hyatt Huntington: American Animalier”. 
Wednesday July 14: Art Wet Room Public Opening at The Village Green Commons from 11-5pm – The “Wet Room” is where our talented plein air artists will be displaying their work. Plein air artists in competitions typically paint two works a day. Repeated daily visits by collectors are encouraged to the VG Commons Wet Room from Wednesday, July 14 until the show closes at 5pm Saturday, July 17. This ever-changing exhibit of pastels, oils and watercolor works, will feature original paintings of the majestic mountains and countryside of Cashiers, including historic structures, pastoral views, flowers and people enjoying the great outdoors. Works of art may be purchased out-right or bids entered on Wet Room sheets daily.
Wednesday July 14:  Karen Weihs “Colorist of the Carolinas” Workshop.  Join one of the Southeast’s most gifted artists for this FREE event from 11-1 pm in the Pavilion on the Village Green Commons. Coffee and light snacks provided by The Village Green.
Thursday July 15:  Art Wet Room Open to the Public on The Village Green Commons from 11 am-5pm.
Thursday July 15:  Andy Peters Lecture “Karl Bodmer’s Voyage and Legacy: How the greatest plein air journey of all time will change your life and art” at 7 pm at The Albert Carlton Community Library. Hosted by Friends of the Library. Reception to follow at Harmony Tower at the Village Green Commons. SPONSOR EVENT.
Friday July 16:  Art Wet Room Open to the Public on The Village Green Commons from 10 am-4pm. From 4-7pm, Wet Room closes for Plein Air judging.
Friday July 16:  Artist’s Awards Reception on The Village Green Commons at 6 pm. SPONSOR EVENT.
Friday July 16:  Sculpture Exhibit Ribbon Cutting and Opening on The Village Green Commons at 6:30 p.m. Tour of Sculpture Garden begins at 8 pm. The grand ribbon cutting announces the opening of the sculpture exhibit and trail through the 12.5 acres of The Village Green. The sculpture exhibit features exceptional works by ten contemporary American sculptors. This bi-annual event began in 2008 and is made possible by a grant from the Gralnick Foundation. The exhibit remains in place until winter 2010 and is curated and installed by Academy Award-winning sculptor, Wesley Wofford.
Friday July 16: Artists Palette Studio Opening Gala at 7 pm. Wet Room reopens with Awards from 7 to 9pm.
Friday July 16:  “Palette to Palate Affair” on The Village Green Commons from 7-10 pm – In addition to placing their daily works in the Wet Room, each artist is holding back one painting of his best work for first viewing at this celebration of fine art and fine dining.  Artistically splattered tablecloths, floral arrangements, and easels of plein air works are enlivened by the optional dress theme: Come as Your Favorite Artist! Art is available for purchase in the Wet Room. An evening tour of the sculptures is conducted at 8pm. For individual tickets, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com or call 828-743-3434.
Saturday July 17:  Quick-Draw Competition begins at The Village Green Commons at 10 am. This competition features another group of artists, who also submitted their works for consideration prior to their inclusion in this event. These juried artists paint one picture from 10am-1pm. Quick Draw art is especially challenging due to the narrow window of time to paint coupled with interested on lookers, encourages artist to produce their best under pressure. Several local artists are participating in Quick Draw in hopes of winning the $1000 prize for best Quick Draw.
Saturday July 17:  Art Wet Room is Open to the Public at The Village Green Commons from 10 am-5pm
Saturday July 17:  Sculpture Exhibit Opens to the Public at 10 am
Saturday July 17:  Children’s Art Table & Games on The Village Green Commons from Noon-3 pm
Saturday July 17:  Drumming on the Green on The Village Green Commons at Noon & 3pm
Saturday July 17:  Lunch on the Green at The Village Green Commons from Noon-3 pm
Saturday July 17:  Quick-Draw Competition ENDS at 1 pm
Saturday July 17:  Jazz/Blues Music on the Green at 2 pm
Saturday July 17:  Awards Presentation and Finale on The Village Green Commons from 4-5 pm – Featuring Complimentary Beer and Wine, as well as Live Jazz/Blues Performances. All art sold at must be retrieved by 5pm.

To find accommodations in the area and plan your trip for Arts on the Green in Cashiers this July, visit www.ncliving.com.

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