Cheryl Keefer, a studio artist in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina, creates mostly plein air (outdoor) oil and watercolor landscapes of an Impressionist style. In an interview with Keefer, she discusses her earliest memories of being outside, and how her interest and talent in art developed.
Daniel Angerstein and Gerald Schultz built their dream home in Stoney Mountain, outside Hendersonville, North Carolina. Angerstein is a pipe organ builder by trade and plays both piano and organ; Schultz is an artist and singer. Their house was designed and decorated to reflect their artistic and musical talents, and to accommodate in-house performances and events.
Andy Cooper is an artist in Asheville, North Carolina who creates furniture and accessories from salvaged materials, such as reclaimed wood, metal and glass. Cooper describes his work as a combination of functional art and artful furnishings. Recently, Cooper joined the gallery and artist cooperative, Eco-Depot Marketplace.
A considerable number of areas in the southern Appalachian Mountains rank at the very top nationally for their conservation value, and many of these fall within Western North Carolina’s Nantahala and Pisgah national forests. To determine the amount of protection afforded to these lands, ecologists use four factors to assess conservation importance.
Sunnyside Inn opened in 1926 in Asheville, North Carolina, hosting distinguished guests, celebrities and dignitaries for nearly half a century. The inn was a sought-after culinary destination with an emphasis on southern hospitality and history. The historic home has been preserved and continues to live up to its legacy.
Sahar Fakhoury is a figurative artist, painter and sculptor who moved from Kuwait to Asheville, North Carolina in 1990. Creating some continuity from her childhood as a gymnast and dancer, Fakhoury’s most recent work is inspired by the human body in motion. She also sees the importance of art as a form of historical documentation.
The art of mosaics stretches back over five-thousand years and its appeal is as strong in modern times as ever. Some of the world’s best mosaic instructors are at Linda Pannullo Mosaics and Workshops in Asheville, North Carolina. This article profiles six of those instructors, highlighting each of their styles, techniques, and workshops.
In small Western North Carolina towns, some lesser-known yet high-ranking community colleges are changing lives for local students of all ages and backgrounds. Mayland Community College provides hundreds of workforce development and continuing education courses that serve Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties. Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton is one of the only community colleges in the state with a sustainable agriculture program.
Western North Carolina offers a variety of educational opportunities and training in a wide range special interests. This article highlights three of those opportunities which include training in massage therapy and restorative healing, commercial driving in the trucking industry, and learning ocean ecology at the new Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium.
Megan Richard is a watermedia artist in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She creates nature paintings inspired by memories of her childhood and family, and the songbird is a repeated thematic element in her work. Richard primarily uses watercolors, but likes to use inks and fluid acrylics as well.
The Asheville area is known as a farm-to-table mecca. Businesses such as The Farm, Franny’s Farm, Thyme in the Garden, and Villagers offer training and workshops in cooking, growing food, gardening and farming.
Dr. Jan Davidson is the former executive director of John C. Campbell Folk Art School in Brasstown, North Carolina, from which he also received his doctoral degree in Folklore, History and Museum Studies. In an interview, Davidson discusses his philosophy of education, accomplishments as the Folk School’s director, and the diversity of the school’s programs.
Asheville Farm To Table Tours is a new form of agritourism operated by Ann D. Strauss. The tour takes visitors to various farms where they learn about farm life and mountain foodways. Some of the destinations include East Fork Farm, Spinning Spider Creamery, and The Farmer’s Hands.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild, a network of artists and mountain craftspeople, opened an exhibition called, “Roots in the Guild: Nine Women Artists Today” at the Folk Art Center in Asheville. The nine artists joined the Guild in the 1970s when styles and designs were transitioning from traditional to modern and contemporary in craft.
Diane S. Dean is a painter in Hendersonville, North Carolina who values the people part of doing her art above all else. She loves interacting with people at art festivals, and her extroverted personality lends itself well to working closely with clients to create commissioned pieces. Most of her acrylic paintings are of natural landscapes and flowers.