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Fearrington Village’s annual Folk Art Show continues to bring in interesting talent. Each year the show highlights many of the South’s most interesting self-taught artists. The list of artists is long. Today I have featured a few that were especially intriguing. Chris Beckart from Dalton Georgia is featured above displaying his sculptural pieces made of old salvaged roofing tin. He has managed to defy the stiff physics of the tin and transformed it into soft appealing fabric like sculptures with sentimental references to his past.
Materials used to create Folk art are often inexpensive cast offs. These unusual beginnings add to the appeal of why folk art is loved and appreciated. Artist Tres Taylor paints only on Tar Paper. Long rolls of the paper give him unrestricted dimensions to many of his paintings. The textured black cloth affords vibrant color depth. His paintings are rich, compelling and playful.

Brian Dowdall, visionary, has transformed animals with enormous mouths that seem like they can jump off their wooden boards and eat you for supper!

Danny Dougherty also a visionary folk artist, makes farmyard scenes come alive with happy curvaceous forms of figures playing in the fields and barnyards.

If you missed the show this year… sure to put it on your calendar for next year, same time , same place, same good fun.

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Kudos to Cup o Joe’s coffee shop in Hillsborough for displaying the creative spirit of the children from the Orchard Hill School. The school is an “arts and nature rich school for children ages 4-6. We offer a hands on approach to learning that emphasizes the joy of discovery”. Well the residents of Hillsborough had a “joy of discovery” when they went to purchase their Saturday morning coffees and found the walls covered in these jewels.
A welcome greeting.

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Aspen Art museumThe new Aspen Art Museum designed by architect Shigeru Ban is a marvelous addition to the already dynamic art scene in this small mountain town.

The Architect’s vision is brilliant and incorporates many of the passions that residents in this creative town cherish. Ban wanted to open the building to the outside so that visitors would appreciate the natural beauty of this area. He did this by making the entrance foyer to the museum on the third floor rooftop, with exterior stairs that lead up to the public rooftop space. He explains that he was inspired by the experience of skiing where you go to the top of the mountain, reflect on the view and then ski down the slope.

The building is an interior glass box encased in a woven wooden screen lattice and commands an impressive posture in this small town of Aspen.

In addition to the contemporary art exhibits that the museum hosts, it encourages the youth of the community to experience the museum with many activities centered around all age groups.

A charming cafe overlooking the sculpture garden provide delicious, fresh, locally sourced meals and beverages.

The entire experience is not to be missed when visiting Aspen.