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November 2011

Town of Black Mountain, NC, Offers 3rd Annual Sculpture Stroll

In Black Mountain, NC, a town of less than 10,000 at the eastern end of Buncombe County, arts and artists abound. For the third year the Town of Black Mountain Recreation and Parks Department, the Beautification Committee and the Black Mountain Center for the Arts are co-sponsoring an outdoor sculpture stroll of 3-dimensional work by local artists, on view through the Winter of 2012. Enticing visitors and locals alike to seek them out to enjoy, the pieces are installed at walkable locations close to downtown.

Starting at the north side of the Town Hall on Midland Avenue, which is just behind the Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce on E. State Street, the artist Giuilia has placed her Blue Bird. From there the tour extends to Sutton Avenue across from the Old Depot in the garden spot near the lower level parking lot where you will find Jagged Lady by Black Mountain Ironworks blacksmith and metal artist Dan Howachyn.

Further up the hill at the curve of the Daugherty Street parking lot is La Fleur de Vie by Tekla, also of Black Mountain Ironworks. On the other side of the parking lot is the garden at the back of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, located in the original City Hall at 225 W. State Street. There you will find In the Absence of Reality by sculptor and designer Julia Burr. A three-block trip north on Daugherty Street, left on Connally Street, and right on Rhododendron Avenue will take you to Lake Tomahawk Park where Hippo by Dave Taylor is installed in the near the playground.

Local merchants and groups provided sponsorship for the sculptors. Matching them up with the art and artists gives a true community feel to the sculpture stroll, as both townsfolk and out-of-towners can enjoy the sculptures and appreciate the generosity of the donors who made it happen. Sponsors include Richard Wiedeman, D.D.S., PA and local merchants Acoustic Corner, Black Mountain Books, Bone-A-Fide Bakery, Mountain Spirit Cards & Gifts, The Cutting Crew, The Gingko Tree, AnTHM Gallery, and Ms. Divine who are sponsoring Howachyn, Seven Sisters Gallery and Greybeard Realty who are sponsoring Taylor, 5 Walnut Wine Bar who is sponsoring Tekla, the Beautification Committee who is sponsoring Burr, and Dawn Wilson Realty and an Anonymous donor who are sponsoring Giuilia.

For further information contact the Black Mountain Center for the Arts at 828/669-0930.

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