Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Artists Sought for Historic Sites
The following appeared 18 April 2010 in the online edition of the Citizen-Times (Asheville, North Carolina).
Asheville — The Thomas Wolfe Memorial and the Zebulon Vance Birthplace State Historic Sites are recruiting Western North Carolina artists to exhibit and sell their work this summer as part of the Second Saturdays: History, Heritage, Arts & Fun events scheduled on June 12, July 10 and August 14, sponsored by the Department of Cultural Resources. There is no cost to participate, although artists and vendors are responsible for their own display materials, including tents and tables. Artists and vendors retain 100 percent of their sales. The deadline to register for the June event is April 30. The events will showcase artists and heritage crafters from across WNC, including painters, potters, weavers, bookbinders, jewelry makers, photographers and many others. Farmers selling value-added products such as honey, soy candles, cheeses or herbs are also welcome. Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle proposed the idea of mixing arts and heritage in a pilot project last fall at Duke Homestead State Historic Site in Durham. Attendance at the site's event almost doubled over the prior year, and 87 percent of the artist vendors said they would like to return.
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