By Mary Karr

“The sun has come out … and the air is vivid with spring light.”
Byron Caldwell Smith

A new season beckons us, and the big outdoors lures us from our winter cocoons.  Spring is in the air!  The time has come to head outside in the sunshine filled air and enjoy the first blooming daffodils, and for me to grab my paints and begin to think about painting all the beauty of the garden once again coming to life.

“We need art, imagination, inspiration, and creative thinking to make life bearable, to make it beautified and memorable.”  Debbie Schrader

Spring reawakens an urge to revive and refresh ourselves after a few chilly months.  The art world is unfolding its arms to entertain us with new exhibitions and gallery openings.  One very interesting adventure is the Samuel F. B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” on view at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem until June 4, 2017.  This huge canvass is six feet by nine feet created when the artist was living in Paris.  Morse was well educated in science and art.  Although most people know him as the creator of the telegraph he also is known in the art world as the artist who created the “Gallery of the Louvre” to instruct American audiences about important works of art.  Thus the painting serves as a bridge between old modes of communication and new technological tasks of our modern age.  Today this painting is recognized as a key work in the development of American art.

On April 29, from 11:00AM to 3:00PM plan a trip there for “Community Day: American in Paris”.  This is a free community festival evoking a spring afternoon in the parks of Paris.  Visitors can see Samuel F. B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and take home a Morse code souvenir.  Among the groves and gardens of Reynolda you will enjoy Parisian refreshments, dance performances, and artists working in the museum and “en plen air“.  The Reynolda House and grounds are a two hour drive from Lake Lure.

The Lake Lure Art group is also actively involved in their plans for the coming season.  Our membership continues to grow with many new artists contributing to our already talented group.  We continue to plan for new shows, and our work is shown locally in the Mountains Branch Library and several restaurants and galleries throughout the Hickory Nut Gorge.  Come and enjoy us some first or third Thursday morning at 9:30.  We meet at each other’s homes or for breakfast at a local restaurant where we share art news, encourage and critique our work, and plan activities for the coming season.