By Mary Karr

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon – to me these have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James

We are now enjoying the summer weather which makes us feel differently about our homes. Doors and windows get flown open and not only does the warm air intoxicate us with its delightful summer fragrance, but our houses are extended outdoors offering us a tremendous sense of space and freedom. This is exactly what occurred a few weeks ago for the Lake Lure artists who met for our annual garden party and meeting we held on our deck overlooking beautiful Lake Lure. It was a lovely day to spend outdoors strolling around the garden with spectacular views down Hickory Nut Gorge and taking pictures to remind us of a perfect day.

Mary Karr, seated, recently hosted The Lake Lure Garden Club in her lovely garden overlooking Lake Lure.

“And the sun went down, and the stars came out far over the summer sea.” “The Revenge”, Alfred Lord Tennyson.

One of our members, Lori Loftus, has informed us of her participation in an exciting exhibition she is part of in Flat Rock at the Gallery Flat Rock entitled “Art in Bloom”. She was chosen, among many, to show her art in a very interesting and unusual art show. We congratulate her for being selected. This gallery is unique in presenting finely curated arts and crafts, and this show is a chance to see the floral/art pairings of a group of talented artists in an unusual venue. Flat Rock is just a short drive from Lake Lure. The gallery at Flat Rock is located at 2702A, Greenville Highway. The hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Summer is a great time for painters. The great outdoors is our natural habitat, and our artistic creativity is traditionally kindled by contact with nature. When I think of some of our famous painters such as Monet and Van Gogh I instinctively think of flowers. Claude Monet’s garden at Giverney, France, was the inspiration for many of his most famous paintings, especially the ones of his lovely bridge over the water garden. One can only think of sunflowers when Vincent Van Gogh comes to mind.

Our many talented Lake Lure artists are engaging in an active summer working on their diverse artistic achievements and will share their results at our local library, at restaurants, and galleries throughout the Hickory Nut Gorge. You can find beautiful results of their endeavors in wood, clay, metal, oil and watercolor paintings, photography, and various other mediums. We meet twice a month on Thursday mornings. If you are interested in joining us please call me at 625-9781 for more information.