By Mary Karr


“In the summer time when the weather is high, you can stretch right up and touch the sky.”  “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry (1970).


Sumer is around the corner and it is time to refresh and unwind.  Our little town of Lake Lure and the rest of the Hickory Nut Gorge area will abound with summer art festivals, farmers’ markets, and high altitude sunshine.  Our local artists have been busy all winter and spring getting ready to display their special wares and entice you to take home a little treasure reminding you of a perfect place and day.  Stroll through the shops in Chimney Rock, stop for lunch at Medina’s, and take in the art that is hanging on the walls there.  This is a constantly changing show highlighting the work of one of our Lake Lure Artists members every month.  Also, check out the Mountains Library for a new monthly exhibit by our talented group of artists.


“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  Henry James, author (1843-1916).


There are plans for the Lake Lure Artists to possibly participate in an art event this coming season at the Equestrian Center.  This is very exciting as there will be thousands of people from around the world coming to the area for the international horse shows.  Also, of local interest, Legends Restaurant at Rumbling Bald Resort is sponsoring an art and wine event in Legends Fireplace Grill on Thursday evenings May 10th and June 14th.  Some of our art members have signed up to participate in these shows and look forward to being part of a great time.


Art is ageless and will stand up to the test of time.  A piece of sculpture, a particular painting, a photograph, or a wood carving will make an entire room complete.  The possibilities are endless from a tiny beauty perched on a mantle to an oversized painting on a wall.  Art makes a room come alive!  It will equally enhance a cottage or a palace.


Anyone interested is welcome to visit the Lake Lure Artists at our meetings held on the second and fourth Thursday mornings at 9:30 at one of our homes or at an occasional breakfast meeting at one of our local restaurants.