By Mary Karr

The great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo, once said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”  Art is what we call the thing an artist does.  It is not necessarily the medium he or she is working on that makes it art, but the resistance that person ignored to make the finished product and the risk taken in the process.

“Somewhere amid the darkness a painter measures a blank canvas, a poet tests a line aloud, a song writer brings a melody into a tune.  Art inspires, provokes thought, expresses beauty and pain.  We seek it more in these times, and in so doing, I find hope in the human spirit.”  Dan Rather

We would like you to join us at the Lake Lure Artists annual fall show and sale on Saturday, November 9, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Lake Lure Municipal Hall.  It is a wonderful interesting experience to view the amazing talent our group will offer, and perhaps you will find the perfect gift to bring home.  While you are visiting our village “down town” take a leisurely stroll along the winding path at the Flowering Bridge.  One cannot help but to be captivated on viewing the beauty of a delightful scene of a lovely river flowing into Lake Lure with the sight and smell of the flowers and gardens around you.  This is an exceptionally picturesque time of the year in autumn when everything seems ablaze in rich gold and scarlet colors.

The best time really to visit us is out of season when our narrow winding roads are blissfully quiet.  On the lake you can find a secret cove in which to fish or swim.

As I am writing this article I am getting ready to leave for a few days in one of my favorite cities – Charleston, SC.  Here I will follow the cobblestone streets to more than a dozen art galleries and the Gibbes Museum of Art.  It is always with deep admiration and joy to be able to spend a few days here among such a wealth of artistic abilities.

Our Lake Lure Artists encourage you to view their art in local restaurants, the Mountains Branch Library, and at local art shows.