by Mary Karr

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and winds long to play with your hair.”
Kahil Gibran

If summertime encourages a simple wanderlust in you there are many different and artistic paths to follow.  One of my favorite small and short destinations is a trip north up the mountains to the enchanting   Crafts Festival should not be missed.  Handcrafted wares and masterful fine art combine to bring this one-of-a-kind festival to western North Carolina.  The event is taking place over the two weekends at the Sugar Mountain Resort.  Festival goers can browse and purchase photography, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, wood furniture, paintings, and much more.

One of the good things to come out of this pandemic is the numbers of excellent online lectures being offered by small museums and other art groups.  Not only is it a wonderful way to educate oneself in the world of art but it gives needed support to our art museums which seem to always suffer during a worldwide catastrophe.  It is not surprising to learn that degree students are now more likely to opt for the safe areas of life such as nursing and engineering, rather than art subjects.  In times of crises the impetuosity of youth is put aside in favor of caution.  However, the humanities remain essential in our lives and even more so than now.  Let us all try to remember the needs of our museums and art galleries for help and continue to support them.

“The air was fragrant with a thousand aromatic herbs, with fields of lavender, and with the brightest roses blushing in tufts all over the meadows.”
William C. Bryant

Ah summer!  This is the time to move outside surrounded by my garden and in view of a beautiful picture to paint of our glorious lake and mountains.  How fortunate to live in such an idealistic place.  Come and join our very active and inspiring art group which meets twice a month and welcomes all new and interested people who love and wish to share their work,  Look for our paintings in the Mountains Branch Library and restaurants in the Hickory Nut Gorge.