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Watauga Arts Council seeks Parkway artists

Article Published: Jun. 10, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Watauga Arts Council seeks Parkway artists

A view of the viaduct from Rough Ridge. This view is just off the Parkway before you come to Grandfather Mountain. See more images at

Photo by Rob Moore

When you think of the Blue Ridge Parkway, what image comes to your mind? The Watauga Arts Council in partnership with the town of Boone is inviting the artists of Boone and the surrounding community to share their images of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

2010 is the year in which the Blue Ridge Parkway is celebrating its 75th birthday, one community at a time.

"The Parkway is a national treasure which many of us live with and enjoy frequently," a Parkway spokesperson said. "It is resplendent with beautiful scenery, panoramas, vistas, but its 469 miles are also filled with wildlife, flora, fauna, and the many visitors enjoying them. The Parkway supplies recreational opportunities, provides a habitat for diverse species of flora and fauna, offers access to America's cultural heritage, is an icon of American progress and ingenuity, and serves as a gateway to charming communities."

Images that represent some aspect of the Blue Ridge Parkway will help the town of Boone celebrate its 75 years of existence. These will be displayed first at the Jones House Community Center in downtown Boone during the week of June 20-26, which is the week in which the birthday celebrations will be focused within the town of Boone.

On Tuesday, June 22, an artists' reception will celebrate these images and the artists who have created them. The reception is being hosted by Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson and the Watauga Arts Council.

Following the reception, artwork which has been selected for inclusion in the exhibition will then be hung in the Boone Town Council Chambers on Blowing Rock Road as part of the arts council's Art in the Chambers program. It will remain on exhibition there through the end of the year.

Because the Art in the Chambers program is a part of the arts placement service, all participating artists are required to complete an arts placement agreement. Following the close of the exhibition at the Boone Town Council Chambers, artists may elect to leave the artwork in the arts placement program by completing and submitting a placement form.

The choice of images selected for inclusion in the Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Birthday Exhibit will be based upon the amount of exhibition space available, the artistic quality of the work submitted, and to what degree the work of art conveys the spirit and beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Selections will be made by a panel comprised of representatives of the Watauga Arts Council and the town of Boone. Images which are not selected for inclusion in the Art in the Chambers Program may, at the option of the artist, remain in the arts placement program, or the artist may elect to retrieve their artwork.

Entry forms are available by calling the Watauga Arts Council at (828) 264-1789. Entry form and arts placement agreements must be delivered to the Jones House Community Center, located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone, between noon and 5 p.m. on Friday, June 18. Late entries will not be accepted.

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