Artist donates work for Hospice ball
The upcoming second annual Fall Ball for High Country Hospice is not just another fundraiser.
It's all about helping make the most of the life we have left. No one knows that better than Blowing Rock artist Harriett Fulton.
Despite her own health problems, Fulton has created a masterpiece to be auctioned at the upcoming event, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m., at Blowing Rock Country Club.
Desiring to have something "unique" to offer for the Fall Ball, Fulton, who is a dedicated Hospice volunteer, sometimes incapacitated and unable to work long periods of time, began a special project in April.
Five months later, her "one-of-a-kind" depiction of the Linn Cove Viaduct was complete and ready for the frame - "just in time," she said with a big grin.
It's more than art, as most of us know it. It's Fulton's original creation using the time-consuming paper tooling method that results in a three-dimensional display of her subject.
"Extraordinary is what it is," said one of the first people she allowed to see it. "It just reaches out and grabs you! It's like nothing I've ever seen before."
As a gifted artist who works in a variety of mediums, including water, oils and etching on glass - and more - Fulton learned the tooling technique in record time, driving 210 miles twice weekly to learn from a master artist nearing retirement. "I was her challenge," Fulton said.
With a sense of satisfaction, she added, "But she told me no one had ever learned in such a short time as I did - in two months."
Her breathtaking displays require patience, precision and attention to intricate detail, as well as a good pair of scissors.
Her art is inspired from photographs, with several copies required as she cuts and "builds," piece by piece, upon her background, or base, each little detail as seen in the original photograph.
Fulton learned well and continued to perfect her technique over time, as not only her latest work proves, but also those lining the walls of her home.
She has spent endless hours creating art for friends and loved ones and takes delight in seeing their expressions when presented with her gifts. One item, in particular, produced for her friends who own Buffalo Camp near Blowing Rock, is among her favorites and gives the illusion of the large animal for which the camp is named, ready to stampede right out of the frame.
Giving of her time and talents is a big part of who Harriett Fulton really is, say those who know her best.
High Country Hospice marketing representative Candice Cook said, "Harriet is a great volunteer who helps with every aspect of Hospice - from patient care to working behind the scenes to make the upcoming Fall Ball a success. It is because of volunteers like Harriet that we are able to continue providing services in Watauga County."
Vickie Woods, volunteer coordinator for Hospice, added, "Harriet is one of the best Hospice volunteers and is very giving of herself. Our patients and families love having her in their homes."
In addition to Fulton's Linn Cove Viaduct masterpiece, the large silent auction at the fundraiser will include a wide variety of gifts and opportunities, such as A Mountain Getaway, Christmas in the Mountains Gift Package, Ski Fever Gift Basket and Dining-Overload Package.
Master of ceremonies Barry Woods, The Silvio Martinet 16-piece Swing Band, dancing and fine dining are all a part of the plan for a fun-filled evening for a worthy cause.
Tickets are $75 each, $40 of which is tax deductible. Cocktail attire is suggested; valet parking is included.
One-hundred percent of the event proceeds will go to High Country Hospice patient care.
"This is the only fundraiser we hold in Blowing Rock each year, and we really need people to come out and support our patients and services," Cook said. "High Country Hospice is the only non-profit hospice serving the needs of terminally ill patients and their families in Watauga County."
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (828) 265-9443 or visit http://www.highcountryhospice.org.