The opening reception and awards ceremony for the 13th annual Bring Us Your Best art exhibition will be held , from . This all-media visual art exhibition will be on display through in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
First ($250), second ($150), and third ($100) place awards will be presented in four categories: 2-dimensional art, 3-dimensional art, fine craft, and photography. In addition, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville is sponsoring and selecting the “One Planet, One World” award. The winning artwork will be the best representation of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, and the oneness and interdependence of all life.
For a fourth year, an Artist’s Choice award will be sponsored and presented by two artist patrons. This award is selected by all artists who have work in the show. The Artist’s Choice award winner will be announced at the opening, and will receive a $300 cash prize.
The Starving Artist Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop is sponsoring the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced on , the last day of the exhibition. This award winner will be determined by the votes of all gallery visitors who will be encouraged to cast votes for their favorite piece in the show, and will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist. Ten Honorable Mention awardees will receive $25 gift certificates from The Starving Artist at the reception.
All artwork displayed at Bring us Your Best is for sale. Regular gallery hours for Bring Us Your Best XIII will be www.acofhc.org. Monday through , and on Saturdays. A prospectus for the show is available on the Arts Council’s website,
The exhibition is sponsored by The Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.
The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)
The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.
Each morning in July at 10, starting , guided walks along Hendersonville’s Main Street will reveal the history of the town and interesting architectural designs -- including stops at the Historic Courthouse, Skyland Hotel, City Hall, and other historic shops and structures along Main Street. Cost is $10 per person 10 years and older. Children under 10 are free with a paid adult. Space is limited. Reservations are suggested. Gather in the “backdoor” entrance of Hendersonville City Hall, beginning at City Hall is at the corner of Fifth Avenue East and King Street. Parking is available at the King Street entrance.
“Locals and visitors are invited to join me mornings throughout July to celebrate and share the interesting history and architecture of downtown Hendersonville,” Padgett said. “I also invite groups to make arrangements for a private tour time. I believe that knowing our history enriches our lives.”
The guided walks on Main Street will be held throughout July and will resume in November. Group tours of eight or more people can be scheduled throughout July and August, as well as November. The tours are conducted under the auspices of The Trolley Company, which conducts history, wine, and apple orchard tours around Henderson County.
Padgett served on Hendersonville City Council for eight years, is a journalist and public relations consultant, co-founder and former executive director of ECO, was associate editor at The Mother Earth News magazine, and conducts programs and guided tours in Paris, France, on the American Revolution. Her parents spent their honeymoon in the Skyland Hotel on Main Street. She grew up on a farm in Rutherford County, and has lived in a 100-year-old house in downtown Hendersonville for 34 years.