Twenty-four works of art in Gallery 130 next to WCU’s Fine Art Museum not only reflect the range of talent of the artists invited to teach workshops at WCU this summer but also their generosity. The artists donated 21 of the pieces, which range from painting to sculpture, as prizes for a “Drawing for Art” fundraiser that concludes Thursday, Aug. 30. Proceeds benefit Cullowhee Mountain Arts, the nonprofit organization that coordinated workshops offered at WCU during the inaugural Summer Visual Arts Series.
“Artists came from all different parts of the country to take our workshops,” said Norma Hendrix, director of Cullowhee Mountain Arts.
Supported by the Jackson County Arts Council, Cullowhee Mountain Arts is committed to serving artists of all ages and skill levels. The organization worked with WCU to host summer workshops on campus taught by nationally and internationally recognized artists and a youth art camp. The group aims to expand programming to areas including creative writing, music and film.
“We are working together to develop what we hope will become a destination for learning in the arts at Western Carolina University,” said Hendrix.
Robert Kehrberg, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, said WCU’s partnership with Cullowhee Mountain Arts is in line with the university’s core mission to improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in our region, state and nation through engaged learning opportunities in our academic programs, educational outreach, research and creative activities, and cultural activities.
“Cullowhee Mountain Arts brings together artists to work with individuals with varying degrees of interest to explore their individual talent and artistic communication,” said Kehrberg. “The WCU partnership provides art facilities and support as a stage and setting to foster this relationship. The enhancing beauty of Western North Carolina is a fitting backdrop as these artists nurture their own creative spark and share it in communities across the nation.”
Funds raised through “Drawing for Art” will help cover the cost of supplies, marketing, staffing and administration of arts programs. Chances to win are $20 for one ticket, $36 for three tickets, $50 for five tickets and $100 for 12 tickets and put into the drawing for the piece of artwork of the purchaser’s choosing.
By Teresa Killian Tate