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Thank you for visiting with us. We hope that you will come and bring your family soon and browse our unique art galleries, spend a day or two touring nearby artists' studios, attend one of our area festivals or art events, do a little birding, bike along our scenic roads, catch some trout, take a day trip or longer to beautiful Roan Mountain, or just relax along our Creek Walk.

You might want to stay longer when you see our good schools, locally owned and operated restaurants, library, competitively priced real estate, and friendly people. Take a look around Bakersville.com, we're pretty sure that you will want to take a look at the Town of Bakersville, North Carolina!

Call for Artists!

The Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival invites all local & regional fine artists and craftspeople to apply for space at this year's show on Saturday, September 20.

Awards this year include: Best of Show $1000; Best 3-D $500; Best 2-D $500; Honorable Mentions (3) $100 each; Middleton Emerging Artist Award $250.

Early bird entry deadline is May 1, 2014. Final entry deadline is July 15, 2014. For more info, please visit www.creekwalkfestival.com or email creekwalkfestival@gmail.com.

New Work at Anita's Atelier

Anita Connelly would like to invite you to stop by the Bakersville Emporium and Anita's Art Gallery in downtown Bakersville. New work, including Robbie Bell's new "Zinnia Garden" series, and a wonderful selection of bluebird and wren houses, are just a few of the surprises that are currently being showcased.

Mica Gallery Presents Jane Wells Harrison

For its premier guest artist show of the 2014 season, Mica Gallery presents Jane Wells Harrison’s new body of encaustic work, Visual Cues, opening May 31, 2014.

Art has the potential to stimulate – intellectually or emotionally. For the series Visual Cues, Jane Wells Harrison is consciously exploring the idea of our tendency to draw conclusions based on how something looks. When viewers contemplates the work, the image can provoke an experience that mingles visual data with memory, imagination, and sensibility. This encounter is capable of leading the observers to their own meanings and interpretations. Creating work that invites participation in this mysterious process is her goal, and a meaningful viewer experience is more valuable than any explanation the artist can provide.

Jane Harrison’s pieces develop very gradually, with many layers of collage, then paint, then wax, and over again. Ms. Harrison says, “An artist is continually making decisions in the process of making, but also I find myself thinking about what prompted me to work with these shapes - and as I work and think, my intent strengthens and an explanation emerges. This body of work is about the visual cues which we assimilate into decisions about identity.”

She continues, “My favorite way to work is in series, making multiples with a consistent set of parameters. This series has a constant size (10" x 10") and I'm using symmetrically cut papers for the collage. Because I'm working on several pieces at the same time, my paper palette and my paint palette also stay fairly consistent. I find that once these choices are made, I'm able to work with abandon, making decisions quickly.” This gives a definite sense of freedom to the images.

This intriguing series will be at Mica Gallery from May 31 through June 30. Gallery hours are 10 am - 5:00 pm. Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are 12 noon-5:00 pm. Mica, a cooperative gallery of fine craft, is located at 37 N. Mitchell, in downtown Bakersville. For more info, visit www.micagallerync.com or follow Mica on Facebook at www.facebook.com/micagallerync, or phone 828-688-6422.




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