1) An Homage to Stillness Held Aug. 15-16
Your friends at Art & Artifacts and Blowing Rock Gallery of Homes and Land invite you to drop by before “Music on the Lawn” Friday afternoon for the exhibit preview or stop by on Saturday and meet artists Elaine Arnold and Lynne Marshall. On Saturday, we will also be featuring Blue Murrow’s blues, jazz and Americana music. So stop by, enjoy a wonderful exhibit, live music and have some refreshments. The preview will be held Friday, Aug. 15 from 3-6 p.m. and the opening will be held Saturday, Aug. 16 from 3-6 p.m. in conjunction with art in the park. ELaine Arnold, a sculptor, describes her creative work as “narrating stories of deeper values of consciousness: magical, sacred, aspects of inner life.” All of her sculptures and drawings are multi-layered symbolic expressions of inner truth, sometimes delightfully playful and whimsical, sometimes tenderly spiritual, but always deeply touching and evocative of inner silence. In her portraits, Lynne Marshall captures a quality of inner wakefulness, alertness and luminosity in the subject – whether in hcarcoal, pencil or watercolor. Accurate likeness merges with timelessness and this quality can also be seen in the landscapes and tree-paintings which are contemplative portraits of specific natural “characters.”
2) Screening of Anna Karenina Held Aug. 21
The Watauga County Public Library’s movie discussion group invites you to join them for a viewing of Anna Karenina on Aug. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Director Joe Wright’s 2012 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina depicts the tragedy of Russian aristocrat and socialite Anna Karenina, wife of senior statesman Alexei Karenin, and her affair with the affluent officer Count Vronsky which leads to her ultimate demise. This film has an MPAA rating of R and an approximate runtime of 129 minutes. For more information please call 828-264-8784 ext. 2.
3) Evening Programs at the Blue Ridge Parkway
Stream Gems will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater at Milepost 316. Come to an understanding of the different types of trout found along the Blue Ridge Parkway and explore the natural beauty within the steams. This program will be approximately 45 minutes in length. All programs are free and open to the public.
4) Watauga Community Band Holds Rehearsal Aug. 19
The Watauga Community Band begins rehearsals for its fall/winter session on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in room 119 of the Broyhill Music Building at Appalachian State University. The band plays many types of concert music for fun and performance. Anyone who plays a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument is invited.
5) High Country Audubon Society Holds Meeting Aug. 19
The High Country Audubon Society (HCAS) will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. Wendy Patoprsty, the Extension Agent for Natural Resources and Environmental Education in Watauga County will present a program on Riparian Enhancement. Wendy coordinates the Kids in the Creek program for fourth graders in Watauga and the annual Big Sweep river cleanup of High Country streams. Wendy will discuss adjacent riverbank stabilization, floodplains, healthy riparian vegetation v. invasive plants and aquatic life and birds in these habitats. She will be discussing projects in the High Country, especially the Valle Crucis project. HCAS invites the public to attend the monthly meetings and field trips. Announcements about meeting and field trips can be found on their website wwwHighCountryAudubon.org.
6) Coffee Talk Held Aug. 16
A “Tea” (coffee) talk will be held this Saturday, Aug, 16, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Art Cellar Gallery. In honor of David’s roots, please join us for this special Saturday Morning Talk. Artist David Birmingham will share the knowledge and life experiences that inform all of his paintings. He uniquely captures the light and shadow of nature, inviting viewers to experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains through his eyes. Please join us.