Photos: Beautiful Labor Day Weekend Closes Out Art on the Green Season in Banner Elk

Published Monday, September 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Photos by Jim Swinkola

A beautiful weekend in Banner Elk made for a great time at the final installment of this year’s Art on the Greene festival series.

Orchestrated by a private promoter for a decade beforehand, the event first became known as “Art on the Greene” last summer when the town owned the old school property for the first time.

“The Art On the Greene events are sponsored by the Town of Banner Elk each year on the three holiday weekends of summer: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day,” said event coordinator Kimberly Tufts. “The fees paid by the artists for this master crafts event go toward the revitalization of the Historic Banner Elk School. The events are designed to embrace the hand-crafting traditions of our Appalachian region with work across a wide spectrum of mediums including: wood, metal, stone, clay, glass, and fibers. This year even the food was honored as an art with the addition of several fine food trucks from the Asheville area.”

For more information, call the Town of Banner Elk at 828-898-5398, visit www.townofbannerelk.org, contact Tufts at [email protected] or follow Art on the Greene on Facebook.

About Banner Elk

Tucked away in the hills of Avery County, this peaceful community is home to less than 1,100 full-time residents. But don’t let its small size fool you — it’s also home to a four-year university, close to popular attractions, located between two of the region’s best known ski resorts and offers an array of options for shopping, dining, lodging and outdoor adventures.

Head over to BannerElk.com to learn more about staying, dining and playing while you’re in town this Memorial Day Weekend.

 

Art on the Greene participants were greeted with sunshine and Mookie's Kettle Korn in Banner Elk on September 3.

Art on the Greene participants were greeted with sunshine and Mookie’s Kettle Korn in Banner Elk on September 3.

Kenny Bill of Boone represented Stone Age Art Works in Banner Elk at the Art on the Greene event on September 3.

Kenny Bill of Boone represented Stone Age Art Works in Banner Elk at the Art on the Greene event on September 3.

Carol Coutler from Crumpler, NC satisfied participants' craving for cheese during the Art on the Greene event on September 3 in Banner Elk.

Carol Coutler from Crumpler, NC satisfied participants’ craving for cheese during the Art on the Greene event on September 3 in Banner Elk.

Cecil Keepers (left) and Robert Tufts enjoyed sales and sunshine at Art on the Greene. Keepers Pottery is based in Covington, GA, but came to Banner Elk on September 3 for the event to support the Historic Banner Elk School.

Cecil Keepers (left) and Robert Tufts enjoyed sales and sunshine at Art on the Greene. Keepers Pottery is based in Covington, GA, but came to Banner Elk on September 3 for the event to support the Historic Banner Elk School.

Kim Tufts of Kimberly Allynne Designs was but one of many vendors representing the best regional fine arts and master crafts shown on September 3 at the Banner Elk Art on the Greene event.

Kim Tufts of Kimberly Allynne Designs was but one of many vendors representing the best regional fine arts and master crafts shown on September 3 at the Banner Elk Art on the Greene event.

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