BLOWING ROCK — Chetola Resort and artist and curator Brenda Councill will present the inaugural Sculpture Walk at Chetola Lake from Aug. 9-11, with events going from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

The lake will provide a backdrop for juried exhibition of more than 50 nationally renowned sculptors traveling from the west coast, the southeast and midwest, which can be viewed by the public. Monumental scale and mid-scale works of art curated by Councill will be temporarily installed along the path around the lake. Among the pieces will include many that will debut that weekend, including one by N.C. artist Beau Lyday commemorating the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Sculptors will be present to answer questions and inquiries about commissions and sales.

Sculptors will compete for cash awards totaling $6,000. Dr. Lawrence J. Wheeler, CEO and retired director of the North Carolina Museum of Art will be the juror and host of the Saturday’s Starry Night Celebration and Awards Ceremony, which includes dinner and dancing under the stars with the 16-piece orchestra The Starlighters.

ArtSplash occurs on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature Virtual Reality Games with artist Alan Gordan. Watauga Arts Council volunteers will offer sculpting with kids, clay corner and lawn games including creating a squirt-gun painted large masterpiece like Jackson Pollock. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy a wine tasting compliments of local bottle shop Sunset and Vine from 1-2:30 p.m.

“We feel that children will benefit greatly from the imaginative, hands-on interactivity of being surrounded by artists and creative influences,” Kent and Greg Tarbutton, co-owners of Chetola Resort, said in a statement. “This directly influences and develops lifelong skill sets for the future.”

The kick-off to the weekend event occurs the first week of June with the installation on Main Street of the large-scale kinetic sculpture called “Share This Whirled” by renowned sculptor Mike Roig. The piece will be on display in Blowing Rock for one year.

“This piece marks the beginning of the implementation of the public art initiative in collaboration with the N.C. Department of Transportation,” Councill said. “We have designated areas for major public art enhancements along the U.S. 321 corridor that will beautify the boulevard providing a sophisticated gateway to our mountain town.”

This weekend is sponsored in part by the Watauga County Arts Council, N.C. Arts Council and generous support by private donations.

Artists Bob Timberlake and Joe Miller will host Friday night’s event “Prosecco and Painting/Bourbon and Brushes.” An illuminated sculpture walk, flights of prosecco or bourbon, hors d’oeuvres, bonfire and live music will highlight the private event.

Reservations and tickets to Friday and Saturday night private events are available by calling Brenda Councill at (828) 295.9277 or bmc@councill.net.

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