Join us for our first lecture on the history of art in Tryon, NC; the home for a century of notable artists, collectors, patrons and galleries. The Skyuka Fine Art Lecture Series will present Michael McCue who will offer the topic, A History of Art in Tryon, on Sunday, Mar. 6, 2011, at 3pm.
Guest speaker Michael McCue will delight us with his extensive knowledge of local artists, art exhibitions and galleries. Location and artist highlights to include but not be limited to the Lanier Library, Pine Crest Inn, Blue Ridge Weavers, Rock House Gallery, Episcopal Parish House, TFAC, and The Upstairs Gallery. Artists discussed will include Amelia Watson, George Aid, Robert Pearson Lawrence, Homer Ellertson, Lawrence Mazzanovich, William Behrends, and Richard Christian Nelson among others.
McCue is a graduate of Harvard College where he studied art history. He lived in Tryon from 1983-1993 and had the pleasure of residing in the cottage of author and artist Margaret Morley (1858-1923). McCue was proprietor of PhotoGraphia, a Tryon commercial art gallery which focused on contemporary photography by North Carolina and out-of-state artists. While in Tryon he was active at the Upstairs Gallery where he curated shows and initiated the Carolinas Photography Biennial. In 2000 he authored the exhibition catalog for a survey of the oeuvre of Tryon modernist Homer Ellertson at Tryon Fine Arts Center. In 2001 he was guest curator at Asheville Art Museum for Lawrence Mazzanovich: Impressionist Paintings of Tryon. This was the museum’s first retrospective of a Tryon artist.
McCue is the treasurer for the Asheville Area Arts Council, has served on citizen panels for National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, is a board member of American Historical Print Collectors Society, and has written articles for their publications. McCue is a publisher of original research on artists Millspaugh and Karlow. McCue is also the author of: Tryon Artists: 1892-1942 (unfortunately out of print), and Paris & Tryon-George C. Aid and His Artistic Circles in France and North Carolina (which is available at the gallery for purchase).
Skyuka Fine Art is honored to have McCue be its first speaker in their lecture series. This is a free event, and seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided and McCue will be available for book signings after the lecture.
For further information call 828/817-3783 or visit (http://skyukafineart.com/).