The Tryon Gallery Trots return this Oct. 25, 2014! Join us as we celebrate our wonderful downtown Tryon, NC, with artist receptions, new shops and restaurants to enjoy, free entertainment and great fun for the whole family! Expect a wide variety of art by some of our areas top artists, as well as unique merchandise, live music, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary refreshments in a festive and fun atmosphere as visitors “trot” with friends up, down, and all around the town.
Live entertainment, provided by a generous grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, will be located in the center of town at the newly completed St. Luke’s Plaza. Join us in welcoming The Riyen Roots Due, an original rock, soul, and blues group from Asheville, NC. Riyen Roots is taking the blues genre to a new place, with unique rhythms, truly original song stylings, and vocals that have been compared to the likes of Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Warren Haynes, and even Tom Waits. Local favorite juggler extraordinaire, Kevin Bradley will be delighting Trotters with his amazingly talented moves throughout the evening. And the very popular horse drawn carriage rides will return as well!
In honor of the upcoming Tryon Beer Fest on Nov. 8, 2014, La Bouteille Wine & Beer Boutique will sponsor a “Craft Beer Bottle Cap Art Contest”. All original artwork entries must be turned in by Oct. 24, 2014. Artwork will be on display at La’Bouteille and the winning entries will be judged by the Tryon Beer Fest Committee and announced at the end of the Trot at 8pm. First place wins 2 Tryon Beer Fest tickets with oyster roasts, two Tryon Beer Fest shirts, and a $50 gift certificate to La’Bouteille. 2nd place wins 2 Beer Fest tickets and a $25 gift certificate to La’Bouteille. Contact Shelly at La’Bouteille for entry forms, or more information at 828/859-6473.
The Depot at Millard & Company hosts “The Thursday Painters”; a group of six women who have been getting together to explore watercolor for more than four years. Initially they met in a weekly class at Isothermal Community College, but more recently they have been meeting at Tryon artist Patricia Cole-Ferullo’s studio. Please join the artists, Judy Farr, Patty Hall, Gerda Hook, Susan Hopps, Harriet Spencer, Joan Feagan and Patricia Cole-Ferullo for light refreshments during their reception from 5-7pm at The Depot.
Skyuka Fine Art proudly presents “Gary Cooley-7 Days in Provence”. Join Mr. Cooley as he shares works from his recent trip abroad where he was inspired by local vineyards and orchards that dot the countryside of Provence. An opening reception with live music, complimentary wine and snacks will be offered.
Thompson Garden Gallery invites you to join them around their fire pit during their reception for “Hold Your Horses”, which highlights an eclectic mix of local and regional artists’ and artisans’ take on all things equestrian. Owner Erin Thompson will also display her own spin on this theme with her fall and feast decorations.
The Upstairs Artspace offers their trio of exhibits that opens on October 11th; “Four Makers, Four Materials”, wood, steel glass and clay sculptures by Mark Garner, Cory Williams, Hayden Wilson, and David Zachariais. And “Ursual Gullow: Self Exam”, a year’s worth of self-portraits created daily. And downstairs at the Upstairs: “Shifting Plates II”, recent work by 15 printmakers.
Panache Boutique is pleased to showcase the works of local artist Verlie Murphy. Visitors will be offered refreshments and hors d’oeuvres as they enjoy the artwork and view their new fall collection. The Book Shelf will serve wine and cheese as they show off new children’s books and toys, the latest best sellers, and have a gift certificate drawing. Vines and Stuff showcases their new fall inventory as well as an exhibit of North Carolina Pottery and wood art. Join Saluda Forge up on their hill for a marshmallow roast over a fire pit. Tryon Painters & Sculptors continues their exhibit featuring Ann Gleason and Jim Shackelford, and offers a light reception in celebration of the Trot.
Tryon Arts & Crafts School hosts “Celebrate the Arts” during the day, 10am-5pm. Join them for a full day of arts activities with local organizations such as the Lanier Library, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon Painters & Sculptors, Tryon Little Theater, and the Upstairs Artspace. Enjoy activities like poetry readings and blacksmithing or pottery demonstrations then come join us in downtown Tryon at 5pm when the Trot begins.
Tryon, the friendliest town in the South, is a thriving artisan community with a strong equestrian tradition and a nationally known tourism. Many more businesses, restaurants and organizations participate in the Trots, and open their doors for a full downtown Tryon experience.
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