Art galleries and businesses in downtown Tryon, NC, will open their doors from 5-8pm on every second Saturday beginning Apr. 13, 2013, for another season Gallery Trots. Expect a wide variety of art by some of our areas top artists, as well as unique merchandise, live music, hors d’oeuvres and liquid refreshment in a festive and fun atmosphere as visitors “trot” with friends up, down, and all around the town. Live music, provided by a generous grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, will be located in the center of town across from the clock tower shortly after the Trot begins at each of the eight second Saturday events scheduled through Oct. 12, 2013.
April is Steeplechase Month in Tryon, so get ready for special attention to Equestrian art at these Galleries above Trade Street:
A collection of framed Blockhouse Steeplechase posters belonging to the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club will be the exhibit featured at The Depot for the first Tryon Gallery Trot of the 2013 season. The 67th running of this prestigious race is just a week later, so come and begin to celebrate this Tryon tradition by visiting us during the trot!
In honor of Tryon’s own 67th Block House Steeplechase Race, Skyuka Fine Art in collaboration with Tryon Riding and Hunt Club, is proud to present the “Blockhouse Equestrian Art Exhibit”. This group show opens during TRHC’s kickoff community gathering one week before the race at the Gallery I at Tryon Fine Arts Center during the Trot. Numerous equestrian artists outstanding in their specialized field from around the state and nationwide have been invited to participate in this unprecedented show. Many collectors will also be sharing their prized equestrian art of their own for this special exhibit.
Some additional highlights of the Trot on Trade Street:
Vines & Stuff, located in the Shops of Tryon will be featuring work by Elaine and Claude Graves of Little Mountain Pottery. This will be an all-new collection of redware and stoneware. Also in the Shops of Tryon will be an assortment of beautiful and wearable art from the artisans of Tryon Arts and Crafts School.
Join New View Realty, 285 N Trade Street, to sample the first in a series of home brewed beers made especially for the Gallery TROT. Sip and enjoy the works of Jim Shackelford and Linda Hudgins.
Skyuka Fine Art proudly presents “Paintings from Afar”. We all love to travel, and this show will take you to places both familiar to you, and places you could only dream of! This will be a group showing including the works of; Richard Christian Nelson, Michael McNamara, Bonnie Bardos, Jim Carson, William and Anne Jameson, Gary Cooley, Richard Oversmith, Linda Cheek, Dawn Whitelaw and Bill Lovett. The opening reception will be during the Tryon Gallery Trot from 5-8pm. 133 N. Trade Street.
The Book Shelf offers wine, cheese, local art, and features books by local writers.
The Upstairs Artspace presents three exhibits showcasing some of the region’s finest contemporary art, through Apr. 20. In “Here. After.”, Asheville, NC, artists Moni Hill, Alicia Armstrong, and Spencer Herr explore art’s role in the wake of tragedy. In “Southern Comfort,” photographer Ben Nixon documents the Southern landscape. In “Older than Dirt,” potters Jim Cullen, Jim Cornell, Gary Huntoon, David Zacharias, Doug Dacey, John Turner, and Claude Graves update an age-old medium. The gallery is located at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon.
Terra on Trade to host a children’s art tent painting horse shoes!
Tryon, the friendliest town in the South, is a thriving artisan community with a strong equestrian tradition and a nationally known tourism. More than fifteen businesses and organizations participate in the Trots, and many other shops open their doors for a full downtown Tryon experience.
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