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Tryon Downtown Development Association Host Annual Ornament Auction 2012

November 7, 2012

The Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA) in Tryon, NC, proudly hosts its annual ornament auction this 2012 Christmas season. Last year’s auction raised $800, all of which was graciously put towards the Tryon Gallery Trot’s budget for their season.

The auction will open on the evening of the TDDA sponsored Christmas stroll on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, from 5-8pm at Skyuka Fine Art. It will conclude with last minute bids and a reception on Saturday, Dec. 15. 2012, from 6-8pm with bidding ending at 7pm. Winning bidders not present will be notified. Prizes from local merchants will be awarded to artists as well.

Local artists are invited to participate by donating handmade ornaments for this auction (multiple ornaments will be graciously accepted). “Last year’s ornaments were outstanding little one-of-a-kind masterpieces” says Steve Cobb, president of the TDDA. Many of them ended up having very exciting last minute ‘hot bidding wars. The TDDA is hopeful that many artists who have participated in any of the popular Tryon Gallery Trots will consider donating ornaments.

Donation deadline for the auction will be Dec. 4, 2012. Ornaments should be signed, ready to hang and dropped off at Skyuka Fine Art located at 133 N. Trade St. in downtown Tryon. They will be hung on a rotating Christmas tree for optimal viewing. Prizes will be awarded to artists in three categories; highest money brought in by one ornament, hottest bid activity, and most creative ornament.

For more information contact Kim Nelson at Skyuka Fine Art; 828-817-3783, or e-mail to (

Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, Offers Walk and Talk with Michael McCue and Nowell Guffey – April 14, 2012

April 11, 2012

Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, will host it’s first “Walk and Talk” with two of Tryon’s own most knowledgeable art historians; Michael McCue and Nowell Guffey, on Apr. 14, 2012, at 2pm. McCue is well known for his entertaining and informative lectures on the many subjects revolving around Tryon’s rich artistic heritage. He has also written two books on the subject; Tryon Artists 1892-1942, and Paris and Tryon. Guffey (of Foothills Fine Art) is an avid collector and dealer of historic Tryon artist’s work. This will be an informal gathering beginning at 2pm and ending at approximately 4pm.

The works on display and what will be discussed focuses on the history of Tryon and the Tryon Colony Artist’s work produced in the first half of the 20th Century. During that time this area was a magnet for artists and intellectuals. This exhibit honors approximately 20 of these artists, all outstanding representatives of this prestigious group. They include Elizabeth Paxton Oliver, Ernest Harrison Barnes, Will Henry Stevens, Robert P. Lawrence, Amelia Watson, Homer Ellertson, John Sylvan Brown, Augustus Vincent Tack and Lawrence Mazzanovich. These are all listed artists with a proven track record in sales and auctions. Many of them are in major collections and museums. Most of the work in this exhibit is for sale.

Skyuka Fine Art is located in downtown Tryon at 133 N. Trade Street.

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Tryon Gallery Trot in Tryon, NC, Takes Place – Mar. 24, 2012

February 29, 2012

The Tryon Downtown Development Association proudly announces its first scheduled “Tryon Gallery Trot” of 2012 on Saturday, Mar. 24, from 5 to 8pm. Join 10 participating galleries, businesses and restaurants for opening art receptions, music, and special events. Participating businesses are Richard Baker’s Studio, The Book Shelf, Bravo Outdoor Marketplace, Green River Gallery, Kathleen’s, The Pine Crest Inn, Skyuka Fine Art, Tryon Painters & Sculptors, and Upstairs Artspace.

Future Trot dates are: May 12th, June 23rd, August 11th, September 29th, and November 3rd-mark your calendars!

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A few of the scheduled events are:

Richard Baker Studio continues to demonstrate his commitment to painting scenes of the Foothills and will be exhibiting his new works of 2012.  Richard’s oils proudly depict the beauty of “Our Back Yard”.

Skyuka Fine Art hosts an opening reception for “Historic Tryon Artists.” This show features famous artists who were part of the historic Tryon artists’ colony such as Homer Ellertson, Lawrence Mazzanovich, Elizabeth Paxton Oliver, Amelia Watson and Will Henry Stevens. The art has been contributed by area dealers and collectors.

Also opening is Tryon Painters & Sculptors’ exhibit “Green Piece”; fascinating two- and three-dimensional art made with recycled materials and reused or found objects. Many outstanding artists present their imaginative, clever and fun pieces that are environmentally friendly.

The Upstairs Artspace has a major exhibit “Artists Among Us: 100 Faces of Art in Spartanburg” showcasing art in many mediums by a dazzling number of Spartanburg’s finest artists.

Vines & Stuff is featuring the porcelain work of Tiffany Gipson, a Southern Highland Craft Guild member, and the clay pottery of Claude Graves of Little Mountain Pottery.

Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, Celebrates its First Year – Jan. 1, 2012

December 22, 2011

It is hard to believe, but we are coming up on our first anniversary here at Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC. It was this time last year that we were building walls, tearing up carpet, and installing the correct lighting. Dust and excitement were in the air as we approached our opening on New Year’s Day!

Work by Richard Christian Nelson

Looking back, it has been a fantastic and art filled year! We’ve hung eight different shows, hosted a lecture, a concert, an auction, a jewelry party, and started a town gallery crawl. As we look forward to our second year here in Tryon, we’d like to start off by celebrating the past year, and ringing in the next with an open house here at the gallery.

Please join us on Jan. 1, 2012, from 1-5pm here at Skyuka Fine Art. It’s gonna be another great year!

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Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, Offers Sale of European Treasures – Oct. 8, 2011

October 5, 2011

Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, proudly presents “European Treasures”; work from the collection of local art dealer (via England) John Sellick. This show displays years of remarkable finds that are surprisingly affordable. These works generally date from the late 19th century to approximately 1930. This exhibit is sure to be an extremely special one as many of these artworks have never been seen in this area before. See students of Sargent, Munnings and Moses, see a steel engraved print of Georgia O’Keeffe, see paintings after Beaugureau, and many more; all masterpieces.

Work by Denholm Davis

Join us with Mr. Sellick on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, from 5-8pm for this special evening. This opening reception will be during Tryon’s own “Tryon Gallery Trot”. This Trot will be the last of the season until next spring. With 10 participating galleries, shops, and organizations this will be an art filled evening not to be missed in downtown Tryon. Visit ( for more information.

Skyuka Fine Art is located in downtown Tryon at 133 N. Trade Street. Visit us at ( or e-mail to ( or call 828/817-3783. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm.

The Final Tryon Gallery Trot of 2011 Takes Place in Tryon, NC – Oct. 8, 2011

September 29, 2011

The final “Tryon Gallery Trot” for this year arrives on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, from 5-8pm, in downtown Tryon, NC. With two new establishments officially joining the Trot, this last downtown art-filled evening for 2011 is not to be missed. The Trot began in June and its crowds have consistently grown since. Come out and be a part of this growing event.

Bravo MarketPlace joins the Trot this month with an exciting group of  local artists on display; Diana Gurri, Bob Neely, Linda Hudgins, Mara & Ford Smith, and Jim Shackelford. Find the diverse work of these artists at Bravo MarketPlace and Thompson Landscaping at 83 Palmer Street (behind Stott’s Ford).

The Ferullo Fine Art Studio will be holding its Grand Opening reception. Pat Cole-Ferullo and Dom Ferullo welcome you to stop in and enjoy a tasty snack, beverage, and peruse the new gallery space located at 140 Pacolet St. They are now showing watercolors and acrylics by Pat, and mixed media and wood sculpture by Dom.

The Upstairs Artspace hosts an opening reception for its first-ever portrait exhibit entitled, Lines and Lives of the Face. An added attraction is a small exhibit, This is not a Portrait, consisting of 25 drawings of the infamous Osama bin Laden made by local artists from a template by James Esber. The Upstairs reception, which is from 5 to 8pm, is preceded by the “Walk & Talk” tour of the art at 4pm.

Green River Gallery will feature the work of Charles Harpt during their late hours. Kiveo proudly displays their continuously changing selection of artwork from local talented artists.

Tryon Painters & Sculptors will have a new Member’s show that features not only their member’s pictures and sculptures but the Claydie’s sculptures as well. Refreshments will be served. Vines & Stuff is featuring new work by local woodturner Jim Mellberg, and a stunning collection of local pottery from Tiffany Gipson and Little Mountain Pottery, including their new redware pieces. Richard Baker proudly accomplishes a goal showing his commitment to the Tryon Community with four new paintings of the Tryon Toymaker Toys. Come see these brilliant and nostalgic pieces honoring Tryon’s rich history. Treats and apple cider will be served during the Trot in his studio.

Kathleen’s Gallery will highlight new work by gallery artists and introduce Douglas Chamberlain’s assemblages; combined architectural salvage with odds and ends of other recycled materials to create wall hangings full of texture and color. Textile artists Bobbie Thomas and Kathie Seatters, jewelry artists Monica Jones and Leah Weitzel, and recycled plastic artist David Edgar all display new work for the Trot.

Skyuka Fine Art presents, European Treasures; a selection of artwork that represent years of remarkable finds from local art dealer (via England) John Selleck. Selleck’s surprisingly affordable pieces generally date from the late 19th century to approximately 1930. This exhibit will be an extremely special one as many of these paintings have never been exhibited in the USA, let alone Tryon! The opening reception will be during the Trot, where Sellick will be on hand to discuss the work.

Having an arts-centered town that hosts events like the Trot really brings home our “Nearly Perfect-Always Tryon” motto. Come on out and enjoy the evening, see some old friends, make some new ones, and support the arts!

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Tryon, NC, Offers Tryon Gallery Trot on June 4, 2011

May 30, 2011

The streets of downtown Tryon, NC, will come alive once again at the second Tryon Gallery Trot on Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 5-8pm. This month there will be 8 participating galleries, shops and businesses featuring artwork and refreshments.

The Upstairs Artspace will be opening a new show, Flood and The Pump: Galleries With Attitude. This exhibit presents 15 artists from the Flood Fine Arts Center, an Asheville, NC, institution that is well known for showcasing exciting, thought-provoking art. In addition, 20 artists with working studios at the Flood will be offering examples of their work.

Tryon Painters and Sculptors, located in Gallery One in the mid-level of the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Melrose Ave. is showing the work of Richard Baker. Baker’s oil paintings depict the architecture and landscapes of this area.

Kiveo, a Trade Street internet business is opening its’ spacious offices to display contemporary and traditional paintings from Ralph Berger, Robert Deterly, Alan McCarter, Jocelyn Davis, Richard Baker, and Catherine Gurri.

Kathleen’s Gallery will be featuring the “Small Wonders” of photographer Elaine Pearsons. Her new work is enhanced by a glaze of colorful glitter. Asheville poet and photographer, Tracey Schmidt will show giclee prints from her new book of poetry.

Vines and Stuff in the Shops of Tryon will be open late showcasing their wide variety of gifts for all ages including hand made pottery.

Just across the street Skyuka Fine Art will be opening, Landscapes of the Carolinas, dedicated to the art of the landscape. Much of the work will be of the Tryon area, its’ surrounding mountains as well as low country, marsh and coastal landscapes in a variety of techniques and mediums. New artists to the gallery will be represented in this exhibit as well as historical ones.

Next door to Skyuka, Green River Gallery joins in the trot offering a wide selection of paintings and prints from their collection.

Just down from Green River Gallery, Richard Baker Studio will host late hours with a special touch; Baker will be demonstrating how he captures the beautiful properties of water that he is so well known for. Baker has also taken on some new local artists who will have their work on display and be on site as well.

This, the second Tryon Gallery Trot, is sponsored by the Tryon Downtown Development Association. Look for maps in participating galleries and shops to guide you along on your own “Trot”.

Please visit the Tryon Gallery Trot Facebook Page.

Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, Offers Michael McCue for its Lecture Series – Mar. 6, 2011

February 27, 2011

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.

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Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, Presents First Gallery Concert – Jan. 29, 2011 Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, Presents First Gallery Concert – Jan. 29, 2011

January 12, 2011

Kim Nelson and her husband, artist Richard Christian Nelson, owners of Skyuka Fine Art, Tryon, NC’s newest art gallery will present their first gallery concert featuring Tryon’s own Stereo Fidelics, and local guitar maker Jay Lichty on Saturday, January 29, at 7pm.

Work by Richard Christian Nelson

The gallery is honored to have Tryon luthier (guitar maker) Jay Lichty give an informal talk on his award-winning work, and play his beautiful guitars and ukeleles a bit. Then Tryon’s own Stereo Fidelics will rock the house with their unique indie music!

From his luthier’s shop in Tryon, Jay Lichty produces custom handmade guitars and ukuleles. The blend of expert craftsmanship and skill as a musician come together in each instrument to create one-of-a-kind guitars and ukuleles that are treasures to own and to play.

The Stereo Fidelics are a high-energy, original retro-alt-rock band that blends mind-bending improvisation and extreme instrumental choreography to deliver an exciting show for both the eyes and ears. By showcasing their multi-instrumental capability, they are able to operate completely as a duet and deliver a full sound.  Chris Padgett shreds solos and lays down the groove on the guitar, tickles the synthesizer, sings lead/harmony vocals, and pounds out synth basslines on a floor keyboard while Melissa McGinley contributes lead/harmony vocals, holds down the rhythm on the kit, and throws in string pads and raging violin solos.

We will be selling tickets in advance for this event, mainly so we know how many chairs to rent and how much food and drink we need at the show. Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the concert if there is any room left. Pre-sale ticket price: Adults $7 Children $5 and at the door ticket price: Adults $10 Children $5.

We will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Tryon Elementary School’s Art Room.

Skyuka Fine Art is located at 133 N. Trade Street in Tryon, NC. Gallery hours are Tue.-Sat., 10am-5pm.

For further information call the gallery at 828/817-3783 or visit (