Local Artists Shine at the Weaverville Art Safari

Weaverville, NC, 2011 — Some of the top artists in Western North Carolina open their mountain studios to the public during the Weaverville Art Safari, May 7-8, 2011. This exclusive weekend event is an opportunity to interact with more than 40 artists and see the process behind the development of their critically acclaimed works of art.

The Art Safari provides a chance to wind through the backroads and main streets of Weaverville, Alexander and Barnardsville on a self-guided driving tour. Artists are on hand to talk about their creative processes and exhibit their latest creations. Works of art showcased during the event include pottery, handmade glass, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, paintings, drawings and fiber art. Select studios offer public demonstrations and door prizes. Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

A special preview party sponsored by Claxton Farm on Friday, May 6, kicks off the event and celebrates the Art Safari’s tenth anniversary. The fun begins at 7 p.m. and includes door prizes, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar. The highlight of the evening is a silent auction featuring art from participating artists. Guests have the opportunity to bid on gallery-worthy works of art selected exclusively for the event and its patrons. Event tickets are $10 at the door with additional door prize tickets available for $5 each. All event proceeds fund future Weaverville Art Safari events.

Weaverville Art Safari brochures containing maps and artist information are available at Asheville-area art galleries, restaurants and shops beginning in April. A downloadable brochure is also available at www.weavervilleartsafari.com beginning in April.

The Weaverville Art Safari is a collection of Western North Carolina artists whose goal is to raise awareness of the vibrant art community residing on the outskirts of Asheville, NC. The Weaverville Art Safari is a biannual event held in the spring and fall. For more information on the Weaverville Art Safari and participating artists, visit www.weavervilleartsafari.com, or contact Steven Forbes-deSoule at 828-654-9065 or forbes143@charter.net

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