Funny thing about the Blue Ridge Mountains. Even when you perch on a lofty peak or hike a wooded trail, you’re never far from rollicking musical theater, soaring orchestral strains and très chic art galleries. From the lively Asheville arts scene to a glassworker’s quaint studio, art and nature dance a lively jig in the Blue Ridge.
We are a non-profit community arts organization that encourages self-expression through visual arts. Tryon Painters and Sculptors (TPS) has nine gallery shows per year, including Members' shows as well as local and out-of-town, well-known artists' shows. We also conduct workshops and hold Art, Wine and Cheese programs and classes. TPS has also added a Gift Shop and participates in the TRYON TROT. Founded 44 years ago, TPS moved to a new location in downtown Tryon in August 2011. Membership extends from Asheville, NC to Charleston, SC. Every other year we offer a Regional Juried Show.
In the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District is Asheville's finest theatre, the Diana Wortham Theatre: an intimate, 500-seat theatre inside the Pack Place complex, with convenient, off-street parking and numerous downtown restaurants within a block of the theatre. Diana Wortham Theatre's Mainstage Series offers live performances of music, theatre, dance, and comedy throughout the year by national touring artists. The theatre also features a wide array of performances by professional and avocational regional arts groups.
The McDowell Arts Council Association was created by the community to share the legacy of local, artistic heritage while promoting local artists and enriching cultural life in McDowell County. The arts council encourages local artists by providing gallery space, a retail shop, teaching opportunities and theater space for the performing arts. As part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, McDowell artisans contribute their skills and knowledge of mountain crafts such as pottery, wood working, quilting, iron work, music, storytelling, weaving, basket making, dancing and more.
SART is an award-winning professional stage company presenting theatre lovers’ favorites in plays and musicals, including signature productions that portray the rich cultural heritage of Southern Appalachia. Each year, SART’s ScriptFEST Playwrights Conference promotes the development and production of new plays. The mainstage season is every June-August in the historic Owen Theatre, Mars Hill College. 2010 marks SART’s 36th Summer Season!