Adding color to the crossroads this summer, art flags expressed a unique love of our village. Created by twelve local artists, the art flags adorned the new pathway thru the Village Green and were sited at entrances into the park.
Today, October 6, they come down until next summer brings a flock of new images to our village. CASHIERS 2010 Art Flags will be for sale at the Leaf Festival this weekend and displayed in Harmony Tower. The artists donated their work. It is hoped that the program will be a success thru sales of the flags to provide for installation and a stipend to artists in coming years.
The program was underwritten by Hugh and Mary Palmer Dargan , residents of High Hampton, who were encouraged by the success of art flags in Easton, Maryland. “Peggy Connor, a fellow board member of the Village Green, frequently visits Easton for their plein air art event where many art flags are painted by local artists not participating in the juried event. The community later sells the flags to help fund projects. It seemed like a natural fit with our inaugural Arts on the Green event this July, to showcase our local artists,” says Ms. Dargan, inaugural chair of the event.
And what artists they are! The only requirement was that “CASHIERS 2010” appear somewhere on the canvas and exhibit, in acrylic paint, the wonders of our valley.
The White Squirrel and Country Road in Fall, located next to the Village Green Commons building, was painted by the Paintin’ Place. This is a private studio I shared by twelve women who pursue their “art with a heavy dose of laughter and friendship”.
Shari Erickson, a well know artist with national credits and Ringling School if Art training, created the iconic view of Whiteside Mountain located at the entrance of the music lawn. Her mastery of the mountain image is complimented by a musician in a cowboy hat on the reverse side.
Eli Corbin, resident of Asheville and Lonesome Valley, captured flags with the theme of Lady in Plein Air. She chose an artist painting and coupled it with a painters palette and art tubes as a strong graphic.
Kim Gruelle, Cashiers local and Ringling School trained graphic artist, of Raggety Ann and Andy heritage, provided two different renditions of our mountains. These atmospheric images, painted in summer landscape colors, ornamented the Post Office entrance to the Village Green all summer.
High Hampton is rich with artists with eight residents contributed art flags. The following three hung at the crossroads all summer:
Fred Grace, an architect from Baton Rouge was inspired by two local barns and reproduced them in rural surroundings using purple and yellow in the graphic theme. Mary Grace and Susan Reeder, offered a mother daughter duo and painted their pet, Oscar in Hydrangeas and Chipmunk on Bird Feeder. Jo Lane Edwards and Puddin Bankston collaborated with Bear on Branch by Jo Lane and Sunflowers by Puddin.
Carroll Rivers, award-winning artist in residence and instructor at High Hampton also from Charleston, SC, painted the flag that hung at the entrance of the Village Commons. Daylilies in Orange and Blue Sunrise are masterpieces of local images.
Ann Strub, New Orleans native and award winning artist, provided a fanciful pair of graphics to adorn the Village Play entrance. Apples and Two Children with Flowers, have a muted background that enhances the stylistic images. Mary Palmer Dargan experimented with thoughts from her garden, Snake Fencing with Iris and Garden Party.
The ten art flags are 30”x 40” and made by the provider for Easton’s event to ensure weatherproof fabric with professional installation sleeves. Unpainted, they cost about $100 to install. The posts honor the vernacular mountain flavor of Cashiers. Black locust was chosen and hanging armature created from two pieces of rusted rebar bent and drilled into the posts. Aptcon Construction installed the 8’ posts, which were placed around the Village Green campus by Wesley Wofford and Ms. Dargan.
The Village Green Board of Directors voted to keep three flags as part of the inaugural collection and place them on display in the Harmony Tower at the Village Green Commons. Eli Corbin, Shari Erickson and the Paintin’ Place are the three flags to be awarded this honor in 2010.
Please contact 828-743-3434 or www. villagegreencashiersnc.com for further information.