The Sculpture Walk on Chetola Lake

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Brenda Councill
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Chetola Resort and curator Brenda Councill have created an event

filled weekend featuring renowned national artists, celebrities and star entertainment including

imaginative family friendly activities. August 9th -11 from 10:00 a.m – 10 p.m each night

features continuous engaging entertainment for the entire family.

Chetola Resort’s lakeside setting provides the outdoor venue that has achieved landmark

status among travelers to the High Country. The lake provides a dramatic backdrop for juried

exhibition of over 50 nationally renowned sculptors traveling from the west coast, the southeast

and midwest. Monumental scale and mid-scale works of art curated by Ms. Councill will be

temporarily installed along the path around the lake. The public is invited to stroll leisurely to

view the variety of premiere pieces, many that will debut that weekend, including the much

anticipated piece by NC Artist, Beau Lyday commemorating the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Sculptors will be present to answer questions and inquiries about commissions and sales. All

proceeds benefit the sculptors. This event is sponsored in part by The Watauga County Arts

Council, grassroots funds of The NC Arts Council and generous support by private donations.

Art Icons Bob Timberlake and Joe Miller will host Friday night’s event- “Prosecco and Painting/

Bourbon and Brushes”-Tasting Spirits and Talking Art. An illuminated sculpture walk, flights of

prosecco or bourbon, hors d’oeurves, bonfire, and live music highlight the private event.

Sculptors will compete for cash awards totaling $6,000. Dr. Lawrence J. Wheeler, CEO and

Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art, (RET.) deemed “ One of North Carolina’s Greatest

Cultural Forces,” will be the juror and host of the Saturday’s Starry Night Celebration and Awards

Ceremony, which includes dinner and dancing under the stars with the 16 piece Orchestra, The


Proprietors, Greg and Kent Tarbutton have shaped and molded the weekend offerings like true

artisans! ArtSplash occurs on Saturday August 10th, 11:00 am-4 pm will feature Virtual Reality

Games with artist Alan Gordon. Watauga County Arts Council volunteers will offer sculpting

with Kids-Clay Corner, Lawn Games including creating a squirt-gun painted large masterpiece

like Jackson Pollock. The Tarbuttons agree, “ We feel that children will benefit greatly from the

imaginative, hands on interactivity of being surrounded by artists and creative influences. This

directly influences and develops lifelong skill sets for the future”. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy a

wine tasting compliments of “Sunset and Vine” from 1-2:30.

Street Address

185 Chetola Lake Drive
Blowing Rock, NC 28605


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