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.