Brevard and Transylvania County have a rich and vibrant arts scene. Just ask Tammy Hopkins, executive director at the Transylvania Community Arts Council.
“Brevard is home to more than 25 art galleries, 21 sculptures and 10 murals. We have three art districts: downtown, Brevard LumberYard Arts District and the Potters Row on 276 South, a scenic drive on the creative side,” she said. “It’s not just the visual arts that we are known for, but also music. Brevard is home to the Brevard Music Center, Porter Center at Brevard College, Steep Canyon Rangers, Brevard Philharmonic and, of course, our mountain music jams throughout the week. Brevard and Transylvania County are also becoming known as a prime film location destination, as well. We invite you to explore this art hub located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.”
For more information, go to www.tcarts.org. Sculptor Aaron Alderman, who is represented by The Haen Gallery in Brevard and Asheville, grew up in Transylvania County.
“Growing up here I was always inspired by our rich history of more traditional and functional art,” he said. “It’s been great to watch that thrive and grow. It’s exciting to now see more contemporary art find acceptance and take hold. This seems to have allowed for an impressive community of artists of widely varying disciplines and backgrounds. All this and more makes Brevard a great place to work and live as an artist.”
For more information, go to www.thehaen gallery.com.
The area is also home to the Spiers Gallery at Brevard College. Kyle Lusk, an art professor at the college, is the gallery’s director and a sculptor who is also represented by The Haen Gallery.
“At the Spiers Gallery, on the Brevard College campus, we bring in exhibiting/visiting artists from all over the U.S., and each, without fail, comments on how impressed they are with the quality our local galleries and the support for the arts in our community,” Lusk said.
For more information, go to www.brevard.edu/venue/sims-art-center-spiers-gallery/. In the literal heart of downtown Brevard, at the intersection of Main and Broad streets, is the Number 7 Arts Gallery, home to more than 30 local artists. One of them is Holland Van Gores, who creates objects out of wood and then, typically, paints them.
“I think a community that supports the arts and artists shows a progressive and caring approach to our collective well being,” he said. “Without the strong support of the arts in our community, Brevard would not be the attraction it has grown to be. Brevard stands out as a community that embraces the arts. This was a deciding factor for us relocating here six years ago.”
For more information, go to www.number7arts.org. For more information about all local activities, go to www.transylvaniaexplorer.com.