Old Fort Art Gallery to Sponsor Benefit Exhibit for Museum

OLD FORT, NC – Arrowhead Artists & Artisans League (A3L) is Bringing the Beach to the Mountains with a new exhibition that will open next month at the Arrowhead Gallery & Studios in Old Fort and be a benefit for its neighbor, the Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center.
Bringing the Beach to the Mountains will be a judged, public art show that will debut Saturday, August 3, for a one-month run at the Arrowhead Gallery & Studios, 78-C Catawba Avenue in Old Fort. An opening reception for the show will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., with the first hour on the front porch of Mountain Gateway Museum, 24 Water Street in Old Fort, and the second hour at the art gallery (located across the street from the museum), where the winners will be announced at 3 p.m.
Fifteen percent from the sale of each artwork in the exhibit will be donated to Mountain Gateway Museum. All proceeds will be used to benefit the museum’s program fund. The exhibit will run through Thursday, Sept. 5.
“All of us here at Mountain Gateway Museum are grateful to A3L for sponsoring this fundraising event for the museum, and we also appreciate all the local artists and artisans who have created the artwork to make this event possible,” said museum director RoAnn Bishop. “This is a great example of community support, and we feel very honored by it.”
Artists of all ages are invited to submit entries to Bringing the Beach to the Mountains exhibit. Both two- and three-dimensional artwork will be accepted but must be original and fit the exhibit’s “beach” theme.  Suggested media include, but are not limited to, oils, acrylics, encaustic, cold wax, mixed media, watercolors, pastels, pen-and-ink, colored pencils, scratchboard, photography, digital media, sculpture, wood, jewelry, clay, papier-mache’, and fabric.
Lorelle Bacon, an art instructor and long-time art exhibitor at Arrowhead Gallery & Studios, will be the curator of the exhibition. Lisa Steffens, an accomplished artist in several mediums and a member of the Swannanoa Fine Arts League, will be the show’s judge.
Prize ribbons will be presented for first-, second-, and third- place winners. Also, reception attendees are encouraged to dress to fit the exhibit’s theme, as an award also will be presented to the person whose attire is judged the “beach-iest.”
A prospectus and entry form for the show can be found online at the Arrowhead Gallery & Studios’ website: www.arrowheadart.org/ (under Exhibits tab). All artwork and completed entry forms should be dropped off at the Arrowhead Gallery & Studios between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, August 1.
Each artist may enter a maximum of three pieces. The entry fee for A3L members is $10 for one entry; $15 for two entries; and $20 for three entries. For non-members, the entry fee is $15 for one entry; $20 for two entries; and $25 for three entries.  
To become a member of A3L, visit Arrowhead Gallery & Studios in person or check out the organization’s website at www.arrowheadart.org. Annual membership in A3L is $25 person, and benefits include a monthly newsletter, an artist/artisan’s page on the website, discounts for art classes and workshops, and discounts on art supplies at Cheap Joe’s in Asheville.
To join Friends of the Mountain Gateway Museum (FOTMGM), visit the museum’s website at www.mgmnc.org , call the museum at 828-668-9259 or visit the museum in person at 24 Water Street in Old Fort. MGM is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information about the Bringing the Beach to the Mountains exhibit, contact Lorelle Bacon at lorelleartist@hotmail.com

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