My next exhibit is coming along, and I wanted to give you an update. For those who don’t know about the project, here’s a bit of background:
The Mountains are Calling is a history-based photographic exhibit centered on North Carolina mountain culture from c.1790 to c. 1830 created at the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site in Weaverville, NC. In addition to photographs, the display will include period artifacts and relevant facsimiles. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Brenda Scott and divisions of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR), including the Vance Birthplace, the Western Office, and the North Carolina State Capitol.
You can read more about the project and see a few sample images on the exhibit page.
Dates and Venues
The opening date has been set for September 15, 2017 at the Western Office in Asheville. Please mark your calendar! The opening will coincide with the symposium, The Vance I Know, organized by UNC-Asheville and the Vance Birthplace site.
The exhibit will be in Asheville through December and then travel to Raleigh, where you can see it from February through May at the North Carolina State Capitol building. I will let you know once we have a firm opening date.
I have not been to the site since November when the mountains were covered in a thick layer of smoke from the terrible forest fires. The plan for the exhibit is for me to make photographs during different seasons, and so my next trip out west is coming up soon.
Images from November 2016
About the Work to Date
The photography so far has been a wonderful experience, shooting both indoors and out, and looking at themes of education, independence, isolation, farming, cooking – many aspects of life in the mountains c.1790 through c.1830, as they would have been when Governor Zebulon Vance was alive. This way of life resonates even now in the mountains, and as I work at the site – as at Stagville – I feel that through this project I am becoming a part of something much bigger than my own work. There are stories here – important ones – and I feel that through this body of work, it is my responsibility to do my best to convey them, or at least ideas of them that can be further explored by viewers of the images.
Want your name in the gallery to be seen by an expected 50,000 visitors?
Although I am partnering with the DNCR, this exhibit is made possible by the generosity of others. I have the regular support of patrons, and generous support of the Dry Ridge Inn B&B who have provided housing while I work on the exhibit, but in order to finance the printing, framing, and other exhibit production costs, I need to raise additional funds.
I would be very grateful for any amount you could give to help me share the unique and powerful story of The Mountains are Calling.
I’ve created different levels of giving, each with different advertising opportunities. At the very top level, you may invite up to ten people to a private reception, tour of the historic site, and sneak preview of the exhibit, and some signed artwork. At the top two levels, your name and/or business name will appear on all print materials associated with the exhibit. At the top three levels, you and/or your business will get a public thank you across our social media channels. Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, and Supporters also will have their name and/or business name listed in a panel in the exhibit gallery (about 50,000 visitors expected).
For more information, please use the contact link above.