Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Crimson Laurel Gallery hosts "Lost Crossings Exhibit"

The Lost Crossings exhibit opened to a full house Saturday September 5th at the Crimson Laurel Gallery, downtown Bakersville NC.
A contemplative Look at Western North Carolina’s Historic Swinging Footbridges was a collaboration between photographer Shane Darwent and author Katey Schultz and was overwhelmingly welcomed by enthusiasts and novices alike. Katey and Shane added a second slide show and lecture to their pre-scheduled show to accommodate the crowd. Our State magazine which featured an article on the swinging footbridge project along with many other magazine and newspaper articles has triggered calls to purchase the book and map from across the state. The first printing of book sold out on opening night and, the second printing will arrive in two weeks. Pre-orders are already being taken.

Also available with the book is an unframed 18" x 26" map that provides locations for the various bridges in Michell and Yancey County. Limited unframed photographs of the bridges by artist Shane Darwnet are also still available.

The Sharing exhibit in our lower exhibit space features some of the finest potters in Western North Carolina coming together to create unique and one of a kind original pieces that can be used for entertaining friends and neighbors. The exhibit will feature platters, serving bowls, tea sets, pitchers, jugs and other unique pieces. The pieces in this collaborative show will focus on large pieces that can be used to entertain guests yet express superior craftsmanship, form and function. Among the many featured artists will be Stanley Mace Andersen, Kyle Carpenter, Josh Copus, Shawn Ireland, Michael Kline, Kent McLaughlin, Shane Mickey, Mark Peters, Lindsay Rogers, Ken Sedberry, Gay Smith and Ron Slagle. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on September 5th at 6pm and will remain through October 31st.

For more information about the exhibitions call Crimson Laurel Gallery at 828-688-3599 or visit

John Lara
Crimson Laurel Gallery