September 6, 2013
The Wilderness Society – Southern Appalachian Office
563 West Main St., Suite 1
Sylva, NC 28779
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHO: The Southern Appalachian Office of The Wilderness Society
WHAT: “Land of the Crooked Water” works by artist Joshua Grant to celebrate and support the work of the Southern Appalachian Office of The Wilderness Society
WHERE: City Lights Café, 3 East Jackson Street (entrance on Spring Street), Sylva, NC 28779
WHEN: Opening Reception, Friday, September 13, 2013 • 6:00pm
On display during September, 2013
THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN OFFICE OF THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY PRESENTS “LAND OF THE CROOKED WATER” WORKS BY ARTIST JOSHUA GRANT AT CITY LIGHTS CAFÉ SEPTEMBER 2013
(SYLVA, NC)—The Southern Appalachian Office of The Wilderness Society presents “Land of the Crooked Water,” an exhibit of works by Joshua Grant to celebrate and support the work of the Southern Appalachian Office. The series of art prints will be on display at City Lights Café in Sylva, North Carolina through the month of September. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 13 at 6:00pm.
“Land of the Crooked Water” is a series of prints depicting Western North Carolina landscapes, in a combination of abstract and realist style. Grant created the pieces using a revolutionary photopolymer medium of traditional hand-press printing. Through the use of Cherokee Syllabary and depiction of some of North Carolina’s greatest mountain treasures, the prints demonstrate the deep cultural connections in these mountains, and seek to inspire a sense of duty to care for the Earth and its forests.
Western Carolina University Cherokee Language Program Coordinator and Instructor Tom Belt will speak at the opening reception about Cherokee cosmology and sense of place in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A very limited number of the prints from the “Land of the Crooked Water” series will also be available for purchase at the opening reception.
Joshua Grant is a Fine Folk Artist born and raised in Western North Carolina. A recent graduate of the Nantahala School of the Arts, his art focuses on Cherokee and Southern Appalachian culture. His works have been featured in regional publications, art shows and galleries such as Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Stecoah, NC. His media include ceramic, wood and hand-crank letterpress print.
This exhibit is presented as part of LAND/SCAPE, an ongoing project of the Southern Appalachian Office of The Wilderness Society that draws attention to the intersection of art and nature by featuring the work of regional artists, writers and poets who are inspired by nature.
The Wilderness Society is the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s shared wildlands. Its mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.