The renowned glass artist, ceramist and the pioneer founder of the American studio glass movement, who was based in Spruce Pine, passed away last week. Image courtesy of Fritz Dreisbach, photo by Gloria Schulman.
Whether you mourned the loss or celebrated its final days, Bele Chere has now been packed up and laid to rest after 35 years. To help with the grieving process, Xpress asked the community to share how they felt about Bele Chere’s final chapter. These are some of the parting words, pictures, videos and more about the summer street festival’s last celebration.
Three and a half decades of taxpayer-funded and city-organized fanfare and fury for an annual festival celebrating the region’s art, music and cuisine set amidst a backdrop fire with social, business and financial love and despair came to end on Sunday afternoon. Bele Chere was 35.
It’s time to say goodbye (or good riddance) to Bele Chere, and Xpress wants you to help write the festival’s obituary. Use #RIPBeleChere to be part of the fun this weekend.
Local artist Vadim Bora recently passed away. Friends and fans have created a makeshift shrine to the late sculpture and painter outside his Battery Park studio.