NCDNCR Western office hosts Oct. 24 presentation on Vance Birthplace by photographer Brenda Scott

From the N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources – Western Office:

Creating a Photographic Series,” A Presentation by Photographer Brenda Scott

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – “Creating a Photographic Series” will be presented at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in Asheville by photographer Dr. Brenda Scott, DPhil (Oxon), on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Using examples from her current exhibit, “The Mountains are Calling: At Home in Western North Carolina (c.1790-1830),” Scott will introduce the nuts and bolts of creating a photographic series from brainstorming a new idea through the presentation of the final project. In addition, attendees will learn more about Scott’s own process in her photographic work at the Vance Birthplace Historic Site. In Scott’s words, “I explored the daily lives of those who lived and died here c.1790-1830, both the free and the enslaved, and was deeply affected by what I learned of their strength and perseverance.”

This presentation is the closing event for the exhibit “The Mountains are Calling: At Home in Western North Carolina (c.1790-1830)” at the Western Office, which includes over fifty framed black and white images of the Vance Birthplace Historic Site to explore the many facets of early life on a homestead in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The exhibit includes artifacts from the site as well. No tickets are required. The exhibit is located in the gallery on the first floor of the Western Office and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October 24. The exhibit will reopen at the West Asheville Public Library in November.

The gallery will open at 6:30 p.m. to give participants an opportunity to view the exhibit. The talk will begin at 6:45 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session. The gallery will be open until 8 p.m. RSVP is required; please call (828) 296-7230 ext. 221 to reserve seats.

Dr. Brenda Scott is an art photographer based in Durham, NC. She has been making photographs since elementary school. Also trained as a cellist and an organologist (one who specializes in the history and development of musical instruments), she worked as a curator of a small musical instrument museum for just over 10 years before becoming a freelance photographer. Scott earned her doctorate at the University of Oxford (Somerville College) and holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, Auburn University, and the Academy of Art University.

The Western Office of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is located at 176 Riceville Road, Asheville, N.C.  For additional information about the exhibition please call (828) 296-7230, email, or visit

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

About Max Hunt
Max Hunt grew up in South (New) Jersey and graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2011. History nerd; art geek; connoisseur of swimming holes, hot peppers, and plaid clothing. Follow me @J_MaxHunt

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