Articulture turns farmsteads into outdoor galleries

This Sunday, May 31, local artists and farmers will come together at Articulture’s first annual Art & Farm Tour, which will be also be the inaugural event for the organization.

Art will be displayed in all different types of outdoor settings to give attendees a completely different experience than that of the normal “white wall gallery,” says co-organizer, Sarah McAlinn.

“Farms enrich our lives physically as much as art and the creative process enrich our lives philosophically,” says Steve McAlinn, Sarah’s husband, also a co-organizer of the tour. “The goal for this project is to make a connection between the two, and thus allow community members to view art being created in a nontraditional setting.”

The event will be divided into two portions: the morning tour, held from 9 a.m. until noon, and an afternoon tour, which will be from 1 – 5 p.m.

Each featured artist will be paired with a specific farm, and will offer workshops during the morning tour. For the purpose of increasing participation, workshop class sizes are going to be kept small, Sarah says, and will require preregistration. She adds that prices vary depending on each workshop, and those who preregister can only sign up for one class.

The afternoon tour will be open to the public to view the art exhibitions at each farm. Tour passes for the afternoon are $20 per car.

“Buy one [tour pass] and get four, five of you friends — depending on how big your car is — to come,” she says. “I’m kind of hoping someone rents a bus or something.”

Those who preregistered for the morning tour will not have to pay for the tour pass.

Sarah says that the farms will be selling “goodies” during the afternoon —  from plant starts to cheeses to wines – and invites all to come see what each farm has to offer.

The farms that will be participating at the event are: Adelbert Farm in Fairview; Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery in Fairview; Hop’n Blueberry Farm in Black Mountian; Doubletree Farm in Marshall; Franny’s Farm in Leicester; Whispersholler Farms in Burnsville; Glorious Forest Farm in Mars Hill’ Mudluscious Pottery & Gardens in Mars Hill; Addison Farms Vineyard in Leicester; Whiskey Pigs in Leicester; and the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden in Black Mountain.

The featured artists will include: Plein air painters from Asheville Urban Landscape Project; painter Lorelle Bacon,; glass artist Victor Chiarizia; painter Olga Dorenko; ceramicist Cindy Trisler; photographer David Simchock; metal artists from Black Mountain Iron Works; PMC artist Amy Brandenburg; quilter Dort Lee; Pysanky egg artist Andrea Kulish; and marionette makers Annie Schermer and Channing Showalter (and their marionettes).

Pets are not allowed at this event.

For more information, including the full description of workshops and locations, visit


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