FootSteps & BrushStrokes


Preserving A Picturesque America (PAPA) 

Artists & the conservation minded are welcome to join us as we stop to enjoy & create all of the vantage points from the Picturesque America serial of the French Broad. To promote the upcoming exhibition Scott Varn along with artist and writer Mike Wurman, will be doing something that has not been done in likely 100 years. They will be on an 80 mile journey from Chimney Rock to Del Rio Tennessee along the Buncombe Turnpike/Drovers Road, the route that the original artist took in 1870. Dressed in period clothing and sketchbooks in hand they will follow in the footsteps and brushstrokes of those who helped Americans see our landscape as something to be cherished rather than exploited. They will travel my horseback, foot and boat; stopping at each of the original vantage points where Harry Fenn made his renderings. We are inviting local artists and the public to meet them at each of the 12 locations to create and celebrate.
May 4th 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Chimney Rock (Site #12) at Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery Patio in Chimney Rock
May 8th 9:30 AM Pritchard park with Katherine Calhoun Cutshall
May 8th 7:00 Stories, celebration and public preview 8 River Arts Place
May 10th 9:30 AM - 12:30 AM “Old Mill - Reems Creek” (#9) at Lake Louise Park, Weaverville
May 13th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM "Mountain Island "(#4) vantage point ( accessible only by boat)
May 14th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Lover’s Leap Views (#6, #7, #13) in Hot Springs
May 15th 10:00 AM 12:00 PM “Ferry on the French Broad” (#11) in Hot Springs
May 15th 1:00 - 3:00 PM “Scene on the French Broad” (#5) in Hot Springs
May 16th 2:00 - 5:00 PM “Paint Rock”(#2) & “French Broad” (#3) in Hot Springs
May 17th 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM “The Smoky Mountains” (#1) along Paint Rock Trail in Hot Springs
May 17th 6:00 PM Camp-out and Celebration at the Hillside Farm vantage
point near Del Rio, TN
May 18th 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM “A Farm on the French Broad” (#8) near Del Rio, TN
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