Our area is blessed with rich culture, vibrant music, exotic and eclectic cuisine and art in any form you can think of that term. Performance artists, reflect it in the oft seen "angel girl" seen downtown or the entirely silver still figure emulating southern belle's of the past standing in quiet dignity atop her box in complete silence while bypassers stare or make futile attempts to engage her in a conversation that will never happen.
Music buskers line our streets sending blues, folk or show tunes to decorate guests and visitors alike in soulful sound. Canvas has a place in this mix and one of my very favorite artitst is Teresa Pennington.
To see her work one could think she was trained by the masters or at a famed art school but Teresa attributes her gift to God. Despite the lack of formal training, she is a commissioned artist having done work for the U.S. Forest Service and the episcopal church as well as Biltmore Estate. Her medium is colored pencils and while this may trend toward the elementary her work is breathtaking and has an ethereal quality not often seen. The landscapes entreat you to "be there" and the works of the Biltmore Estate garden and home capture not only the architectural beauty the home is known for but actively convey the majesty of the grounds. I have included her link to give you some insight and should you be canvas art appreciators, I know she would welcome your visit to her studio in Waynesville only 30 from the inn. It's a lovely day trip and you can see her work up close and personal.
Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn
Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast