Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Bascom: Art and Magic under a Carolina Blue Sky

Mid-Week Special!!
Arrive on MONDAY and your
at Colonial Pines Inn B&B
May, June, September excluding holidays
(828) 526-2060 
Did you know that Highlands is one of the top twelve Small Town Art Communities in the country?!!! DO NOT visit Highlands without checking out The Bascom, our thriving arts center, located on the Franklin Road (Hwy 64W) about 1/4 mile from the intersection of Main Street (Hwy 64) and the Dillard Road (Hwy 106). Two galleries feature rotating exhibits and innovative major outdoor sculpture installations offer something that is always new and thought-provoking.  The Bascom is open every day and admission is free!

 Events at The Bascom are popular, especially weddings.  Our daughter was married there last year and this delightful Hobbit House happened to be among the outdoor sculptures - wonderful fun for the children attending and a great photo opportunity for the bride and groom!
The restored Will Henry Stevens covered bridge on Hwy 64 forms an inviting entrance to the six acre complex. Explore the authentic corn crib, the horse barn converted into a pottery studio, and a large campus-style three-story barnwood building which houses galleries, studios, and classrooms.
Two indoor galleries have rotating exhibits that change about every three months.  No matter how often you visit Highlands, you'll always want to check out what's new and different at The Bascom.
The main building itself is a work of art with gorgeous timber frame construction and heart pine interiors with ladders and lofts. And did I mention there is a FABULOUS gift shop featuring reasonably-priced beautiful handmade items?!!!
 A charming sculpture and nature trail follows a mountain creek that borders the acreage and offers a lovely walk through the woods with a few surprises.
 Magic and creativity abound at The Bascom where you can enjoy year-round thought-provoking exhibits that will delight and amuse.  This is not your Grandmother's art gallery!!
 Youth programs are vital to supplement the curriculum at local schools and many of them are offered free.  After-school classes, Summer Workshops, Home School Classes, Pumpkin Painting events, and Holiday Crafts including a Gingerbread House Workshop are all extremely popular with families.
The adult programs offer an amazing array of classes in Ceramics, Woodturning, Photography and other media.  Art by Appointment is great for planning a private session for your group. Classes are taught by artists-in-residence and visiting professionals.
You can be part of the fun at the twice-a-year barn dances where, for a small cover charge, you can learn square dancing and clogging taught by locals.  Other fabulous events include Collective Spirits, The Bascom in Bloom, Three Artists Symposium, and more.
The Bascom will make YOU feel like dancin' - don't miss it!!! 
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If you're attending a Bascom class, ask about our exclusive mid-week accommodations discounts for participants.  
We LOVE The Bascom!!!

Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast
541 Hickory Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2060
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984