‘Winter Tomato Field,’ by Keith Spencer. (photo submitted)

‘For love of Tryon’ art show supports Tryon revitalization

Published 8:16pm Thursday, September 13, 2012

Reports of recent economic struggles for Tryon’s business district have been published in the papers, the Bulletin included, talked about on TV and of course spread from person to person across the proverbial grapevine. Hopefully you have also heard about the efforts by local organizations and individuals working to revitalize Tryon’s business district. It warms the heart to see a community come together in support of their hometown, even better to see action speaking louder than words. We regularly report on the latest efforts and activities in the Bulletin and today we’d like to take a moment to say thank you to a few more individuals for making a difference.
Individuals like Kim and Rich Nelson, owners of Skyuka Fine Art, who conceptualized an idea for an art show to promote the area back in January. The Nelsons sent out an alert to 13 artists they represent requesting that they consider participating in the show and the “For the Love of Tryon” show was created. Suggestions for subject matter of special landmarks and favorite scenes that are near and dear to most “Tryonites” were made.
According to Kim Nelson, most artists are very busy in the spring and summer with paint-outs and workshops so they wanted to make sure they could carve out some time to be able to participate in this special show.
Many of the artists created something for the show, but special recognition goes to Keith Spencer, who went head and shoulders above the rest with five sizable pieces, each one honing in on what makes Tryon “Tryon.” Spencer depicts two beautiful and serene foothills scenes, two colorful Lake Lanier pieces and an incredible 24 x 48 inch “Winter Tomato Field” piece with exciting explorations in shapes.
The show “For the Love of Tryon” ends Sept. 26, but thanks to the efforts of organizations and individuals like the Nelsons the love of Tryon will go on forever.

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