Artists Precourt and Gurri donate to Art Trek TryonPublished 9:18am Monday, April 22, 2013
Popular local artists BJ Precourt and Diana Gurri are returning to the Art Trek Tryon open studio tours this year, and each has donated a piece of art to the Upstairs Artspace to help make the fundraiser a success.
Precourt has given the nonprofit contemporary art gallery one of his signature wooden weathervanes a leaping trout to benefit the event. Gurri has donated a mixed-media piece for the gallery to auction or raffle off. They will be among the 36 artists from the area who will be welcoming visitors in the fifth annual Trek, which begins Friday, April 26, with a preview party from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Upstairs, 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. The event continues with open studio tours on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 28, from noon to 5 p.m.
Precourt’s studio and gift gallery in Mill Spring is filled with carvings of animals, bearded woodsman, and other creatures, as well as furniture, toys, and walking sticks. He makes his work from found objects and wood collected in the forest near his studio, and found objects.