Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s “Lost Loves” juried craft show fundraiser opens this Friday night

Published 7:16 pm Thursday, May 25, 2017

TACS’ Lost Loves Show will feature a variety of moving artwork representing participating artists’ personal thoughts and views on the theme of lost love.  The show, which opens on Friday, May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school’s gallery at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon, is a fundraiser to help raise money for a new storage facility as well as classroom equipment, with a suggested donation at the door. 

Jurors Rita de Maintenon (a fiber artist and member of Southern Highland Craft Guild, HandMade in America, a Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist and Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor) and Ronnie McMahon (a wood carver and member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild), judged the show on Monday, and the winners will be announced on Friday night at 7 PM at the reception. Judging was based on quality and relevance of the work to the theme.  Artists’ statements ranged from the very moving to the whimsical, such as “She never remarried because she said, “no one could ever take Bill’s place in my heart,” “inspired by the power of the heart and its ability to heal,” “Fifty years later I saw her at a class reunion and I said, “Wow, she ain’t what she used to be,” and ”Oh how I long for and truly miss those milk chocolate Hershey Hugs & Kisses.”  To offer attendees the opportunity to also weigh in on their favorites, there will also be a People’s Choice Award given at the reception.  

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The reception will also feature a bevy of Marc and Shanna Cwynar’s special hors d’oeuvres, and live music by harpist Peggy Waldron. To honor loved ones past and present, the school will also be selling engraved bricks that can be purchased and placed in their courtyard.

The Lost Loves Show will be on display at the School through July 7. For additional information on the show or classes and workshops, go to  or call the office at 828 859 8323.

Article submitted by Cathy Fischer