Tryon Arts & Crafts School Red Carpet Reception and Awards Ceremony 

Published 11:25 pm Monday, February 4, 2019

Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s Red-Carpet Artist of the Year Show returns this month with a public reception and awards ceremony on Friday, February 8, 6:00-8:30 PM. The show will run through March 15. 


The central focus of the show is a group exhibition of 12 artists, each of whom was a 2018 TACS Artist of the Month. The featured artists, listed chronologically by month of exhibit, include: Karoline and John O’Rourke, Julie McIntyre, Fred Herres, David Zacharias, Nancy Wall, Vickie Napoli, Gary Webber, Beth and Ben Waddell, Patti Miles-Cooner, Wendy Deudne, Lynda Evans, and Bonnie Joy Bardos. 

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On co-exhibit with the Artist of the Year Show, regional artists have submitted work entertaining the red-carpet theme with a predominantly red color palette. 


Attendees will vote for Artist of the Year, Best Supporting Artist, and Best Original Artwork. The ceremony will also include the Polk County Gallery Show of the Year, nominated by local galleries and determined through an online poll at Voting closes at 7:30 PM and official award announcements will take place at approximately 8:00 PM. 


In addition to refreshments, voting, and awards, TACS will enliven the crowd with main stage interviews with featured artists. Visitors will be guided into the gallery by an abstract red-carpet installation. 


The event is free and open to the public. While attire is not officially designated, black-tie is encouraged.  


For more information about the school, please contact the office at (828) 859.8323 or visit our website,