Bringles exhibit opening at TACS ahead of TRIFF film showing

Published 12:07 pm Tuesday, September 12, 2023

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TRYON—On Friday, September 15, Tryon Arts & Crafts School will host a public opening reception for the anticipated Fictions of Fauna exhibit and the public call to artists on the theme of Animals in Art from 6 to 8 p.m. 

In addition to these two exhibits, TACS has just announced that there will concurrently be a surprise fine craft exhibit with original works by potter Cynthia Bringle and weaver Edwina Bringle. The Bringles are the subject of a new documentary film that will be screened at the Tryon Theatre as part of the Tryon International Film Festival on Sunday, October 8, at 4:30 p.m. The documentary, entitled Bringle, a Tale of Two Makers, is by filmmaker E. Vincent Martinez.

The Bringles are renowned as advanced craft practitioners, educators and mentors to countless influential figures in heritage and contemporary craft. Both Bringles are lifetime members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. 

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Cynthia claims such accolades as the North Carolina Award for Fine Art, an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts at Memphis College of Art, and the designation of North Carolina Living Treasure by UNC Wilmington. Her work is included in such collections as the Mint Museum, Lowe Museum, High Museum and Fuller Craft Museum.

Edwina is an emeritus art faculty member of UNC Charlotte. Her work is featured in the collections of the North Carolina Museum of History, Greenville Museum of Art, Gregg Museum of Art and the Mint Museum.

“Edwina and Cynthia are household names in the craft world, let alone dear friends and former colleagues to many Polk County residents,” says TACS Executive Director, Will Barclift. “As soon as we heard that their film was going to be included in the film festival, TACS acted to find a way to enhance the experience for our town by hosting them and showing their exceptional work. We will have viewing opportunities in town during the festival in October, as well as a poster signing.”

Regarding the exhibition, Cynthia noted that, “NC has been home for over 50 years. We like the fact that we are showing our work at TACS.” Her works on exhibit will include a variety of forms and techniques, such as a pitcher, a turtle teapot and a tall stoneware vessel. Featured works by Edwina will include a scarf and shawl, a wool rug with naturally dyed elements and Wedge Weave Tapestry pieces.


Submitted by Tryon Arts & Crafts School