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By Kat Ford | The Bascom

Fishing in Whiteside Cove, photo by George Masa

Spring offers two exciting exhibitions at The Bascom.

From now through June 16, the main floor Bunzl Gallery will launch the first in a series of annual exhibitions celebrating the creativity of fellows and students of neighboring arts centers.

This year, The Bascom is proud to highlight works by fellows of The Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia. This exhibition, curated by Lisa Alembik, features artist-fellows of The Hambidge Center whose works express a lucid connection with nature and a distinctive underlying structure, best characterizing an approach to compositional design inspired by the writings of Jay Hambidge. Interested in the mathematics behind the aesthetics in Greek architecture, Jay Hambidge is best known for his “rediscovery” of Dynamic Symmetry. In 1934, his partner Mary Crovatt Hambidge founded the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap in his memory. As one of the first artist communities in the U.S., the Hambidge Center has a distinguished history of supporting individual artists through its residency program.

From now until June 2, in the upstairs Loft Gallery, The Bascom has teamed with The Highlands Historical Society to showcase work by legendary photographer George Masa. George Masa was a photographer for the Vanderbilt, Grove, and Seely families, creating promotional materials for the area over 100 years ago. After seeing Masa’s photographs, John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated funds for lands that eventually became part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This exhibition showcases 15 photographs by Masa of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, as well as current photos taken from the same locations by local photographer Claude Sullivan. An interactive map invites the public to go out and do the same, explore the places where Masa once trekked and take in a natural beauty that still surrounds the area. Participants can then shoot and submit their photos to The Bascom to be included in our Trail Level Education Gallery.

All exhibitions at The Bascom are admission free. A public joint reception for both exhibitions will be April 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Complimentary drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

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