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Art Safari Trip to Winston-Salem, NC

What better way to make new friends and explore art than an overnight trip with an art group? Join us for this great adventure to Winston-Salem, NC. $200 per person before May 15th; $350 thereafter to accommodate late joiners. Only 3 seats remain! Register with payment TODAY by calling 253-9226! Our itinerary includes the following:


10 AM meet at gallery for a brunch before boarding our chartered vehicle with SUNSHINE TOURS (2.5-3 hour commute with snacks provided)

Guided bus tour of downtown/historic Winston-Salem

A relaxing check-in at the Holiday Inn Express (a safe, centrally-located just 9 minutes from the downtown arts district with free wifi, swimming pool, free hot breakfast, and a free shuttle)

After-hours Art Gallery Hopping beginning at 7 PM - 10 PM

Explore the Downtown Art District at your leisure. Streets are closed for a safe and festive atmosphere with artist demonstrations, music, dance and the excitement of the arts community!  Here is a brief list of the art galleries and shops you might be interested in browsing: Artworks Gallery (an artist-run cooperative gallery in business since 1984); Fiber Company (a partnership with members and a working weaving studio. Fiber Company artists create hand-woven clothing and accessories and carry local artist works on consignment from jewelers, potters, woodworkers, and photographers); Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. (Guild-founded by craft artists and collectors to honor the work of its members, this non-profit is dedicated to the promotion of fine traditional and contemporary craft/art representing nearly 400 of the Southeast's most talented artisans); The Other Half (Ron and Tamara Propst opened the gallery to exhibit Ron's pottery, fine crafts in wood, glass, clay and metal, mixed media, paintings and well designed commercial works); Karma Salon and Gallery; Center City Frame Gallery; Delurk Gallery (We will be learning more about the international art project known as Art-O-Mat as it encourages art consumption by combining the worlds of art and commerce in an innovative form. There will be time to talk to an Art-O-Mat technician about how the Beckley Art Center artists can become Art-O-Mat artists); Fourth and Trade; Inter-Section Gallery and Art Space; and Gateway Gallery.


Enjoy a FREE hot breakfast at the hotel, or choose from a selection of eateries within walking distance of the hotel to start your day.

This day will be devoted to touring the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Reynolda Village, and the Formal Gardens. An art activity will be offered for anyone who has brought their art supplies (whichever medium you prefer; sketchbooks and charcoal/pencil highly suggested, as well as a camera for photography).

At Reynolda House, we have the unique opportunity to view an exquisite collection of black and white photographs taken by photographer Ansel Adams in their exhibit titled "Eloquent Light". Here is their except detailing the exhibit:

Ansel Adams (1902-84), perhaps the best-known photographer in American history, developed a system for creating luminous, vivid landscape photographs in sharp contrasts of black and white. He then printed his film negatives with meticulous attention to craft.  Adams’s manner of framing and capturing both magnificent, large-scale landscape formations, and small, exquisite natural objects created icons of the American wilderness.

These forty breathtaking photographs by the renowned artist-photographer have never been on view together, and Reynolda House is the exhibition's only venue.

Adams subscribed to the romantic tradition of American landscape, an artistic lineage that included major American painters—including Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Albert Bierstadt —whose work anchors the collection of Reynolda House Museum of American Art. 

Adams took his first photos with a Kodak Brownie camera at age 14 during a family vacation to Yosemite National Park, and he would return to Yosemite regularly throughout his life. An early and passionate environmentalist as well as an artist, Adams advocated powerfully for wilderness preservation, national park creation, and the Sierra Club, with which he was affiliated from the age of 17.  His goal was “to rekindle an appreciation of the marvelous.” 

This exhibition’s debut in North Carolina coincides with the centennial of the National Park Service, which marks its 100th anniversary in August 2016. The National Parks Conservation Association has joined Reynolda House as the National Outreach Partner for the exhibition. During the exhibition season, Reynolda House will embark on a series of events and talks focused on themes of sustainability and preservation, highlighted by an Earth Day event co-presented by Wake Forest University.

Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light has been organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas. 

LUNCH and DINNER on your own (unless otherwise noted); there are several dining options in the Reynolda Village to choose from; details will be given to the attendees.

7 PM: Depart Winston-Salem, NC;  Arrive back to Beckley, WV by 10 PM. Times are subject to change due to congested travel routes, etc.

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Later Event: June 11
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