Green art and mud coming to The Bascom

New exhibits are heading to The Bascom art gallery in Highlands this month.

Admission for these exhibitions is free.

• Alex Matisse: Ometto: “In Italy, the word Ometto, meaning ‘little man’, is used to describe rock cairns that lead the way on hiking trails above the tree line,” said Matisse, whose works will be at The Bascom through October 21. The pots in the exhibition originate from the tradition of salt-glazed stoneware grave markers that were made in abundance in the counties of the eastern Piedmont of North Carolina.

• Green Art, which will be on display through July 8 in the atrium gallery, is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement; Harvey Littleton, its founder; and environmentally friendly art. Tracy Kirchman, a glass artist who aided in the establishment of the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, and her students from the Little Black Pearl Glass Lab in Chicago, will be creating works of art from recycled glass wine bottles for this exhibition.

• From Mud to Art, Highlands High School Ceramics will be in the landing gallery through July 8. The Highlands High School students will demonstrate their proficiency in pottery making and understanding of the science that makes it happen. Student work and an explanation of clay bodies, firing and glazing will be on view. Now in its third year, the High School Ceramics Class is an ongoing partnership between Highlands School and The Bascom. or 828.526.4949.

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