“Few people go to art exhibitions nowadays, the art comes to them! “(Chris Geiger)
June 3 -4
When we arrived in the picturesque region of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains in mid afternoon Wednesday, we anticipated finding a plentiful amount of remote “country” serenity. Yet it seemed unsettling for us to hear about expected pandemic/protest concerns in nearby Asheville and then encounter a strange National Guard presence at our next motel. So as we continued our strategy to “play outdoor tourist” at this second stop of our road trip, racial unrest/social distancing would also be firmly on our mind.
On Thursday morning, we then began a two mile, loop walk in downtown Asheville intending to observe designated sites along the well marked, “Urban Trail.” Unlike “antebellum” preserving Savannah, our casual encounters with a series of creative artworks along today’s walk revealed that while Asheville remains equally proud of its historic past it seems heavily committed as well to progressing forward for a more modernistic image of “New South” values. I would also notice today that on few occasions amidst the quiet of this still heavily quarantined city, racial protest flared noticeably as small crowds of demonstrators gathered on street corners to draw attention to their impassioned cause or to artistically present their latest banners.
In the following photographic display, then, I hope to “feed your head” with the idea that Asheville “on the outside” can be a safely fun stopover in conjunction with any current visit to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains and/or Smoky Mountain National Park. Next stop: Gatlinburg, Tennessee.