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Thanksgiving Gallery Walk To Be Held Nov. 27

By Transylvania Times – November 23, 2015

Do you have a house full of guests? Looking for things to do? Explore the art galleries and art locales featured on the Brevard Thanksgiving Gallery Walk on Friday, Nov. 27, from 5-8 p.m. The Gallery Walk will feature new art exhibits, music, wine and beer tasting as well as local shopping.

Hop on board the Oskar Blues Trolley, which will run from 6-8 p.m. with stops at the Visitor Center, Hunters & Gatherers, The Haen Gallery/Brevard Lumberyard Arts District and the TC Arts Council Gallery.

Red Wolf Gallery will present a new artist for the Nov. 27 Gallery Walk. The featured artist this month is Van Martin with his impressive landscapes.

Number 7 Arts Gallery will feature the work of three of its members: Lewis Bishop, Sonia Arnold and Joe Bruneau.

The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host a reception for their newest exhibit “In the Belly of the Clouds.”

This art show features the photography of R. K. Young, the paintings of Julie Bowland and the wood turning of Peter B. Mockridge. Stop by the TC Arts Gallery to meet the artists and to support Rosman High School senior Cassidy Knye.

Knye is practicing the art of graffiti and various other forms for her senior project. Her purpose for this project, titled “Arts for the Arts,” is to not only improve her art skills, but also raise money for the theater program at Rosman High School.

Knye will have her work on display and for sale during the gallery walk.

Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques invites the public to stop by and see the new line of wearable stones by emmanyb, new florals by Cecel Allee and paintings by new artist, Jay Burriss. Just a block away from Trade-Arama, across from City Hall, stop in the Drew Deane Gallery. One of our newest galleries is Collective located on Jordan Street. With a variety of artists and mediums, there is something for everyone at Collective.

The Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is featuring the work of Artsi Glass and will serve light refreshments. Artsi Glass is a fused glass art studio and gallery by Rachel S. Rogers and John F. Peil.

Kiln-Fused glass artwork is created by using various complicated techniques with special glass to the desired effect. Open until 7 p.m ., the Visitor Center is a great place to park for the evening, hop on the trolley, and explore downtown.

Main Street Ltd. will host a free wine tasting from 5-7 p.m. featuring great holiday wines. Next door in the Hollingsworth Gallery explore the featured artist Deborah Johnson Kidwell. She is a life-long New Englander now living in Brevard. Her works are original soft pastel on marble dust sanded paper. The show is entitled “Four and Twenty…Birds and Bird’s nest.” The small works are six inches by six inches and affordable for holiday giving. Kidwell teaches pastel and drawing classes at the TC Arts Council.

Hunters and Gatherers will feature music by Blake Ellege and they will serve holiday specialty drinks.

Local Color invites you to come in and see new work from their wonderful artists and crafters. Cool weather items are back, including wet felted wool items by Daryl Hayes, felted wool knit hats by Patti Dutton, crochet hats by Ruth Ann Brewer and knit hats by Linda Shepherd. In addition, check out Patty Consoli’s “Star Gazing” hanging gourd lamp, new up-cycled music themed creations from Art Wine and more.

Broad Street Wines will be having music by Mike Sweet and a tasting of wines from the Rhone Valley in France. The White Squirrel Shoppe will be serving mimosas.

D. D. Bullwinkel’s will be serving beer, wine and their famous pimento cheese.

Wine Down on Main Street will feature Brevard photographer Ashley Lowe.

Lowe, a Brevard College graduate, recently was awarded the Regional Artist Grant from the NC Arts Council, TC Arts Council and the Arts Council of Henderson County.

Visit The Haen Gallery at 200 King St. in the Brevard Lumberyard Arts District to experience new work by French artist Philippe Roussel, Atlanta photographer Kathryn Kolb, and Charlotte painter Marlise Newman.

Savor a glass of wine and a bit of dessert while you enjoy a wide array of paintings, photographs and sculptures by dozens of artists.

After the gallery walk, stay in the Lumberyard Arts District for the Hometown Holiday Jam at 185 King Street. Mike & Mike Present: the 10th annual Hometown Holiday Jam featuring Steep Canyon’s Mike Guggino and Mike Ashworth; dynamic duo Leigh Glass and Corey Bullman, Isaac Wells, Derrick Gardner, Noel Felty and surprise guests!

There will be no tables or chairs inside the venue, so bring your dance shoes and come to boogie. For more information and tickets, visit 185king st.com.

Due to the holidays, the last Gallery Walk of the 2015 Season is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18.

Gallery Walks will resume in April 2016. For a guide to the Gallery Walks, stop by any participating location or go to http://www.artsofbrevard.org and click on Art Tours. For more information, call the TC Arts Council at (828) 884-2787.

Artists At Work During Friday Gallery Walk

By Transylvania Times – October 26, 2015

Jenni Barronwas one of the featured artists at the Haen Gallery in the Lumberyard Arts District in Brevard as part of the Friday Gallery Walk. Barron’s performance art piece entitled “mother may i” included her spinning wool in a yurt, a portable, round tent typically used by nomads in Central Asia. (Times photos by Derek McKissock)

Artists To Demonstrate Work During Gallery Walk

J. Aaron Alderman is one of the featured artists Friday night for Gallery Walk at The Haen Gallery. (Courtesy photo)

J. Aaron Alderman is one of the featured artists Friday night for Gallery Walk at The Haen Gallery. (Courtesy photo)

By Transylvania Times – October 22, 2015

The downtown art galleries, art spots and restaurants will host the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk Oct. 23, beginning at 5 p.m. Tammy Hopkins, executive director of Transylvania Community Arts Council, invites visitors and the community to participate.

“Fall is a special time here in the mountains. We invite the public to experience a fun evening of art and dining in our downtown community during this month’s gallery walk,” she said.

The Oskar Blues Trolley will run from 6-8 p.m. with stops at the Visitor Center, Hunters & Gatherers, The Haen Gallery/Brevard Lumberyard Arts District and the TC Arts Council Gallery.

Red Wolf Gallery will present the new paintings of North Carolina artist Ed Fadool. His paintings of barns and his exquisite use of color are not to be missed.

The TC Arts Council will have an opening reception for its newest exhibit by members of the Connestee Art League. Members participating include Sandy Anton, Elaine Bailey, Linda Richardson Barrick, Suza-nne Crolley, Patricia Dennis, Joe Hagarty, Sandy Hemmer, Dorothy Holum, Cindy Jednaszewski, Suzanne Karnatz, Brenda Maund, Patricia Patterson, Rachael Rogers, Richard Ryder, Karen Tuttle, Barbara Walter, and Heidi Witmer.

Number 7 Arts Gallery located on Main Street in Brevard will feature three of its members’ work. Featured artist include Elda Brown, Peter Chumbley and Erin Keane. Brown is known for her colorful limited edition jewelry, using lamp-worked glass beads that she makes by hand from Italian glass rods. She has now expanded her artistic endeavors into fiber. She is using the Nuno fusion felting process to make exquisite silk neck and table scarves. Her table scarves are both beautiful and functional, providing “artistic protection between your fine wood furniture and pottery, lamps or other table top pieces.”

Chumbley paints on wood, uplifting and “make you smile” works of art. In many of his works he shows animals living, loving, laughing, and playing.

Keane is an encaustic artist and bookbinder who is smitten with beeswax and bindings. Keane is now a full time exhibiting artist in the River Arts District of Asheville and a juried member of Southern Highland Craft Guild.

The Lumberyard Arts District in Brevard will be buzzing as artists from The Haen Gallery, Circle Factory, and Lumberyard Studios gather to present new work, demonstrate techniques, and present installation art.

Local artists J. Aaron Alderman, Mary Farmer, and Ben Nixon will be demonstrating techniques at The Haen Gallery. Alderman, a sculptor who works primarily in steel and cooper, and Mary Farmer, an encaustic artist, will both be creating new work on site while photographer Ben Nixon will be discussing the wet plate collodion process that is responsible for his body of work.

Other gallery artists will also be on hand to discuss their artwork as guests see work by more than 30 artists, listen to live music by Bradford Carson, and enjoy a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres.

In the Courtyard next door to the Haen Gallery, Jenni Barron will be performing throughout the evening, in and around her 10-foot handmade yurt. This installation of “Symbiosis” documents a culmination of performance work regarding human relationships toward other mammals.

Just behind the Courtyard on French Broad Street, Circle Factory artists Shellie Lewis, George Peterson, and Ashley Lowe will have an open studio with current work on display. Visitors are invited to peruse the studios, see work in progress and finished pieces, and talk with the artists.

Lumberyard Studios at 145 King St. will also be open for Gallery Walk with Erin Jones, Cathy Goden, Sue Huggins, and Jenni Barron. They will open their studios with drawings, oil and acrylic paintings, as well as 2D and 3D fiber art on display for all to enjoy. There will be light refreshments and drinks as well as a collaborative spontaneous art creation to see and be a part of throughout the evening. Sound for the event will be performed by guest artist DJ Safarii.

185 King Street will feature the music of “Ellis Dyson & the Shambles” starting at 8 p.m. This is Prohibition-era inspired original music, with influences ranging from ragtime, swing, gypsy jazz and Appalachian folk.

Enjoy folk art and autumnal refreshments at the Trade-Arama Folk Art Gallery! Then explore Gravy where a percentage of all sales go to the local Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County.

In the Times Arcade Alley, The Square Root will have live music starting at 7 p.m. by the band Carver and Carmody.

The White Squirrel Shoppe will be open late and serving mimosas.

COLLECTIVE located on Jordan Street will be having an Art Opening for artist Holly Grant and live music from Crysalis. They will also have creative vendors for the Pop Up Market with original art, jewelry, ceramics, textiles and more. They will be offering light eats and drinks. The Pop Up Market runs from 5-10 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is featuring the work of Artsi Glass and will serve light refreshments. Artsi Glass is a fused glass art studio and gallery with works by Rachel S. Rogers and John F. Peil. Kiln-fused glass artwork is created by using various complicated techniques with special glass to obtain the desired effect. Glass is available in many different forms: sheet glass, textured glass, rods, stringers, frit (small chips or bits) as well as powdered glass. Open until 7 p.m ., the visitor center is a great place to park for the evening, hop on the trolley, and explore downtown.

The Hollingsworth Gallery is hosting members of the Land of Waterfalls Photography Club with fascinating images taken by local photographers Ginny Bedell, Don Voltz, Ken Voltz, Jack Christfield, Nancy Dumville, Spike Dumville, Robert Krause and Don Lander. The artists will be on hand to greet the public. Main Street Ltd. presents a free wine tasting from 5-7 p.m. Doug Parker from Skyland Distributing will be pouring.

Local Color has new creations from artists and crafters. Cool weather items are back, including wet felted wool items by Daryl Hayes, felted wool knit hats by Patti Dutton, crochet hats by Ruth Ann Brewer and knit hats by Linda Shepherd. In addition, check out Patty Consoli’s gourd art, Brevard Beer Card Company, and Jeanie Bernard’s hand painted postcards.
George Peterson will be one of the featured artists at Circle Factory located on French Broad Street in the old church just behind The Haen Gallery.
D. D. Bullwinkel’s features an eclectic mix of fun and useful goods for casual mountain living. They will be serving beer, wine and their famous pimento cheese, as featured in Southern Living.

Hunters and Gatherers features musician David McCall.

The Drew Deane Gallery will feature Susan Harb with an Outside Art Pop-Up Show. They will also serve wine and munchies.

Broad Street Wines is hosting a free wine tasting from 5-8 p.m. and over at Underground Salvage, try samplings of Oskar Blues Beers. Wine Down on Main will have featured artists the McConnell Sisters, who collaborate on innovative and dimensional painting techniques.

The Gallery Walks are scheduled for the fourth Friday of every month April through November with the December Gallery Walk slated for Dec. 18 due to the holidays. For a guide to the Gallery Walks stop by any participating location or go to http://www.artsofbrevard.org and click on Art Tours. For more information, call the TC Arts Council at (828) 884-2787.

Taste Of Transylvania To Provide $18,000

The dessert category was won by Blue Ridge Bakery for their Flourless Chocolate Cake infused with Chile pepper and served with a blood orange sauce.

The dessert category was won by Blue Ridge Bakery for their Flourless Chocolate Cake infused with Chile pepper and served with a blood orange sauce.

From Transylvania Times October 22, 2015

The Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) is finishing up a successful year by honoring their winners of the “Best” categories from the annual Taste of Transylvania event. Taste of Transylv-ania Chair Courtney Mason presented the winning restaurateurs with their awards last week.

The Annual Taste of Transylvania event, the primary fundraiser for the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF), was held on the grounds of the Brevard Lumberyard Tuesday evening, May 7. The remodeled venue combined with the generosity of so many community vendors allowed the fundraiser to more than double its previous earnings to a new record of $17,000.

Special thanks are owed to the lead sponsors of the evening: First Citizens Bank, Domokur Architects, Brevard Lumberyard, Comporium, Broad Street Wines, Transylvania Regional Hospital, Oskar Blues, WSQL, McNeely Rental, Meredith Baldridge State Farm Insurance, Linda Martinson and Andy Stratton.

The TCSEF exists to provide financial support to the Transylvania County Schools in the form of grants to teachers and programs that benefit the students. Since its reformation in 2008, the TCSEF has provided funding for a variety of different opportunities within the schools. During this past school year, TCSEF sent a Brevard High School student to an all expenses paid Washington, D.C. immersion program to study government and politics in the nation’s capitol.

In addition, TCSEF awarded more than $15,000 to provide funding for 27 different teacher sponsored grant programs. As the fund balance of the TCSEF grows, so does its ability to increase its support of teachers and students.

Due to the success of this year’s event, the foundation will raise its level of grant funds to $18,000 for the 2015-2016 school year. This is a 50 percent increase in grant funding in two years. The grant application process is currently underway.

The Taste of Transylvania is one of the most enjoyable benefits held in this community, and this year was an amazing success. Those attending were able to enjoy the best of offerings from our local restaurateurs, caterers and food service operations. Additionally, Oskar Blues and Broad Street Wines were on site to provide information and education about their products. The Oskar Blues Trolley assisted with transportation through the King Street neighborhood for ease of parking.

All of the participating establishments donated the food and drinks for the benefit of the TCSEF programs. The participating restaurants this year were:
Marco Trattoria won Best Appetizer for their Tuna Seaweed Salad.
185 King, Blue Ridge Bakery, Cedar Mountain Café, Chameleon Catering food truck, The Chubb Wagon food truck, Dugan’s Pub, The Falls Landing, The Hob Nob, Jaime’s Creole Brasserie, Jordan Street Café, Key Falls Inn, Marco Trattoria, The Phoenix and Wild Indigo Catering.

The highlight of the evening was the vote held for the favorite item in each of the divisions: appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Marco Trattoria won Best Appetizer for their Tuna Seaweed Salad.

Marco Trattoria won Best Appetizer for their Tuna Seaweed Salad.

Marco Trattoria won Best Appetizer for their Tuna Seaweed Salad. Chameleon Catering Food Truck took the Best Entrée category with their Shrimp and Grits. The dessert category was won by Blue Ridge Bakery for their Flourless Chocolate Cake infused with Chile pepper and served with a blood orange sauce.

The next Taste of Transylvania will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

For more information on the TCSEF, visit http://www.tcsef.org, or contact Page Lemel at 884-9125.

Silvermont Halloween Event Coming

Volunteers have been busy preparing to turn the Silvermont grounds into a Halloween-inspired wonderland. (Courtesy photo)

Volunteers have been busy preparing to turn the Silvermont grounds into a Halloween-inspired wonderland. (Courtesy photo)

Article published in Transylvania Times October 1, 2015

Volunteers from the Children’s Center, Friends of Silvermont and their friends have been busy preparing for the “Revenge of the White Squirrels” and “Lighted Pumpkin Patch” events that will take place, starting Oct. 9. on the Silvermont grounds.

The extensive collection of lighted pumpkin and other Halloween decorations that were previously part of the “Stingy Jacks” display in Pisgah Forest have been donated to the county.

Using these decorations, the Children’s Center and Friends of Silvermont will transform Silvermont as witches, pirates, spiders, bats, scary squirrels and jack-o-lanterns stage a haunting.

Children’s activities will feature a “Scary Squirrel Search,” walks through the “Haunted Pumpkin Patch” trails, numerous games and refreshments.

To begin preparing for the event, volunteers moved the collection of thousands of carved pumpkin decorations from the barn at the “Mountains & Meadows” property of Alisha Swicegood, donor of the “Stingy Jacks” collection.

Josh Leder, owner of Brevard Lumberyard, has made one of his storage areas available for staging of the decorations. Page Lemel, owner of Keystone Camp, has offered a Quonset hut on the camp property for permanent storage of the decorations when they are not being used.

In addition to these community-spirited helpers who are already contributing efforts, the groups are seeking additional volunteers to help with moving and set-up on the grounds, as well as staffing of the event.

Contact Pinkie Byrd at pinkieby@gmail.com or (828) 885-8201 to volunteer.

The Pumpkin Patch events will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in October beginning Oct. 9 at Silvermont on East Main Street in Brevard.

The cost will be $5 per person, with proceeds going to benefit Silvermont and The Children’s Center.

During the event, no parking will be available at the park except for handicapped parking.

The trails are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

For more information, call 885-7286 or visit http://www.facebook.com/pump kinpatchrevenge.

Artist Dreams Of Creating A Sculpture Foundry – Brevard NC

Ann DerGara stands in her studio with a cast of a sculpture. DerGara wants to start a foundry in Brevard with hopes it will draw artists and tourists. She said it will benefit the local arts community as well as the local economy. (Times photo by Kevin Fuller)

Ann DerGara stands in her studio with a cast of a sculpture. DerGara wants to start a foundry in Brevard with hopes it will draw artists and tourists. She said it will benefit the local arts community as well as the local economy. (Times photo by Kevin Fuller)

By Kevin Fuller – Transylvania Times September 14, 2015

A local artist is hoping a sculpture foundry will help draw thousands of tourists and artists to Brevard, expanding an already vibrant art community and help art become the driving force of the local economy.

Brevard artist Ann DerGara is looking to build a sculpture foundry at the Brevard Lumberyard, located off King Street and Railroad Avenue, in hopes of providing artists a place to cast sculptures as well as being an art tourism destination.

“When you increase the arts in an area, you increase the tourism,” DerGara said.

DerGara is part of a growing arts community that has helped a city once flourishing with industry and manufacturing reinvent itself.

She’s hoping a foundry will throw fuel on to the fire.

“We’ve just tried to think of things to help the economy grow,” she said. “The arts are a viable economy.”

A foundry is typically a factory designed to produce metal castings. In this case, the metal castings are sculptures created by an artist. In the process, an artist will create an original sculpture in clay, wax or wood and then make a two-part mold encasing which hot bronze, or other metal, is eventually poured in, creating the sculpture.

DerGara said foundries are very popular with artists and there are only a handful of them in the U.S ., creating a high demand for those that exist.

The lack of foundries forces artists to travel far, spending money on resources, just to be able to create their work.

The closest foundry for Asheville area artists is located in Atlanta, DerGara said. The foundry draws not just the artists that use the facility, but thousands of tourists who show up in droves to watch the pouring of hot metal during the creation of the sculptures.

“If we could attract these people, we would help the economy,” she said.

According to a study by the North Carolina Arts Council, visitors of nonprofit arts and culture programs from outside the region spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event.

The same study said all nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year and nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the Western North Carolina economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.

Lumberyard owner Josh Leder said a foundry would make a great addition to the popular arts district and that more art attractions would help take an area already seeing growth from art tourism to the next level.

“Everyone knows this is an upcoming area,” Leder said.

City planning officials acknowledged DerGara has been working with them on plans for the foundry but that nothing had been finalized yet. The foundry would be set up as a not-for-profit. However, DerGara estimates the foundry would be a source of income, which would be poured back into the local art community.

DerGara has raised an undisclosed amount of money to get the project rolling and is continuing fundraising efforts until goals are met. She said she would need to raise enough money to not only build the foundry but to employ two full-time employees who’d run the facilities and programs. She hopes to have full casting services, educational workshops, artwork shows and sales as well as an outdoor sculpture garden.

“A facility like this, here, people would come from everywhere to watch it,” said DerGara.

To donate to the foundry project, checks can be made out to Community Focus Foundation/Brevard Sculpture Project/Foundry and sent to Ann DerGara, Red Wolf Gallery, 8 E. Main St ., Brevard N.C. 21847. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information on how to become involved in the project, contact DerGara or Tom Cabe at (828) 862-8620.

Jammin for Gage

Join s in a fun filled day/night with live bands and vendors. We are calling out to all businesses who would like to reserve vendor spots at the Oct. 17th fundraising event (concert/festival) for Gage Guffey and Bands that would like to play. The hours will be from 12pm thru to 10pm that night with live bands playing throughout the day. Ticket prices & detailed event lineup to be announced very soon.
Brevard Lumber Yard has graciously donated it’s 2.5 acre indoor and outdoor site for the event so we will have plenty of space for all types of vendors interested in participating.
We are asking for $20 non refundable registration fee for vendors, all which will be going to Gage and we are asking that all vendors make a small donation of a percentage of sales for the day to Gage (vendors choice of donation amount).
Please contact Angela Brown via PM if you are interested in being a vendor or a band. Vendors will assigned a vendor # and be added to our vendor list. All registration payments must be mailed to GWG2, PO Box 686, Yadkinville, NC 27055. Write check out to GWG. Please include in memo line “Jammin for Gage & your assigned vendor #”. Payable no later than 2 weeks after your vendor # was assigned.
Angela will not be accepting any fees, so please do not ask her to. In order to secure your spot, fees must be mailed to the above address.
Come out and enjoy a fun filled day filled with live music, a variety of vendors and to support Gage. Thank you for all that takes the time to come out and join us or participate in any way.

Click to view the event’s Facebook page.

Pisgah Pickers Show benefiting JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians)

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Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00pm
Mountain Song Productions and The Oskar Blues Can’d Aid Foundation present: a benefit for the JAM program of Transylvania County.

The Pisgah Pickers are a mixture of some of the areas best musicians forming as the alter-ego of their respective ensembles. The band is comprised of Woody Platt, Mike Guggino and Mike Ashworth (Steep Canyon Rangers), Jeff Sipe, and Steve Trismen of Jupiter Coyote. The Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation is donating beer to be sold to benefit JAM and the Oskar Blues CHUBwagon will be onsite serving burgers.

JAM is an after school program offering free instruction on stringed instruments in Traditional Appalachian music held at the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania Co.

Tickets: $20 Advance. $25 At the Door. Visit www.mountainsongproductions.com for more info.

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Lumberyard Follows Community’s Lead

Brevard Lumberyard in the newsAfter creating a calendar of all the events in the past year or more at the Brevard Lumberyard, Josh Leder noticed those events were helping define a vision for the site.

“It’s a gathering spot and a place to build community,” said Leder, who in the summer of 2012 bought the 2.5-acre former lumberyard on King Street.

The events have ranged from school fundraisers, including the Brevard High School Chorus to Taste of Transylvania, to numerous art shows, free film showings and a location for video shoots by local musicians.

“The direction that the Lumberyard has taken has been more about the community than about the owners,” Leder said.

Leder said he’s “embraced” what has “naturally evolved” at the site and is now looking for a permanent tenant to occupy a renovated 5,000-square-foot indoor space and a 10,000-square-foot outdoor/covered space.

A rental flyer calls it a “perfect spot for a brewery, bar or restaurant.”

The Haen Gallery at Lumberyard Arts occupies an adjacent space.

Leder is excited not only about the Lumberyard, but other ventures in the Railroad Avenue area, including artist studios, such as the Circle Factory, and 185 King Street, a popular live music venue located opposite the Lumberyard.

Leder said Jackson Wine, 185 King Street’s owner, has done an “incredible job” with the venue.

“I’m thankful and encourage by his success,” said Leder, who believes the Lumberyard and the surrounding Railroad Avenue can become a local and regional destination and, ultimately, a “huge economic driver” for the community.

The city also has hopes for the area. During its retreat Thursday, Brevard City Council received an update on the Railroad Avenue Small Area Plan, which proposes sidewalk, utilities and streets improvements, and possible zoning changes to allow more mixed uses to spur investment.

The plan hasn’t been finalized, but city officials see the area, which was Brevard’s commercial center before it moved to Main Street, being a popular arts district one day.

The Brevard Lumberyard is part of a growing trend of redevelopment of “rough” former industrial areas across the country, showing “what is old is now new,” Leder said.

Leder has a love for the building’s history and the old signs that adorn it.
It “pains” him, he said, that the old railway station was torn down in the 1980s.

As part of honoring the lumberyard’s past and the people who worked there, Leder commissioned the painting of a large mural (see below) showing a man sitting on the tailgate of a truck.

“We created a mural that could be a symbol of a time and place that was once the center of commerce,” Leder said.

Leder said they’ve “just started” at the Lumberyard, and he’s anxious to see what a Calendar of Events may look like five, 10 years from now.

For more information, call (828) 553-5836 or go to brevardlumberyard.com.

 

Source: Transylvania Times