The 2018 Annual Member Show of the Art League of Henderson County will pay tribute this fall to its founder, Grace Etheredge. Sixty years ago she organized a public exhibit of her student’s work in the lobby of the Skyland Hotel. Subsequent exhibits moved to the sidewalk and were open to all artists, growing over the years to what is now known as Art on Main. The Member Show will return this year to its roots, downtown Hendersonville, and will be hosted by CANVAS Artspace.
Categories for Professional and Non-Professional artists will showcase the artistic talent of the area. The show will include a wide variety of subject matter and medium. The judge this year is local artist and teacher, Cathyann Burgess.
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Grace Etheredge began work in the late ‘50s on her dream of teaching art in the Blue Ridge. Her first venture was with the Opportunity Group, formed in 1957 at the First United Methodist Church for the purpose of fellowship and to encourage the teaching and exhibiting of arts and crafts. She taught classes there and on learning that art was not taught in local schools, she volunteered to teach art on Saturdays in Henderson County Schools. Soon after, the school system added art to its regular curriculum.