Apples Any Way

Crown Royal Apple, Marilyn Sholin

Exercising diligence about COVID, the popular North Carolina Apple Festival in downtown Hendersonville had to cancel its two big public events this year — a Labor Day weekend street fair and the King Apple Parade. Most U-pick places and farm-market stands are still open, however. And just as there’s more than one way to procure seasonal produce, there’s more than one method of distilling everyone’s favorite fruit on canvas. Enough of staid still lifes — apples don’t have to languish away in wooden bowls to be honored. Mixed-media painter Marilyn Sholin of Fletcher released this vibrant image last year in celebration of the pre-pandemic Apple Festival. “Crown Royal Apple” was displayed at Wine Sage & Gourmet (418 North Main St. in Hendersonville), a venue that still represents her work. Sholin, an avid workshop leader, specializes in custom canvases for breweries, bars, vineyards, and restaurants. Art is always open — let’s toast to that. (

             — Ed.

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