With Flying Colors

Hendersonville’s streetscape is about to get a lot more colorful.

In 1985, Hendersonville artist Norie Sanchez started quilting — a lot. “I’ve done it all: wall hangings, bed quilts, baby quilts, hand-pieced, machine-pieced, hand-quilted, machine-quilted, appliquéd,” says Sanchez. But sometime in the 2010s, the fiber artist grew weary of quilting and decided to pick up a paintbrush instead. ​​“The segue from quilt design to watercolor was pretty seamless — no pun intended,” she laughs. A watercolor titled “Bee Mine” will be featured on a banner this spring as part of ArtScape. Hosted by the Art League of Henderson County, the annual public art program invites local creatives to display photos of their work on vinyl flags around downtown Hendersonville. Thanks to generous funding from Dominion Energy, 31 banners will be installed on Main Street and select side streets. Several dozen banners featuring student work will also be installed in Jackson Park. “This year’s program had an impressive turnout,” says Diane Dean, president of the League.

The Art League of Henderson County will reveal the 2024 ArtScape banners on Saturday, April 6, at 4pm at Art Place Gallery (2021 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville). The youth banners will be revealed on Thursday, April 11. See artleaguehvl.org for more information. 

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