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Art on Main celebrates its 57th year!
October 1 and 2, 2016
10am-5pm both days
Historic Downtown Hendersonville NC

2016 AOM Applications

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Art on Main 2013 will be October 5th and 6th:
Saturday, October 5th, 2013– 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, October 6th, 2013– 10:00am-5:00pm

The 2013 Artist Application is now available.
The 2013 Demonstrator Application
The 2013 brochure which includes the map of artists.


2012 Art On Main Brochure Front
2012 Art On Main Brochure Map

Art on Main celebrates its 54th year in 2013!
Marketing Image for 2012

PEI Poppy Celebration
by Artist Diane S. Dean.
Artwork utilized for advertising for Art on Main, 2012.

Winter Red Holly

Blue Fall
by Artist Angela Van Every Johnston, acrylic on canvas. (Marketing image chosen for 2011.)


Autumn in the Western North Carolina Mountains finds thousands of visitors traveling to the region to observe its amazing fall foliage. What better time is there to celebrate art by bringing artists from far & wide to Historic Downtown Hendersonville to share their stories and art with the community?

Winter Red Holly

Winter Red Holly
by Artist Harry Jarman. Artwork utilized for advertising for Art on Main, 2010.

The Art League of Henderson County created Art on Main in 1959 to provide local artists the opportunity to show their work in a relaxed atmosphere while meeting the public to sell their paintings. The original show was two-dimensional work only. Artists casually displayed their art on park benches and planters on Main Street in Hendersonville , while the public strolled through downtown. Eventually, artists from outside the region were invited to participate as well. The show still enjoys the involvement of several artists who have been participating for nearly 30 years.
Farm on Miller Road, by artist Ed Fadool. Artwork utilized for advertising for Art on Main , 2008.

Fall Forest, by artist Ben Freeman. Artwork utilized for advertising for Art on Main, 2009.


Since 2004 Art on Main has been produced by The Arts Council, which introduced several changes. The media parameters have been expanded to include fine art and fine craft. Artists apply and are juried for quality in their body of work and professionalism in their presentation. In 2008 the festival drew 70 talented exhibitors who shared their art with the community.

Farm on Miller Road, by artist Ed Fadool. Artwork utilized for advertising for Art on Main , 2008.

Farm on Miller Road, by artist Ed Fadool. Artwork utilized for advertising for Art on Main, 2008.


Art on Main is a celebration of the arts and culture in Henderson County . The developing vision for Art on Main is to embrace all of the arts (two & three dimensions, music, storytelling, and other performances) in order to draw a larger segment of the community downtown – to involve, expose and educate them to the many facets of art – while maintaining a high quality.

Earrings by Artist Obayana Adanaku.

Earrings by Artist Obayana Ajanaku.

Fresh from the Garden by artist Robin Swalby Miltner, Art on Main 2007.


Fresh from the Garden
by artist Robin Swalby Miltner,
Art on Main 2007.


The inclusion of several Southern Highland Craft members augments the show with their excellence and unique flavors. Guild member participants have included Susan Barrett (clay), Paula Marksbury (fused glass), and Jim McGie (wood), and many others. "The Art on Main Committee is very pleased to have these artists participating in the show" says Kim Adams, Co-Chair. "The fact they are Guild members means their work has already been deemed exceptional in craftsmanship and design."  

Chair by Jim McGie
Luna by Susan Barrett
Towering Inferno by Paula Marksbury
Chair by Jim McGie Luna by Susan Barrett Towering Inferno by Paula Marksbury
Live Art Demonstrations
Live art demonstrations will again be offered for the public to experience how an artist “goes to work” in their media. The demonstrations may include a raku & saggar pottery firing, pottery thrown on a wheel, glass bead making, charcoal, acrylic, encaustic, blacksmithing, acrylic & oil painting, polymer metal clay, wood turning, making of twig furniture, and an aluminum pour. A wide range of artists display their techniques each year. Please see the list below for who participated last year. Several of these demonstrations allow the public to participate and create part of or an entire piece of art.
wood carver Charles Smith of Asheville
participants carve their own mold to make a tile for the iron pour
potter David Voorhees, adding a pot to a reduction bin during a Raku firing
sculptor, Brian Glaze waiting for the iron to melt for the Iron Pour.

Live Art Demonstrations Art on Main 2008.
Top: from left to right, wood carver Charles Smith of Asheville , participants carve their own mold to make a tile for the iron pour, potter David Voorhees, adding a pot to a reduction bin during a Raku firing.
Bottom: sculptor, Brian Glaze waiting for the iron to melt for the Iron Pour.

The Art on Main Committee is committed to artist hospitality. Daily refreshments, provision of continental breakfasts, booth sitters, a $5,000 Patron Purchase Award Program and an awards event are just a few details being planned by the committee for the artists. Cash prizes are awarded during an Artists’ Awards Reception held Saturday evening. In 2012, $4500 was awarded. The reception celebrates patrons and sponsors as well.

2012 Art on Main Judges

Stephanie Moore is the Executive Director of The Center for Craft Creativity & Design at UNC Asheville, with a Masters in museum studies, a visual artist and independent curator who launched the Artists Registry in 1992. For over 18 years Stephanie served as the Director of Visual Arts for VSA, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where she was for providing the overall direction and production of visual arts exhibitions and activities on the national level.

Patrick Dennis of Atlanta, the co-founder and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, LLC, formed to establish and manage outdoor public art events (producing over 6 art shows around Atlanta in 2012), a visual artist, and founder of the first museum of Florida.  Patrick judges annual gallery shows of 250+ entries, and often supports or manage the judging for festivals with 300-600 applications.

Mana Hewitt


2012 Featured Artist – Diane S. Dean

2012 Featured Artist – Diane S. DeanYou may find out more about
Diane at her website

2012 Art on Main Award Winners
Veronica and David Bennett
Best in Show -
Veronica and David Bennett
Walter Arnold-Nagel
Walter Arnold-Nagel
Fine Art Award
Julie Merrill-Nagel
Fine Craft Award – Julie Merrill-Nagel
Danny O'Driscoll
1st Place Fine Art –
Danny O'Driscoll
Larry Allen
1st Place
Fine Craft –
Larry Allen
David Goldman
2nd Place Fine Art – David Goldman
Warner Whitfield
2nd Place
Fine Craft –
Warner Whitfield
John Gunther
Honorable Mention - John Gunther
Olivia de Soria
Honorable Mention -
Olivia de Soria
Paula Marksbury
Honorable Mention - Paula Marksbury
Ward Siegler
Honorable Mention -
Ward Siegler

Wickwire fine art / folk art gallery also presented Glenn Mace, a woodturning artist, with a $100 award in honor of American Craft Week.

Art on Main 2011 Sponsored by
Morris Broad Band
2012 Art on Main Merchandise
Available from the Arts Council’s
Please call us: 828-693-8504
2012 AOM Poster
Posters (2011) $10
   Members $8
Posters ( previous years ) $5
T-Shirts (2011) $15
   Members $12
T-Shirts ( previous years ) $10
Long Sleeve T-Shirt $20
   Members $17
T-Shirts ( previous years ) $10
Tote Bags $15
   Members $12
Tote Bag ( previous years ) $10
2012 - Art on Main's Artists
Artists Media Booth
Joseph Adams Wood 511
John Albrecht Oil/Acrylic 215
Dave Allen Photography 245
Larry Allen Clay 315
Michael E. Allen Oil/Acrylic 501
Hank Alfred Clay 451
Walter Alnold Photography 525
Marc Aune Jewelry 344
Susan Barrett Clay 342
Veronica & Dave Bennett Glass 400
Jean-Jacques, Susan Benoist Photography 412
Robert W. Berger Watercolor 507
Debra Bet Jewelry 126
Teresa Bowen Clay 424
Amy Brandenburg Jewelry 110
Larry Brown Wood 229
Larry Burton Watercolor 309
Terry Butler Oil/Acrylic/Mixed Media 116
Brenda Cameron Fiber 344
Lucy Clark Clay 221
Doug Dacey Clay 400
Olivia De Soria Jewelry 229
Diane Dean Oil/Acrylic 418
Sue Fazio Oil/Acrylic 125
Paul Dean Frederick Watercolor 202
George Getty Wood 429
Dave Goldman Oil/Acrylic 328
Brenda Gray Jewelry 512
John Gunther Fiber 241
Michael Hatch Glass 318
Stephen B. Hoff Photography 124
Beatriz Kelemen Glass 201
Jimmy Langford Metal 201
Janice Lippincott Watercolor 530
Debbie Little Clay 210
Paula Marksbury Glass 317
Susan Marling Fiber 202
Mary Mason Clay 108
Elizabeth Mcafee Oil/Acrylic 419
Julie Merrill Metal and Jewelry 218
Mike Merritt Wood 344
Edgar Miller Photography 104
Holly Mitchell Mixed Media 512
Colleen Morgan Photography 451
Danny O'Driscoll Oil/Acrylic 451
Kelli Perry Jewelry 431
Cindy Riccardelli Mixed Media/Dolls 401
Cheryl Schindler Photography 215
Alice Scott Jewelry 527
Martha Shanks Fiber 221
Joey Sheehan Clay 126
Brian Shope Wood 527
Ward Siegler Jewerly 509
Steven Skinner Clay 411
Kathy Skomsky Fiber 425
Renee Snell Jewerly 408
Sheree and Ken Sorrells Fiber 508
Susan Sorrentino Jewelry 318
Maria Struss Photography 528
Clay Thurston Photography 401
Bill Turner Oil/Acrylic 218
Amy Wald Wood 104
Warner Whitfield Glass 201
Rachel Wilder Jewelry 401
Debbie Wilson Gourds 104
Scott Woody Wood 418
2012 – Artist Demonstrators
The Demonstrators
BRCC Fine Arts Program Iron
Jason Brown Glass Engraving & Etching
Joy Evans Jewelry
Laszlo Hamori Painting
Miriam Hughes Pastels
Timm Kurtz Air Brushing
Grace Lertora Collage
M Rathsack Clay
Jason Redick Blacksmithing
Laura Ruetten Fiber
2012 – Nonprofit Exhibitors
The Nonprofits
Art League of Henderson County  
Blue Ridge Bookfest  
Carolina Concert Choir  
Hendersonville Chorale  
Hendersonville Community Band  
Memory Care  
Opportunity House  
Henderson County Apple Growers
Henderson County Apple Growers
Lyda & Sons Orchard  
Additional Support Provided by:
Wells Fargo
Carolina HOME + Garden
Bold Life
Blue Ridge Travel Guide
The Laurels of Asheville

Thank you to the following businesses for helping to make Art on Main welcoming to our artists:

Champa Sushi & Thai Cuisine, Chick-Fil-A, Hannah Flanagan's Pub & Eatery, Harris Teeter, Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, Joey's New York Bagels, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Living Room Coffeehouse & Café, McFarlan Bake Shop, Mean Mr. Mustard's Café, Mountain Deli, Mrs. G and Me-An American Bistro, Three Chopt Sandwich Shoppe

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