If you need any more incentive to head for the hills during what promises to be a scorching summer, the following might do the trick.
Frank Stella at The Bascom, Highlands, N.C.
“Frank Stella: American Master,” which runs Friday, July 8, through September 25, suggests the fecund and ever-evolving career of one of the high priests of modern art. Spanning 1972 to 1999, the 22 works in the exhibition encompass examples of hard-edged geometry and vivid color, which followed the austere Minimalism that first brought Stella notice, and show his ever-more baroque spatial investigations and gestural hand.
All but one of the pieces come from the collection of Florida businessman Preston Haskell, the collector also behind the visual arts center’s inaugural 2009 exhibition, “Helen Frankenthaler and the Color Field Painters.” Most of the Stella works are prints, a rich medium for the 75-year-old artist, who has seemingly mined every technique, sometimes in a single print. For example, the 1999 “Juam” (above left) is a veritable kitchen sink: etching, aquatint, woodcut and engraving. The Bascom will offer printmaking demonstrations through the run of the show.
If you go this weekend, you can also take in the annual Mountains in Bloom garden festival, July 7-10.
At the Hambidge Center, Dillard, Ga.
Hambidge will soon fire its anagama kiln, a three-day event beginning Friday, July 15. This would appeal mostly to potters who want to use the kiln, of a type that has been used in Asia for centuries, but others might also find it interesting to observe some part of the marathon firing and what it yields. To register or get more information, contact Debbie Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.