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Arts & Entertainment Book signing for Cynthia Strain’s ‘Highlands Through the Seasons’

Wine and cheese reception also planned at the Bascom

Wherever you are, you can enjoy the beauty of Highlands in every season with photographer Cynthia Strain’s new book, “Highlands Through the Seasons.” The Shop at The Bascom will host a book signing for Strain and her book on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this convivial wine and cheese reception and hear a brief synopsis of Strain’s work from the author/photographer herself.

Owner of Mill Creek Gallery and Framing in Highlands, Strain has been an active resident since moving here in 1982. She and her family owned and ran the Bird Barn, an avianthemed gift shop for the entire family, for 15 years. Her current gallery focuses on crafts and her photographs. Strain’s passion is conservation and love of the area. She has organized local art and craft shows and founded several conservation groups.

Since 1987, she has embarked on a serious study of photography, studying under Gil Leebrick for three years at the Appalachian Environmental Art Center. There she learned the techniques of many nationally known photographers who visited the center, as well as the technical aspects of photography. Numerous publications have published her photographs and articles.

The Shop at The Bascom features a fascinating collection of handmade items by local and regional artists. From pottery to jewelry, fiber arts to glass, collectible wooden bowls and more, the Shop offers one-of-a-kind gifts to treat yourself or other special people. Open year-round.

About the Bascom

A dynamic regional arts center set in a breathtaking natural setting, The Bascom serves audiences of all ages in western North Carolina and beyond with celebrated exhibitions, top-notch programs, and approximately 400 classes and workshops scheduled in 2012. With free admission yearround, The Bascom is a nonprofit visual arts center and a welcoming community-gathering place.

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