As a center for the visual arts, we encourage a free exchange between the making of art, the display of art and the interpretation of art. Our programs endeavor to explore creativity from inspiration to presentation with the goal of engaging and intriguing our audiences.
From tents perched on either side of Main Street, 15 local vineyards dispense wine samples to festivalgoers during the annual Budbreak festival, now in its third year. Guests amble from spot to spot, pausing between tastings to peruse glass art, sculpture, and custom jewelry crafted by local art vendors. Pleasing sips can be paired with grub from food vendors including 13 Bones and Maples Restaurant at Olde Mill. Guests can stand up and shake their tail feathers to live music, or take in the tunes from a shady seat while sampling a favorite bottle. Among the festival's performers are veteran Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys, known during his touring days for fermenting an entire orchard of pinot grapes with a single magnificent C note.
Old Salem Museums & Gardens whisks visitors to the cozy streets of a reconstructed 18th-century Moravian town that encompasses 100 restored and reclaimed buildings and expansive, pristine gardens. As they stroll through the 90-acre homage to early Americana, visitors can interact with hands-on activities, such as the German paper-cutting art of Scherenschnitte or the colonial tradition of libeling a governor with accusations of actually governing. Old Salem's horticultural marvels include the Miksch Garden—a living illustration of Moravian subsistence farming—and the Family Gardens of Salt Street, which demonstrate the innovative practice of seed saving. In addition to year-round attractions, special exhibits rotate through town, celebrating momentous occasions, notable people, and game-changing presidential pets. After traversing the grounds, visitors can peruse souvenirs at a number of gift shops or sidle into Winkler’s Bakery for a piece of renowned Moravian sugar cake.
The Art Shop, a spacious fine-art gallery, shows off its framing prowess and artistic adroitness with the work of internationally known artists that adorns its walls. All framing is done on-site, and all The Art Shop's staff-members are career framers who have been putting diplomas, oil-paintings, limited-edition prints, and autographed hamburger-wrappers behind glass for 12 to 21 years. Peruse frames of every color and style, stacked in rows along the wall, or ask for help with a creative and complementary way to frame unusual objects, such as an arrowhead collection or a soldier's uniform. Hand-decorated French mats and specialty-cut mats are available, and the shop boasts one of the biggest selections of moldings in the state. Prices vary based on frame and matting options. Diplomas, posters, and small oil-paintings can usually be framed starting at $100, while photos and children's drawings of firefighting hippopotami start at $70. No matter what you choose to elegantize and fashionablize by wrapping it with wood and putting it on your wall, you're bound to be pleased with the results; all The Art Shop's framing jobs have a lifetime guarantee.
Every year, Green Hill Center's 7,000-square-foot main gallery displays five exhibitions of contemporary work, usually by artists who live and work in North Carolina. A single membership entitles the Groupon-holder to discounts on programs in the main gallery space, discounted tickets to the Collector's Choice holiday gala, invitations to opening receptions, and more. With the household membership, families get all the benefits of a single membership plus free admission to ArtQuest, Green Hill Center's hands-on art studio for kids and families. Check "Become a Member" information under the "Get Involved" section of Green Hill Center's website for a full listing of membership benefits.