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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chris Condon

Artist, sculptor, landscape wizard, RISD graduate, and genuinely all around nice guy is just the jumping off point when describing the talents & attributes of our dear friend Chris Condon.  I just learned that Chris will be exhibiting his latest work, "Summit", at the Sculpture on the Green Bi-Annual Invitational Exhibition held in Cashiers, NC.  Opening this week-end July 16 & 17, with the outdoor exhibit continuing through December.  Our friendship started 10 years ago, when I went to work for Chris and his wife Bonnie Garrison at their Atlanta store, Pollen.  Chris and Bonnie's artist eye have earned them a beloved clientèle at Pollen, known for  their custom floral design and hand selected craft & home accessories.  Check out Chris' website for more information and included below are some additional photos of Chris' work.

"Summit" - 2010 / Limestone, Cedar, Marble / Sculpture on the Green Bi-Annual Invitational Exhibition.

"Greenman" - 2000 / Limestone / Commissioned by the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

"Tower of Knowledge" - 2003 / Limestone / Commissioned by the Memphis Arts Council.

Part of the "Hives" Sculpture Series.

Part of the "Hives" Sculpture Series.

Part of the "Animals" Sculpture Series.

Cashiers is a great week-end destination spot, within a 3 hour drive from Atlanta.  Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, the temperatures start dropping as you leave the Atlanta limits - such a lovely respite from the city heat!  I have 2 recommendations for lodging....  If looking for a quick getaway, check out staying at The Orchard Cottage, located on the property of The Orchard Restaurant.  This in town Cashiers location is perfect for first time visitors looking to explore this charming area.

The Orchard Cottage - 500 Square Foot, 1 Bed / 1 Bath

Front Porch  - The Orchard Cottage

Interior - The Orchard Cottage

Interior - The Orchard Cottage

When wanting a longer escape, and looking for more amenities, High Hampton Inn is the perfect alternative. Hiking trails, a 35 acre lake, 18 hole golf course, tennis, fine & casual dining are all found on the grounds of High Hampton. Accommodations include mountain inn rooms and larger private homes.  Be sure to take in the mountain side view over looking the lake while enjoying cocktails on the patio.

High Hampton Inn

Interior - High Hampton Inn

The Perfect Spot to Unwind and Enjoy a Cocktail, Overlooking the Mountains & Lake - High Hampton Inn
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