Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Artist Studios at Fearrington Village spring Tour

Artist Studios at Fearrington Village Spring Studio Tour

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14, from 10 AM to 5 PM each day
The high-spirited artists who live and conceive unique works of fine art at Fearrington Village will open their studios to welcome and share their creations with art lovers, Saturday and Sunday, April 13th & 14th, from 10AM to 5 PM each day.  Come and enjoy seeing watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings; pastels, screen prints, basketry, jewelry, wood art, photography, mixed media and sculpture at many charming locations, all within a 1 mile radius.  And for collectors, art items will be available to purchase.  Allow some extra time to visit the unique gardens, shops and restaurants in the charming Fearrington Village Center, and to simply enjoy the scenic drive through the woods in between the studios.  In addition, visitors can arrange to meet artists at a pre-tour, preview reception in the Fearrington Gathering Place on Friday evening April 12th from 7 to 9 PM.  

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fearrington Phase 3 Autumn Party

Neighbors living in Fearrington Village on roads branching off Windstone gathered on October 14th in Turtle Run Park for our semi annual potluck picnic.

Organized by Phase 3 area and block captains
Photos by Chris Ridley and Bob Oram

We gathered to chat with our friends:

We enjoyed the wonderful food:

Even our fuzzy neighbors had fun:

Stay tuned for plans for next Spring's party!


Monday, March 5, 2018

Almost a Decade of Arbor Day Celebrations

Fearrington Village has celebrated Arbor Day for nearly 10 years now. It originated with the Fearrington Green Scene in 2010, and is now co-sponsored by the Fearrington Garden Club. Native trees have been planted along the Beaver Pond. Creekwood Trail, North Langton Trail and Windstone Park. We have planted Dawn Redwood, River Birch, Bald Cyprus, Redbud, Southern Magnolia, and Sweetbay Magnolia. The event has been organized by Carol-Ann Greenslade and directed by our local Arborist Frank McKeever. “If everyone would plant a tree or bush, it would have real local environmental impact, including erosion protection, air quality, and food and shelter for wildlife.” says Greenslade. McKeever adds, “Different trees have different environmental requirements. We plant these trees for folks to see which trees do best in our Fearrington community”

Our first tree Dawn Redwood planted in 2010 seven years later Photo by Forrest

Frank McKeever planting a River Birch in 2016 Photo by Forrest

McKeever leading a nature walk in 2013 Photo by Matthew Leavitt

The 2018 Arbor Day celebration will take place on Friday March 16th. Frank McKeever will lead a nature walk on the Creekwood Trail, and then on the North Langdon Trail to review the “Rewilding Project” there. Folks should meet at 2:30 at the picnic area of Windstone Park.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Expert tree trimming around our home in Fearrington Village

Trees grow tall around here. Reaching for the light, they often grow to hang over drives and the houses themselves. We just had Tyndall Tree Services trim tree branches that presented potential safety hazards. Here are some photos of these professionals in action.
The Tyndal crew arrived with state of art equipment and set up in the drive
They can clime up trees to cut protruding branches
They employ an amazing extension  arm and bucket to reach branches way up
They employed a block and tackle to direct cut branches, protecting our Crape Myrtle below
Everything was shredded and our yard was cleaned up
Here is Allen Tyndall and his fabulous crew along with my sculpture Serene Moment
Watch a video about Tyndall Tree Service

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Early morning hike along Creekwood Trail with my bud Dominic

My young friend Dominic joined Stanley and me for a walk before breakfast along Creekwood Trail to the pond. It was a hot day in July, so we took our walk very early. The walk to and from the pond is about 3 miles. Here are some cool photos.

Dominic and Stanley
Watch out Dominic!
Dominic and Stanley having a pop tart snack at the tushrooms

We made a face out of rocks
See any fish Stanley?
One of the Arbor Day trees
King of the hill
Rock on Dominic

Sunday, May 21, 2017

An homage to Andy

Every garden and yard has dead fall and organic debris. In many communities, disposing of these materials is problematic and expensive. In the "Forrest Dweller Sculpture Garden", inspired by nature artist Andy Goldsworthy, we have created a living sculpture that integrates the various sculptural elements and affords ecological advantages for our property.

We routinely collect organic materials from our property and
carefully assemble them to a continuous "windrow" throughout the garden. The materials consist of branches that have fallen, weeds, wanted plants that have overgrown their places in beds and seasonal leaves. Some folks spend a lot of time and money to dispose of these materials. 

From an ecologianl point of view, these materials offer many advantages. First, they provide cover for numerous critters -- birds, rodents, snakes, insects etc. As they break down, they produce wonderful hummus. We "mine" our sculptures all the time for the "black gold" constantly being created underneith. As time procedes, plants find these fertile environments perfect, and fern and mosses begin to create wondrous berms.

Artistically, the natural assemblages serve to connect the various individual sculptures in the garden. It leads the way to walking trails, and directs the eye to vistas ahead.

It frames imdividual pieces to give the viewer perspective.

It defines "outdoor rooms" for comfortable places to stop and enjoy the art.

It tells the visitor just where to go for the next adventure.

It sends visitors in a new directions.

Finally, it introduces the casual and unsuspecting wanderer to the wonders of the art art that we have provided for them to enjoy.

We think that Andy Goldsworthy would approve.

Forrest at Organic Forrestry Studios
Fearrington Village, North Carolina