HOT SOURCES – While Mars Hill’s new art gallery opened this summer, a separate gallery is slated to open in Hot Springs this fall.
Hot Springs Beaux-Arts will open in late October or early November, according to owner Terry Thirion, who purchased the building in June. The building is across from Laughing Heart Lodge in the building formerly known as the Hot Springs Biker Depot.
Thirion is a semi-retired painter and life coach who has owned a home in Hot Springs along the Laurel River for 25 years. She and her husband, Bob Fitzpatrick, moved full time to the Charlotte area in May.
Thirion said she initially intended to use it as a studio. But once she bought the building, she figured it would work well as a gallery space too.
âI use half of the building for a studio,â Thirion said. âThe gallery space will be used to show my work and some of the work of local artists. I would like to open it up to a few lectures, and maybe a few small classes. I’ve always been interested in bring artists together and be able to be a vector for the arts and artists. ”
Thirion said she was involved in the Charlotte Arts League and also hopes to mentor Madison County artists.
âMy idea is to find one or two artists who take turns in the gallery, I don’t want to be a retail location. I will probably be open three to four days a week, on weekends. wonderful and calm city. There really isn’t much going on (during the week). Mainly, I try to make it become what it becomes organically, to see what works. As the place is small, I should give preference to someone who is actually able to work in the gallery. ”
Still, Thirion said she remains open-minded and prefers to let the process unfold over time.
âWhat I have at this point are ideas of what I would like this space to be,â she said. “But like I said, I want it to grow organically, with a ‘let’s see what grows’ attitude. With what we’ve been going through for a year and a half, nothing seems predictable.”
Mayor Abby Norton said she was optimistic about the gallery.
“I think the community will benefit from it,” she said. “The owners have been in contact with Brian Boles, who owns Boles Art, and with other members of the community and hope to provide space for other artists.”
Thirion can be contacted at [email protected], and her website is www.terrythirion.com
Hot springs newsletter
At the Hot Springs City Council of Aldermen’s September 13 meeting, Resident Ike Lassiter proposed the idea of ââcreating an electronic newsletter to alert interested residents of upcoming events.
“I will make sure that there is no criticism of others, (or) any political or religious content, or anything that may offend anyone,” he said. “It would basically be about letting people know about upcoming events, things people need to sell or lend, and things people are looking to buy or borrow.”
Lassiter said he plans to be the newsletter editor and is in the process of building a list of residents interested in being included in the newsletter.
âAs you know, it’s very difficult to communicate with people,â Lassiter said. âA lot of people don’t read the newspaper. A lot of people don’t go to the post office, and even if they do, they don’t look on the wall and see what is posted there. That would be something. that would have no expense, and at least initially it would just involve attaching a Word document formatted as a newsletter to an email. ”
Norton said that although the newsletter is a private company, the city plans to alert residents to the newsletter in their water and sewer bills, and to gauge interest in the idea.
âIt would be nice to have a local place that residents can contribute to,â Norton said. “I hope there will be enough people interested to make it a success.”