Thomas Merton said it best, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” There is no better place to experience art, than in the mountains. Mark your calendars and head to the hills for over the top art and entertainment every season.
Start with a beautiful classic, the Saville Gallery, an exclusive art space dedicated to the exhibition of local, regional and national artists. Located in Allegheny Mountains of Cumberland, this historic downtown gallery offers annual events and local competitions. Come see what the locals are up to!
If you are into interactive art experiences, A Thirst for Art might be just what you’re looking for. Pick up a paint brush for a social art gathering with a clever approach to artistic ingenuity and go home with your very own masterpiece. During your mountain excursion, become an artist for an evening and release your inner creativity.
When it comes to hand-crafted art and music, find your way to the mountains for the Accidental Music & Art Festival at MoonShadow Cafe. This summertime event is a two-day celebration of local artists, musicians, and culinary creations concocted in the foothills of the Appalachians. Just minutes from Deep Creek Lake, this growing annual festival couples country charm and good karma for a moving mountain experience.
How would you like an up close and personal look at an artist’s studio and a work in progress? You can, at the Mountain Maryland Studio Tour, now in its 14th year. The western Maryland self-guided tour has 13 stops with 25 artists demonstrating their craft in a variety of mediums with an easy to follow map. Sounds like enough art to warrant a weekend in the mountains!
Step back in time at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village where art takes a history lesson. Located next to the historic Casselman Bridge in Grantsville, the artists here create designs, genres, and media specific pieces indigenous to the culture and tradition of the region. You will experience the art that helped shape America.
Are you looking for an artsy weekend getaway or just in search of a muse? The art scene in Maryland is alive and kicking all year long! Plan ahead for your next art event and make it a mountain vacation at Blue Moon Rising, an artist-inspired eco-friendly resort that will leave you energized and empowered.