Explore ancient native villages and new crafts in Burke County
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, Burke County is home to Joara, an ancient settlement where Native Americans encountered Spanish conquistador Hernando De Soto in 1540. The Berry site near Morganton, NC, have been excavated by archaeologists, revealing long-buried information that literally rewrites our understanding of American history.
In 2017, the county became home to the South Mountain Co-op, an arts studio located in the Salem Community, south of Morganton. The co-op provides the people of Morganton with a place where they can learn about art and practice their craft. Every week the South Mountain Co-op hosts an open figure session. They engage a model so members can draw from a live figure. Throughout the year, the co-op hosts a series of salon Fridays when members get together to make art supplies, like charcoal or painting supports. Occasionally, the salon includes a special opening or talk by an artist. Salon Fridays include wine, dinner, and hors d’oeurvres.
The co-op is also a go-to stop for art supplies. They sell handmade artist materials such as gesso painting boards, charcoal, conte, and pen and ink. Their space includes a gallery featuring area artists and a large studio space.
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