The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Emerging Artists Wall exhibit space will feature the work of photographer Hannah Cone. The exhibit entitled, “A Tribute to Chimney Tops, Gatlinburg,” will be on display at the Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County, now through February 28, 2017.
Located on the third floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion, all Emerging Artists Wall exhibits are free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.
Cone, a 15-year-old homeschool student, is developing her craft under the mentorship of local award-winning photographers Jason and Heather Barr of Revival Photography.
The inspiration for Cone’s exhibit at the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center came while on a family visit to the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge area in August 2016. While hiking at Chimney Tops, the photographer was inspired by scenes of nature and was fortunate to have the opportunity to capture these moments of natural beauty.
“It was a gorgeous hike with butterflies, flowers, bridges over creeks, and finally, a wonderful view, Hannah Cone explained.”
“Chimney Tops is the place where the fires are thought to have been started. I was devastated when I heard the news that it had burned, but so glad that I had brought my camera on the hike,” Cone shared. “I’m so glad that I was able to capture the ‘before’ look of this beautiful area and preserve it for others.”
The Emerging Artists Wall is part of the Center’s expansion of their gallery offerings to include exhibit space devoted to bringing greater awareness to the diversity and abundance of talent among artists and art students in the region.