Among the many cultural events to take advantage of this weekend, here are a few of our top picks, offering the chance to browse a sculpture exhibit, hone your photography skills, or enjoy the sounds of a symphony.
September 9 & 10 | Lenoir
For the 26th year in a row, artists from across the country have submitted works to win big cash prizes for the Caldwell Arts Council’s annual outdoor Sculpture Celebration, held at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park. The weekend kicks off Friday night with the Blue Jeans Preview Party. Attendees will dine at the park and enjoy musical entertainment by accordionist Bill Wilusz as they peruse the art and mingle with contributing sculptors. On Saturday, after you’ve had a chance to view the works and hear the winners announced, head into downtown where more than 70 sculptures from year’s past are on permanent display.
T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood St.; $15 preview party, free on Saturday; (828) 754-2486; www.caldwellarts.com
WNC Foto Fest
September 9-11 | Montreat
This Friday, more than 200 shutterbugs will converge on Montreat Conference Center for the second annual WNC Foto Fest. Through Sunday, guests can participate in lectures on creative composing, night and conservation photography, and professional development from nationally-acclaimed photographers, such as Tony Sweet of Nikon World Magazine, North Carolina conservationist Carl Galie, and Nature’s Best International Photography award-winner Jeremy Woodhouse. The retreat also features a juried photo competition judged by Foto Fest co-founder Bill Lea. The cost is $145 ($95 for students), and registration remains open through Friday, September 9. Call (336) 870-4283, or visit www.wncfotofest.com for details and to register.
From Ellington to Armstrong
September 10 & 11 | Hendersonville
Join the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and celebrated trumpeter and singer Byron Stripling during this tribute to Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Enjoy classics like “Sophisticated Lady,” “Caravan,” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” as well as originals by the orchestra. Blue Ridge Conference Hall, 228 6th Ave. E.; Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m.; $35, $5 students; (828) 697-5884; www.hendersonvillesymphony.org