Saturday, November 29, 2008

Ben Long Fresco Trail


If you are an art lover and like exploring the mountains of WNC, then you will enjoy the Fresco Trail.

Fresco is the medium Michaelangelo chose to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The technique involves mixing sand and lime, placing the mix on the wall and painting while it is still wet. It is a tenuous art - the paint dries quickly so great skill and planning goes into applying the paint to achieve the beautiful result.

Artist Ben Long grew up in Statesville and studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Art Student's Leagues in new York. Ben began his apprenticeship under Maestro Pletro Annigoni to study fresco paiting in Italy. He has since achieved international frame for his frescoes and oil painting.

Some of the frescoes in the mountains are listed below.

At St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Jefferson (336.982.3076) you can view three of Long's frescoes - Mary Great with Child, done in 1974, John the Baptist, 1976 and The Mystery of Faith finished in 1977.

The Last Supper painted in 1980 beautifies the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Glendale Springs (336.982.3076).

Montreat College in Montreat (828.669.8012. ext. 3820)hosts the Return of the Prodigal Son finished in 1998.

Suffer the Little Children shown above is viewed at The Crossnore School in Crossnore 828.733.4305)

There are several others off the mountains. For a list of all the frescoes nad directions to them check out the web site www.benlongfrescotrail.com. Happy viewing!

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