Even though it comes twice a year, the Weaverville Art Safari always causes a stir around here. The Nov. 7-8 tour is like dessert in the banquet that is the leaf change here in the mountains. The colors are still beautiful, especially at our elevation, but there is also a carpet of gold and yellow leaves that adds a seasonal dreaminess to the scavenger-hunt quality of the self-guided studio tour.
Visitors chase up and down back roads looking for the perfect piece for that perfect place in their home, and they hope for the perfect deal straight from the studio. Leaves dance in the wind along country roads as their straggler kinsmen fall and join in. The crisp fall air tickles the skin and lungs and reminds us how good it is to be alive.
The Art Safari is one of the things that makes us especially proud to live in Weaverville, where art, like that crisp cool air, is something we breathe and accept as part of life rather than some rare and unapproachable icon. In Weaverville, life is art and art is life.