The Creative Spirit

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

The main dining room of the Albemarle Plantation clubhouse looks out on an inspired work of art:  The 18th hole of the Dan Maples-designed Sound Links, framed by the Albemarle Sound and the cypress sentinels standing guard.

There’s a lot of eye-catching art inside the clubhouse, too, thanks to the Albemarle Plantation Artists Program. Lining the clubhouse walls are paintings, photography and fiber art from Albemarle Plantation residents, a colorful collection showcasing the community’s creative spirit.

“It’s a great place for our residents to display their work,” says Sheryl Corr, an Albemarle Plantation resident who serves as president of the Perquimans Art League, a local non-profit. “It’s a non-threatening venue for some artists who might not have developed the confidence to display in a gallery.”

The displays are changed every six to eight weeks to allow everyone a chance to show recent work. There are no price tags, but if you want to purchase a work, the clubhouse staff will put you in touch with the artist, Corr said.

Right now, display space is reserved exclusively for residents, though Corr reports there’s talk of opening it up to local artists from outside the community gates. The talent is clearly here, both inside and outside the Albemarle Plantation gates.

“I was amazed when I moved here seven years ago at how vibrant the arts scene is in this area,” Corr says.

The Perquimans Arts League sponsors a number of events throughout the year, highlighted by Arts on the Perquimans in October, an annual arts and crafts event featuring more than 40 juried vendors. The region’s appeal as an arts center is also enhanced by a variety of art classes at community colleges and recreation departments, she said.