Arrowmont Announces 67th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Featured Artist: Mary Ruden

Arrowmont invites you to view works by Mary Ruden – The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage “Artist of the Year.” You’re invited to the opening reception – Wednesday, April 12, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Arrowmont. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of art, live music and refreshments. Live music will be performed by “Pistol Creek Catch of the Day” – a local bluegrass band comprised of Edward Harper, Bill Cabage and Carl Gombert. Admission is free.

The Pilgrimage is a five-day event, April 11-17, hosted by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The event offers a variety of professionally guided walks and presentations held in the Park and Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg. Each year, the Pilgrimage committee selects an artist and one of their images to represent the event. The winning image appears on the event brochure and t-shirt and the artist receives a solo exhibition of their work at Arrowmont.

This year’s exhibit showcases Mary Ruden’s sculptures, prints and drawings depicting natural subjects such as orchids, wildflowers and butterflies. Her work is inspired by her Welsh roots and her travels to Europe. The exhibition is on view April 11 – May 20, 2017 in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mary Ruden, sculptor and mixed-media artist, creates outdoor and collectible art. She received her BFA from University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and has taught art and design classes for over eight years. Her work is displayed in two state parks, various government buildings and at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. to honor the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. Mary is an active member of the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance and exhibits her work throughout the southeastern United States. For more information about Mary and her work, visit:  


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