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Fresco Paintings in West Jefferson NC

The Frescoes Paintings in West Jefferson NC and the Frescoes in Glendale Springs NC are a major tourist attraction, and very important to the region's economy. Those who do visit Ashe County NC for the frescoes typically include visits to our art galleries, restaurants, shops, and the famous Ashe County Cheese Factory here in West Jefferson NC.

During the 1970s, internationally renowned fresco artist Ben Long created these magnificent works of art in two small antique churches here in Ashe County NC. Each is significant to the Christian community. His first frescoes was done in Saint Mary's Episcopal Church on the southwestern side of West Jefferson NC. There you will see his image of Mary Great with Child, John the Baptist, and The Mystery of Faith. A few years later he created a life-size depiction of the Last Supper at the Holy Trinity Church in Glendale Springs NC. 

Thousands of people visit the frescoes each year both for their religious significance and because they are beautiful works of art. Many have visited numerous times. And for those of us who have the privilege of living in Ashe County, we go often because it is a favorite place to take out of town family and friends.

The Ashe County Frescoes Foundation was created by community members for the purpose of protecting and preserving these works of art. The organization was established as a North Carolina nonprofit corporation with a board of directors - a majority of whom cannot be members of the Episcopal congregation. Donations can be made to the organization and are used only for expenses related to these unique and great works of art.

While visiting the frescoes or any of the attractions Ashe County has to offer come by A1 Mountain Realty and let the expert Ashe County NC Realtors show you Homes for Sale in Western North Carolina or Land for Sale in Western North Carolina. Whatever your need Ellen or Gwen can help you find that perfect piece of Ashe County Real Estate you have been dreaming of.

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Florence Thomas, Ashe County
Florence Thomas Art School, Inc. is a non-profit art school made possible by the late Florence Thomas. She was a soft spoken farm woman and one of the greatest artist the High Country has ever seen...with many hundreds of paintings produced. She was born in Ashe County, North Carolina, in 1909 and lived nearby until her death on March 30, 2007. Florence began her formal study in Pennsylvania at The Pennsylvania School of Design for Women.... click here for more

Tips for Making a Offer - Once You Have Found Your Dream Home!
A buyer of a house should follow a few basic rules when making an offer on a home. When purchasing a home, most people make a few mistakes that cost them money. One huge mistake many buyers commit is they do not make a solid offer on the house. To save money, one should follow these four tips when making an offer on the house. Price:  With the Internet, a buyer should not have a problem in... click here for more

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