Picturesque America

Preserving A Picturesque America (PAPA) has partnered with the Saints of Paints (SOP) on an exciting creative collaboration.

Join then on Friday, Aug. 9 or Thursday, Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. as artists and the community will have the chance to learn how they can be involved in this unique experience.

Guests will learn about upcoming opportunities to get involved, including having their work shown at a forthcoming exhibition, joining a “paint out,” exploring volunteer needs, and how to become a donor.

The event will also be used to announce PAPA’s May 1 “Preserving A Picturesque America: The French Broad” serial publication launch party and PAPA/SOP art exhibition. These will be relaxed events featuring light fare and donated beer/wine from Asheville Brewing Company.

The original Picturesque America serials explored natural as well as architectural wonders across the country and gave Americans a new perspective on these national treasures. It also posed an important question. Over one hundred and forty years ago the artists and writers asked ” …what will become of these unreplaceable natural places? ” By re-creating the original Picturesque America books from 1872 to 1874 we will look at how we as a nation have answered that question. Respected and preserved or exploited and destroyed?

The Saints of Paint are a group of artists based in Asheville who are collectively using their talents to raise funds for groups dedicated to preserving the environment, caring for animals, and working for positive social change. They host shows to support non-profit groups whose work they find inspirational.

The events will be held at Harmony, behind the Southern Highlands Guild Craft Gallery, located at 936 Tunnel Road in Asheville. Both events are free and open to the public.

Visit to learn more, or contact Scott Varn at or call 828-273-5383.


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