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The Bascom a Visual Arts Center

The Bascom Brings the World of Art to the Highlands Cashiers Plateau

The Bascom’s covered bridge in Highlands, NC is a window to the wonderful world of art on the Highlands Cashiers plateau.   Situated on 6 acres with a meandering stream and wildflowers abloom you will find 6 new buildings designed to share the art experience.  The new visual arts center main building offers 27,500 sq. ft. of gallery space for wonderful traveling exhibits as well as its permanent collection.  The “green” campus buildings were constructed for various types of art workshops, a pottery shed, a café, plus a wonderful expansive terrace which has become the gathering spot for community events. After two years in contruction the Bascom opened in 2009.

Open Year Round located just west of the Main Street and Hwy 64 intersection. 323 Franklin Rd. Look for the covered bridge. Free Admission!

Museum Hours… Exhibition, Galleries and the Shop Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday Noon -5pm Administrative offices Mon. - Fri. 9-5

Annual  Community Favorite Events Workshops, Lectures, Youth Art, Family Art, Exhibits

January – March

Community “Barn Dances” the last Saturday of each month.

Teach the Children”   Wonderful art classes are held for the school children.

Enjoy the permanent as well as local exhibits.  Amidst our mountain’s backdrop you will find many well-known artists painting Mother Nature’s best landscapes.


"Collective Spirits"   Annual Wine and Food Festival Mid May...come ‘ sip the spirits and munch the morsels’.  This is always an exciting kick-off event. 828-787-2896


Family Adventure Day – time for family fun that is free.  Bring a picnic and a blanket. Scavenger hunts,  nature hikes, birding events.  Family fun for all ages.


Mountains in Bloom -  1000 plant lovers converge on the plateau to see their favorites in bloom or in art form. Garden tours, flower shows, photography and horticulture competition, and a Benefactor party.


The Autumn Festival and Celebration!  Art, Craft, and Design last weekend

Please visit The Bascom.  You will be glad you did.    

To see what else is happening at the Art Galleries in the area, visit our Calendar.  Dont miss the Friday evening tours. 

Do you love the art world and want to be close to the Bascom, check out this Highlands real estateIf you are looking for a particular area or subdivision, that could be walking distance Holt, Mirror Lake would be good choices.


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