Highlands Sotheby’s International Realty has been collaborating with The Bascom for many years exhibiting artwork from area artists at their Cashiers Office, and the tradition continues at their recently opened new location at 95 Highway 107.
The Bascom’s collaboration with Sotheby’s began with the Highlands location several years ago as part of The Bascom’s Outreach Program and lasted May – October, said Kat Ford, Director of Community Engagement.
“Believing that creative expression transforms lives, The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts, is committed to providing life enriching experiences through diverse exhibitions; comprehensive arts education and public programs; support for regional artists; and strategic partnerships facilitating cultural and economic development in the Highlands-Cashiers community,” she said.
Ford added that partnering with Sotheby’s aligns well with this mission, allowing both Sotheby’s and The Bascom to highlight the wealth of artistic talent in the area. A significant percentage of money raised from art sales goes towards The Bascom’s Outreach Program that serves Macon and Jackson County residents.
“Both The Bascom and Sotheby’s have a heart for showcasing the incredible artistic community which makes up one of the many reasons why we all love living on The Highlands-Cashiers plateau,” said Ford. “This collaboration allows us both to do what we love doing in different ways – showcasing a visual narrative about what makes our community so very special and unique.”
Debby Hattler, lead broker at Highlands Sotheby’s Cashiers Office, is excited to promote the arts in the area and partnering with The Bascom is the ideal fit.
“This partnership will engage the public and encourages everyone to incorporate art into their lives,” said Hattler. “Plus, a significant percentage of profits go directly to support programs that help Jackson County residents.”
Jody Lovell, owner of Highland’s Sotheby’s Cashiers Office, has been a resident on the Plateau for 19 years.
“The art is really beautiful and wonderful,” said Lovell. “Everything they (Bascom) send our way ends up being amazing. It’s a fantastic partnership.”
With the Pop Up Shop Series now a year-round exhibit after both groups chose to extend the timeframe of exhibiting the art. The Bascom curates a series of monthly Pop-up Shops at the two Sotheby’s locations in downtown Highlands and Cashiers. Featured exhibitors include local and regional artists represented in The Bascom Shop, and the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers. Meet and Greets with the artists at the Cashiers location is on the second Friday of every month from 4:30-6 p.m (that’s tonight folks).