Be Part of The Bascom Cam this Saturday!

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful week. We are finally getting some much needed rain here in Highlands. Hooray! This week I wanted to extend you an invite to the Cashiers Christmas Parade, which will take place on December 10th (This Saturday!) at 12pm. The parade will start at the park in the front parking lot of the Cashiers United Methodist Church and will end at the  Cashiers Community Center. The Bascom staff will be there representing our great art centre handing out goodies and I will be there handling The Bascom Cam and taking some quick snapshots of those present. I would also like to thank those who were part of the Highlands Christmas Parade this past Saturday. 

Here are some of the images from the 2016 Highlands Christmas Parade:

Again, Parade Begins at 12pm!  We hope you will join us in celebrating the Highlands-Cashiers community at this event! See you there!

Mourning Doves, Hummingbirds, and Barn Owls

I had three lovely ladies from the Cashiers Sr. Center join me this morning for art at The Bascom.  I like to surprise this group with new art-making practices that they may not have had the opportunity to try before.  This morning we learned a few print-making techniques and created monotypes of birds.  The Mourning Dove pictured below is one of the beautiful results from our class today.


-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence

Gingerbread at The Bascom

This past weekend was The Bascom’s annual gingerbread house decorating workshop! We had a lot of fun watching people sneak bites of candy and creatively decorate their gingerbread houses with sweets.  Many of the houses were entered in a contest for a free Art By Appointment class- If you are in town, make sure to stop by in the next week or two to vote for your favorite house!


Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are welcoming in the beginning of the holiday season!

-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence


Giving Thanks to the Many Moments Shared during My Residency

I hope everyone had a wonderful and joyful Thanksgiving this year. I’m sure we all have something to be thankful for this year. Even if is the smallest thing. For this weeks blog I would like to share some memories I’ve made during my Artist Residency for which I’m thankful for. Here are some things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving:

Being surrounded by mountains! Ever since I found out I was going to be interviewing for the Photography Artist-in-Residence Position I started imagining all the adventures that awaited for me in the mountains of NC if I was to get the position. I have been blessed to have a residency in such amazing place and I’ll always be thankful for that.photo_residency

All the friends I have made during my stay in Highlands so far. Here are some pictures of some good memories:

Rachael’s Birthday when she was still working at The Bascom. I hope you are doing great things at The Mountain! rachel_birthday

I’m so lucky and thankful to have met these two ladies! They are the best when it comes to creating objects and sculptures from clay. A special thank you to Diana for inviting me to be part of the Feeling Latino exhibition in Greenville, SC. Sam & Diana, you guys are the best! residency

I’m thankful to be part of The Bascom Family. These are some hard working people right there. collective_spirits

This picture was taken on Billy’s Birthday! Thankful for all the birthday food and all the morning coffee Billy makes, yes! billy_birthday

Thankful for interacting with other artist during my residency. Especially those who are just starting their career as an artist like myself. Thankful for meeting Cecily this summer!residency2016

I’m thankful for having such great students who I meet with almost every week. Noah and Claude, thank you for keeping me busy!

I’m thankful for silly nights and bonding time with Friends. residency2016

Thankful for having a place that allows me to keep practicing my art and allowing me to exhibit them. photo_printing

Finally, I would say that I’m most grateful for having such great mentors and friends. These two guys have given me many opportunities to grow as an artist this year and I’m extremely grateful for that. Billy and Will, Muchas Gracias!


Today I went over to Highlands Community Childhood Development Center to celebrate the coming of Thanksgiving with some fall themed crafts! Ms. Amy and Ms. Janice’s preschool group was SO good today that we got three projects done!


First we decorated fall colored leaves with beautiful crystals and sequins- the kids loved getting to pick out sparkling treasures to incorporate into their air.

We made turkey headbands to wear, complete with feathers and all.

And lastly, we painted cut out paper corn with warm colors.  The kids were all amazed that we got to paint with Q-tips!img_2613

They practiced listening to directions, gluing, cutting, and painting, and everyone did a fantastic job.  I can’t wait to be back next month for winter themed art class!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!


-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence


IFC Saturdays!

On Saturday afternoons, I get together with the International Friendship Center to do all sorts of art projects- today we created hanging sculptures with wire and tissue paper!

Francisco created a character from the new Trolls movie out of wire! Can you see the resemblance to “Branch” from the movie?



The IFC kids are so talented and creative!

-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence


Veterans Day Ceremony in Highlands, NC

This week has been quite hectic in the U.S. Everyone seems to be feeling different and are sharing different opinions about the changes and effects that are to come with this new presidency. We have the right to express ourselves freely and today we thank those who made and keep making all of that possible. Today we thank and honor our Veterans for giving us such freedom.

I had the honor of documenting the Veterans Day Ceremony in Highlands, NC this morning. The following are some of the images captured during the ceremony. veterans-5veterans-6veterans-13veterans-17veterans-47veterans-46veterans-43veterans-29veterans-2veterans-3veterans-21