Photography Workshops at The Bascom in March! Sign up now!

March is around the corner and it’s the first month of the year that The Bascom will be offering Workshops for the beginning photographer during convenient Saturday classes. These workshops are set up to meet all of your photography needs and enhance your photography skills with a focus on:

Saturday, March 4, The Basics of Photography: Level IPreparation for a photo shoot, preventing camera shake and blurring, adjusting image size and quality, usage of lens, controlling exposure, and composition and focus locking.

Saturday, March 11, Exploring Photography Features: Level I Managing lighting and flash, creating black & white images, shooting small objects, taking continuous and action shots, and exploring white balance. 

Saturday, March 18, Photographing People: Level II – Portrait Improvements, distance and angle, usage of selective focus, shooting self-portraits, right light usage, and filter manipulation.

Saturday, March 25, Landscape Photography: Level IIEssentials for shooting landscapes, shooting on rainy and snowy days, shooting at night, sunrises, and sunsets, and creating panoramas.


Byron Tenesaca, Photo Resident

Chulla-Vida.com    www.thebascom.org



Tree of Life weaving with Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau

This week I had the opportunity to work with 5th-8th graders from Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau.  We created advanced weavings in which we set up our own looms to form the shape of a tree. We then wove into the “branches” of the trees to create beautiful and colorful weavings.  The threads left at the bottom of the weavings represent the roots of the tree! We had a great time and the students really got into it- they didn’t want to stop weaving at the end of class! Below are images of our progress.


-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence


International Friendship Center

Last Saturday was very mellow at the Bascom.  The International Friendship Center came, and we learned about the native Huichol people of Mexico and their beautiful yarn paintings.  After looking at several beautiful examples, we then created our own!

Caryn and Jesus are cousins who come to The Bascom together on the weekends to hang out and learn about art!

-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence



Invitation to WCU MFA Exhibition Reception : The Magic Starts Here

I hope everyone is staying warm on this windy Thursday! For this week I wanted to inform everyone about THREE great opportunities to meet and support your local artists. The Bascom sends an invitation to all of you art lovers to come and meet the wonderful artist that have their current works on display in our galleries by attending their exhibition receptions this weekend. exhibit17-5

The first reception will be held on Friday (tomorrow!) Feb. 10th from 2pm-4pm for WCUs MFA Exhibition The Magic Begins Here”. The Show will run from Jan. 13th – Feb. 25. The Exhibition features works by:

Jordan Krutsch     

Sara Rincon     

Donna Sepulveda     

Don Sawyer     

Martha Neaves     

Javier Fox     

Zach Rogers     

      Ali Burnette

      Brendan Best

      Charlotte White

      Chelsea Dobert-Kehn

      David Skinner

      Lauren Medford

In conjunction with this exhibition The Bascom will also host the Winter Resident Artist Exhibition Reception on Friday (tomorrow!) Feb. 10th from 2-4pm. This years Winter Resident Artist is Teisha Holloway. Make sure to check out her tremendous installation in the Loft Gallery. The Exhibition will run from Jan. 14th – Mar. 12th.

The second Reception will be held on Sunday, February 12th from 3:00-4:00 pm at the centrally located storefront of Sotheby’s in the town of Highlands. This month’s featured artist is Western Carolina Univeristy Masters Candidate, Jordan Krutsch. The exhibition will run from February 4 – March 30.

Follow the link to view Jordan’s works:  http://www.krutschworks.com/absent.html

Everyone is invited to both receptions. Make sure to bring your family and friends. See you there!

Byron Tenesaca, Photo Resident Chulla-Vida.com

Spring Figure Painting Classes!

I am looking forward to teaching a series of painting classes this coming March- I have always loved drawing and painting the human figure, and this passion is reflected in the creation of these classes. Whether you are new or experienced in drawing and painting the figure, you will be welcomed to learn! Come improve your drawing, painting, and observation skills!


-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence



Digging Dinosaurs

This past week at Highlands Community Childhood Development Center, we had our own dinosaur dig!

The students in Ms. Amy and Ms. Janice’s classroom had been learning about dinosaurs, so we created our own dinosaurs skeletons and dinosaur track fossils. They were so great at listening to directions, and as always,  had such great enthusiasm!

-Kristina Rose Baker, Community Artist in Residence



Trying to stay Warm and Busy in January

It’s been a little chilly these past couple of days in Highlands and nothing sounds better than to bundle up in your bed with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day….but then you could be missing out on the beautiful sceneries that this winter season brings! For this blog I wanted to share with you guys how I’ve kept myself occupied this month. whiteside-5

On Saturday 14th, I got the privilege to be the guest speaker for Sylva’s Photography Club. I presented a program titled Illusions that featured images from my series “Human Mounds” and “The Will to Power”along with a description and a demo on how to create such photographs. It was great to be back in the Club that I attended as an undergrad. Thank you Tony Wu for the opportunity!

I’m happy to announce that one of my photographs, Cherokee Indian, was chosen as a finalist in the 14th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition in the Culture Category. I will be joining other awesome Photographers from around Western North Carolina in a group exhibition at The Turchin Center in Boone, NC.  I’m so stoked about this!Week_Pics-155

I had to deliver my photograph to The Turchin Center, SO on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st I went on a road trip to Boone, NC and made a quick stop by Asheville. I got the chance to be part of the Women’s March and show some support to all my ladies out there. I got the chance to meet a lovely group of people and they all channeled good vibes for a better world.

My friend Taylor came to visit me for the weekend and modeled for a couple of photoshoots, indoors and outdoors. She’s such a natural and talented model. On a side note: Taylor will be modeling for Studio Alive on Monday February 6th from 10am-1pm at The Bascom’s Adult Studio and everyone is welcomed to participate! Studio Alive is a group of dedicated artists that share a passion for drawing from live models. We hope to see you there!

This past weekend I went back to being a student at Don Marks Intro to Woodturning Workshop. It was a great learning experience. I always wanted to take a woodturning workshop and I’m glad Don was the instructor for my first workshop in this new medium. I’ve had a bad experience working with wood in the past so I was feeling a little overwhelmed at first, BUT with Don and Tom’s assistance and guidance, I was able to create magnificent items. Besides spending three days with some awesome people I was super happy to have created a handle for my reel and fishing rod. My grandpa would be so proud of me! This one is for you papa! I definitely recommend everyone to take a woodturning workshop at some point in their lives! Sign up for Don’s August Workshop today by following this Link 

I started this week by hiking Whiteside Mountain and exploring the change of scenery that this cold weather brings. I also added one one more photograph to my ‘Human Mounds” series. I love the patters that the snow form once it starts to melt.

I have also started updating my website with new images. To view my projects and photographs you can follow the links below.

Make sure to check out the Photography Workshops I’ll be teaching at The Bascom in the month of March and don’t forget to follow The Bascom’s Instagram for more art news and updates.

Byron, Photo Resident               TheBascom.org