TFAC-Visual 2

January 14 – May 13, 2021
10 - 11:30 a.m.


Engage on Zoom with noted and mostly local artists about their work and passion. Each conversation includes a presentation and a live Q&A. Purchase individual classes or the whole series including visual and performing arts. Visual arts below:

  • March 11:  Susan Johann - Focus on Playwrights
  • May 13:  Monica Stevenson- "Why Do I Like That Picture?"

April 8


Why Do I Like That Picture?

What are the makings of a good photograph?  Learn to know what to look for!  Join award-winning commercial photographer, fine artist, and director to find out elements such as composition, light, texture, and concept work together to create a good shot.  Participants are asked to have a sample of a photograph they are attached to share with the group, and we will discuss it.


Available on Demand


Focus on Playwrights

In this multimedia presentation, Susan Johann narrates an inside look at creativity, the theater, and photography based on her twenty-year work of photographing more than ninety playwrights, including Pulitzer Prize winners.  Her accompanying interviews explore the writers' personal and creative journeys including their inspirations, roadblocks and obsessions, which influenced their work on paper and on the stage. Playwrights discussed include Abbot, Miller, Marsha Norman, Sam Shepard, August Wilson, and Wendy Wasserstein.



Available on Demand

Michael McCue

Tryon as an Artist Colony


During the fifty years from 1890 to 1940, in Europe and America," country colonies" of artists and writers emerged where creative professionals congregated. In the South, the most important was Tryon, North Carolina. Mike McCue will explain how two nationally-known authors, playwright William Gillette and novelist Payne Erskine, were catalysts for attracting hundreds of writers and visual artists here during that period. He'll focus on eight prominent artists " every Tryonite ought to know about" showing examples of their artworks and describing why they came to Tryon, excerpts from biographies McCue authored for The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, published by University of North Carolina Press.





Visual arts exhibits hung in TFAC’s new Parker Gallery will endeavor to spark a conversation about creativity in our community through the exploration of traditional and non-traditional artforms; fun, immersive experiences for participants; and unique themes that encourage new ways of viewing the arts.  The Parker Gallery is named for beloved Tryon artist, the late Jeanne Parker.


Besos, Photographer, Jessica Mendoza