Anonymous donor offers challenge grant for greenway art


A local, anonymous donor has offered to match donated dollars of up to $10,000 for the commissioning of art on Black Mountain greenways, the Black Mountain Greenways Commission has announced.

Area residents are invited to participate by sending donations to Black Mountain Parks and Greenways Foundation, P.O. Box 253, Black Mountain, NC 28711 (write “sculpture” in the memo line).

The Greenways Commission welcomed town dignitaries to the unveiling of the first in a series of sculptures on the Riverwalk Greenway on March 17. The first work, done by local artist Julia C. Burr, is titled “Wild Things” and focuses on the theme of nature. It is the first of several pieces to be located on various local greenways during the next few years.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to enhance our greenways by installing beautiful art,” Greenways Commission chair Julie White said. “We are so lucky that our community, our town aldermen and mayor and area funders value this greenway system.”

“Wild Things” was made possible by a grant by an anonymous donor who loves art and greenways.

Riverwalk Greenway is located behind Bi-Lo grocery store. Plans are currently in the works to expand Riverwalk so that it will connect to Flatcreek Greenway to the north and the Oaks Greenway to the south, thus connecting local greenways from Montreat to the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden.

Burr’s work can also be seen at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Galley April 7-12 in an installation entitled “Orchestration.”

Also coming up for the Greenway Commission is the 10th annual Black Mountain Greenway Challenge 5K/10K on Saturday, April 8. Volunteers are needed. For more and to sign up, visit