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by Artist William Mangum


ISBN 978-0-615-44957-9 First Edition Printed in China Everbest Printing Company Limited First Edition Published by

William Mangum Fine Art, LLC 2166 Lawndale Drive Greensboro, NC 27408 336.379.9200 www.williammangum.com Copyright Š2011 All rights reserved. The purchase of this book is conditional upon buyer or their successors not utilizing any image contained herein for commercial purpose or venture. Any such use will constitute breach of contract and a copyright violation. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means or incorporated into any information, retrieval, or transmittal system, electronic or mechanical without prior consent of the copyright owner. William Mangum Fine Art holds the license for all fine art contained in this collection. Information contained in this book to the best of our knowledge was accurate and was approved by the appropriate sources prior to printing. Mention of potentially trademarked product names and images using product names were researched for appropriate designation, as available. Design: Westokes Advertising, Inc. Frontispiece: Spring Meadow


by Artist William Mangum


Table of Contents Mountain Escapes

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Scenic Byways

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Weekend Getaways

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Historic Places

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Local Harvest

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Coastal Treasures

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Introduction Throughout my travels I am frequently asked where I am

The four distinct seasons provide dramatic changes to

from and I proudly proclaim that I am from the Tar Heel

every section of the state. It is a never-ending adventure

State – North Carolina. I relish these opportunities to

watching the astonishing transformations that take place

share why it is the most splendid and colorful state in our

as one season moves into another. I anticipate and try

great country.

to capture in my work the breathtaking impact of the

North Carolina is a state truly blessed with a diverse

seasons on the landscape.

topography and four distinct seasons. It is a place where

For more than thirty years it has been my privilege to

in just a handful of hours you can experience the best of

paint my home state and proudly share it among friends

both worlds. You can begin your morning by walking

and collectors from around the world. With this volume,

along its glorious shoreline watching the sunrise and

I wish to encourage you to explore all that our state has to

by dinner time watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge

offer; to celebrate its beauty and splendor while protecting

Mountains. They are both within easy reach, making

its natural and historic wonders. I hope that you will enjoy

North Carolina an unparalleled joy for the senses.

my findings and agree that North Carolina is Beautiful!

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DflekX`e jZXg\j Discover the beauty and romance of North Carolina’s high country through the beguiling nature of its ever-changing seasons.


Below the Foothills


Summer Cascade


Waterfalls Waterfalls – even the name sounds romantic. They’re unrivaled in their magic, offering a multi-sensory experience for thousands of visitors statewide. There is an audible sound churning water creates – a white noise announcing the falls’ existence before the cascading water is even visible. The allure of falling water culminates in a stunning visual filled with a subtle play of color and light. And still there is more – the quiet pools below the falls form a striking visual counterpoint to the drama of the crashing water. Together, they create the cool moist shade that becomes a perfect haven for a rich variety of lush ferns and mosses. Waterfalls – power and tranquility forming an ancient harmony that calls mankind to them. Oftentimes we must hike steep slopes or travel long distances to find them, but our efforts are always rewarded. I love to visit waterfalls and to paint them. I have many favorites and capturing them in watercolors is always a challenge, but one I truly enjoy. With over 200 astounding waterfalls in North Carolina we’re blessed by their beauty and I can always count on them for inspiration.

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Butterfly Mountain


Butterflies Monarch butterflies dance among the wildflowers in one of the glorious meadows nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their graceful flutter from one blossom to another would lead you to believe that they are fragile creatures. In truth, they are much stronger than they appear. Their extraordinary wing construction makes it possible for them to undertake an incredible journey. In late summer, millions of Monarch butterflies begin a 2,500-mile migration to California and Mexico. Their travel to milder climates for the winter is evidence of their amazing resilience. The Monarchs provide a poetic show – with a cast of up to 100 million – visiting North Carolina. Every year I delight in observing their elegant movements and brilliant color. They remind me of nature’s fragile beauty and indomitable will. Monarchs provide the perfect complement to any floral painting.

CTNC’s mission is to protect our state’s land and water through statewide conservation and cooperative work with land trusts, to preserve our natural resources as a legacy for future generations. CTNC works with landowners, local land trusts and government agencies to save the places you love in North Carolina. We represent, assist and promote our state’s local land trusts so they can protect more land, and we help willing landowners conserve their property along the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information, visit www.ctnc.org.

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Blue Ridge


JZ\e`Z9pnXpj Some of the most inspiring adventures and road trips are found traveling every twist and turn along North Carolina’s Scenic Byways.


Linn Cove Viaduct The viaduct is arguably the most recognizable and photographed section of the Parkway. It was also the last section to be completed. This structure required engineering genius to navigate around a natural wonder in an environmentally-sound way. The viaduct remained incomplete for 20 years while experts determined the best way to avoid compromising Grandfather Mountain in the completion of the project. The collaboration between engineers and environmentalists concluded with this man-made marvel. This engineering feat, traversing Grandfather Mountain at Parkway milepost 304.4, opened in 1987. It is a brilliant experience to drive on the viaduct. This seven- mile-long Parkway icon provides fall-away views that will make your pulse race. Glorious changes to the views present themselves with every season.

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Majestic Byway


Time to Pause


Blue Ridge Parkway The Blue Ridge Parkway threads its way through the mountains – providing a retrospective glimpse of times past. Natural split-rail fences, log structures, stonework and craggy overlooks were sympathetically considered in its creation. Thanks The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is the primary fundraiser and trusted steward of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Foundation is forever committed to preserving the past, enhancing the present, and safeguarding the future of America’s Favorite Journey®.

to the deliberations of Depressionera engineers and workmen, the path with the lightest possible impact was chosen. The Parkway’s expanse linked exquisite parklands in the Great Smoky Mountains of

Nature’s Magic

North Carolina and Tennessee with the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Its 469 miles are considered America’s most popular and extensive scenic drive. More than 850 million visitors have visited the Parkway, which borders parks, forests and wilderness, in its 75 years. There are so many things to capture, that I’ve developed a practiced eye when it comes to what I’m seeking for in each painting. It is easy to get swept away with the surprises that wait around each twist and turn.

We are proud to serve and support this extraordinary environment that connects the spirit of countless people through a twisting ribbon of mountain road. We are a strong defender of the Parkway, funding needed projects that enhance and protect the natural, cultural, historic, and recreational qualities that make the Blue Ridge Parkway an American treasure. For more information, visit www.brpfoundation.org.

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Gentle Bend


N\\b\e[>\kXnXpj North Carolina is blessed with destinations and events that are easily within reach for that long-awaited Weekend Getaway.


The North Carolina Arboretum Everywhere you look there is color, texture and inspiration. Visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum experience the best of artfully planned plantings and nature’s own paintbrush. Incredible gardens, richly designed, are filled with ideas you can take home and employ in your own backyard. If that weren’t enough, enrichment workshops are held throughout the year to educate and provide insight into plants, garden design and care. Ten miles of trails, perfect for hiking and biking, showcase Mother Nature’s own palette and provide a natural classroom for demonstrations and discovery. The Arboretum also showcases an incredible collection of more than 100 bonsai trees. This ancient horticulture tradition involves cultivating trees, shrubs and vines by keeping them in a miniaturized state and training them into artistic

Celebrating 25 years, The North Carolina Arboretum promotes the stewardship and enjoyment of the wealth of plant life within the botanically diverse Southern Appalachians. Worldrenowned gardens, hiking and biking trails, innovative educational programs, emerging botanical research, and featured exhibitions cultivate connections between people and plants. For more information, visit www.ncarboretum.org.

shapes. Activities, exhibits and educational opportunities abound, making the Arboretum a true treasure.

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Autumn Light


Streams North Carolina’s streams are essential to its beauty. Stream restoration projects thoughtfully protect our water supply and the habitat. Yet we are protecting something vital to our spirits when we preserve our Our mission is to foster environmental stewardship through environmental education and outreach that perpetuates the natural beauty of North Carolina.

natural world. The streams of our imagination are clear, meandering, and unspoiled. It was in places such as this that I trained my eye to really and truly see. And it was places like this where I was the most free and creative. I saw what was, and I also saw what was possible. I became fond of painting the most beautiful version of what I experienced.

Season’s Change

The simple appeal of a low-flowing stream is the focus, the place where rich imagination and play happened in our childhoods. Crawdads, turtles and bullfrogs were chased, caught and released. I

This mission is manifested by providing funds to empower teachers K-12, in public or private schools, to conduct environmental projects. In addition, grants are awarded to undergraduate- and graduate-level students to conduct original research in the environmental studies area. Each year we partner to provide over 10,000 azaleas to community non-profits across North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ncbeautiful.org.

recall wading through streams like this as a barefoot boy, determined to catch a minnow, and watching the silvery creatures elude my reach.

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Fourth Ward


?`jkfi`ZGcXZ\j Relive the significance and rich ancestry we have preserved in some of North Carolina’s most well-known Historic Places.


Fourth Ward Charlotte’s glorious Fourth Ward, where historic homes blend seamlessly with

Preservation North Carolina The mission of Preservation North Carolina is to protect and promote buildings, landscapes and sites important to the diverse heritage of North Carolina. Founded in 1939, Preservation North Carolina is North Carolina’s only private nonprofit statewide historic preservation organization. Through its nationally acclaimed Endangered Properties Program, Preservation NC acquires endangered historic properties and then finds purchasers willing and able to rehabilitate them with protective covenants. It has saved more than 600 properties which now have a variety of new uses, have added millions of dollars to local tax rolls, and helped create numerous jobs. For more information, visit www.presnc.org.

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the new, owes its revitalization to wise civic leadership. Today, the 30-block historic district showcases proud Victorian homes with quaint widow’s walks and turrets, as well as well-integrated newer construction, all presenting their best face to those who stroll past. In the 1800s, the Fourth Ward neighborhood was developed near the center of Charlotte’s commerce. A century later it was in sad decline. By the 1970s, it was a shadow of its former self: once-grand Fourth Ward residences were either demolished or now boarding houses and offices. These Victorian painted ladies needed a serious makeover. They got one in 1974, when the Junior League partnered with what was then North

Springtime Serenade

Carolina National Bank to drive a successful restoration. In 1976, the Fourth Ward became a Historic District. As you can see, Charlotte’s painted ladies came out of near ruin to show their lovely faces again!


Homespun


Biltmore House


Biltmore Estate William A. V. Cecil, Jr., a scion of the Vanderbilt family, presides over the largest private home in the United States, known as Biltmore. As George Washington Vanderbilt’s great-grandson, Cecil oversees the mansion’s 250 rooms. Biltmore Estate survives as an important National Historic Landmark, with elegance and scope emblematic of the Gilded Age. Biltmore is the state’s grandest landmark, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to its gardens, vineyards and new inn. The fact that Bill Cecil, a direct descendant, still oversees this landmark is amazing to me. What a wonderful job he has done in making this home a point of destination. The continual restoration and evolution of opportunities provided on the grounds makes this a place you can visit time and again with each experience being unique. They have inspiring seasonal highlights – from the Festival of Flowers to summer concerts and the ever-popular Christmas at Biltmore.

Majestic Reflections

Vanderbilt’s original plan of a self-sustaining property has certainly been achieved. Whether it is a visit to the winery or a stay at the Biltmore Inn this grand property and majestic home provides visitors an escape from the ordinary.

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Childress Vineyard


CfZXc?Xim\jk From wineries to Christmas trees the history and growth of North Carolina is tied to the bounty of our Local Harvest.


Raffaldini Vineyards


Yadkin Valley Cultivated wines came to North Carolina early in our history. By the 1900s, we produced more wines than anywhere else in the nation. But, with the onset of Prohibition in 1919, this industry came to an abrupt halt. The return to winemaking has taken a while, but North Carolina is now home to more than 90 wineries and the industry is growing.

The heart of winemaking in our state is the Yadkin Valley. The scenic beauty of the rolling foothills provides the perfect backdrop for the formal lines of the cultivated grapevines. The vast Yadkin Valley has proven to support not only native breeds of grapes, but also many European varietals that have been

Vineyard Row

adapted to the area’s climate and soil. The area was North Carolina’s first federally-approved American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2003.

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Christmas Trees One of our favorite holiday traditions was to go out after Thanksgiving to choose and cut our Christmas tree, and I documented these family treks with photographs. I sent them afterwards to family members as a record of shared times. The experience was as valuable as the tree. In North Carolina, we have our pick of fabulous places to go. Like many people, we’re partial to the Frasier fir, a lush, beautifully conformed tree I’ve painted hundreds of times. By the 1950s, North Carolina had become the second most prolific producer of our nation’s Christmas trees. Only the Pacific Northwest grows more than North Carolina, which has 25,000 acres of planted Christmas trees. Special Moments

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New Dawn


:fXjkXcKi\Xjli\j From quaint fishing villages to North Carolina’s diverse lighthouses there is rich history and charm in our Coastal Treasures.


Reflection of Hatteras


Summer Pleasures


Intracoastal Waterway Adirondack chairs are angled for a perfect sunset view of a double-master navigating this peaceful aspect of the Intracoastal Waterway. Marsh grasses whisper hypnotically in syncopation with the tide. Sitting in this state is simply mesmerizing, as you can watch the tide rolling in moment by moment. Not being a seafaring sort, the Intracoastal Waterway is just my cup of tea. Its gentle meandering around the coast sets ups magical settings and backdrops. The inspiration for Summer Pleasures came from vacationing at Wrightsville Beach at a residential community called Landfall. Within the hour, the sun cast golden reflections lighting up the maze of marshland. The breeze subsided and a calm serenity ushered its way in – just as a sailboat gently cut still waters, heading into harbor. Nothing is quite as carefree as wrapping up the day with boats passing by, with your favorite libation in hand.

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Old Baldy


Bald Head Island A 20-minute ride on a passenger ferry transports you to a world away from everyday life. North Carolina’s southern-most barrier island provides a visit to a coastal haven. With 10,000 acres of nature preserves the island is the perfect place for a family vacation, a getaway with close friends or a solitary retreat. Transportation on the island is also unique as it is limited to golf carts, bikes or other nonmotorized forms of conveyance. The result is pristine sandy beaches and natural beauty everywhere you turn. It has also allowed Bald Head Island to remain the principal loggerhead sea turtle rookery. The nesting season runs June through August, with the hatchlings emerging approximately sixty days from nesting. The island is home to Bald Head Lighthouse or better known as Old Baldy. It was built in 1817 and is the oldest standing lighthouse in North Carolina. While nature may be the star of the island, all the comforts of home are right at hand. Golf, shopping and fine dining round

Since 1982, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has worked to protect the coastal creeks, rivers, sounds and beaches of North Carolina. It is the preeminent coastal conservation nonprofit group in the state. Our programs include protection and restoration of coastal habitats and water quality, better environmental standards and enforcement, and science-based environmental education. For more information, visit www.nccoast.org.

out the diversions designed to provide the visitor with the opportunity to experience an authentic beach vacation.

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Education s Preservation s Conservation

Keys to a Colorful North Carolina Within the pages of this book you have seen my affection for our diverse and glorious state of North Carolina. It’s a gift to us, rich with multicolored seasons and topography as diverse as any on the globe. It is a place that I proudly call home and one that I take tremendous pride in

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, with the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior, is the primary fundraiser and trusted steward of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Foundation is forever committed to preserving the past, enhancing the present, and safeguarding the future of America’s Favorite Journey®. For more information, visit www.brpfoundation.org.

protecting and preserving for future generations. There is a wonderful quote by Patricia Cornwell that says: “Do no harm and leave the world a better place than you found it.” I’m not alone in that effort and, as a part of celebrating our state’s rich legacy, I have aligned this book with a number of agencies that share that same goal. I’m proud to introduce them to you and encourage you to reach out to them if there is an aspect of their mission that resonates with you as they work to preserve North Carolina’s beauty.

CTNC works with landowners, local land trusts and government agencies to save the places you love in North Carolina. We represent, assist and promote our state’s local land trusts so they can protect more land, and we help willing landowners conserve their property along the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information, visit www.ctnc.org.

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Celebrating 25 years, The North Carolina Arboretum promotes the stewardship and enjoyment of the wealth of plant life within the botanically diverse Southern Appalachians. World-renowned gardens, hiking and biking trails, innovative educational programs, emerging botanical research, and featured exhibitions cultivate connections between people and plants.

Since 1982, NCCF has worked to protect the coastal creeks, rivers, sounds and beaches of NC. It is the preeminent coastal conservation nonprofit group in the state. Programs include protection and restoration of coastal habitats and water quality, better environmental standards and enforcement, and science-based environmental education.

For more information, visit www.ncarboretum.org.

For more information, visit www.nccoast.org.

Preservation North Carolina North Carolina Beautiful works to provide funds to empower teachers K-12, in public or private schools, to conduct environmental projects. In addition, grants are awarded to undergraduateand graduate-level students to conduct original research in the environmental studies area. Each year we partner to provide over 10,000 azaleas to community non-profits across North Carolina.

Founded in 1939, Preservation North Carolina is the only private nonprofit statewide historic preservation organization. Through its nationallyacclaimed Endangered Properties Program, Preservation NC acquires endangered historic properties and then finds purchasers willing and able to rehabilitate them. It has saved more than 600 properties, added millions of dollars to local tax rolls, and helped create numerous jobs.

For more information, visit www.ncbeautiful.org.

For more information, visit www.presnc.org.


Thank You I’ve often said that I live in an artist’s paradise and it is undoubtedly true. I stand in awe of North Carolina’s beauty from the mountains to coast. Even a walk in the neighborhood yields countless ideas for paintings. Daily I thank the good Lord for the gift of living in a state that has so richly blessed me as an artist. Sharing my love of North Carolina with others is simply a joy. It is with great humility that I give thanks to my collectors and fans. Without your support and enthusiasm my talent as an artist would certainly not have prevailed. I am truly honored to have experienced your encouragement for the 30 years I have pursued this most rewarding livelihood. To my staff – Carla, Clyde, Jo and Maggie – I am grateful for your assistance in allowing me to chase another dream. Cindy and Joy, you both, as always, are great bookends to hold me in place and to keep me from wandering off the shelf. Kudos to Mike and Westokes Agency for another beautifully-designed volume. Credit goes to Brian with Rooster Communications and my friend Mark File for their broad vision in helping to direct this multifaceted project with extraordinary assistance in its development and marketing. A very special thanks goes out to my wife Cynthia and my family for their understanding of the long hours a project like this requires. I am grateful to the six agencies that have aligned themselves with me in this venture. It is my hope to not only share the state’s beauty but also to educate about the needs of preservation and conservation. In these agencies I find a kindred spirit as they work to protect our beloved state. I look forward to partnering with them as we celebrate the diversity and heritage of North Carolina.

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William Mangum – North Carolina’s Artist We are constantly encouraged to “find what we love and make it a career.” That’s exactly what Bill has done. Bill is a prolific artist, gallery owner, publisher, author and keynote speaker. He has traveled the world gathering inspiration for more than 3000 of his breathtaking original works of art. The resulting creations have garnered him countless fans across the globe and allowed him to forge relationships with dozens of Fortune 500 companies. From a simple 59-cent tray of watercolors he has grown a company that comes alongside major corporations and resorts helping them celebrate their brand through art. Along the way he has utilized a multitude of talents, vision and relationships to craft a career in one of the most challenging of occupations – being an artist. Though much of his career has involved international painting, his love of North Carolina and the works created celebrating its beauty are the hallmark of his career. Never forgetting the blessings of his unique talent, Bill has championed many philanthropic causes during his professional career. One of the dearest to his heart is being an advocate for the homeless. Since 1988 Bill has created an annual Honor Card to raise awareness and funds for shelters across North Carolina. Bill’s artistic efforts were recognized on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, “Making a Difference” segment. To date, Bill’s Honor Card has raised more than $3.5 million to meet the needs of the less fortunate across the state.

Cynthia Adams – Writer Cynthia Adams is an award-winning writer who has taught at universities in the United States and the Netherlands. Cynthia is a native North Carolinian whose nonfiction credits include The Mysterious Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Extraordinary Ordinary and Centennial: Graduate Education at the University of Georgia 1910-2010. She has worked on two other books published by William Mangum, including Village of Pinehurst and Carolina Preserves. Cynthia writes for newspapers, magazines, and Green Spot Blue World, an online magazine, and is currently completing a novel.


“William Mangum is an artist that captures the beauty, feeling and magic of North Carolina in each of his breathtaking paintings. Bernie Mann – Publisher Our State Magazine

Mountain Escapes

Scenic Byways

Weekend Getaways

Historic Places

Local Harvest

Coastal Treasures

EXPLORE the Old North State with artist William Mangum in North Carolina Beautiful as he takes you on a journey across the state with the stroke of his brush in six colorful sections. CELEBRATE the beauty and splendor that is North Carolina and help PROTECT our natural wonders by joining Mangum in his support of these fine organizations. Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Conservation Trust for North Carolina The North Carolina Arboretum

NC Beautiful North Carolina Coastal Federation Preservation North Carolina


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