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Visitor Center Seeks Help Naming New Otter Sculpture


July 23, 2018

Courtesy photo

This river otter is looking for fun in front of the visitor center.

The newest addition to the Brevard Sculpture Project in downtown Brevard is the bronze sculpture of a river otter by artist Christine Kosiba, who also created the wild turkey, chipmunks, ravens and the fox on the sculpture walk. The river otter is sponsored by Bill Sauerteig of Phoenixville, Pa., and Robert Sauerteig of Juneau, Alas., in memory of their parents Mary and John Sauerteig who lived in Brevard for many years.

The otter stands almost 30 inches tall and is poised to hunt and play in a local stream. This is the only sculpture in The Brevard Sculpture Project to have a water feature, which is funded by the Transylvania County Tourism Develop-ment Authority (TCTDA) with permission and agreement to maintain by the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce. The mountain stream, made up of fieldstone and river rock, was designed and installed by Chris Ortiz of 35 Degrees North Landscaping Services.

"We are thrilled to be part of the sculpture walk," said Clark Lovelace, executive director of the Chamber and the TCTDA. "The otter has been in place for just a few of weeks, and we've already witnessed great interest and lots of smiles from passers-by, young and old."

This is the 21st sculpture in The Brevard Sculpture Project, which was started by Ann DerGara and Tom Cabe in the early 2000s. Twenty of the distinctive pieces feature a local animal, and one sculpture is abstract. Each serves as an opportunity to showcase an artist within the community. Combined with the Scenic 276 South Art & Craft Corridor, numerous studios and galleries in downtown Brevard, an incredible array of local artists and great supporters like Transylvania Community Arts Council, Transylvania County stands out as a unique small mountain community with a big and vibrant art scene.

To celebrate their new friend, the staff and volunteers at the Visitor Center have decided to hold a "name the otter" contest. The rules are simple:

•Submit your entry by email to sally@brevard by 5 p.m., Aug. 7. (First name only. The last name is "the Otter.")

•A committee drawn from the Chamber and TCTDA boards and staff plus other otter stakeholders will choose the top three submissions.

•Chamber members will vote among the top three submissions to choose the winner.

•The winning name will be revealed at the Aug. 24, 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

The feature is located in front of the Visitor Center at 175 E. Main St., Brevard.

About The Visitor Center

The Brevard/ Transylvania Visitor Center is located at 175 E. Main St. in downtown Brevard and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m .; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m .; and Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. It is designed to assist and guide visitors to enhance their local experience and can also be beneficial to locals in need of information and business services.

It is operated through a coordinated effort between the Brevard/ Transylvania Chamber of Commerce and Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority.

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