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Ben Long The Last Supper Fresco in the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco in Glendale Springs NC near Boone North Carolina

Glendale Springs
Home of the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco

April, 2008

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"In the late 1800’s Episcopal missionaries came to this region of the Blue Ridge Mountains to provide schooling and medical help for the people living there. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church was built in Glendale Springs in 1901 and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church was built in 1905 in West Jefferson. Rev. Faulton Hodge became priest-in-charge at St. Mary’s in 1972. Not only did Father Hodge bring new life to this small church, but his interest in art would also lead to a meeting with Ben Long and to the frescoes."
(www.ecva.com - Episcopal Church Visual Arts - see link below)
Ben Long The Last Supper Fresco in the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco in Glendale Springs NC near Boone North Carolina

The Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco is in Glendale Springs, North Carolina. This small town is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 259 and is an easy drive from Boone.

Ben Long is a North Carolina artist who apprenticed in Italy to learn the art of buon fresco. He became a master of this technique. When he came home to the U.S. he wanted to bring his fresco painting technique to this country. He was introduced to Father Hodge and offered to paint a fresco as a gift. Father Hodge is reputed to have accepted without knowing what a fresco was.

Ben Long The Last Supper Fresco in the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco in Glendale Springs NC near Boone North Carolina
Ben Long The Last Supper Fresco in the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco in Glendale Springs NC near Boone North Carolina

Buon fresco is the art of painting on wet plaster.The paint is absorbed into the plaster and becomes a part of the wall. This is an old technique practiced by many painting masters in Italy.

What is a fresco? "Fresco (plural either frescos or frescoes) is any of several related painting types, done on plaster on walls or ceilings. The word fresco comes from the Italian word affresco which derives from the adjective fresco ("fresh"), which has Germanic origins."
    ~ Wikipedia.com (see link below)

Ben Long The Last Supper Fresco in the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco in Glendale Springs NC near Boone North Carolina
Ben Long The Last Supper Fresco in the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco in Glendale Springs NC near Boone North Carolina

The Holy Trinity Church was built in 1901 and was served primarily by clergy from Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Much of the local work was done by women, including Jenny Fields, who arrived when the Mission House was built in 1913. She was a trained midwife who also taught Sunday School.

The Church was officially closed in 1946 and not used again until 1980.

Ben Long The Last Supper Fresco in the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco in Glendale Springs NC near Boone North Carolina
Ben Long The Last Supper Fresco in the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco in Glendale Springs NC near Boone North Carolina

In 1971, J. Faulton Hodge was sent to Ashe County for the summer. He later returned as Priest-in-Charge. He had an interest in art and met Ben Long and the revival of The Holy Trinity Church began.

The Church is open daily. To learn more call (226) 982-3076 or visit their website at ChurchOfTheFrescoes.com

Ben Long The Last Supper Fresco in the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco in Glendale Springs NC near Boone North Carolina
Ben Long The Last Supper Fresco in the Holy Trinity Church of the Fresco in Glendale Springs NC near Boone North Carolina

To learn more about Ben Long's fresco in nearby West Jefferson NC click here.

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