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                                                                                                AUGUST  2016 


Upcoming events

at Azule:

Sunday Sept 11th 6pm

Next Community Potluck
Come on over for an evening of good food and great folks. Resident artist Andrea Morganstern will be sharing her paintings with us!


A new mural in Bluff

by Zachary Greer


We have a beautiful new piece of public art in our community thanks to the incredible artistic drive of Zachary Greer who did a residency at Azule this summer.
The mural was painted on Tom and Barbara Maloney's old silo and features a totem of animals native to the southern Appalachians. The making of the mural was a true community effort with neighbors donating paint, equipment, time, and food to help Zachary make this work of art a reality. A big thanks to everyone who pitched in


Meet our Residents:


Graeme Shields,

While at Azule, I spent most of my time working on a commissioned Good Friday Cantata slated to be premiered April 2017 called 'The Bended Tree'. It makes use of the less utilized abilities of the voice, experiments with uncommon techniques in organ and piano, and incorporates sound that evokes actions of a Foley artist. Because this was a huge endeavor, I often took breaks to improvise in both jazz and avante-garde styles on the multiple pianos in the house. I felt that, because of Azule's isolation, I needn't be influenced by the artistic expectations of the outside world. I had a safe environment to work in, and I'm sure it's made me a stronger musician and a better artist

Elizabeth Trundle  

Elizabeth is a writer, performer, and mother who lives in New Jersey. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, The Nervous Breakdown, Statorec, and Local Knowledge. Her e-book, Seventies Gold, was published by 3 a.m. analog. During her stay at Azule, Elizabeth was hard at work writing her new novel. She regularly stirs up literary-spiritual questions on her website:


A big thank you
Davidson College Students
Mountain Nursery.


Davidson College volunteers

The Azule gardens and grounds are looking better than ever thanks to a large donation of plants from our neighbors at Bluff Mountain Nursery. We were lucky to host a great group of students from Davidson College who spent the day doing volunteer work. After getting the donated plants in the ground and doing some weeding, they worked with Christopher and Lorrie Jayne, and Kevin Duckett to clear out some brambles and work on a new trail at Azule. Thank you so much!

Bluff Mountain Nursery


Meet our newest board member

Rebecca Gahagan 

Rebecca lives and works in the Spring Creek community and is a neighbor to Azule.  She is a retired registered nurse. She spent many years at the bedside and then became a director of nursing for a small critical access hospital in Washington. Before coming to the mountains, she managed a critical care unit in Wilson, NC. She currently runs a cabin rental business with her beloved husband, Tom.  She enjoys art in all forms and believes in bringing creativity into the work place. Her daughter is studying to become an art therapist.  Rebecca is a life long student of the healing arts and is a healing touch therapist. She loves working and playing in these beautiful mountains.  Hiking is one of her favorite past times. She finds much inspiration walking her labyrinth, practicing yoga and just being on her front porch



AZULE Portrait Project

All these years you have been part of the ongoing 
AZULE Portrait Project


Hundreds of these portraits are now on canvas and ready for you to sign.

is for us a way to parallel the continuity that Camille has shown in her building Azule - the place. Representing you, participants to the Fall event, and asking you to sign and add a memory or thought to your picture is deepening your and our relationship to Azule in Bluff, Hot Springs, Madison County, North Carolina..



AZULE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Your donations are tax-deductible from your income.

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Thank you so much for helping AZULE board members and volunteers to move AZULE on its necessary journey. Come, visit and participate. Invite your friends!


Randy Bell, Erin Brooker, Henriette Browers, Nancy Darrell, Kathy DeNobriga, Rebecca DesMarais, Mark and Joyce Ertel Hulbert, Nancy Fink, Harold Finley, Tom Fowler, Omari Fox, Rebecca Gahagan, Gwylene Gallimard, Mary Louise Graff, Katherine Hastie, Lorrie Jayne, Carolyn Lewellen, Val Lyle, John Malpede, Jean Marie Mauclet, Polly Medlicott, Andy Miller, Lisa Mount, Kim Rollin, Olivier Rollin, Camille Shafer, Sue Schroeder, Deborah Scott, Carolyn Stewart, Michelle Suttle, Arlette Vacccarino, Lynda Wheelock, Sherrie Wilson,  Gary and Lavonne Roy, Chuck and Margo Secord, Joel Welsh, Bluff Mountain Nursery, Natalie Marsh, Sherry Wilson.

THANK YOU also to all Board Members who give countless hours of in-kind work.
And THANK YOU to all who organize, promote or come to our programs.



For a visit of AZULE:
call  Camille  828-622-3533 

For information on AZULE's programs, to make a proposal, to apply for a residency or retreat, to book AZULE or to register for any of our offerings, visit AZULE website and e-mail us at 

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AZULE may bring you the opportunity to meet great artists, attend a SkillsShare or learn about a traditional Appalachian Skill, experience a rejuvenating space for residencies, retreats, staff or wellness meetings. Come and visit, give us a call.
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can happen in many ways!  

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