>>WELCOME TO “NORTH
CAROLINA WEEKEND.” I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMBINE
ART AND ELEGANCE ON YOUR NEXT COLLECTING ADVENTURE? ON THIS SEGMENT OF OUR SERIES
“COLLECTING CAROLINA,” PRODUCER JULIA CARPENTER TAKES US FOR A
TOUR OF CONTEMPORARY NORTH CAROLINA ART AND POTTERY AND
THEN FOR A DELICIOUS AFTERNOON TEA IN THE EXQUISITE SETTING OF
THE FIVE-STAR UMSTEAD HOTEL AND SPA IN CARY.>>WHETHER YOU’RE A VISITOR OR
GUEST, THE UMSTEAD HOTEL AND SPA INVITES YOU TO TOUR ITS ART
COLLECTION AND INDULGE YOURSELF IN ITS CLASSIC AFTERNOON TEA. A GLASS SCULPTURE BY DALE
CHIHULY GREETS EVERY VISITOR TO THE UMSTEAD HOTEL, AND THIS
MAGNIFICENT PIECE CAN BE THE FIRST STEP OF YOUR
SELF-GUIDED TOUR.>>FROM THE BEGINNING,
MRS. GOODNIGHT AND THE CURATORIAL STAFF AT SAS ART AND
SCENIC WANTED TO BRING NATURE INTO THE HOTEL. SO THEY CAME UP WITH A DESIGN
THEME OF ART AND NATURE. THEY WERE VERY INSPIRED BY OUR
NAMESAKE, THE UMSTEAD PARK, RIGHT ACROSS THE WAY, AND THEN
THEY ALSO SAW, IN 2005, THE POTTER’S EYE EXHIBIT AT THE
MUSEUM OF ART, WHICH FEATURED THE WORK OF MARK HEWITT AND BEN
OWEN AS WELL AS MANY OTHER NORTH CAROLINA ARTISTS. SO THEY WERE DRIVEN TO BRING IN
REGIONAL AND NORTH CAROLINA ART. SO WHEN I GIVE ART TOURS, I’M
PLEASED TO WALK PEOPLE AROUND THE PERMANENT COLLECTION, WHICH
IS OVER A HUNDRED PIECES. THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE
FROM REGIONAL AND NORTH CAROLINA ARTISTS. AND, JULIA, WE’VE ALSO CREATED A
SELF-GUIDING ART TOUR BOOKLET THAT FOLKS CAN COME IN WHEN
THEY’RE VISITING THE HOTEL, PICK ONE UP. IT’S A MAP, AND THEN IT’S GOT
SMALL PICTURES OF ALL THE PIECES, INCLUDING THE ARTIST’S
NAME AND THE TITLE AND WHERE THEY’RE FROM. SO WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE THAT
HAVEN’T ASKED FOR AN ART TOUR TO TOUR THEMSELVES THROUGH
OUR COLLECTION.>>THROUGHOUT THE HOTEL, EVERY
WALL IS GRACED WITH ART. AND THE GALLERY FEATURES
ROTATING EXHIBITS FROM SELECTED ARTISTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.>>JULIA, THIS IS A GREAT
EXAMPLE OF ORGANIC IMAGERY AND TEXTURE. THIS IS A PLEIN AIR PAINTING BY
LYNN BOGGESS, WHO IS AN ARTIST FROM CANVAS, WEST VIRGINIA. MRS. GOODNIGHT FOUND HIM IN A
CHAPEL HILL GALLERY, AND WE DO HAVE 16 OF HIS WORKS IN THE
COLLECTION. SO HERE IN THE CONFERENCE
SERVICES AREA OF THE HOTEL, WE HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL
POTTERY CASE. IT FEATURES THE WORK OF MARK
HEWITT AND BEN OWEN. AND A LOT OF THESE PIECES WERE
ORIGINALLY COMMISSIONED FOR THE HOTEL, AND NOW WE’VE DECIDED TO
DISPLAY THEM AND PUT THEM FOR SALE. WE ALSO HAVE WONDERFUL PIECES
OF POTTERY FOR SALE IN THE GIFT SHOP. GUESTS ARE INVITED TO
CALL THE HOTEL. THEY CAN CALL ME DIRECTLY, AND
I’LL SET UP AN ART TOUR FOR THEM AND HAVE A WONDERFUL AFTERNOON
OF LOOKING AT THE ARTWORK AND LEARNING A LITTLE BIT
MORE ABOUT IT. AND THEN THEY CAN FINISH WITH
AFTERNOON TEA.>>AFTER AN INSPIRATIONAL TOUR
OF THE WORKS OF ART, I MET WITH HOTEL GENERAL MANAGER JIM BELEY
FOR AFTERNOON TEA, SERVED ON A BEN OWEN POTTERY SERVICE.>>AFTERNOON TEA HAS BEEN A
LONGSTANDING TRADITION IN LUXURY HOTELS IN THE UNITED STATES. OBVIOUSLY, ITS BASE IS FROM
ENGLAND AND ENGLISH ARISTOCRACY. BUT IT’S BEEN A PART OF AMERICAN
HOTELS FOR, I’D SAY, BETTER PART OF A CENTURY. WE OFFER AT THE UMSTEAD MIGHTY
LEAF TEAS FROM SAN FRANCISCO, WHICH ARE WHOLE LOOSE-LEAF TEAS,
WHICH REALLY BRINGS OUT THE ESSENCE AND FLAVOR OF
A QUALITY TEA. SO, JULIA, WE HAVE
MULTIPLE SELECTIONS. IF I WILL SAY MY FAVORITE IS
THE ORCHARD OOLONG TEA.>>AH.>>WHICH IS A SEMI-FERMENTED
TEA, WHICH HAS A VERY MELLOW AROMA AND VERY SOFT,
SMOOTH TASTE. ON ANY GIVEN AFTERNOON, THE
UMSTEAD ONLY SERVES 16 TO 18 PEOPLE DURING OUR AFTERNOON TEA
SERVICE, REASON BEING IS BECAUSE OF THE DETAIL AND CREATIVITY OF
THE FOOD THAT’S SERVED. THERE’S A LOT OF MINUTE DETAIL
THAT GOES INTO THE PREPARATION OF THE TEA SANDWICHES, OF THE
SCONES WITH DEVON CREAM, AND ALSO THEN THE SWEET CAKES,
COOKIES, AND SOMETIMES SOME OF OUR HOME-BLENDED CHOCOLATES
OF THE UMSTEAD. SOME OF THE CREATIVITY OF OUR
CHEFS IS TRULY AMAZING. BEING OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY,
THEY’RE NOW DECORATING SOME OF THE TEA FOODS WITH AN EDIBLE
SILVER JUST TO COMMEMORATE OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY AND GIVE A
LITTLE BIT OF INDICATION TO OUR GUESTS THAT WE’RE ALWAYS
CARING ABOUT THEM.>>THIS IS SIMPLY A TREAT, TO
SPEND A LOVELY, ENGAGING, AND DELICIOUS AFTERNOON AT THE
UMSTEAD HOTEL AND SPA. FOR “NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND” AND
“COLLECTING CAROLINA,” I’M JULIA CARPENTER.