The Great Smoky Mountains has long held a special place in our hearts. It was the first place Jarrett and I adventured as a married couple when we spent a week honeymooning in a little cabin tucked into the majestic mountains. And it’s a place we are already plotting a return so we can share the magic and memories of this spot with our kiddos.
So when a devastating wildfire seared through the Great Smoky Mountains last year, we were reminded of how quickly even national treasures can become endangered. By the time fire fighters extinguished the last ember, 17,000 acres in and around the Smokies had burned, 14 people had died, and the damage was estimated at more than $1 billion. In the months since, the burned region has worked toward recovery: The communities are bouncing back, and so is the national park, where most of the park’s facilities and trails have reopened.
While recovery efforts continued in the Great Smokies, 200 miles away in Nashville, Tenn., artist Joel Anderson and his team were busy working on a special project. The Anderson Design Group is already well-known in the national park community for its incredibly popular national park series that found its inspiration from the WPA-commissioned artwork of the early 1900s. The prints are crafted through a hand-illustrated style that preserves a vintage quality but features a modern flair. We first learned about the prints while visiting a national park gift shop, but it wasn’t until I visited the Anderson Design website that I realized how extensive the collection is. They already have over 800 designs to their credit, with series that range from world travel to vintage ads and camping fun (my personal favorite!).
Earlier this month, the Anderson Design Group team released another stunning series of prints and products, this time featuring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a 128-page coffee table book with a detailed history written by Smokies expert Daniel S. Pierce. The narrative is paired with 40 original Smokies posters that capture the majesty and splendor of this region of our country. Additional oil paintings, historic photos, a map of the park, facts, travel tips, and a historical timeline of Great Smoky Mountains National Park complete this beautiful book.
The Anderson Design Group also released a coordinating postcard pack and coloring book. The Great Smoky Mountain postcard set features 30 of the Great Smoky prints in a size perfect for framing or sharing through the mail, while the Great Smoky Mountain coloring book offers the chance to customize your own vintage Great Smoky Mountains print.
With Christmas less than nine weeks away, now’s the time to start tackling that shopping list, and over on the Anderson Design Group’s website you’ll find a variety of great gift ideas from books and prints, to calendars, cards, and puzzles. They’ll also be having a special Black Friday Super Sale, so mark that on your calendars (or sign up for the ADG email list) so you don’t miss it!
And to help build some excitement for the coming holiday season, we’ve teamed up with the Anderson Design Group for a fun giveaway. We are giving away two prizes: One individual will win the new hardcover Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and another will win the postcard pack of Great Smoky Mountain prints.
To enter for a chance to win, select the first entry option on the Rafflecopter form below. You can earn additional entries by visiting our social media accounts–and we’d love if you would consider following our accounts! (Please remember you must be at least 18 years of age and live in the U.S.) The giveaway runs through midnight on Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017.
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