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Highlands Performing Arts Center

A spectacular documentary event tours through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world, to retrace two and a half centuries. Audiences pass through the magnificent interiors that provided a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture.
The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries. Toni Servillo leads us on this journey through the Hermitage and the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with its waterfront, statues, canals and the bridges that form a symbolic cultural and visual element between places and distant civilizations. 

Earlier this season, we showed six new titles featuring extraordinary and groundbreaking artists with topics ranging from the 500th anniversary of Leonardo DaVinci's birth and the sculptural masterpieces of Bernini, to the revolutionary spirit and tormented soul of Frida Kahlo, a true pioneer in the world of art. This second series will not only offer a chance to see what you may have missed, but will also include two brand new and exciting features!  All showings will be held at our newest drive-in theater venue, The Ray's Place for Parkin' at the PAC.  Tickets for all GAOS events:  $16.75 (including NC Sales Tax), available through our box office 828-526-9047.


October 8, 2020, 7:30pm

Runtime: 90 min.

The remarkable talent of the avant-garde artist Modigliani

4. Maverick Modigliani

3. Secret Impressionists


November 5, 7:30pm 
Estimated RT: 87 min.

An in-depth look at 50 previously unseen Impressionist masterpieces


October 22, 2020, 7:30pm 
Estimated runtime: 90 min.

The Great Art on Screen is in collaboration with The Bascom.

2. The Hermitage


For tickets please call 828-526-9047

All tickets General Admission $16.75

1.  Frida: Viva la Vita



October 1, 2020, 7:30pm 

​Estimated runtime: 90 min.

Great Art on Screen

Frida - Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary event film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism, and on the other, a human being tormented by agony and love.
With Asia Argento as narrator, the two faces of the artist will be revealed, by pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. The documentary film event will alternate interviews with historical documents, captivating reconstructions and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings, kept in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico.