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New public art piece to be dedicated

The Waynesville Public Art Commission will hold a dedication ceremony at noon Saturday, June 4, in front of the Old Armory building, on Boundary Street in Frog Level for the latest public art piece entitled “Waynesville – Always Ready.” 

A barbecue lunch will also be served. The public is invited to attend and donations for the lunch will be accepted.     

“Waynesville – Always Ready” was sculpted by Stefan Bonitz, an artist who is very familiar to citizens and visitors to Waynesville as another of his pieces, “Old Time Music,” has become one of the most recognizable images of the town.   

Bonitz is a metal sculptor who uses found objects and traditional fabrication for his large assemblages. This newest artwork was crafted as a bench to allow for a more interactive yet functional piece. With its strong ties to the military and the National Guard, the old Armory is the ideal location to allow the public to come, sit, enjoy and reflect on the dedication of those who serve.



Open call for veteran portrait tribute

The Macon County Art Association will honor local veterans by painting their portraits. 

Submissions for candidates of the “Veterans Portrait Tribute” are due by July 4. Families interested are asked to submit a good quality clear photo and a brief biography to the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. The project culminates in a presentation ceremony and community showing of the portraits on Veteran’s Day in November.

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Open call for festival interns 

Dozens juried artists will travel from across the country to paint the landscape and lifestyle of the Blue Ridge Mountains during the Cashiers Plein Air Festival, which runs July 9-16 at The Village Green.

The festival will select five students interested in an internship. To be considered for this unpaid position, students must be available from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 9-16.

During the week, the students will perform a variety of hospitality, organizational and service tasks. They will be scheduled and monitored. At the conclusion of the festival, students will receive an exit interview, letter of recommendation and this internship will provide valuable service for their resumes. 

A vehicle is not a requirement; however students must have transportation to and from The Village Green each day of the festival. Interns will receive two festival shirts to wear when they are working. Students will also be provided a meal if their scheduled work overlaps with lunch or dinner. 

Interested students should submit an application by June 1, and if selected will interview with the volunteer coordinator for The Village Green. Interviews can be conducted via Skype if students are not in residence.

Artists will set up their easels in various locations to paint in a variety of mediums. Residents and visitors will have many opportunities to watch them paint as well as buy their original art. To submit an application, visit


HCC crafts graduate show

The graduating class of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts program of the Business and Industry Department will exhibit their best work at the 2016 Graduate Show. The show is going on now through Aug. 7 at the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville.     

This year’s show has work in clay, jewelry, fiber, metal and wood. This exhibit marks the professional debut for many exhibiting craftspeople. The college makes involvement in the installation, organization, and publicity of this exhibit part of the coursework for HCC professional crafts students.  

The HCC Professional Crafts Program is a two-year commitment, focusing on all aspects of becoming an independent craft professional. In addition to sharpening their technical and artistic skill in their chosen medium, students also create a marketable line of production work, plan a studio, and become familiar with the craft market. Mandatory coursework includes photography of finished pieces for gaining entrance into craft shows, creating a business plan, and designing and building a studio tailored to fit production needs.  

The Folk Art Center is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission and parking are both free. 



Haywood Arts Council seeks pieces

This July, the Haywood County Arts Council invites its artist members to participate in its annual Artist Member Show. The show is a celebration of our community of artists, allowing them to share their great work at the height of the summer season. It will be a show filled with variety, including local painters, potters, jewelers, and much more. The show will run from July 1-30.

To participate, member artists should pick out two to three pieces of work that they would like to feature in the show. Then, download a show contract/inventory sheet from the Haywood County Arts Council website or pick one up from HCAC Gallery & Gifts. Email completed forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786. The actual number of pieces shown per artist may vary, depending on space and number of participants.

If you are not current member but still want to participate, there’s still time to join. For a $40 annual fee, artists get all the benefits of membership: participation in the member show, an artist page on the HCAC website, first calls for work to artists, and more. Artist membership information can be found on the website.


Cherokee showcases gourd crafts

Gourd artists from around the world will again be 'gathering' at the annual Gourd Artists Gathering & Art Festival June 2-5 at Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. 

Throughout the weekend, hundreds of gourd artists will be participating in dozens of scheduled workshops, demonstrations, mini-workshops, presentations and Q&A sessions. Gourd art Instructors and nationally acclaimed artists from around the country have teamed up to provide a wide variety of techniques from their areas of expertise.

In addition to a variety of finished gourd art for sale, many art and craft supply vendors will be on hand with a variety of tools, books, patterns, accessories and other supplies which are used in many art forms, and not only gourd art. 

The festival is free and open to the public.




• Learn ink drawing and zentangle fundamentals with artist Damaris Pierce from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 11 and 18 in East Waynesville. Take one or all, $45 each. Open to beginners and seasoned artist. Small groups, all materials included. Registration and information at 

• The Macon County Senior Center’s watercolor class will have works on display during the month of June at the Macon County Public Library. There will be an artist reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the library. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. May 26 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• The Spring Into Summer Craft & Art Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 28 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. Over 25 local crafters. Free admission and parking. Donations of Friskies or 9 lives cat food will be accepted for the Catman2 No Kill Shelter. or 828.349.4324.

• The Adult Coloring Group will meet at 2 p.m. on Fridays in the Living Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Supplies are provided, or bring your own. Beginners are welcome as well as those who already enjoy this new trend. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.524.3600.

• After-School Art Adventure will be on from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays at The Bascom in Highlands. For ages 5 to 10, Art Adventure is a class that explores the creative process of drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, sculpture, fiber art, and crafts by utilizing a variety of media. The students will investigate some of the most popular techniques and theories in art history and will be exposed to contemporary as well as folk art traditions. Tuition is $40 for a four-class package. 

• “Stitch,” the community gathering of those interested in crochet, knit and needlepoint, meet at 2:30 p.m. every first Sunday of the month at the Canton Public Library. All ages and skill levels welcome. 

• The film “Brooklyn” will be screened the May 25-29 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Show times are 7 p.m. on weekdays, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays. There will be a free screening of “The Lion King” at noon and 2 p.m. May 28 and June 4. For more information or to purchase tickets, click on 

• The films “How To Be Single” (May 26), “Zoolander 2” (May 27) and “The Finest Hours” (May 28) at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Fridays; and 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. All screenings are free. 

• The “Movies on Everett” summer film series will screen “The Lego Movie” on June 3 and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” June 10. All films are free and start at 8:30 p.m.

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