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Open call for artists for ColorFest

ColorFest — Art & Taste of Appalachia is looking for artists of all mediums to participate in the 7th annual festival to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 in Dillsboro.

Regional fine artists are invited to apply. Cash prizes, sponsored by Champion Credit Union, will be awarded to the artisans. Categories: First place for fine art $100; Second place for fine art $50; $25 Third place for fine art. First place for fine craft $100; second place for fine craft, $50; $25 Third place for fine craft. Best of Show — Booth $150.

ColorFest — Art & Taste of Appalachia is produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc. in partnership with the Dillsboro Merchants Association and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. This project received support from the Jackson County Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For an application, click on or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.631.0900. 


Huck Embroidery Workshop at Dogwood 

The time-honored needlework technique known as Huck Embroidery will be the focus of the next workshop sponsored by Dogwood Crafters from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, at the Masonic Lodge in Dillsboro.

Huck embroidery is done on monk’s cloth featuring contrasting yarn designs that can be used to accent towels, curtains, tablecloths and runners, afghans, pillows and more items for the home. Harriet McKenna learned the technique as a child and will be leading the workshop. She is a member of Dogwood Crafters.

Cost for the workshop is $10, which includes fabric, pearl cotton thread, pattern, and other supplies. 828.586.2435 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Art After Dark returns to Waynesville

Art After Dark will open its 2015 series from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1, in downtown Waynesville.

Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries.

Jewelry metalsmith Becky Burnette and clay artist Crystal Allen will be Twigs and Leaves Gallery, with live music from pianist Diane Wolfe. FourElements BeadWorks owner Suzy Johnson will be at Earthworks, with potter Cory Houston Plott and jazz guitarist James Hammel at the Village Framer. Wood block and linoleum artist Myriah Strivelli and multi-media artist Dawn Behling will be at The Mahogany House Art Gallery & Studio, with singer-songwriter Matt Welborn performing from 6 to 9 p.m. Mix media artist Sheri Howe will be at ReMax, with collage artist Wendelyn Cordwell at Beverly-Hanks & Associates Real Estate. 



• A Clay Castles workshop with Allison Anne Brown will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 5, 12 and 19 at The Bascom in Highlands. The class will focus on the use of slab construction to build small ceramic structures. Cost is $25. 828.787.2865 or

• Chuck Dayton’s “Things That Fly” art opening will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1, at City Lights Café in Sylva. Free appetizers. 

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. April 30 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• An Animal Sculptures class with Barry Gregg will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 and 3 at The Bascom in Highlands. The workshop explores form, surface and essence in creating a life totem. Cost is $225 for Bascom members, $275 for non-members. 828.787.2865 or

• There will be a BFA portfolio reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 30 at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. 

• The native film “Legends From The Sky” is currently screening at 4 p.m., 7:05 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. at Cherokee Phoenix Theatre.

• There will be an After-School Art Adventure for children and students from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. April 29 and May 6 at The Bascom in Highlands. Participants will work on individual and collaborative art projects. Free. 

• The Franklin Kid’s Creation Station will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 1 and 9 at the Uptown Gallery. There will also be a station from 10 a.m. to noon May 1 and 9 at The Bascom in Highlands. or 828.349.4607 (Franklin) or 828.526.4949 (Highlands).

• “Inherent Vice” (April 30/May 1), “Paddington” (May 1-2), “Selma” (May 7-8) and “Spare Parts” (May 9) will be screened at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Screenings are free and begin at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturdays. 

• “Wild” (April 29-May 1), “Selma” (May 8-9) and “Gone With The Wind” (May 9-10) will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Every Friday and Saturday in May, “Dazed and Confused” will be shown for free at 9:30 p.m., with “Paddington” also for free every Saturday in April at noon and 2 p.m. For screening times, click on or call 828.283.0079.

• The Mother’s Day Gemboree will be held May 8-10 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Sponsored by the Macon County Gem and Mineral Society. 

• The Franklin After-School Art Adventure for children and students will be held from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. April 29 and May 6 at the Uptown Gallery. Free. 

• Potter Connie Hogan and local artist Toni Kender will be the featured artists for the month of May at Tunnel Mountain Crafts in Dillsboro. Both artists will be onsite from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23, with Kender painting small magnets and Hogan demonstrating how to trim functional pottery pieces.

• The Highlands Road Gem Show will be held May 7-10 at the corner of U.S. 441 and Highlands Road in Franklin. Rock, minerals, rough and cut gems, supplies, and more. Admission is free.

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