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Lake Logan retreats for artists, writers

A retreat for artists and writers will be held by the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS series Sept. 15-21 at Lake Logan. 

Rebecca Crowell will lead a workshop entitled Digging Deeper — Abstract Painting. Surround yourself with the beauty of nature and spend time with the inspired teaching of Crowell. This workshop is for experienced artists who are on the path of developing a unique abstract voice. The emphasis will be on working in a series, understanding and practicing critique skills, sharing information, and delving into insights and philosophies of abstraction. There will be work time in the studio, as well as discussions, exercises, and presentations aimed at deepening the understanding.

Catherine Nash will lead Excavating Your Creative Truth. A combination of creativity excavation and multi-medium experimentation will help you to amplify your authentic voice. Drawing and mixed media works on paper will be used to discover a personal vocabulary of symbols, metaphors and mark-making. The limitless natural surroundings will provide source material to create personal “altarpieces” and sculptural assemblages. The goal is for each artist to experience a creative resurgence and to leave with new work from which to springboard, and a sketchbook full of personal ideas for future work.

Cecelia Moloch will lead the Poetry Workshop/Master Class. In this workshop for practicing poets — published or on the verge of publishing — will explore the mysteries of the creative process and discipline of craft. Participants will read and discuss work of master poets for inspiration and to engage in a series of generative writing exercises. All prompts are designed to move poets toward deeper sources of material and into unexplored territories. We’ll replenish the creative well each day, then dive back into it, refreshed and emboldened to go farther still.

The cost of the retreat is $1,549. All Inclusive: workshop, single room in shared cabin, first night reception, all meals and enrichment sessions

828.342.6913 or


Small Works Show in Waynesville

The Haywood County Arts Council is seeking artists for its seventh annual small works show “It’s a Small, Small Work” to be held Nov. 19 to Dec. 27 at Gallery 86 in Waynesville. 

The show provides a unique opportunity for budding artists to exhibit their work, as well as the opportunity for more seasoned artists to test their boundaries. The non-juried show is open to all artists with a permanent address in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, which includes the Qualla Boundary or any of the following counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey.

All pieces submitted must be exactly 12” or smaller in every dimension, including base, matting, and frame. Each artist is required to submit original work (photographers submit prints) to include a minimum of three pieces and a maximum of five pieces. Each artist entering the show will pay a flat fee of $20 for handling and publicity. All work must be for sale, priced at $300 or less, and must have been created in the last two years. All mediums are welcome. Artwork can be mailed Oct. 13 through Nov. 1 or hand delivered to the arts council Nov. 3-8.

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For a show application and information on how to submit your artwork, download an application at, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 828.452.0593.


Calligraphy workshop in Dillsboro

A calligraphy workshop, the art of beautiful handwriting that dates back to the Middle Ages, will be held from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 30 at the Masonic Lodge in Dillsboro.

Participants will learn the basics of writing in this graceful and elegant style. Cheryl Thompson, a member of Dogwood Crafters Cooperative since 1978, will be the instructor. She became a calligrapher in the 1960s and then went on to other forms of art such as stained glass and jewelry. Only in recent years has she picked up her pens again, working out of her home studio where she enjoys incorporating bits of nature in some of her work.  

Class is $10 and those interested must register by Sept. 19.

828.586.2435 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Spanish Civil War film in Sylva

City Lights Bookstore and the Jackson County Public Library will host a screening of the film “War Is Beautiful: A Journey into the Spanish Civil War” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the library in Sylva.

In November 1937, James Neugass, a young American poet and published writer from New Orleans sailed for Spain along with 3,000 American volunteers to fight the fascist dictatorships of Franco and armies of Hitler and Mussolini. War is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War is a stunning and tragic memoir of wartime life and chronicles Neugass’s wartime experiences.

In July 2012, the author’s son traveled to Spain to follow in his father’s footsteps and visited many of the historical places his father wrote about in War is Beautiful. The author’s son, Jim Neugass, will share his insights of the trip, of the father he never knew and selected readings of the book.




• A workshop titled Human/Animal Hybrids: Sculpting with Solid Forms In Clay will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27-28 at The Bascom in Highlands. The workshop will encourage students to try new narrative forms, consisting of personal iconography and animal characteristics. $250 for members, $285 for non-members. 

• The Western North Carolina Carvers will hold their monthly meeting from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Harvest House located at 205 Kenilworth Rd. in Asheville. It is a free presentation and activity for beginner carvers. Bring your tools and carve while meeting new friends and hobbyists. 828.665.8273.

• A bust sculpture of Al Balestiere will be unveiled and dedicated at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at The Village Green in Cashiers. Balestiere was an key figure in the purchase of The Village Green 12.5-acre property and transforming it into the beloved artistic landscape it is today. 

• The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Belle” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Buffy Queen’s home in Dellwood. A mostly-organic potluck dinner will precede the screening at 6:15 p.m. A discussion on the film will follow the screening. The event is free, with films shown the second or third Friday of the month. 828.926.3508 or 828.454.5949. 

• The films “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Fault in Our Stars” will be shown at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” will run Sept. 19-21, with “The Fault in Our Stars” Sept. 26-28. Screenings are at 7:45 p.m. on Fridays; 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 per person, $4 for children. Saturday morning cartoons will also be shown at 11 a.m. 828.283.0079 or 

• A landscape-painting workshop for beginners with Jon Houglum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19-20 at the Historic Cowee School in Franklin. Cost of workshop is $200. 828.369.7274 or 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 5 p.m. Sept. 18-19, 23 and 25 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $18 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• The Endless Possibilities of Surface Decoration Using Porcelain Slip workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22-24 at The Bascom in Highlands. Students will explore surface decoration on white stoneware, focusing on wheel-thrown forms each day, discussing and altering techniques. Cost is $275 for Bascom members, $310 for non-members. or 828.526.4949.

• A painting on glass class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office in Sylva. Longtime Dogwood Crafts member Patricia Cowen will be teaching the class, which has a limited number of spots available. Class is free and open to the public. To register, call 828.586.4009.

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