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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

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Mountain Heritage exhibits in Sylva

Four exhibits from the Mountain Heritage Center that celebrate Western Carolina University’s 125th anniversary are now on display at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The exhibits will remain on view through Jan. 24.

At the front entrance to the library, the Noble Nine face jugs are displayed, characterizing the original trustees of WCU’s precursor Cullowhee Academy. The Noble Nine supported the institution’s first president, Robert Lee Madison, in realizing his dream of creating a teacher training school for Western North Carolina.

Produced in collaboration with Anna Fariello of WCU’s Hunter Library Digital Initiatives, another exhibit of pottery traditions in Western North Carolina features examples ranging from archaeological fragments through early and mid-20th century potters such as Walter Stephen (Pisgah Forest Pottery) and Louise Bigmeat Maney (Bigmeat House of Pottery), as well as some of today’s ceramic artists from the region. 

Drawn from several collections of the Mountain Heritage Center, a vintage toys and dolls exhibit represents the wide range of playthings owned and used by children in Western North Carolina during the 20th century.

“Qualla Arts & Crafts: Tradition and Innovation,” an exhibit developed by the Mountain Heritage Center with funding from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, features the work of artist-members of Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual Inc. Founded in 1946, this organization is the oldest Native American artists’ cooperative in the United States.

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• “Arthur Christmas” will be shown Dec. 20-21 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Tickets are $6 per person, $4 for children, with free daytime showings. The classic holiday comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” will also be shown Dec. 19-24. Saturday morning cartoons will also be shown at 11 a.m. For screening times, click on or 828.283.0079.

• A screening of the romantic comedy “Love Actually” will be on Dec. 18 at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. There will also be a showing of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Dec. 27. Both screenings are free and begin at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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