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In modern America, the term ‘women’s work’ is not exactly a complimentary phrase. It’s less descriptive, more derisive, not so…
By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern All it took was a knack for guitar playing and a single visit to…
When Jackson County opens its new library, it will be with a little more than just the usual fanfare. Thanks…
John Gernandt loves the word tactile. It’s not so much the word, really, as the whole concept. People, he says,…
While ice carving may seem like a delicate enterprise — a patient art form executed with a well-aimed chisel and…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:23

Falling in love with the art of paper cutting

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A single piece of paper can bring all sorts of different things to our lives: the excitement of a love…
Everybody loves a classic. At least that’s what the minds behind Franklin’s Overlook Theater Company were banking on when they…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 19:24

RTCAR: Enabling artisans to preserve tradition

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In the storefront of Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, shelves and tables are laden with handmade baskets that shimmer dully…
In a crowded high-school classroom last Friday, under bright fluorescent lights, a little over 50 people crammed into hard, plastic…
Martin DeWitt, founding director and curator of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, has announced his retirement. “I…
Western Carolina University will host a public presentation and book signing featuring Arthur Anderson, one of the original radio performers…
By Brittney Burns • SMN Intern While preparing Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains marching band for their debut…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:25

Honoring a lost art

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By Kristen Davis • Contributing Writer The newest piece of public art in downtown Waynesville — a metal railing that…
The Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 will hold its third annual small works show titled, ”It’s a Small, Small…
By Kristen Davis • Contributing writer Triple-threat musician Bryan McDowell was first introduced to bluegrass music as a young child…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 18:43

Thursdays at the gallery

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By Kristen Davis • Contributing Writer If a painter were to illustrate a Thursday morning at the Uptown Gallery in…
By Brittney Burns • SMN Intern Sylva native Matt Stillwell spent the last week of September as the opening act…
By Leon Grodski de Barrera • Guest writer There are a lot of ways to spin Christopher Columbus’ accomplishments or…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:42

Nurturing a creative thread

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It’s an overcast day, hints of early fall in the air, and Neal Howard is in her yard in Cullowhee.…
The traditional folkways of the Southern Appalachian Mountains will once again take center stage as the Western Carolina University community…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 18:54

Immersed in art

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Spiral Creek stands as a contrast to the everyday. Away from jarring news reports and routine responsibilities, the Bryson City…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display on the shores of beautiful Lake Junaluska as the Smoky Mountain…
Attendees of the 2nd Annual Mountain Music Jamboree will not only enjoy delicious BBQ and traditional mountain music — they…
On International Festival Day, Main Street in Waynesville will transform into a world bazaar where more than one hundred artists,…
Aaron Plantenberg was relaxing by a lake in northern Wisconsin when his vacation was abruptly cut short by a phone…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:26

What’s the value of a mural?

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The Appalachian Mural Trail has developed a long-range plan to include these priceless murals and all future murals into a…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:10

2016 in A&E

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Each year, we here at The Smoky Mountain News showcase our “Spoof Awards.” Sometimes they’re meant in good tongue-and-cheek fun,…
It’s the heartbeat of a town. Coming into its 37th year, the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre has become a beacon…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:54

Haywood, Jackson Arts grant recipients

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The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) and Jackson County Arts Council (JCAC), co-administrating organizations of this year’s program, are pleased…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:53

HCAC receives gifts

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In 2016, the Haywood County Arts Council’s (HCAC) Gallery Committee set out to improve its Gallery & Gifts retail space…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:05

When I sing: An interview with Bear Rinehart

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Heralding from just down the mountain in Greenville, South Carolina, Bear Rinehart is the front man for the rock group…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:02

Get on the ‘Appalachian Mural Trail’

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With the help of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, the Appalachian Mural Trail Group began accomplishing its vision on Dec.…
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:48

Lines in the Sand: Balsam Range looks ahead

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The eternal struggle of bluegrass is being able to balance evolution with tradition. How does one adhere to the pickin’…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:34

Local writers, film wins awards

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Two local authors and the Bethel Rural Community Organization’s Historic Preservation Committee were among award winners at the annual meeting…
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 21:36

Haywood art grants given

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The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC), serving as a Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council, is pleased…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:17

JCAC receives grant funding

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The Jackson County Arts Council has received four grants from the North Carolina Arts Council to fund various programs for…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:08

Tuscola attends GWU Choral Clinic

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Gardner-Webb University welcomed nearly 160 high school chorus students to campus Oct. 13 as the university’s music department sponsored the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:33

Pisgah wins 50th anniversary rumble

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It was the tale of two halves as the Pisgah Black Bears went toe-to-toe against their Haywood County rivals, the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:38

New Haywood dance initiative

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It has been over 10 years since the Haywood County Arts Council brought the Atlanta Ballet to Haywood County to…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:37

WCU professor receives Cherokee honor

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Brett Riggs, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, has received the 2016 Cherokee National Worcester Award…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:38

Waynesville songwriter nominated by IBMAs

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Although he resides in Nashville these days, songwriter Milan Miller is never too far away from his Waynesville roots. As…
Though they walked away empty-handed at last week’s International Bluegrass Music Association award show in Raleigh, acclaimed group Balsam Range…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:26

‘Fear No Art’ Exhibit

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The Jackson County Arts Council in Sylva announces a new exhibit entitled "Fear No Art" by Isabella Jacovino, an artist…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:21

American Pickers to film in North Carolina

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Mike Wolf, Frank Fritz and their team are excited to return to North Carolina. They plan to film episodes of…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:08

Kephart collection at WCU

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A showcase on the life and times of Horace Kephart will be on display from Oct. 11-March 31 in the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:24

Craft students win national awards

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Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber students Abigail Ahlberg and Tony Embrey both were recently recognized with national awards.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:17

Brews news

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Bryson City welcomes second brewery With the former brewmaster for Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin), Noah McIntee, at the helm, Mountain Layers…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:09

Fangmeyer Theater open house

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The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville is finally ready to show off its new second main stage, the Daniel…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:42

HCC Shine & Dine Gala

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The Haywood Community College Foundation will hold a Shine & Dine Gala from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16,…