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Wednesday, 24 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. Students in the ceramics class of recently-retired professor Joan Byrd brought to life her colleague Matt Liddle’s idea of immortalizing these gentlemen as face jugs, an art form in the Southern Appalachian folk tradition.

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. From handmade slingshots, noisemakers and rag dolls to commercially produced roller skates, marbles, record players and paper dolls, the exhibit is designed to spark memories of area residents.

“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. It has played a key role in perpetuating the artistry, design and durability of world-renowned Cherokee crafts and is keeping those traditions alive while encouraging experimentation and innovation. 

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Art classes for children, adults at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education will start off the New Year by offering community art classes for both children and adults.

Local children can stay busy on their day off from school Monday, Jan. 19, by participating in Arts of Metallica Art Day. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room 150 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The hands-on workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about various art forms such as repousse, wire sculpture, hammered copper jewelry and more. Participants will be divided into two age groups, 7-10 and 11 and up. Each group will be led by a member of the WCU Art Club. The cost of attendance is $25 per child, which includes lunch in the Courtyard Dining Hall.

WCU also will offer six weeks of unusual art projects for adults and children age 8 and up through a Community Art Workshops series. Participants will learn a new art form each week. Art forms will include wool felting, ceramic bowls, fused glass, dry-point printing, carousel bookmaking and jewelry making. The series will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays from Jan. 26-March 2 in Room 150 of the Bardo Arts Center. The fee is $40 for students and $99 for all others, and it covers all supplies. or 828.227.7397.



• “Before I Disappear” (indie/comedy/drama) will be shown Dec. 26-Jan. 7 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Tickets are $6 per person, $4 for children, with free daytime showings. The horror/thriller “The Babadook” will also be screened Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3. Saturday morning cartoons will also be shown at 11 a.m. For screening times, click on or call 828.283.0079.

• “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (Dec. 27), “Captain America 2” (Jan. 2) and “Frozen” (Jan. 3) will be screened at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Screenings are free and begin at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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