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Open call for Jackson County art grants

The Jackson County Arts Council is accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artists Project Grants (RAPG) through Oct. 7.

The grants will fund artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood and Jackson counties at any phase of their professional development. Grants may cover equipment purchases, professional development training, marketing, as well as other costs, occurring between Dec. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

The Jackson County Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.  The Regional Artists Project program is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and five local arts councils throughout western North Carolina working as a consortium. Consortium partners include the Cherokee County Arts Council, Clay County Historical & Arts Council, Graham County’s Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center and the Haywood County Arts Council.

Since 1985, the North Carolina Arts Council has provided funds for the Regional Artists Project program to support professional artists. The regional consortium of western North Carolina arts partners matches the N.C. Arts Council to create a pool of funds for the artists. In the west, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,200 and follow a competitive application and review process. or 828.337.2046.


Uptown Gallery to host ‘Art on Main’

The Uptown Gallery will host the First Saturday — Art on Main from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 in downtown Franklin.

There will be art and activities on the sidewalk, with the farmer’s market happening nearby. Local artists and artists from the surrounding towns have been invited to participate.

The event is in part to help support the Uptown Gallery, which, after 52 years of operation, is at risk of closing. The gallery is overseen by the Macon County Art Association (MCAA), a 501c3 organization offering artists a place to display and sell their work.



Art After Dark returns to Waynesville

Art After Dark continues from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 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.

Renowned Western North Carolina oil painter Jack Stern will hold a live demonstration at Twigs and Leaves Gallery. The Mahogany House will celebrate one year in business with guitarist Ben Wilson and refreshments. 

Art After Dark is presented by the Waynesville Gallery Association.


Fall, art comes alive at ColorFest

The 6th Annual ColorFest: Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in downtown Dillsboro.

Featured in this special exhibition of fine art will be artists, crafters, literary works and live entertainment. Among the artists who will be demonstrating during the day will be landscape artist Jack Stern, potter Becca Irvin, jewelry maker Nanci Hearn. Featured artists for the month of October at Tunnel Mountain Crafts, potter Johanna Ohly and silverware designer Lisa Kelley, will be demonstrating at the shop.

Within the festival, more than 40 juried artisans will line Front Street. The artists will be located only a short walk from the entertainment stage. Live music will also be scattered throughout the celebration. Performances include Sugar Barnes & Dave McGill (10 a.m.), J. Creek Cloggers (11 a.m.), Carolina Dusk (noon), Ron Smith (1 p.m.), Productive Paranoia (2 p.m.) and Henry Queen (3 p.m.)

ColorFest is produced by the Dillsboro Merchants Association, in partnership with Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. This project received support from the Jackson County TDA, Champion Credit Union, and 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.


New art classes at HCC 

Haywood Community College’s Workforce Continuing Education Department will offer a number of classes in the Creative Arts Building in the coming weeks. 

This is a great opportunity to start a class to learn something new with options available from a single day workshop to classes lasting up to 10 weeks.

Classes include:

• Beginning Pottery, starting Oct. 2.

• Introduction to Stained Glass, starting Oct. 6. 

• Beginning Loom Weaving, starting Oct. 7.

• Quilting, starting Oct. 16 and Oct. 31.

• Drink This! One Form, Many Functions, starting Oct. 22. 

In addition to these classes there will be two single day Saturday workshops. Pass the Biscuits Please! Make a Bread Basket will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Make Your Own Metal Beads will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25

Felted Hats will be a two-week class held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Nov. 6. or 828.565.4240.


Pottery workshop in Cowee

A nonprofit institution, The Cowee Pottery School will offer a hand-building basic in clay workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16 at the Macon County Heritage Center.

The class will be led by Hank Shuler and Lydia Patillo. Participants will create several functional pieces utilizing the three oldest clay techniques — pinch pot, slab and coil building. Located in the historic Cowee School, the Macon County Heritage Center is approximately 5.5 miles north of Franklin off of Bryson City Road at Cowee Creek Road.

Cost of the class is $40.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.524.7690.



• The film “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and will be shown Oct. 3-8 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. 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. and is free to attend. 828.283.0079 or 

• Drink-N-Think will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro in Sylva.  The forum’s topic will be The Most Effective at Home Treatment for Any Addictive Behavior. The open floor forum welcomes any and all to come and participate in the topic discussion. Anyone may sign up to lead off DNT and will receive $20 in house credit for Soul Infusion. 828.586.1717 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild quilt show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2-3 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. Admission is $5. 828.349.0883 or or 

• The 32nd annual Highlands Own Arts & Crafts and 2nd annual HomeTown Day will be Saturday, Oct. 11. Filled with numerous professional crafters, the show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Highlands Civic Center. HomeTown Day at Kelsey Hutchinson Park will offer farmer’s market vendors, food, music, clogging and family activities. or 828.526.2118. 

• The High Country Quilters’ annual show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9-11 at the Maggie Valley Town Hall. Over 100 locally made quilts and craft vendors. Free. 828.926.3169 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• The Autumn Leaves Craft Show will be held Oct. 9-11 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. Unique handmade crafts and other vendors. If possible, bring a can of cat food for the Catman 2 Shelter. Free admission and parking. or 828.349.4324.

• Kara Chambers will be the featured artist for October at City Lights Café in Sylva. A reception for her and the displayed works will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at the café. Free appetizers.

• Learn how to make a blown glass pumpkin and bowl during upcoming classes at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. The pumpkin workshop will be on Oct. 4, with the bowl Oct. 11. Both classes are $40 per person and are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 828.631.0271 or 

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