Several festivals around Western North Carolina are encouraging local artists and vendors to sign up for celebrations and events throughout 2013.
• The 16th Annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in downtown Sylva. Applications are now being accepted for vendors, demonstrators, crafters, and environmental groups. The event centers around the theme of supporting local businesses, providers and residents as the best way to create a sustainable economy, and invites demonstrations, booths and educational displays from environmental groups, “green” initiatives and those focused on learning and sustaining traditional mountain crafts and arts. Applications will be accepted through April 15, but space is limited and early registration offers a reduced application fee.
• Regional fine artists are being recruited to show and demonstrate their art form at the 5th Annual ColorFest “Art & Taste of Appalachia” this fall. The selected artists artwork will be displayed in a shop in Dillsboro from Sept. 5 until the culminating art festival on Oct. 5, and also featured on www.colorfestartblog.com. The festival is produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia in partnership with the Dillsboro Merchants Association and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Jackson County Arts Council and North Carolina Arts Council.
www.spiritofappalachia.org or 828.293.2239.