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Pottery class in Highlands

There will be a basic hand-building and wheel throwing class from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 at The Bascom in Highlands.

This class will focus on hand-building and wheel throwing skills. Class includes one 25-pound bag of clay. This is a special class outside of our normal programming and is open to everyone.  

Cost of the class is $100 for Bascom members, $150 non-members.


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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Children, adult classes at The Bascom

There will be an array of art classes offered throughout the month at The Bascom in Highlands, as well other activities put on by the institution around Macon County.

• A basic hand-building and wheel throwing class will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 at The Bascom. Class includes a 25-pound bag of clay. $100 for Bascom members, $150 for non-members. 

• The Kid’s Creation Station will be from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 24 and 31 at The Bascom. Theme will be metal. For ages 5 to 10. $20 per month.

• A figure drawing class with Knight Martorell will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28 at The Bascom. Draw from a live model in the adult education studio. $10. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.787.2865. 

• The Franklin After-School Art Adventure will be from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28. The theme will be metal. Students will explore popular techniques, theories in art history, as well as dive into contemporary and folk art. For ages 5 to 10. $20 per month. or 828.526.4949.


‘Winter Craft’ series in Bryson City

Crafter/owner of Taylor’s Greenhouse, Karen Taylor will be the instructor for the “Winter Craft” series at Wild Fern Studios in Bryson City.

• A wet felting workshop will be held Jan. 24. The class explores the art of wet felting, along with needle felting and the basics that go along with making a unique piece of jewelry.

• A handmade salves and oil workshop will be held Jan. 31. Class will discuss and demonstrate how to extract and utilize the materials.

Each series date runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Class fee is $20.




• Haywood County Arts Council’s annual meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at Gallery 86 in Waynesville. The gathering will begin with a wine and cheese reception, following by a presentation and performance. Attendees will be asked for input by the following questions: What are we doing well? What do we need to do more of? What should be doing differently? 828.452.0593.

• “Planes: Fire & Rescue” (Jan. 24, 31) and “The Boxtrolls” (Jan. 24, 31) will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Saturday morning cartoons will also be shown at 11 a.m. For screening times, click on or call 828.283.0079.

• The Contemporary Craft Series exhibit featuring the work of Mike Sluder will be on display through Feb. 22 at The Bascom in Highlands. As one of the country’s most notable metal artist, Sluder has made a name for himself creating breathtaking and sophisticated metal art, moving beyond his gritty and industrial beginnings. Sluder’s works have been featured in the Museum of Design, Atlanta, as well as in national and international exhibitions and publications. or 828.526.4949.

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $18 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• “Lucy” (Jan. 22), “The Boxtrolls” (at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23-24), “The Big Lebowski” (Jan. 29), “The Matrix” (Jan. 30) and “The Book of Life” (Jan. 31) will be screened at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Screenings are free and begin at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

• “Into The Woods” will be screened Jan. 23-29 at the Highlands Playhouse. Showtimes are at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and also 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $9. For dates and more information, call 828.526.2695.

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