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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:00

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Oil painting demo in Bryson

Oil painter Jeff Marley will give a demonstration of his alla prima (wet on wet) technique for creating quick, fluid paintings at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.  

Marley will include the use of palette knives, mediums and thick paint texturing as he demonstrates the painting of birds and a landscape. He will also discuss how this technique can be used in plein air painting (painting outdoors) and will provide a list of all the tools and accessories he uses.

Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the department of Cultural Resources. 



Portrait exhibit features Bora

“Portraits & Portraits,” an exhibition of a selected group of portraits from the late Vadim Bora will run through March 6 in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University. 

Bora immigrated from Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia in Russia to Asheville, where he kept an active studio and gallery for over ten years. Besides being a painter, he was a sculptor, philosopher, teacher, and an active creator of satirical political cartoons. Classically trained, his drawings and paintings tend to shift stylistically as he worked more from the subconscious than from the use if models or any kinds of technology. He trained at the Vladikavkaz College of Art and the noted St. Petersburg Academy of Art. 



WCU to host Youth Art Month exhibit  

Western Carolina University will celebrate the artwork of local students with the 2015 Jackson County Youth Art Month exhibit March 1-23 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee. 

This year’s exhibit will include the artwork of more than 300 Jackson County students from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Youth Art Month strives to emphasize the importance of art education for all children and promotes public support for quality school art programs.

A reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. March 22 in the center. The reception will include an announcement of this year’s winners, who will be judged by WCU art education students as part of their curriculum. Cash prizes will be awarded. The event is free and the public is invited.

828.227.3598 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


WCU to offer youth art workshops

The Western Carolina University School of Art and Design will host art classes for youth ages 8 and up from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 28 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee.

The “Warm and Fuzzy” workshop will be held Feb. 28 and will focus on fiber and soft material. Featured projects will include felting, basic crochet and pastels on velour. The “Inside Out” workshop on March 28 will focus on nature-provided materials. Featured projects will include kite making, basketry, natural paint watercolors and earthenware clay.

The workshops are $25 each with a $10 discount when registering for both classes. The registration fees include lunch in the Courtyard Dining Hall. Space is limited to the first 35 participants for each day.

www.artclasses.wcu.edu or 828.227.7397.


Craft business plan competition

There will be a professional craft artist business plan competition from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays starting March 5 at the Southwestern Community College campus in Bryson City.

Over a series of eight sessions, participants will experience hands-on activities that have been specifically designed to address needs and challenges faced by craft artists who already have or wish to start a business. Craft businesses have very specific differences in their business models, and this series teaches the tools to address those in an effective way. Participants will analyze marketing, financial, production and distribution issues, as well as other issues included in business models. At the completion of the series, participants will have the tools needed to move forward, including a written “Creative Business Plan.”

Reservations requested at www.ncsbc.net


Want to market your art correctly?

There will be a three-week REAL Professional Craft Artists Series that will offer a course in business marketing from 6 to 9 p.m. March 10, 17 and 24 at the Creative Arts Building at Haywood Community College in Clyde.

Participants will learn to be more entrepreneurial in what they make, how they monitor their business and how they market. Attendees will receive a crash course on their business from concept to completion. Take this opportunity to learn something new, renew your entrepreneurial spark, and/or see how the Small Business Center can help move your business forward.

Speaker will be Tonya Snider. 


To register, visit sbc.haywood.edu.


Jackson Arts Council ‘Trashion Show’

The Jackson County Arts Council will host a “Trashion Show” at 4 p.m. March 14 in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

This fundraiser will be a fashion show with clothing and accessories made of recyclable material along with a Couture collection donated from local businesses.

Suggested contributions can be made at the event, $20 for adults and $10 for students. There will also be a reception during intermission hosted by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

www.jacksoncountyarts.org or 828.507.9820 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Folk School ‘Empty Bowl’ fundraiser

An “Empty Bowl” fundraiser will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 14 in the dining hall at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown.

First, select a handcrafted bowl from a collection donated by area potters (extra bowls may be purchased at the event). Next, fill your bowl with a hearty meal of soup, salad, bread and dessert prepared by Executive Chef Steve Cipriano. Enjoy live music by the Dog Branch Cats. Take your bowl home with you to keep as a reminder of hunger in our local and global communities. Don't forget the incredible Brown Bag Raffle for one-of-a-kind artworks. Raffle tickets cost $1 each, and you can buy as many as you wish.

Potters include Harry Hearne, Julie Hearne, Rob Withrow, Diane Brown, Chris Jones, Natalie Moses, Deanne Buckner, Anna Sullivan-Morris, Pat Moretz, Peter Goundry, Roy Bamfield, Hannah Cooley and Mike Lalone.

Tickets for the “Empty Bowl” cost $30 and are currently available at the Craft Shop, Cherokee County Chamber and the United Community Bank of Hayesville. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Clay and Cherokee County Food Banks.




• There will be a talk by photographer Dawn Roe from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University. www.dawnroe.com or www.wdu.edu. 

• The drama “Whiplash” will be screened through March 5 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. 828.526.2695 or www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

• “Birdman” (March 6-18) will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. For screening times, click on www.38main.com or call 828.283.0079.

• The WHEE FRESH Western Carolina University MFA art exhibit will be on display March 6-14 at the Grove Arcade in Asheville. The showcase is put on by the Asheville Area Arts Council.

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