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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

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‘Crooked Water’ exhibit at WCU

A reception and presentation will be held to celebrate the exhibit “Land of the Crooked Water” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.

The reception will be followed by a 7 p.m. presentation featuring Western North Carolina folk artist Joshua Grant, conservationist Brent Martin and WCU’s Cherokee Language Program coordinator Tom Belt. The presentation will include a discussion of sustainability issues in the mountains of WNC and North Georgia.

“Land of the Crooked Water” is an exhibit of Grant’s hand-crank letterpress prints of regional scenes and landscapes. The exhibit was originally sponsored through LAND/SCAPE, an ongoing project of the Southern Appalachian office of the Wilderness Society that draws attention to the intersection of art and nature by featuring the work of regional artists, writers and poets.

Grant’s work focuses on Cherokee and Southern Appalachian culture. Martin, Southern Appalachian regional director for the Wilderness Society, is currently working on his doctoral degree in history, focusing on the land-use patterns and environmental history of the northwest Georgia mountains. Belt, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, recently was a presenter at the “Patterns of Native Health and Well-Being” symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

The reception and exhibit are part of WCU’s interdisciplinary campus theme for 2014-15, “North Carolina: Our State, Our Time.”




Sylva Photo Club to feature Jettinghoff

The Sylva Photo Club will feature member Diane Jettinghoff at two upcoming events.

Jettinghoff will be featured by City Lights Cafe as their September artist. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Light appetizers will be served. Jettinghoff’s photographs range from landscape to abstract to small studio to close-up. The theme of this show is Close-up and represents both North Carolina and Florida. 

Sylva Photo Club will also host Jettinghoff for a presentation — her program How to Take Better Photographs of your Dog — at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in Suite 1A at the Coggins Office Park in Sylva.

Jettinghoff worked as a canine photographer for eight years and will give tips and pointers on how to take better pictures of dogs and improve the results. She is a member of the Sylva Photography Club, Cold Mountain Photography Club and Lensluggers. She has won numerous awards and been published in magazines and newspapers featuring a variety of subjects including canine photography.  

www.sylvaphotoclub.wordpress.com or 828.226.3840 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Pottery workshops in Cowee

The Cowee Pottery School, a nonprofit institution,  will offer two workshops during the month of September.

Carmen Holland and Maria Greene will be teaching Fall Leaves in Clay from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 19. The workshop is designed for women. Participants in this class take home a variety of leaf themed trays and bowls built from clay slabs. Student work can be picked up during a morning tea party from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 26. No experience required. Registration fee is $20.

Julie Taylor and Sandy Gladden will be teaching Fall Fun in Clay for Kids from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20. Kids from ages six to 16 can create functional and non-functional pottery pieces themed around fall in Macon County. Student work can be picked up during cookies and punch time from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26. Registration is $20. 

The Cowee Pottery School is the dream of a group of Macon County potters who want to bring their love of all things clay to residents and visitors in the county.  

Hank Shuler, co-founder of the Cowee Pottery School and the founder of the Master Pottery Program at Southwestern Community College, is excited for the future of the school.

“People work in clay for profit, as an outlet for their creative juices, for the joy of getting muddy without being criticized, and just to make stuff in a relaxed atmosphere with friends,” he said. “We want the Cowee Pottery School to provide all of this in a convenient location, in a historic building. It will take more time and money for us to be able to offer the scope of classes we want to make available but these fall classes is our start for bigger and better things in Macon County.”

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

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


New exhibits at Fine Art Museum

 A full room-sized installation titled “Forest/City” and an exhibit of work by an artist who uses found fabric as a base and describes many of her pieces as “stitched drawings” recently opened at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.

“Forest/City,” an installation by Gary Kachadourian, “re-manufactures” the great outdoors overtaking an urban environment. The artwork will inhabit the FAM’s entire main gallery and part of the lobby through Friday, Oct. 17.

Meanwhile, “Abstract Autobiography for a Fractured Narrative” features work by Brooklyn’s Rebecca Ringquist, who said she loves to “tell love stories and create veiled fractured narratives full of double entendre.” The exhibit will be open through Friday, Nov. 7.

The FAM is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Museum admission and parking, available on both sides of the Bardo Arts Center, are free.

www.wcu.edu/museum or 828.227.3591.


Lake Logan retreats for artists, writers

A retreat for artists and writers will be held by the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS series Sept. 15-21 at Lake Logan. 

Rebecca Crowell will lead a workshop entitled Digging Deeper — Abstract Painting. Surround yourself with the beauty of nature and spend time with the inspired teaching of Crowell. This workshop is for experienced artists who are on the path of developing a unique abstract voice. The emphasis will be on working in a series, understanding and practicing critique skills, sharing information, and delving into insights and philosophies of abstraction. There will be work time in the studio, as well as discussions, exercises, and presentations aimed at deepening the understanding.

Catherine Nash will lead Excavating Your Creative Truth. A combination of creativity excavation and multi-medium experimentation will help you to amplify your authentic voice. Drawing and mixed media works on paper will be used to discover a personal vocabulary of symbols, metaphors and mark-making. The limitless natural surroundings will provide source material to create personal “altarpieces” and sculptural assemblages. The goal is for each artist to experience a creative resurgence and to leave with new work from which to springboard, and a sketchbook full of personal ideas for future work.

Cecelia Moloch will lead the Poetry Workshop/Master Class. In this workshop for practicing poets — published or on the verge of publishing — will explore the mysteries of the creative process and discipline of craft. Participants will read and discuss work of master poets for inspiration and to engage in a series of generative writing exercises. All prompts are designed to move poets toward deeper sources of material and into unexplored territories. We’ll replenish the creative well each day, then dive back into it, refreshed and emboldened to go farther still.

The cost of the retreat is $1,549. All Inclusive: workshop, single room in shared cabin, first night reception, all meals and enrichment sessions

828.342.6913 or www.cullowheemountainarts.org.



•The films “Ida” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” will be shown at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. “Ida” will be screened Sept. 12-14, with “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Sept. 19-21. 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 10 a.m. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com. 

•The Sew Easy Girls will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at the Community Service Center in Sylva. 828.586.4009.

•An artist reception for Justin Moe will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Moe’s showcase, “The Warped Filter” will be on display. Refreshments will be served. www.fontanalib.org. 

•A landscape-painting workshop for beginners with Jon Houglum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19-20 at the Historic Cowee School in Franklin. Cost of the workshop is $200. 828.369.7274 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•The Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 11, 16, 18 and 19 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $18 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

•The Endless Possibilities of Surface Decoration Using Porcelain Slip workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22-24 at The Bascom in Highlands. Students will explore surface decoration on white stoneware, focusing on wheel-thrown forms each day, discussing and altering techniques. Cost is $275 for Bascom members, $310 for non-members. www.thebascom.org or 828.526.4949.

•A painting on glass class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office in Sylva. Longtime Dogwood Crafts member Patricia Cowen will be teaching the class, which has a limited number of spots available. Class is free and open to the public. To register, call 828.586.4009.

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