Downtown Sylva will host ColorFest: Art of the Blue Ridge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24. The event spotlights Western North Carolina artists’ work in shops and on Main Street sidewalks.
Artists will be demonstrating their work throughout the day, with several venues also featuring live music by performers including Karen Barnes, Chris Cooper and Ron Smith among others.
• It’s By Nature hosts Jack Stern, a national award-winning artist who creates large scale paintings of “mountains, water and light”
• Peebles spotlights well-known watercolorist Pamela Haddock showing original art based on local scenes of the Great Smoky Mountains and Michael Rogers, famed painter of the Appalachian Trail Series.
• Blew Glass has a fellow glass artist, Neal Hearn, who will show his glass boxes.
• Nichol’s House features artist Mark Copple, painter of still life and nature.
• Shot in the Dark Cafe shows two sisters’ artwork, Audrey Hayes and D. Hayes Mayer.
• Lulu’s Restaurant showcases Jane Revay, who shows her vividly colored mountain landscapes painted in oil on canvas.
• Underground Cafe & Coffee Shop shows the paintings of artist, Scottie Harris.
• Guadalupe’s Restaurant’s guest artist is Nikki Hinkie, a pastel painter who spontaneously creates scenes of nature and mountain life.
• Gallery One’s resident artists Joe Meigs and Tim Lewis demonstrate watercolor and computer design
• Lily’s Treasures shows the art of Linda A. Barrick, a children’s book illustrator and fine artist.
• Jackson’s General Store features the art of James Smythe, oil and pastel painter.
• Massies Furniture displays the artwork of Margot Johnson, an pastel and watercolor artist.
• Blackrock Outdoor’s artist is Bruce Bunch, an internationally-acclaimed artist who has won England’s “Queen’s Award” and many other awards of excellence for paintings of birds, dogs and fly fishing.
• In Your Ear Music is exhibiting fine art pottery by Julie Fawn Boisseau, an artist of Native American descent and Jadwiga Cataldo’s fine art jewelry.
• Advanced Medical Supplies features the bold palate knife paintings of William Clarke.
• Appalachian Log Homes showcases photographer Karen Lawrence’s award-winning wildlife photography, with close-up images of wildlife in their own habitat.
• Ironstone Grille features Doreyl Ammons Cain’s paintings of Appalachian culture.
• 553 Restaurant features Gayle Woody, fine painter, teacher and musician; JoAnn Meeks, pastel and acrylic artist; Frank Meeks, photographer; Kathy Rowe demonstrates fiber art and dyeing.
• Friends of the Library presents nature photographer, Etheree Chancellor.
• Penumbra Gallery’s own fine artist, Matthew Turlington, demonstrates his photography techniques.
• Livingston Kelley’s Photo showcases two artists, Jane McClure, a fine painter of local life and Lucius Salisbury, a sculpture artist who has turned to painting with pastels in an impressionistic style.
• Annie’s Bakery displays the pastel paintings of Becky Nelson.
• Yesterday’s Tree’s features Dave Punches, a painter .
For more information, visit spiritofappalachia.org or call 828.293.2239.