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HCC Crafts 40th anniversary show

Currently on display, the Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) welcomes a juried show from alumni and faculty of the HCC Professional Crafts Program.

Like the Haywood County Arts Council, the HCC Professional Crafts Program is celebrating 40 years of building a creative community in our region. Held at HCAC’s “Gallery & Gifts” showroom in downtown Waynesville, the show features 16 former students and four current faculty, showing work in clay, jewelry, fiber and wood.

HCC offers a two-year, degree and diploma seeking intensive course of studies in Clay, Fiber, Jewelry and Wood. Through a unique blend of studio experience, classroom education, and hands-on business experience, degree students achieve the skills necessary to become viable independent studio artists or to become valuable, skilled employees in the expanding craft industry.

HCC offers continuing education classes and workshops in clay, fiber, metals, wood, painting, drawing, and music as well as design and computer classes. These classes are year-round and open to the public. Free business seminars such as Marketing for the Craftsperson are offered throughout the year to prepare students and serve the community with the information necessary to develop or participate in successful craft businesses.

“We’re so pleased to host the HCC Professional Crafts Program in the gallery this month. HCC is a wonderful community partner to us, and they produce some of the finest craft artists in our region. This show is a can’t miss look back at 40 years of art,” said HCAC Executive Director Lindsey Solomon.

The exhibit is open through Sept. 30.


Open call for art grants

The Haywood County Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artists Project Grants (RAPG) through Oct. 6.

The grants will fund artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Macon counties at any phase of their professional development. Grants may cover equipment purchases, professional development training, marketing, and more. Projects must occur between Dec. 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. The deadline is Oct. 6. Grantees will be notified by Oct. 31.

There will be a grant workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the HCAC office at 86 North Main Street in Waynesville. Applications and instructions will be available at the workshop. It is recommended that all new applicants attend. Those interested should RSVP by emailing the Lindsey Solomon, RAPG administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For application information, visit In the west, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,200 and follow a competitive application and review process.


‘Paint & Sip Workshop’

The “Paint & Sip Workshop” will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Gallery Zella in Bryson City.

Enjoy learning to paint with a buddy, daughter, son or even your sweetheart. Take home an incredible memory of your trip to the mountains — your own original painting on canvas. Enjoy a glass of wine (or soft beverage) and a light snack. Your painting instructor Jon Houglum is known as the area's best oil painting teacher. Students will be presented with various visual tools for suggesting background, middle ground and foreground colors which will give the sense of great depth in their paintings.

Cost is $50, which includes all materials. For more information, call 828.488.3638 or click on



• Local artist and crafter Lawrie Williams will offer another in her series of “Wire Art Jewelry Classes” from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Jackson County Extension Office in Sylva. Williams is a skilled jewelry maker and will be teaching participants how to wire wrap stones to showcase them as earrings or pendants. The cost is $10 and you'll need to bring your jewelry pliers if you have them, otherwise all materials and tools will be supplied. Please call the Sylva Extension Office at 828.586.4009 to register.

• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will host a free movie night at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

• The Waynesville Fiber Friends will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month at the Panacea Coffee House in Waynesville. All crafters and beginners interested in learning are invited. You can keep up with them through their Facebook group or by calling 828.276.6226 for more information.

• “Paint Nite Waynesville” will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays (Sept. 21) at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. Sign up for either event on the Paint Night Waynesville Facebook page or call Robin Arramae at 828.400.9560. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• There will be a “Thursday Painters Open Studio” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin Uptown Gallery. Bring a bag lunch, project and supplies. Free to the public. Membership not required. For information, call 828.349.4607.

• A “Youth Art Class” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the Appalachian Art Farm on 22 Morris Street in Sylva. All ages welcome. $10 includes instruction, materials and snack. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find them on Facebook.

• The “Meet the Artist” reception with Brian Hannum (pianist), Drew Campbell (photographer) and Jon Houglum (painter) will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Gallery Zella in Bryson City. For more information, call 828.488.3638 or visit

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