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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

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Instruction on corn shuck dolls, weaving

The Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University’s museum of Appalachian culture, will offer instruction in two craft traditions that have been practiced in the region for years.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., visitors will get to observe and try out the unique folk art of crafting dolls from corn shucks, also known as cornhusks. Then, a week later, the museum will provide an opportunity for visitors to try their hands at weaving on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Both programs are free and will take place on the courtyard outside the center’s gallery at Hunter Library. In case of inclement weather, the programs will be moved inside the gallery.

“Historically, corn was an integral part of life in Western North Carolina with all parts of the plant finding uses on the farm,” said Peter Koch, education specialist with the museum. “The shucks in particular were often utilized in mats, mattresses, mops and, of course, children’s toys.

“Weaving, too, was integral to a family’s survival given the need for clothes, towels and blankets in particular. Learning about these two crafts is a way connect with some the early settlers to the region,” Koch said.

For more information on these upcoming programs and others, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828.227.7129.


Interested in wildlife photography?

The Jackson County Public Library will host a presentation with wildlife photographer Jim Robertson at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Community Room in Sylva.

Robertson will be showing his many photos of wildflowers, wildlife including bears), and butterflies taken over many years of photography in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Robertson was the photographer for Tennessee Department of Conservation for over four years, covering State Parks, Conservation Education, Geology, Forestry, and Water Resources.

Robertson finished his professional career doing research photography capturing things at 5,000+ frames per second and IR photography to see things the eyes miss. He retired in 2016 with 32 years of Civil Service Photography.

This program is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call 828.586.2016. The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).


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 www.haywoodarts.org/regional-artist-project-grant. In the west, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,200 and follow a competitive application and review process.



• The Franklin Uptown Gallery is holding a “New Exhibit Reception” from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the gallery on 30 East Main Street. Meet and support the local artists who create exceptional paintings, jewelry, woodcarvings and other unique items. All are welcome to attend. 828.349.4607.

• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will host a free movie night at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For the full schedule of screenings, click on www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• 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 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. Membership not required. 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. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find them on Facebook.

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