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Acclaimed photographer John MacLean will have his work displayed through the month of June at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. There will be an artist reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the library. Reception will include refreshments, new photography, and an informal Q&A with MacLean.


SCC to hold‘Craft Sell-a-Bration’

A “Craft Sell-a-Bration” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. June 2 at the Southwestern Community College Small Business Center in Sylva. 

The event is a craft business exposition for participants in the Small Business Center’s Creative Business Plan Competition and Training Series. Craft business owners will show off and sell their works to guests in attendance. Judges will award the winning business with $3,000.

The series focuses on providing crafters from Jackson, Macon, Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary with business acumen to create viable plans and direction for their businesses moving forward. Some crafts from the participants will be sold in an upcoming silent auction.

The event is sponsored by Jackson County Economic Development, Macon Bank, REAL, BB&T and Duke Energy. 

828.339.4211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Art After Dark returns to Waynesville

Art After Dark will continue its 2015 series from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 5, in downtown Waynesville.

Stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries.

There will be an artist reception for the “Gallery & Gifts” exhibit at the Haywood County Arts Council, which will feature works by Rick Hills. Steven Metzger and Michael Dodson. Photographer John Smith of Hendersonville will be displayed at Twigs and Leaves Gallery.


Photography, folk art exhibit at Gallery 86

A creative photography and folk art exhibit, “Memories — Past, Present and Future” will be showcased through May 29 in Gallery 86 at the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville.

Works by Candler sisters, Barbara Sammons and Francine Menor, will be on display. Sammons captures the past with a stunning collection of junkyard car, the present with a creative technique called “scanography,” which is the process of producing fine art photography with the use of a flat bed scanner. Menor’s folk art is representative of the future with her hand-painted growth charts.

All of the works are for sale, with proceeds from the exhibit to benefit CarePartners Foundation and CarePartners Hospice in memory of the sister’s mother, Irene Holloway. or 828.452.0593.


Cherokee festival showcases gourd crafts

Gourd artists from around the world will again be ‘gathering’ at the 13th annual Gourd Artists Gathering and Art Festival May 29-31 in Cherokee. 

Throughout the weekend, nearly 300 gourd artists will be participating in more than 100 scheduled workshops, demonstrations, mini-workshops, presentations and Q&A sessions. Gourd art Instructors and nationally acclaimed artists from around the country have teamed up to provide a wide variety of techniques from their areas of expertise.

In addition to a variety of finished gourd art for sale, many art and craft supply vendors will be on hand with a variety of tools, books, patterns, accessories and other supplies which are used in many art forms, not only gourd art. There will be an auction Saturday evening, which features a wide variety of finished gourd art, raw gourds, gourd-related items and other art.

The festival is free and open to the public.


Glass blowing, blacksmithing classes

There will be an array of upcoming glass blowing and blacksmithing classes at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

• Create your own ruffle bowl or plate on May 22 and 30. The 45-minute classes will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Participants will work with molten glass to create unique and beautiful pieces of glass art. No experience necessary. $50.

• A four-week Introduction to Blown Glass Vessels and Basic Coldworking will be from 6 to 9 p.m. June 1, 8 and 15. Participants will work with molten glass and gain a more in-depth experience of glassblowing. $345. The same class will also be offered for another four-week session on May 26, June 2, 9 and 16.

828.631.0271 or


Open call for artists for ColorFest

ColorFest, Dillsboro Fine Arts & Craft Fair, is looking for artists of all mediums to participate in the 7th annual festival to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 in Dillsboro.

Regional fine artists are invited to apply. Once again this year cash prizes, sponsored by Champion Credit Union, will be awarded to the artisans. Categories: First place for fine art $100; Second place for fine art $50; $25 Third place for fine art. First place for fine craft $100; second place for fine craft, $50; $25 Third place for fine craft. Best of Show — Booth $150.

ColorFest, Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, is produced by the Dillsboro Merchants Association, in partnership with Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. This project received support from the Jackson County Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For an application, click on or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.631.0900.


HCC professional crafts graduate show

The graduating class of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program will exhibit their work at the Graduate Show through Aug. 23 at the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville.

This year’s show has work in Clay, Jewelry, Fiber, Metal and Wood. This exhibit marks the professional debut for many exhibiting craftspeople. The college makes involvement in the installation, organization, and publicity of this exhibit part of the coursework for HCC professional crafts students. 

The HCC Professional Crafts Program is a two-year commitment, focusing on all aspects of becoming an independent craft professional. In addition to sharpening their technical and artistic skill in their chosen medium, students also create a marketable line of production work, plan a studio, and become familiar with the craft market. Mandatory coursework includes photography of finished pieces for gaining entrance into craft shows, creating a business plan, and designing and building a studio tailored to fit production needs. 

The Folk Art Center is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission and parking are both free. 

828.565.4159 or



• “Connecting with Nature” series with Allison Anne Brown will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 2 at The Bascom in Highlands. Students are encouraged to bring in their own naturally found objects, to which each participant will create a clay vase and platter for the objects. $25 per person, doesn’t include clay. 

• A gala and benefit auction will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. May 30 at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. Live entertainment, delicious food and traditional crafts. $25 per person. Proceed benefit the Folk School’s programs. 800.FOLK.SCH or 

• “Muddy Mondays Wine and Wheel Throwing” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 6 at The Bascom in Highlands. Wheel throwing and wine sipping. For more information or to register, contact Anna Alig at 828.787.2865 or

• The Disney film “Alice in Wonderland” will be screened during “Family Movie Night” at 8:30 p.m. June 5 at the Caboose at the corner of Mitchell and Everett streets in Bryson City. 

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. May 28 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• The Franklin Kid’s Creation Station will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 30 at the Uptown Gallery. There will also be a station from 10 a.m. to noon May 30 at The Bascom in Highlands. or 828.349.4607 (Franklin) or 828.526.4949 (Highlands).

• “Last of the Mohicans” (May 28), “Ballet 422” (May 29), “The Fugitive” (May 30), “Focus” (June 4), “McFarland USA” (June 5) and “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Our of Water” (June 6) will be screened at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Screenings are free and begin at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturdays. 

• “Still Alice” (May 27-June 3) will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Every Friday and Saturday in May, “Dazed and Confused” will be shown for free at 9:30 p.m., with “Paddington” also for free every Saturday in May at noon and 2 p.m. For screening times, click on or call 828.283.0079.

• “Quilt Art by the Shady Ladies” will be May 29-31 at the Lake Logan Episcopal Church. Over 100 handmade quilts will be on display. Admission is $5. or 828.456.8885.

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