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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:35

Haywood exhibit puts spotlight on Appalachian crafts

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Appalachia, the newest exhibit from the Haywood County Arts Council, will run from May 30 through June 29, at Gallery 86 in Waynesville. An artist reception will be held at the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 7.

The display focuses on the numerous genres of intricate local crafts and techniques and will highlight several local artists and how their work ultimately impacts the heritage of the region. 

Artists include Doc Welty, a 30-year potter and proprietor of Leicester Valley Clay; Patti Best, a self-taught painter and drawer; Sandra Brugh Moore, a landscape artist, who explores new painting techniques in her attempt to capture the peace and spirit of nature; James Smythe, a retired art professor who now enjoys painting full-time and maintains a studio in Sylva; Crystal Allen, an artist focusing on calligraphy, painting in watercolors and spinning natural fibers; Mike McKinney, a third generation woodworker who is a carpenter, furniture maker and wood turner; Matt Tommey, a basket weaver using natural materials; Caryl Brt, a furniture maker whose resume includes car mechanic, landscaper, itinerant apple picker, railroad brakeman and carpenter, dabbling in metal-working, polymer clay and handmade paper; Susan Balentine, a potter that focuses on functional individually thrown pottery; and Kaaren Stoner, a potter with an endless fascination with the beauty of leaves, grasses, flowers, rocks and landscapes.

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