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WCU undergraduate art exhibit

The 50th annual “Juried Undergraduate Exhibit” will run Feb. 27 through March 30 in the Contemporary Gallery at Western Carolina University.

A highlight of each spring season, the exhibition is the longest running exhibition tradition at Western Carolina University.

Dr. Beth Hinderliter, associate professor of cross disciplinary studies at James Madison University, serves as juror for this display of creative expression in a variety of media by undergraduates at Western Carolina University. 

A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22.



Do you like Legos?

The next Lego Club meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

The library provides Legos and Duplos for ages 3 and up. The only thing area children need to bring is their imagination. This program provides an excellent opportunity for children to learn how to develop fine motor skills. It also develops problem-solving skills, organization, planning through construction, and improves creativity.

All area children are invited join in and let your creativity shine. The Marianna Black Library is also requesting that you consider donating your gently used Legos and Duplos to the library, to help expand the Lego Club. 

For more information, call the library at 828.488.3030. The Marianna Black Library, a member of the Fontana Regional Library, is located in downtown Bryson City at the corner of Academy and Rector. 


Interested in leatherwork? 

The monthly Creating Community Workshop will focus on leatherwork at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

Derek Morrow of Morrow Leatherworks will be leading the workshop. Participants will learn how to make a small, leather clutch. 

All supplies will be provided, but some hand strength is necessary for leather working. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. Call the library to register.

Morrow is a self-taught leatherworker that has been working at his craft for many years. He has a whimsical, upcycled style and creates leather goods ranging from full hip bags down to knife sheaths and wallets.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 828.586.2016. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

 The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).



• The Penland School of Crafts Community Open House will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3. This is an afternoon of fun and education for all ages with hands-on activities in most of Penland’s teaching studios. No admission is charged. For complete information visit www.penland.org. 

• Gallery 1 Sylva will celebrate the work and collection of co-founder Dr. Perry Kelly with a show of his personal work at the Jackson County Public Library Rotunda and his art collection at the gallery. All work is for sale. Admission is free. Children are welcome. Gallery 1 has regular winter hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• 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, visit 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 (Feb. 22, March 8) 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.. 

• 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. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find them on Facebook. 

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