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Want to make bark baskets?

A bark basket workshop will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.

Taught by biologist Jeff Gottlieb, the workshop will involve participants in all phases of bark basket making, from peeling poplar bark to constructing and finishing a basket. Each participant will leave the event with a finished basket.

A Whittier resident and staff member at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Gottlieb has been a naturalist, outdoor educator and primitive skills instructor for more than 30 years. His areas of particular interest include fiber arts, flint-knapping, basketry, edible and utilitarian plants, and nature awareness.

The workshop fee of $25 includes all materials. Reservation deadline is Friday, July 3.

828.227.7129 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Art After Dark in Waynesville

Art After Dark will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 3, in downtown Waynesville.

Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries, such as Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, Earthworks, Burr Studio, Jeweler’s Workbench, Twigs and Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, The Mahogany House, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Cedar Hill Studios and the Village Framer.

Silvia Williams will have a multi-media showing of her painting during the month of July at the Village Framer. Mixed media artists Doreen Prakshot and Amber Palo will be featured during the month of July at the Mahogany House Art Gallery & Studio. Both galleries will host an artist reception for their showcases during Art After Dark.


Jewelry studio open for classes, workshops

Local jewelry artist and teacher Sherri Burch has expanded her studio with classes and workshops in Canton.

With 28 years experience, Burch’s Studio3 is now offering classes for beginners, open studio for experienced jewelry artists and innovative seminars for anyone who just wants to feed their soul with a creative, engaging and inspiring experience. Students at Studio3 can craft fashionable and quality jewelry from sterling silver, copper or brass.

Burch started making jewelry at age 24 and is still as passionate about the art of jewelry making as she was when she first began. Keeping the art alive means more to her than just making jewelry; it means inspiring and teaching others this ancient art while remembering that true creativity is a soulful act. It is her goal to help her students open beyond the actual art, to a place of spontaneity, curiosity and community. 

Burch has continuously shared her skills and love of this art by teaching at both at Haywood Community College and in her own private studios for 18 years. Creating a space where others can learn and come together to co-create is something she considers to be an honor. or 828.646.7734.


Open call for artisans

Local artists and artisans in Swain and surrounding counties are invited to submit up to four original works of art for the annual community art exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.  

Artwork for this eight-week exhibit will be received in the lobby of the Center for the Arts from 8-11 a.m. Monday, July 13, or earlier by appointment. No artwork can be accepted after July 13. All artwork submitted must be available for display through the end of September and can be priced to sell. 

The artwork can be done in any medium of any appropriate subject. You may submit sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, needlework, etchings, batiks, weaving, wall hangings, pottery, baskets, jewelry or other original handcrafted items.  

If you will be out of town and know you can’t deliver your artwork on July 13, contact Jenny Johnson at 828.488.7843 to make an appointment to bring your artwork prior to July 28.



• There is currently an open call for artists for the Canton Labor Day celebration from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Sorrells Street Park in downtown. All arts and crafts must be homemade. They can be of all mediums, from glass to wood, jewelry to clothing. Applications accepted until Aug. 1. Send an artist bio, photographs and/or samples of work to Town of Canton, Attn: Canton Labor Day, 58 Park Street, Canton, N.C. 28716.

• The Balsam Arts & Crafts Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at the Balsam Fire Department. Local artisans and vendors. A portion of the entry fees with benefit the fire department. 

• Potter Johanna Ohly and watercolorist/jeweler Diane Herring will be the featured artists for the month of July at Tunnel Mountain Crafts in Dillsboro. There will be an artist demonstration by both from 1 to 4 p.m. July 11 at the gallery. Paper crafter Linda Miller and potter Susan Easton will also give a demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. July 4. 

• The Maggie Valley Arts & Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11-12 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Local and regional artisans, food vendors, and more. 

• An “Arts & Antique Market” will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4 at the Hidden Valley Farm in Clyde. Local art, vintage antiques, and more. Rain or shine. 828.450.2232.

• “Danny Collins” (July 2) and “Big Hero 6” (July 3) 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.

• The Blue Ridge Artists & Crafters Association Freedom Arts & Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4-5 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Lake Junaluska. or 828.550.0639.

• The film “Furious 7” will be screened at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, in the Central Plaza at Western Carolina University. “Unfriended” will be the July 8 film. Rain location is the UC Theater. 

• “American Sniper” will run at 7 p.m. July 3-5, 7-8 and 10 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. A 4 p.m. showing will also happen on July 4. A free showing of “Annie” will be at noon and 2:30 p.m. July 4 and 11. or call 828.283.0079.

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