Artists ready to paint the town during ColorFest

The vibrant hues of autumn come to life Saturday, Oct. 22, at the third annual “ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge” showcase.

ColorFest transforms downtown Sylva into a Paris-like setting with artists painting at easels along Main Street surrounded by the wonderful fall foliage of North Carolina’s mountains.

Joining the painters is a variety of other artists, showcasing their talents in glass, clay, sculpture, fiber art, caning, wood carving, ceramics and fine furniture.

Visitors are encouraged to navigate sidewalks filled with colorful umbrellas and watch as the canvases yield their treasures.

Local musicians and street entertainers add live music to festivities, while restaurants and shops are open to serve the crowd throughout the day.

“ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge” is produced by the non-profit Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, in partnership with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Visual Artists Association.

Funding for the program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Jackson County Arts Council.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Attendees making a donation to Catch the Spirit of Appalachia receive a ColorFest 2011 tote bag.

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See Green Energy Park glass artist in action

New Jackson County Green Energy Park resident glass blower Tadashi Torii won the Best in Show Oct. 8-9 at MeccaFest Fine Arts Festival in Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Downtown Carrollton, Ga.

Tadashi and his partner, artist Corina Pia, are both participating in ColorFest which is Oct. 22 in downtown Sylva (see above). Friends of the Library bookstore has art by both artists on display and is hosting the live demonstrations the day of the festival. A Jackson County radio interview featuring the two artists will go on air the day of ColorFest Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. and will be online at

Live Glass Blowing demonstrations will be given at the Green Energy Park in Dillsboro Sunday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It is a free event and open to the public. Inquire about upcoming glass blowing classes, events for couples and families including birthday parties and custom events. No experience required. or 828.631.0271.

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