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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

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Grants available for arts organizations

The Jackson County Art Council Board of Directors has decided to offer sponsorships to the nonprofit organizations that offer quality programs, which will deepen the council’s partnership with the local arts organizations and arts projects.

In order to receive a sponsorship, organizations must engage highly qualified artists. Activities that will be funded include performances, exhibitions, and artist residencies in schools, classes, workshops, festivals, after school arts programs, and art camps.

The JCAC will hold an informational meeting about these changes at 7 p.m. March 26 in the arts council office, located at the Jackson County Library Annex in Sylva. There was also a March 17 meeting, and those interested organizations should have a representative attend one of these meetings.

The JCAC is the NCAC Grassroots Designated partner for funding art programs in Jackson County. It has for many years been a source of sub-grant funds that supported local organizations in offering high-quality arts programs benefiting a broad cross-section of the county’s citizens of all ages.  

Contact the Jackson County Arts Council for sponsorship applications at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.507.9820.

The deadline for applying will be June 30 of each year.


Watercolor technique demo by Shelburn

Contemporary artist and instructor in painting, drawing and mixed media, Billie W. Shelburn will demonstrate creative watercolor techniques for Art League of the Smokies at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.

Shelburn will paint from images in her mind rather than from direct resources as she uses subliminal images to create abstract realism through the use of lights and darks, shapes and moods. The demonstration painting will be reminiscent of our natural surroundings in the Appalachian Mountains. She’ll demonstrate how she uses the elements and principles of design to build her composition and color as a technique for definition of space. Oriental paper collage will also be applied to the painting.

Shelburn was inducted into the National Organization for Women in the Arts and has served on the executive boards of several watercolor societies and ART Station in Georgia. She is also currently serving as the Resident Artist in Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media for John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, a position she has held for the last 18 years.  

Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools. Free.

828.488.7843 or


Cowee Pottery School art classes 

There will be an array of upcoming art classes at the Cowee Pottery School in Franklin.

• Kids Clay in the Garden, a four-day class, will begin April 3 and conclude April 10. Instructors Claire Suminski and Julie Taylor have several projects planned for youngsters. Each class is 10 a.m. to noon. $56, plus clay costs.

• Fanciful Vases and Boxes, a hand-building class taught by Hank Shuler, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings April 13-30. $126, plus clay costs. 

• Small Casserole Dishes, taught by Carmen Holland, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays April 15-May 13. Cost is $105, plus clay and tools.



• Create your own tumbler or vase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 and April 4 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Each class that day is 45 minutes. $45 per person. 828.631.0271 or 

• There is currently an open call for artists from the Front Street Arts & Crafts Show that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in Dillsboro. Application deadline is April 1. 828.506.8331 or or 

• “The Hobbit” (March 26-27, 6:30 p.m. only), “Into The Woods” (March 28), “Imitation Game” (April 2) and “Interstellar” (April 3-4) 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 “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. March 27 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” will be screened through March 26 at the Highlands Playhouse. Showtimes are at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and also 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9. 828.526.2695 or

• “Imitation Game” (through April 1) and “Dark Summer” (March 27-28) will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. For screening times, click on or call 828.283.0079.

• Disney’s “The Aristocats” musical will be screened at 7:30 p.m. March 27-28 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. $12.

• An arm knitting class will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The yarn will be provided, but space is limited to six people. 828.586.2016 or

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