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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

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Metal work at the Green Energy Park

A “Beginning Bladesmithing Class” with Brock Martin of WarFire Forge will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 29-30 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

Participants will begin by making a simple butter knife from mild steel in order to learn the processes involved in shaping a knife. Students will then progress to making a blade from a higher-carbon railroad spike or spring steel. They will cover grain properties, annealing, heat treating of knives, and use differential hardening to temper blades. No prior experience required. Cost is $225, materials included.

An “Armor Construction: Spaulders Class” with Brock Martin will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5-6 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

Students will learn dishing vs. raising techniques as they are introduced to the fundamental shaping of armor. Fluting and planishing will be explained as well. Basic tools necessary for armor work will be provided and discussed for those interested in pursuing the craft beyond the course. Leather work, riveting, and various accents will be shown and practiced. Students will produce a complete pair of spaulders, wearable to their person. No prior experience required. Cost is $265, materials included.

Students must wear closed toe shoes (preferably leather), long pants, and cotton clothing, and should bring a lunch.

828.631.0271 or visit


Marianna rock painting

There will be a rock painting workshop at 5:30 p.m. July 31 at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

A sensation that has taken the nation by storm has made its way to Western North Carolina. As you walk through the streets of Bryson City, you may notice some new decorations lining the town — some special paintings tucked away in surprise places. Children, teenagers, and adults have taken to rock painting and the hiding of these rocks.

The library will provide all of the necessary materials needed for this event; however, feel free to bring your own brushes, paints, or that “special” rock you’ve been waiting to paint.

For more information, contact the Marianna Black Library at 828.488.3030.


Franklin Eclipse art showcase

The Franklin Uptown Gallery is calling everyone in the community to show off their creative side for the upcoming “Eclipse Celebration,” which will be Aug. 21.

Community members, 16 years and older, can exhibit a Space Art/Eclipse themed work of art during the Uptown Gallery/Macon County Arts Association August show which runs from Aug. 1-31.

The gallery will provide a stretched canvas 11x14” or 12x12”. Drawing, painting, mixed media and collage will be accepted until July 29. Entry must be an original work by the artist, be available for sale, gallery side wrapped (finished or painted) and back wired for hanging. Pick up your canvas and entry form at the Uptown Gallery, 30 East Main Street in Franklin. Membership in the Macon County Art Association is not required and the “best in show” of the entries will receive a partner membership.

For more information, contact Bonnie Abbott at the Gallery on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 828.349.4607, all other times at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.743.0200.


Deadline extended for HCC exhibit

Deadline to participate in Haywood County Arts Council’s juried show of Haywood County alumni from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts programs has been extended to Friday, July 28.

This special exhibition celebrates the joint 40th Anniversary of the Professional Crafts program at Haywood Community College and the Haywood County Arts Council. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 1 through Oct. 30.

Applicants must have attended the Professional Crafts program, currently reside in Haywood County and submit work completed in the last two years. To apply, download the application from and email five to seven high quality images to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, July 28. Selected work will be delivered to the Haywood County Arts Council Aug. 29.

828.565.4240 or


‘Wire Art Jewelry Class’

Local artist and crafter Lawrie Williams will be offering her “Wire Art Jewelry Class” from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 28, at the Jackson County Extension Office in Sylva.

Williams is a skilled jewelry maker and featured artist at Southwestern Community College and will be teaching the charming Tree of Life Pendant project at this class. The cost is only $10 and you'll need to bring your jewelry pliers if you have them, otherwise all materials will be supplied.

To registers, call the Sylva Extension Office at 828.586.4009.



• The “Meet the Artist” reception with Brian Hannum (pianist), Drew Campbell (photographer) and Jon Houglum (painter) will be from 3 to 7 p.m. July 28, at Gallery Zella in Bryson City. 828.488.3638 or

• The Haywood County Arts Council “Members Show” will run through July 29 at Gallery & Gifts in downtown Waynesville. The showcase will feature an array of local artisans and art mediums. Free and open to the public. 828.452.0593 or

• Experienced crafter and Extension and Community Association (ECA) member Ernie Plemmons will offer beginning crochet classes from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Jackson County Extension Center in Sylva. The cost of the class is $10 and space is limited. Please call the office at 828.586.4009 to register and for supply list.

• Acclaimed Bryson City painter Elizabeth Ellison’s newest exhibit, “Spirit of Place,” will run through Sept. 4 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Exhibit support is provided by The North Carolina Arboretum Society and Smoky Mountain Living magazine.

• “Paint Nite Waynesville” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays (Aug. 3 and 17) at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. Sign up for either event on the Paint Night Waynesville Facebook page (search event: Brush N. Brew) or call Robin Smathers at 828.400.9560. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">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. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find them on Facebook.

• “Movies on Everett” will screen the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 28, at the Caboose in downtown Bryson City. Free and open to the public.

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