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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

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Open call for WNC artwork

Local artists and artisans in Western North Carolina are invited to submit up to four original works of art for the annual community art exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts.  

Artwork for this eight-week exhibit will be received in the lobby of the Center for the Arts between 8 and 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, or earlier by appointment.  No artwork can be accepted after July 28. All artwork submitted must be available for display through the end of September and can be priced to sell. 

The center is equipped to show almost anything that can be hung on the wall or large sculptures that sit on the floor. There are cases with locked glass doors where items such as pottery, jewelry, baskets, carvings or small paintings can be displayed.  

The artwork can be done in any medium of any appropriate subject. Artwork for the wall should be ready to hang with wire attached. Works on paper should be framed under glass or Plexiglas or they can be matted and shrink-wrapped without a frame.

Each piece you submit should have a 3” x 5” card or piece of paper attached with your name, address, and phone number. Also, identify the artwork by title, the medium you used to create it, and the price if you wish to sell it.  

828.488.7843 or


Fundraiser for Women’s Museum

An Apron Making Marathon Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the Jackson County Extension Office in Sylva.

The event is a fundraiser for the Appalachian Women’s Museum. Attendees do not need to know how to sew since we’ll also need folks to cut, press and fold. Sewing machines will be provided. They are also looking for donations of material, thread and seam binding. 

Located in Dillsboro, the museum is a preserved 106-year-old homestead, showcasing life in Appalachia over a century ago. 

Bring your lunch. No need to register.



Plein Air Festival in Cashiers

More than 30 juried artists will travel from across the country to paint the landscape and lifestyle of the Blue Ridge Mountains during the Cashiers Plein Air Festival which runs through July 18.

Artists will set up their easels in various locations to paint in a variety of mediums. There will be opportunities to watch them paint as well as buy their original art. or


Celebrate art, gardening in Cashiers

Dovecote is celebrating the weeklong Cashiers Plein Air Festival by hosting two art events. 

The “What Now? Wow Now! Transforming a So-so Painting to One You Love” workshop by Miriam “Mir” Eve Tidwell will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 17. Optional fee is $25 per person. Limit to 20 students.

Karen Weihs’ Plein Air Exhibition will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 18.  Co-founder of the Cashiers Plein Air Festival, Weihs will be sharing her works.

828.743.0307 or 



• The films “Transcendence” and “Neighbors” will be shown in the Central Plaza at Western Carolina University. “Transcendence” will be screened July 24, with “Neighbors” July 31. All films begin at 9:30 p.m. Free. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.227.3618.

• A landscape-painting workshop for beginners with Jon Houglum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18-19 at the Historic Cowee School in Franklin. $200 per person, with a $100 deposit. 828.369.7274 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The films “Catching Fire” and “Heaven is For Real” will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. “Catching Fire” will play July 18-20, with “Heave is For Real” July 25-27. Screenings are at 7:45 p.m. on Fridays; 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sunday. $6 per person, $4 for children. 828.283.0079 or

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