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‘Wildflowers in Western Carolina’ discussion

Larry Thompson will speak on “Wildflowers in Western Carolina” during the Sylva Photo Club meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Cullowee Methodist Church at Western Carolina University.

Thompson was National Audubon Society’s Southeast Regional Vice President for 20 years and served as a vice president for Florida Audubon. He was chairman of the board and became the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation’s vice president for fundraising and membership. Thompson also served as Executive Director of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation from 2004-2009 and has been studying wildflowers since then.  

After Thompson speaks, there will be a Photo Show and Tell where members bring photographs related to a subject chosen last month. This month’s subject is “Intentional Camera Movement,” which is the movement of the lens one way and the camera the other way while the shutter is open. 

After Photo Show and Tell we will have a Camera Talk open to anyone who has questions or input about anything to do with photography.

Visitors are always welcome and this meeting is free.

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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 through May 13. Cost is $105, plus clay and tools. 



• Create your own tumbler or vase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 

• The Sylva Friends of the Library used bookstore will participate in a spring fundraiser raffle. A beautiful wood carved spirit by local artist Ron Yount will be auctioned off during the Greening Up the Mountains festivals on April 25. Tickets are on sale now at the bookstore. $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds go to benefit the library.

• The “Countdown to Ecstasy: A Faculty Biennial” art exhibit reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University. Featuring professional and studio artwork from WCU faculty members, the exhibit will run April 9 to May 29. 

• The films “Wild” (6 p.m. April 8, 2 p.m. April 9) and “Dead Reckoning” (2 p.m. April 17) will be screened at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

• There will be an After-School Art Adventure for children and students from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 and 15, at The Bascom in Highlands. Participants will work on individual and collaborative art projects. There will also be a Franklin After-School Art Adventure from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 and 15. Free. 

• Namita Wiggers will give an artist talk at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Wiggers is the director and co-founder of the Critical Craft Forum and teaches at the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. 

• 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 Franklin Kid’s Creation Station will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4 and 11, at the Uptown Gallery. There will also be a station from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11 at The Bascom in Highlands. or 828.349.4607 (Franklin) or 828.526.4949 (Highlands).

• The Macon County Spring Break: Dream Weavers will be from 2 to 5 p.m. April 9-10 at The Bascom in Highlands. Two-day art class for children ages 5-10. 

• A glass bird sculpture class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Each class that day is 30 minutes. $45 per person. 828.631.0271 or 

• “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 Western North Carolina Woodturners, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Blue Ridge School in Glenville. Visitors are always welcomed. The club meets every second Thursday at 6 p.m. March through November.

• “Do You Believe?” will be screened through April 9 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 

• “Tinkerbell: The Legend of the Netherbeast,” “The Big Lebowski” and “Imitation Game” will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. For screening dates and times, click on or call 828.283.0079.

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