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Want to make a bark basket?

A bark basket workshop will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.

Taught by biologist Jeff Gottlieb, the workshop will involve participants in all phases of bark basket-making, from peeling poplar bark to constructing and finishing a basket. Each participant will leave the event with a finished basket.

The workshop will be held at the museum’s gallery in the Hunter Library. The workshop fee of $25 includes all materials, and the reservation deadline is Monday, May 23.

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Want to learn basket-weaving?

The Arts Council of Macon County will sponsor a one-day basket-weaving class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Building in Franklin.  

Master weaver Joanne Nolen will instruct participants in the construction of a sturdy double-nut basket, which combines two open-top baskets into one, designed for holding nuts and shells but suitable for many uses. Overall dimensions are 14” L, 6” W, and 5” H. Class is for adult basket makers; no prior experience is needed.

Pre-register by May 23 with the Arts Council, 828.524.ARTS or 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 is a fee to cover instruction and materials; participants bring a few common household tools and a bag lunch. The Cooperative Extension Building is on Thomas Heights off Highlands Road.  

This project is supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.  

For more information contact the Arts Council at


Want to learn pastel painting?

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s co-founder Doreyl Ammons Cain will be offering a wide variety of opportunities to those desiring to learn about the basics of pastel painting while enjoying the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Upcoming workshops include:

• 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 19: Sylva Senior Center, Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting.

• 2 to 5 p.m. May 20: Stecoah Valley Center, Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting.

• 2 to 5 p.m. May 25: Southwestern Community College in Sylva, Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting. 

• 2 to 5 p.m. June 4: Hooper Homestead in Tuckasegee, Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting. 

• 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 7: SCC in Sylva - Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting. 

• 10: a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 14: Cashiers Senior Center, Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting. 

• 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 30: Sylva Senior Center, Outside Birds Pastel Painting. 



Cashiers Rotary Arts & Crafts Show

The Cashiers Rotary Arts & Crafts Show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28-29 at The Village Green.

Over 80 of the finest artisans from throughout the Southeast will once again converge for this event. On display will be some returning favorites from past shows, as well as some new faces making their debut this year. From unique ironwork and woodcraft to hand-thrown pottery, hand-stitched textiles and homemade cakes, pies, jellies and jams, there’s something to please every artistic palate.

Entrance to the Cashiers Rotary Arts and Crafts Shows is free to attend, but all donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. All funds raised during the shows go to benefit the Cashiers Rotary Club Charities fund, which supports area charities that perform good works and advocate on the behalf of the under-served and underprivileged within our community.


Smythe art exhibition at Signature Brew

The work of painter and educator James Smythe will be display until June 9 at Signature Brew in downtown Sylva.

Smythe moved to the area in the fall of 1966 to teach drawing and painting at Western Carolina University. During his tenure as a professor, he exhibited his paintings in juried and invitational art exhibitions on a national level and enjoyed gallery representation in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Now retired and living in Sylva he maintains a studio in downtown Sylva and is active with the artists at Gallery One and the Appalachian Pastel Society in Asheville. 

Even though Smythe paints figures and portraits this exhibition provides a sampling of his landscape paintings. Several paintings feature blooming rhododendrons, and there are two paintings of a weathered country store, long closed. 

The opening reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 13, and will include a wine tasting and refreshments.

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Need to market your art better?

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, the Haywood County Arts Council and Haywood Community College's Small Business Center, there will be five workshops for artists and arts-based businesses. 

The series, “New Spaces: Courses to Help Arts Businesses Thrive Digitally and In Real Life,” begins May 12. The workshops will be run from 10 a.m. to noon, and are as follows: 

• May 19: New Horizons: Marketing and Branding

• May 26: New Places: Gallery Submissions and Sales

• June 2: New Presence: Your Site/Online Marketing

• June 9: New Outlook: Merchandising for Galleries/Artists

For more information or to register, visit


Gallery open house in Hazelwood

Textile artist Suzanne Gernandt will host an open house for her Studio SG gallery space from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at 452 Hazelwood Avenue in Waynesville. 

A juried member of the prestigious Southern Highland Craft Guild, since 1996, Gernandt have served on the Board of Directors of Handmade in America, and the River Arts District Artists in Asheville. She also teaches at the Penland School of Craft, Arrowmont School, and the Appalachian Center for Craft. Her work is in corporate and private collections throughout the world.

The studio and gallery share a vintage 1920s storefront. There will be light refreshments and something to drink, as well as live blues/folk music by Karen "Sugar" Barnes and Dave McGill.



• The “DIY @ the Library” will present a handmade paper seed embedded gift card class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Waynesville Library Auditorium. Learn to make the cards, which then can be planted. All materials provided. Sign up required. 828.356.2507 or 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.. 

• The High Country Quilt Guild will meet and discuss tools for quilting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the First Methodist Church in Waynesville. Members are asked to bring in any tools or gadgets that they have found helpful to share with the group. If you have any tools or rulers that you haven’t been able to figure out, bring those to the meeting and maybe you can find some help. Newcomers are welcome.

• There will be a “Raku Beadmaking” workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. May 19-20 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 at Riverwood Pottery in Dillsboro. Cost is $120 per person. 828.586.3601 or 

• Jackson County Cooperative Extension’s May Craft Club will be all about Card Making with stamped card maker, crafter and instructor Candy Meyers. This fun class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 19, at the extension office in Sylva. Several different creative cards will be made during the craft club. Please call the extension office in Sylva at 828.586.4009 to register or if you have further questions. The $7 class fee is due at time of registration.

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. May 19 and 26 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• The Spring Into Summer Craft & Art Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 28 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. Over 25 local crafters. Free admission and parking. Donations of Friskies or 9 lives cat food will be accepted for the Catman2 No Kill Shelter. or 828.349.4324.

• A craft fair and auto show will be held at 10 a.m. May 21 at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Franklin. Hosted by the Cartoogechaye Christian Fellowship. There will also be food and craft vendors onsite. 828.369.5834 or 

• The Adult Coloring Group will meet at 2 p.m. on Fridays in the Living Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. An afternoon of creativity and camaraderie. Supplies are provided, or bring your own. Beginners are welcome as well as those who already enjoy this new trend. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.524.3600.

• After-School Art Adventure will be on from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays at The Bascom in Highlands. For ages 5 to 10, Art Adventure is a class that explores the creative process of drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, sculpture, fiber art, and crafts by utilizing a variety of media. The students will investigate some of the most popular techniques and theories in art history and will be exposed to contemporary as well as folk art traditions. Tuition is $40 for a four-class package. 

• “Stitch,” the gathering of those interested in crochet, knit and needlepoint, meet at 2:30 p.m. every first Sunday of the month at the Canton Public Library. All ages and skill levels welcome. 

• The film “Brooklyn” will be screened the May 18-29 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Show times are 7 p.m. on weekdays, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays. There will be a free screening of “The Lion King” at noon and 2 p.m. May 21 and 28. For more information or to purchase tickets, click on 

• The films “Deadpool” (May 19), “The Lego Movie” (May 20), “The Secret of Nimh” (May 21), “How To Be Single” (May 26), “Zoolander 2” (May 27) and “The Finest Hours” (May 28) at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Fridays; and 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. All screenings are free. 

• The film “A Hologram for the King” will be screened at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 20-24 at the Highlands Playhouse. For more information and tickets, call 828.526.2695 or click on 

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