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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

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Documentary focuses on Cherokee preservation

The film “First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee” will be screened at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Waynesville Public Library.

Around 14,000 Cherokee remain in their ancestral homeland in the mountains of North Carolina, but few among them still speak their native language, and no children are learning the language at home. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now fighting to revitalize the language and come to terms with their native heritage in the context of the modern United States. 

The documentary is about current efforts to revitalize the Cherokee language, a vessel of knowledge and identity for the Cherokee people. The Cherokee Indians of North America were once the dominant power in what is now the Southeastern United States. The creeks, valleys and mountains of Southern Appalachia are reflected in their traditions, and in the rhythm of their speech. 

Recognizing the imminent loss of their most powerful vessel of knowledge, identity, and world view, the Eastern Band of Cherokee are now taking extraordinary steps in a fight to preserve the language, including the establishment of a total immersion Elementary school. First Language documents a community coming to terms with a heritage that predates the United States by thousands of years. 

A film by The NC Language and Life Project, it was produced by Danica Cullinan and Neal Hutcheson.


Cullowhee arts and crafts festival

Several of the top artisans and crafters in the Southeast will display their goods at the 26th annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 27-28 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University.

The two-day event features more than 100 exhibitors, authentic hand crafters who carry on the Southern Appalachian tradition of arts and crafts. The items displayed for sale include fine art, woodworking, pottery, weavings, paintings, blacksmith items and gourd art. Heritage crafts such as shaker brooms, pine needle baskets and folk dolls are available, along with quilted wall hangings and heirloom fabric items.

Admission is $4 for adults, with children under age 12 admitted free. 

The show is produced by Doris Hunter of Mountain Artisans Show Promotions in Macon County. 

828.524.3405 or or


Art After Dark in Waynesville

Art After Dark will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 3, in downtown Waynesville.

Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries, such as Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, Earthworks, Burr Studio, Jeweler’s Workbench, Twigs and Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, The Mahogany House, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Cedar Hill Studios and the Village Framer.


Jewelry studio open for classes, workshops

Local jewelry artist and teacher Sherri Burch has expanded her studio with classes and workshops in Canton.

With 28 years experience, Burch’s Studio3 is now offering classes for beginners, open studio for experienced jewelry artists and innovative seminars for anyone who just wants to feed their soul with a creative, engaging and inspiring experience. Students at Studio3 can craft fashionable and quality jewelry from sterling silver, copper or brass.

Burch started making jewelry at age 24 and is still as passionate about the art of jewelry making as she was when she first began. Keeping the art alive means more to her than just making jewelry; it means inspiring and teaching others this ancient art while remembering that true creativity is a soulful act. It is her goal to help her students open beyond the actual art, to a place of spontaneity, curiosity and community. 

Burch has continuously shared her skills and love of this art by teaching at both at Haywood Community College and in her own private studios for 18 years. Creating a space where others can learn and come together to co-create is something she considers to be an honor. or 828.646.7734.


Open call for artisans

Local artists and artisans in Swain and surrounding counties are invited to submit up to four original works of art for the annual community art exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.  

Artwork for this eight-week exhibit will be received in the lobby of the Center for the Arts from 8-11 a.m. Monday, July 13, or earlier by appointment. No artwork can be accepted after July 13. All artwork submitted must be available for display through the end of September and can be priced to sell. 

The artwork can be done in any medium of any appropriate subject. You may submit sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, needlework, etchings, batiks, weaving, wall hangings, pottery, baskets, jewelry or other original handcrafted items.  

If you will be out of town and know you can’t deliver your artwork on July 13, contact Jenny Johnson at 828.488.7843 to make an appointment to bring your artwork prior to July 28.



• “Superhero Training” will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Waynesville Public Library. Create your own superhero identity/costume and go through the training course. Refreshments provided. 

• An “Arts & Antiques Market” will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4 at the Hidden Valley Farm in Clyde. Local art, vintage finds, jewelry, woodcrafts, jams, furniture, home/garden items, and more. Rain or shine. 828.450.2232.

• The “Art Uncorked” paint and wine-tasting event will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 26 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $35 per person, which includes all materials, hor d’oeuvres and wine. 828.538.2054. 

• The “Stecoah Artisans Drive About Tour” will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26-27. Attendees visit and explore numerous galleries and artisans. 

• “Serena” (June 25), “Jupiter Ascending” (June 26), “Pitch Perfect” (June 27), “Danny Collins” (July 2) and “Big Hero 6” (July 3) 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 Blue Ridge Artists & Crafters Association Freedom Arts & Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4-5 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Lake Junaluska. or 828.550.0639.

• There will be a garden lecture by sculptor Carl Peverall at 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, at the Dovecote Porch & Gardens in Cashiers. Peverall will unveil new works and also discuss his creations. Free. 

• The film “Insurgent” will be screened at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, in the Central Plaza at Western Carolina University. Rain location is the UC Theater. 

• The “Landscapes in the Plein Air Style” class with John Guernsey will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29-July 2 at The Bascom in Highlands. Learn how to apply the aspects of plein air painting to your studio landscapes. To register, 828.787.2881 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• The film “Jurassic Park” will be screened during “Family Movie Night” at 8:30 p.m. June 26 at the Caboose at the corner of Mitchell and Everett streets in Bryson City. 

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. June 25 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• “The Wrecking Crew” will be screened at 7 p.m. June 24-27 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. A 4 p.m. showing will also happen on June 27. “American Sniper” will run at 7 p.m. July 3-5, 7-8 and 10. A 4 p.m. showing will also happen on July 4. There will be a free showing of “Strange Magic” at noon and 2:30 p.m. June 27. “Princess Bride” will also be shown for free at 10 p.m. June 26-27. or call 828.283.0079.

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