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Wednesday, 23 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


New exhibit at Gallery 86

Works from illustrator/painter Mark Menendez and his students will be displayed during a new exhibit running July 30-Aug. 30 at the Haywood County Art Council’s Gallery 86 in Waynesville.

Menendez has been drawing and painting for over 40 years. He has held demonstrations and lectures at universities and art institutions around the South. He also has illustrated over 20 published books, released three self-teaching videos and won numerous awards. In 2010, his oil portrait of his ancestor, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine, Fla., was installed in the city at the Mission Nobre de Dios Museum.

Other works from his students include pieces by Kel Tanner, Shary Weckwerth, Henri Proffitt, Penny Wallace, Sandy Lester, Vickie Belcher, Elaine Griffis, Jan Burkhead, Judy Roney and Mollie Weaver.

An artist reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 1 at Gallery 86.



• A basic knitting class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva. Bring your own needles and yarn, if possible. Free. 828.586.4944.

• The Come Paint With Charles Kidz Program will be at 5 p.m. July 24, 29 and 31 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $18 per child, per class. Price includes materials and snacks. 828.538.2054.

• A DVD on the painting techniques of Lea Colie Wight will be screened at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Sponsored by the arts center and the Swain County Schools. Free. 828.488.7843.

• 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.

• The film “Heaven is For Real” will be screened July 25-27 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Screenings are at 7:45 p.m. on Fridays; 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 per person, $4 for children. Saturday morning cartoons will also be shown at 10 a.m. 828.283.0079 or

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