Jackson art association hosts Sylva Art Stroll Friday

The second Sylva Art Stroll, sponsored by the Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JCVAA), is scheduled for 5 p.m. July 13 in downtown Sylva.

Most businesses will stay open later than 5 p.m. to welcome visitors, shoppers and diners before the Bridge Park Concert at 7:30 p.m. JCVAA hosts Sylva Art Strolls on the second Fridays of the month.

Several artist receptions will occur in conjunction with the Sylva Art Stroll:

Gallery 1 will hold a reception for JCVAA’s summer show “Some Like It Hot,” featuring new artist Gabe McNair’s wood sculptures in addition to photography, paintings and other visual art. McNair began his art career by teaching art in public schools in Georgia. It was while teaching in Jackson County, however, that he began furniture design. He and his business partner, Roger Turner, were selected to membership in the prestigious Southern Highlands Craft Guild.

Other artists exhibiting include Joe Meigs, Tim Lewis, Carol Payton, Clint Hardin, Audrey Hayes and James Smythe.

Refreshments will be served and a free “make-and-take art project” will be offered. The gallery will be open until 9 p.m.

It’s By Nature will welcome potter Linda Jennings of Bryson City with her Japanese Kimonos. Jennings uses various firing techniques of Raku and Sagger to help capture the rich silk brocades. She holds a fine arts degree from the University of Houston and has 35 years of pottery experience.

Also featured at It’s By Nature are Fiber Art Dolls by Sylva native Zan Barnes and new works by returning potter Marie Hriber. The store will be open until 8 p.m., and wine and cheese will be served.

Signature Brew Coffee Roasting Company will host a reception for Krystal Sharrett and her new works featuring auric emenations and elemental renderings. Light refreshments will be served, and live music will follow the reception.

Other venues displaying art include Penumbra Gallery with Matthew Turlington’s photography, City Lights Cafe with art by Rachel Griffin, and Survival Pride Clothing Store and Art Gallery. Visitors can look for balloons designating the 30 participating merchants and see a map at any of the locations.

JCVAA is dedicated to enriching the arts community and presenting visual arts. Membership is open to the public, and new members are always welcome.


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