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N.C. Artist Fellowship deadline is Nov. 3

The North Carolina Arts Council will accept applications for the 2014-15 Artist Fellowship awards for songwriters, composers, and writers until Monday, Nov. 3.

The Artist Fellowship program, now in its 34th year, supports creative development and the creation of new work for artists in North Carolina. The Artist Fellowship allows artists to set aside time to work and to buy supplies and equipment. The fellowship award is $10,000. The N.C. Arts Council’s fellowship program is one of the country’s premier programs in total awards, over $4.5 million in fellowships awarded to more than 585 artists across disciplines.

Fellowship guidelines can be found at


Cowee Pottery School to offer sculpture class

A class to teach students how to sculpt animals in clay will be taught from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the Cowee Pottery School in Franklin.

The class will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for two weeks, break for two weeks as the critters dry and get bisque fired, then meet for another week to glaze their pieces. Hank Shuler, one of the founding ceramists of the school, and an accomplished sculptor, will teach the class. The founder of Southwestern Community College’s master pottery certificate program, Shuler has been working in clay for a number of years.

Students need not have any experience in sculpting or pottery to participate in the class. As a result of taking the class participants will learn about sculpture clays and tools, firing techniques and how to build fireable armatures.  Gaining a better understanding of their animal’s proportions and natural positions, they will create at least one animal during the course.  In addition, students will prepare test tiles to determine glaze finishes for their pieces. Should students need additional time to work on their pieces, open studio hours will be provided on classroom days.

The registration fee for the 27-hour class is $198. or 828.369.7186 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.524.7690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



• A call for artists is underway for the Small Works show, which will run Nov. 19-Dec.27 at Gallery 86 in the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville. Works will be received Nov. 3-8. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 

• Ceramicist Alex Irvine will hold a discussion on his work at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University. 

• A Visiting Artists Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Nantahala School for the Arts in Bryson City. An educational evening with visiting ceramic artists. 828.366.2000 or 

• An open call for artisan vendors is underway for the annual craft fair to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center in Clyde. Booths are $15 for center members, $25 for nonmembers. 828.452.8080.

• Acclaimed painter Dominick DePaolo recently joined the Mahogany House Fine Art Gallery and Studios in the Frog Level District of Waynesville. DePaolo will now be teaching interactive classes in oil, watercolor, acrylics and drawing from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Fridays, and private classes by appointment. 

• The 2nd annual Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Costume contest, hayrides, trick or treating, pumpkin decorating contest, face painting, food, music, and more. Lunch $5 per plate. Admission is free. 

• A basic knitting class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday morning at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva. Bring yarn and needles if you have them. 828.586.4944.

• Photographers Houa Vang and Tihomir Trichkov will speak about their experiences from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University. 

• The Swain County Quilt Trail Committee is currently recruiting quilt trail participants, to paint, to research quilt patterns, and to build blocks. Those interested should contact Rota Krape at 828.488.8180, or stop by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce to talk with Heidi. Meetings are the first Monday of each month at 10 a.m. in the chamber. 

• The Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $18 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

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