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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

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Want to learn bookmaking?

Gayle Woody will lead a bookmaking workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

This style of book making is easy to learn, but hard to master. Accordion books are extremely effective for journaling, collage and simple pocket pages. Woody has lived in Sylva and Cullowhee for over 50 years. She is currently the art teacher at Smoky Mountain High School. She is a member of the Jackson County Arts Council and has won numerous awards for her art.

All materials will be provided and the program is free of charge. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. Please call the library to register. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

828.586.2016 or


Dogwood chair seat weaving, caning class 

A two-day chair seat weaving and caning class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the Masonic Lodge in Dillsboro.

Junetta Pell, a member of Dogwood Crafters Cooperative, will be the instructor for the class.

Learn an old Appalachian craft and revive an unused piece of furniture. Bring a chair or stool (repaired and refinished if it needs to be) that needs a new seat and you'll take home a diagonally woven or caned bottom while learning the basics of chair seat weaving or caning.  

Cost for the workshop will include any materials participants need to buy to finish their item of furniture plus a $6 class fee.

Register to attend by calling 828.586.2435 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 13. Please let Pell know at that time if you need her to order materials for your chair or stool. 


Cowee Pottery School art classes 

There will be an array of art classes at the Cowee Pottery School in Franklin.

• A small casserole dish workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 15 to May 13. Hand-building course taught by Carmen Holland. Cost for the five-week course is $105, plus clay and tools.

• A Cowee Raku Firing class will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Participants can purchase an unglazed piece of pottery from $10-20. They can then glaze, fire and smoke it. Class held by Macon County potter Doug Hubbs. Preregistration required.

• A Jugs and Mugs workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Potter Brian Davenport will demonstrate how to create faces on jugs and mugs. Students will then select a mug or jug to work on. Cost is $50. Preregistration required. 

• Open studio hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday and noon to 4 p.m. Monday.



• Artwork by child survivors and their families will be on display from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Cedar Hill Studios in Waynesville. The art show is a benefit for the Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (KARE), which is dedicated to preventing child abuse and advocating for those who have been abused. 

• A nature-inspired student art reception will be held at 6 p.m. April 21 at the Macon County Library in Franklin. Art from students at Cartoogechaye and East Franklin elementary schools. Hosted by the Nantahala Hiking Club. 

• The film “Dead Reckoning” (2 p.m. April 17) will be screened at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

• There will be an After-School Art Adventure for children and students from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 and 22, at The Bascom in Highlands. Participants will work on individual and collaborative art projects. There will also be a Franklin After-School Art Adventure from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 and 15. Free.

• A rapid fire raku class hosted by Rick Berman will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17-18 at The Bascom in Highlands. $150 for members, $200 for non-members.

• There will be a watercolor, acrylic and oil painting class at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. The workshop will be held by Pauline Marr. $45 per person. 828.743.7663.

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. April 23 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• The Franklin Kid’s Creation Station will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18 and 25, at the Uptown Gallery. There will also be a station from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11, at The Bascom in Highlands. or 828.349.4607 (Franklin) or 828.526.4949 (Highlands).

• “Blade Runner” (April 16), “Weird Science” (April 17),  “Rango” (April 18), “Riverwebs” (April 22), “Take 3” (April 23), “Goonies” (April 24) and “Wall-E” (April 25) will be screened at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Screenings are free and begin at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturdays.

• A glass bird sculpture class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Each class is 30 minutes. $45 per person. 828.631.0271 or

• “Serena” (April 18-22) and “Wild” (April 24-May 1) will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Every Friday and Saturday in April, “The Big Lebowski” will be shown for free at 9:30 p.m., with “Tinkerbell: The Legend of the Neverbeast” also for free every Saturday in April at noon and 2 p.m. For screening times, click on or call 828.283.0079.

• The films “Danny Collins” (April 17-23) and “Cirque Du Soleil: World’s Away” (April 20-21) will be screened at the Highlands Playhouse. Tickets are $9. For show times, go to 

• “The Lego Movie” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The show is presented by the East Franklin School. $4. “Life Changes Everything” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24. Free. Presented by the Christian Training Center International.

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