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New Waynesville art studio

Do you want to make a crafty project with friends, but don’t have the materials, space or know-how? CRE828, a new workshop and studio in Waynesville, will allow you to do just that.

CRE828 is a place where you can attend a CRE8 workshop and make a project — all materials provided, no artistic talent required. Bring your drinks and have fun creating. 

Pam Smith, a local attorney and instructor at Southwestern Community College, along with Dawn Harrison, a fellow instructor at SCC, have combined talents to bring you CRE828. 

When they met, Harrison had an art studio and an online shop, while Smith wanted a workshop. They became good friends and put their ideas together.

Smith’s workshops consist of sign-painting, book stack, bead garland and plant stands, with more added regularly. There are over 100 designs offered. From welcome signs for your front door to a personalized seasonal or mason jar sign — the possibilities are endless.

Harrison’s workshops consist of jewelry and bead making; alcohol inks and acrylic pours, mixed-media, and more. She has been a craft show vendor for years, but that took too much time away from her small farm in Clyde. She always wanted her own shop, and once she met Smith this became a reality. 

If you don’t want to create your own, the crafters of CRE828 have a gift shop with ready-to-go items for all occasions. Don’t see what you want? They can personalize that perfect gift just for you.

CRE828 is located at 1283 Asheville Road in Waynesville. 828.283.0523 or www.CRE828.com.

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