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HCAC receives gifts

In 2016, the Haywood County Arts Council’s (HCAC) Gallery Committee set out to improve its Gallery & Gifts retail space in Waynesville to include more retail artists throughout the year. Several local artists provided gifts to the HCAC, improving the capacity and aesthetic quality of the space.

Last month, Caryl Brt, local wood artist and HCAC Board member, installed a solid wood sign outside HCAC Gallery & Gifts. This new addition updates the name from Gallery 86 to HCAC Gallery & Gifts, matching the awning purchased in 2014. She and Chris Coulter also partnered to build wooden shelving to create additional space for artwork. The shelving can be viewed at the front of the gallery. Coulter also donated materials and time to install new glass shelves at the back of the gallery, creating even more space for shows or retail. More information about Brt can be found at

Most recently, artists and arts patrons, John and Suzanne Gernandt, donated a jewelry case to the gallery space. The case, built by another local artist, Fatie Atkinson, is made of Mahogany and fiddle back chestnut. This piece joins the desk already housed in the gallery, created by John and donated by the Gernandts. More of Atkinson’s work can be viewed at, and work from the Gernandts can be viewed at and

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