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Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Offer Grants to Regional Artists – Deadline Sept. 30, 2019

September 11, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artists Project Grants (RAPG) through September 30, 2019. The RAPG workshop for interested artists will be held on Monday, Sept. 16 at 5:30pm at the Jackson County Library, 310 Keener Street in Sylva, NC.

The grants will fund artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Macon counties at any phase of their professional development. Grants may cover equipment purchases, professional development training, marketing, and more. Projects must occur between December 1, 2019 – June 5, 2020. The deadline for applications is September 30. Grantees will be notified by Oct. 31. Final Reports will be due Friday, June 5, 2020. For application information, visit (www.haywoodarts.org/regional-artist-project-grant). In the west, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000 and follow a competitive application and review process.

The Haywood County Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The Regional Artists Project program is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and local arts organizations throughout western North Carolina working as a consortium. Consortium partners include the Cherokee County Arts Council, Clay County Historical & Arts Council, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Haywood County Arts Council, and Jackson County Arts Council. Since 1985, the North Carolina Arts Council has provided funds for the Regional Artists Project program to support professional artists. The regional consortium of western North Carolina arts partners matches the NC Arts Council to create a pool of funds for the artists.

For more information, contact Leigh Forrester, RAPG program administrator at 828/452-0593 or e-mail to (director@haywoodarts.org).

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Artist Applications to Exhibit Works – Deadline Sept. 6, 2019

August 13, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, invites interested artists to submit applications for inclusion in monthly gallery exhibits or retail spaces. Organizations may submit applications for monthly gallery exhibits as well. All materials are available at (www.HaywoodArts.org) under Artists: Call for Work, or paper copies may be picked up in the gallery at 86 N. Main Street, Waynesville, during business hours.

Applications are due Sept. 6, 2019, by 5pm. The jury will convene and make selections in October for several exhibits in 2020 as well as retail artists. Applicants will be notified of their status in late October.

“We felt that the jury process has helped enhance HCAC Gallery & Gifts and made the process for artists fairer,” said Leigh Forrester, Executive Director of the Haywood County Arts Council.

For an application materials or more information, visit (www.HaywoodArts.org). E-mail to (GalleryGifts@HaywoodArts.org) with complete applications or questions.

Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) is expanding beyond Waynesville, NC’s City Limits to Include the Artists and Creative Workers in Haywood County, NC

August 9, 2019

As of July 1, 2019, the Waynesville Gallery Association became the Galleries of Haywood County (GHC) under the umbrella of HCAC. Leigh Forrester, the Director of HCAC, is very excited about this cooperative initiative for “it is county-wide and not restricted to Waynesville’s city limits and all the galleries in Haywood County are invited to be a part of this new and exciting endeavor. The participation of as many county–wide galleries as possible will serve to give greater voice to our talented artists and enrich our county.”

Colleen and Jim Davis, of the Jeweler’s Workbench, see that the Galleries of Haywood County will “pool resources because HCAC’s non-profit status will enable grant funding for the GHC.” According to Colleen, “our reputation and our market are national but our talent is local.”

Richard Baker of the Balsam Ridge Gallery sees great opportunity for cooperation in the GHC. “Artists are not always associated,” he reveals, “but we are all looking for community.” Baker is keenly aware of the need for “fellowship in creative work.” Like his wonderful landscapes, Richard sees the wonders of our county and knows how much artists contribute to the economy of the county.

The Galleries of Haywood County now include Balsam Ridge Gallery, Cedar Hill Studio, Haywood County Arts Council Gallery, Moose Crossing Burl Wood Gallery, The Jeweler’s Workbench, TPennington Art Gallery, and Twigs and Leaves Gallery. Membership is open to every gallery in the county and benefits include marketing promotions and web site visibility.

The arts are thriving in or area and making major contributions to our economy. The umbrella of the Haywood County Arts Council will help artists further their work and grow their business. What is very clear is that the Galleries of Haywood County offers mutual support, increased commerce, and expanded opportunities for all involved.

For further information call the Arts Council at 828/452-0593 or visit (www.Haywoodarts.org).

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, will Host the Pearson Sisters to Share the Secrets of Quilt Block Painting – Aug. 12 & 13, 2019

August 9, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) is proud to help build on and continue the tradition of hand painted quilt blocks that you see on many self-driving tours of western North Carolina.

Haywood County is dotted with quilt blocks. You can spot them decorating the sides of barns, welcoming at restaurants, and even advertising dentists’ offices. They are a visual emblem of Appalachia and a true art form of the people of the mountains.

Before the days of cable news, the quilting bee was how the community shared news. The quilters not only created magnificent textile art but were the source of vital information. Marriages were negotiated around the quilting frame. Quilting bees were also a form of peace talks. Families could settle disagreements by “going to the quilt” before heading to the courthouse. Feuds could be ended when the women would clear the air. No sensible man would dare defy a woman armed with a needle. It has even been suggested that the quilters were early suffragists, for the cooperative effort of making the complicated patterns allowed women to bond in highly personal and effective ways.

One of the most dramatic uses of the quilt was as a map for slaves escaping through the Underground Railroad. The quilts they carried were festooned with symbols which led the way to freedom. The Drunkard’s Path pattern warned of slave catchers and dogs in the area, so you had to backtrack. Flying Geese, headed north was a sign to “follow the birds.” A shoofly pattern told you there were helpers in the area. The Crossroads pattern signaled you were in Cleveland, Ohio, and free. The Crossroads on a quilt was also a challenge to make a life decision as to where to go next.

Many of the current quilt blocks on display in Haywood, Yancey and Mitchell Counties were hand crafted in Burnsville, NC, by Carole and June Pearson and their volunteers. As of July 1, 2019, the Haywood County Arts Council is the new headquarters for the Quilt Trails of Western NC and the associated art studio now located at the Folkmoot building in Waynesville.

Carole & June Pearson will be traveling from Burnsville, NC, to Waynesville to train interested volunteers in the techniques of Quilt Block painting over the next few months. The Pearson sisters will be sharing the secrets of quilt block painting on Aug. 12 & 13, 2019.

To discover more of this fascinating aspect of our culture, please join the team of quilt block volunteer painters, and e-mail the Haywood County Arts Council at (director@haywoodarts.org) or call 828/452-0593.

If you are interested in ordering a handcrafted Quilt Block for your home, barn, or business, please visit our website at (www.QuiltTrailsWNC.org) or come by the HCAC Gallery at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville.

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Artists Exhibit Applications – Deadline Sept. 7, 2018

August 10, 2018

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, invites interested artists to submit applications for inclusion in monthly gallery exhibits or retail spaces.

The HCAC is accepting applications for monthly shows in the gallery. A separate application can be made to have your work shown in the Gift Shop for a 6 month span. Organizations may submit applications for monthly gallery exhibits as well. All materials are available at (www.HaywoodArts.org) under Call for Work, or paper copies may be picked up in the gallery at 86 N. Main Street, Waynesville, during business hours.

Applications are due September 7, 2018, by 5pm.

The jury will convene and make selections in late September for several exhibits in 2019 as well as retail artists. Applicants will be notified of their status in December 2018.

More information is available at (www.HaywoodArts.org/call-for-artists/).

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves all artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve mountain artistic heritage. The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina.

For more information call 828/452-0593, e-mail to (info@haywoodarts.org) or visit (www.HaywoodArts.org).

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Offers Nature/Art Day at Cataloochee Ranch – Deadline August 1, 2018

July 28, 2018

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, is proud to announce our 2018 Nature/Art Day at Cataloochee Ranch on Wednesday, Aug. 8 2018.

This summer we invite all artists and nature lovers to join us at Cataloochee Ranch for a day of bird watching, hiking, reading, painting and relaxing. If you are a painter, quilter, knitter, sculptor, writer, poet, reader, hiker, birder or even an all-around nature lover, you don’t want to miss a relaxing day trip and luncheon at beautiful Cataloochee Ranch.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and bringing their own art supplies, lawn chair, blanket, etc. Lunch is included with iced tea, lemonade or water.

Advance reservations and payment are due no later than August 1. The fee is $25 per person and $20 for HCAC Artist Members.

Cataloochee Ranch is located at 119 Ranch Dr, Maggie Valley, NC 28751

For more information and to make your reservation, please call the HCAC at 828/452-0593.

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Donations for Its Annual “ArtShare” Fundraising Exhibition

June 9, 2018

This year marks the sixth year of the Haywood County Arts Council’s (HCAC) “ArtShare” exhibit in Waynesville, NC. “ArtShare” is a showing of fine works of art which have been donated to or consigned with the HCAC. The HCAC welcomes pieces from collectors that may be downsizing, changing décor, or who wish to consign estate items to benefit the arts in this community. “ArtShare” was born out of a desire to allow collectors to be able to pass on art for someone else to enjoy.

The Haywood County Arts Council will accept donations or consigned items in the gallery beginning July 11, though inventory sheets may be turned in prior. Inventory sheets are due no later than July 20, 2018. Even if collectors have participated in the past, we encourage them to participate again. Artists may participate by sharing their own work, but only if donating. If you have questions, please call the Haywood County Arts Council at 828/452-0593. “ArtShare” runs from August 3-25, 2018.

More information about donating, including show contracts and inventory lists, can be found at (www.HaywoodArts.org).

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves all artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve mountain artistic heritage. The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina.

For more information call 828/452-0593, e-mail to (info@haywoodarts.org) or visit (www.HaywoodArts.org).

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Entries for “Artist Member Show”

June 7, 2018

This July, the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, invites its artist members to participate in its annual “Artist Member Show”. The show is a celebration of our community of artists, allowing them to share their great work at the height of the summer season. It will be a show filled with variety, including local painters, potters, jewelers, and much more. The show will run from July 6 – 28, 2018.

To participate, member artists should please pick out 2-3 pieces of work that they would like to feature in the show. Then, download a show contract/inventory sheet from the Haywood County Arts Council website at (www.haywoodarts.org) or pick one up from HCAC Gallery & Gifts. E-mail completed forms to (Artist@haywoodarts.org) or mail to P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786. The actual number of pieces shown per artist may vary, depending on space and number of participants.

If you are not current member but still want to participate, there’s still time to join! For a $40 annual fee or $30 Young Innovator (age 18-39 years) fee, artists get all the benefits of membership: participation in the member show, an artist page on the HCAC website, first calls for work to artists, and more. Artist membership information can also be found on the website.

For more information about HCAC programs and events, visit the Haywood County Arts Council website at (www.haywoodarts.org).

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Elects New Board Members

April 28, 2018

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville , NC, has elected three new members to its Board of Directors. The new members were announced at the Arts Council’s annual meeting on January 25, 2018. The new members, who will serve three-year terms, are Patty Coulter, Tara O’Loughlin and Tim Wise.

Patty Coulter, a retired high school art teacher, moved to Waynesville in 2013. Coulter has been an active member of the Haywood County Arts Council for the last five years. She is a gallery docent, and an artist herself – working mainly in colored pencil and graphite drawings of birds and nests. Coulter enjoys working with colored pencils, teaches a Young Artist class at Mountain Home Collection, and hopes to add adult beginner and beyond colored pencil classes in the future.

Tara O’Loughlin is an art teacher at Waynesville Middle School. She is inspired by her students’ energy and their artistic creations. She feels quite lucky to have a job that she loves in a community that is supportive of the arts.

Tim Wise has lived in Haywood County and been the band director at Tuscola High School since 1993.

Leigh Forrester, HCAC’s Executive Director, welcomed the new board members: “We’re excited to have Patty, Tara and Tim join our Board of Directors. Their experience, energy and insights will help us continue to expand our programs and extend our community involvement this year and beyond.”

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves all artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to promote artists, art education and innovation in art.

The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina.

For more information call 828/452-0593, e-mail to (info@haywoodarts.org) or visit (www.HaywoodArts.org).