Archive for the ‘WNC Visual Arts’ Category

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Offers Sale of 2020 “Seasons of Haywood County” calendar

November 26, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, has announced the eight local photographers who have been selected for publication in the 2020 “Seasons of Haywood County” calendar. This 12-month calendar features 13 photos of beautiful Haywood County. The $15 calendar is available for purchase at the Haywood County Arts Council Gallery & Gifts beginning on Dec. 2, 2019.

The photographers that are included in our 2020 Calendar “The Seasons of Haywood County” include:
January-Peter Brown-“Winter in Haywood County”
February-Kelley Jakelis-“Winter Barn”
March-Russell Wyatt-“Elk at Cataloochee Valley”
April-Donald Raff-“Spring Thaw”
May-Denise Seay-“Dahlia”
June-Donald Raff-“Cairn”
July-Beverly Sloan-“Weeping Mountain”
August-Marnie Brooks-“Water Knob”
September-Journal Thomas-“Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly”
October-Marnie Brooks-“Autumn Blue Ridge”
November-Peter Brown-“November in Haywood County”
December-Beverly Sloan-“Snowy Drive”

The cover photo “Fall at Fines Creek” by Kelley Jakelis is also attached.

For further info call 828/452-0593 or visit (

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Participation for Haywood County Studio Artist Tour 2020 – Deadline Feb. 5, 2020

November 26, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, invites all Haywood County Studio Artists to participate in the annual Haywood County Studio Tour scheduled for June 27 & 28, 2020. The Haywood County Studio Tour is a two-day, self-guided, free event in which Haywood County artists open their studios to the public.

To participate, the studio must be in Haywood County. Artists may choose to open their Haywood County studio or to join with another studio host. The HCAC will act as a liaison between artists needing a host site and studios that have space for additional artists. The artist/studio application and Policies for Participation may be found on the Haywood County Arts Council website or pick up from HCAC Gallery & Gifts at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville. E-mail completed forms to ( or mail to P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786.

The deadline for the completed studio tour application is Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. The Haywood County Studio Tour Exhibit Opening Reception is on Friday, June 5, 2020.

For more information about HCAC programs and events, visit the Haywood County Arts Council website at (

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves 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.

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Announces the Winner of our Haywood County Open Studio Tour Logo Contest

October 30, 2019

The logo design was chosen by a panel of professional artists and the winning logo designer is Deb Parmele of Canton, NC. Deb Parmele is an HCAC artist member, art glass bead maker, and jewelry artist. The new Haywood County Studio Tour logo, designed by Deb, features a NC brown bear.

The 2020 Haywood County Artist Studio Tour is scheduled for June 27 and 28, 2020, from 10am to 5pm both days. The free, two-day self-guided tour will allow participants to visit approximately 30 working artist studios. Haywood County has a vibrant community of artists who have chosen to live and work in Western North Carolina, making it one of the premier destinations for visitors. During the studio tour, everyone will have a chance to explore Haywood County and experience the diverse artistic talent within our community. Participating artists work in diverse media, including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, mixed-media, sculpture, and two-dimensional applications.

The late June dates were chosen with the hope of ensuring good weather for the tour. Additional information regarding artist participants, locations where maps will be available and participating artist preview reception at the HCAC Gallery on Main Street will be forth coming. Please mark your calendar now for an interesting and enjoyable outing in Haywood County June 27th and 28th, 2020. Plan to pack a picnic for your adventure or stop by one of Haywood County’s wonderful restaurants.

For further info call 82/452-0593 or visit (

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Features Installation by Susan Lenz

October 4, 2019

Editor’s Note: This kind of fell through the cracks while processing info for our Oct. issue.

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is presenting an installation entitled, Last Words, a solo installation by Susan Lenz, on view from Oct. 4 – 26, 2019.

There’s an artist talk this coming Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at 4:30pm followed by the opening reception from 5-7pm at the Caldwell Arts Council.

The installation went very, very well and Lenz is looking forward to meeting people who come to the meet-and-greet and the reception! Dozens of her grave rubbing art quilts are surrounded by chiffon banners with stitched epitaphs. The installation is lined with petals collected from cemetery dumpsters. For additional details and images, please CLICK HERE for a blog post.

For further information call the Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or visit (

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 ( 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 (

Call for Artists to Participate in the 2019 Artoberfest Juried Exhibit in Hickory, NC

September 11, 2019

Here is the call for artists flyer for Artoberfest. We have adjusted the show to be juried for this year (no categories like the typical Artoberfest show).

This year’s Juror is Kristina Anthony, Exhibitions Manager at the Hickory Museum of Art.

Here is a link to the show prospectus, ( Calls for Participation in Outdoor Asheville, NC, Art Show – Oct. 26 & 27, 2019

August 15, 2019 4th Asheville Fine Art Show™
October 26 & 27, 2019
Outdoors at Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville, NC

The Perfect Community Event to be Part Of Asheville Fine Art Show

*Limited to 175 Artists – all art is original and personally handmade by the artist in the show

*Limited onsite marketing and/or community enrichment opportunities

*Reach a cultured, art buying patron with money to spend on fine art and fine craft

*Convenient parking for artists and patrons

*Comprehensive Marketing and PR campaign

*Professional Artist Awards $1,500

*Youth Art Competition Awards $250

The Asheville Fine Art Show presented by focuses on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment, and fostering art education among youth. The Asheville Fine Art Show is juried by art professionals with criteria for judging based on originality, technique/execution and booth appearance. Our emphasis is on quality, not quantity.

Show Producer & Director Patty Narozny has 30+ years of media & event experience. Since 2003, she has gained a national outstanding reputation for quality juried fine art and fine craft shows. Narozny networks with local media to bring high-end patrons to the show.

Call for Youth Artists! Institute for the Arts & Association, the associated 501c3 non-profit features a Youth Art Competition. Young Artists in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 are encouraged to enter his/her art that is publicly displayed in the art show the entire weekend. There is $250 in youth art awards as students begin to learn the rules and are exposed to the entrepreneurship opportunity of doing art shows for a living.

Limited On-Site Marketing &/or Community Enrichment Opportunities

Each package is tailored to meet your corporate marketing or community enrichment goals.

Come join us and see for yourself why Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show is the Best!

Contact Patty Narozny, Executive Producer, Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show
President, Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc.
e-mail at (
248/762-2462 Cell

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 ( 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 ( E-mail to ( 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 (

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 ( 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 ( or come by the HCAC Gallery at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville.