August 31, 2009

Sept 5th Featured Artist Kris Dixon Cedar Mountain/Brevard Area

September 5 from 2PM-4PM at Land of Waterfalls Art Gallery, Corner of 276 & Cascade Lake Rd. in Cedar Mountain NC. "Meet the Artist" - Kris Dixon who has a studio in the Big Hill area will be demonstrating. Kris works in watercolors and does local scenes of our beautiful surroundings. She is the gallery's featured artist for September. 828-883-3830

August 29, 2009

Sept 5th Qualla Arts Open Air Indian Market- Cherokee

September 5 at the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, 645 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee NC. The Qualla Arts Open Air Indian Market returns for an autumn encore. See first-hand the time, patience and talent which go into each piece of authentic Cherokee artwork. Then satisfy your urge to have as your own an heirloom quality art piece, through the purchase of these beautiful works in stone or wood sculpture, bead work and basket weaving.

August 25, 2009

Update: Heartwood Gallery in Saluda

Updates from Heartwood Gallery in Saluda
The Heartwood Gallery in Saluda NC is pleased to offer:

Through September 30 view the work of Saluda artist Dale McEntire: "The Changing Landscape".

New pottery has arrived from some of the country's favorite potters including Karen Newgard (Asheville) and Kelly McCullough (Saluda).

In for fall: New Handbags by Maruca Design. Maruca is a collaborative group of designers and seamstresses, they pride themselves on the craftsmanship of cutting and sewing each bag by hand. Their designers have a close working relationship with U.S textile mills to ensure the state-of the art sophistication of their jacquard woven fabrics. They have been making handbags since 1991 and are committed to being 100% U.S made. http://www.Heartwood

August 24, 2009

August 28th Gallery Walk and Craft Demonstration- Brevard

August 28 from 5PM-9PM in downtown Brevard NC. 4th Friday Gallery walk and Craft demonstration at the Transylvania Heritage Museum 40 w Jordan Street, Brevard NC. Enjoy an evening stroll in downtown Brevard as you enjoy visiting the art galleries, art stores, retail stores and restaurants that are staying open late from 5-9 pm. Most galleries have new artwork each month, while you enjoy wine, munchies and music. Be sure to look for the 16 sculptures and five murals located in downtown as well. For more information call TC Arts at 828-884-2787

August 23, 2009

Social Network Marketing for Artists

August 26 from 6Pm-8PM at Mountain BizWorks, 153 S. Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC presented by the Asheville Artist Alliance. Overwhelmed by the digital age of marketing? Want to know what social network marketing is and how to utilize it to effectively increase sales in your art business? Then come to this workshop where you will learn the relevant technologies and marketing applications needed to deliver results from social network marketing. $25 fee http://www.

August 17, 2009

Avery Fine Arts and Mastercrafts Festival- Banner Elk

August 22-23 at The Banner Elk Elementary School in BANNER ELK NC. Avery Fine Arts and Mastercrafts Festival. Fine Arts in the Ultimate Mountain Setting of Banner Elk. An eclectic gathering of international and mountain fine artists and master crafters handcrafting ,iron works portrait paintings, glass blowers and demonstrations. There is something to suit every taste and budget at this juried annual event.
(828) 898-5605

August 14, 2009

The 4th Annual Come To Leicester Studio Tour, Asheville area

August 15 - 16 from 10AM to 5PM - The works and workshops of more than two dozen creative women and men will be featured in the 4th annual Come To Leicester Studio Tour. The free, self-guided tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16. Copies of the detailed tour map will be available at every stop along the tour, and the map is also available on htp://www. for advanced planning. For tour information, call (828) 683-2459.

Professional Development Workshops for Artists

The school is presenting two workshops taught by the highly regarded nonprofit group Creative Capital:

A one-day workshop, open to all artists, will take place on September 10.
The one-day workshop (September 10) will cover strategic planning and promotion for individual artists including goal setting, time management, financial tracking, and art business management. The workshop will consider marketing and promotion as an integral, natural part of the creative process. The cost of this workshop is $40, which includes lunch and snacks. Some housing is available for participants who are traveling from a distance.

An intensive weekend workshop, open to artists living in Western North Carolina, will run September 11 - 13. The weekend workshop (September 11 - 13) is an intensive two-and-a-half-day crash course in self-management, strategic planning, fundraising, and promotion including lectures, peer critiques, one-on-one consultations, interactive exercises, handouts, and written assignments. Participants will be given a workbook as well as handouts with practical how-to information and they will meet with leaders in small work groups. Artists applying for this workshop must live in Western North Carolina and will be asked to submit a resume, a letter of interest, and photographs of their work. There is no tuition charged for the weekend workshop, but there is a $60 fee for meals and snacks. On-campus housing is available for $80 per night; participants are not required to stay on campus. For additional information:

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that supports artists pursuing adventurous and imaginative work in the performing and visual arts, film/video, innovative literature, and emerging fields. For more information about Creative Capital, visit

August 12, 2009

Hayes Performing Arts Center to Suspend Operations Due to Funding

BLOWING ROCK, NC - At the end of the summer season, the Hayes Performing Arts Center and Blowing Rock Stage Company will suspend operations for a limited period of time. The Board of Trustees is currently evaluating and seeking all options and resources available to resume operations at the Center on sound economic footing prior to the 2010 summer season.
Across the nation, entertainment of all forms has endured unprecedented economic difficulty over the past 12 months. Nevertheless, the Stage Company and Hayes Center have enjoyed unequaled artistic success in spite of the severe economic downturn. According to Chairman Ron Bryson, "the Board and staff are proud of the body of work that they have provided our community, and we commend Kenneth Kay and his staff for the manner in which they have coped with this difficult economic climate."
Contact: Ron Bryson at or Eric Davidson at 828-295-3171 or eric@blowingrockcountrycljavascript:void(0)

August 10, 2009

Gallery Crawl- West Jefferson

August 14 from 5PM - 8PM in West Jefferson NC join the throngs of people who flock to historic downtown West Jefferson to visit the shops and galleries for an Open House beginning at 5 p.m. Free music, entertainment and refreshments will be served.

August 4, 2009

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair- Burnsville

August 7 - 8 Burnsville Town Square on Main Street in Burnsville NC. The Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair is one of the largest crafts fairs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are over 225 crafters, various foods, continuous entertainment. Admission is free and it is held in downtown Burnsville. Times are August 7, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, August 8, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm.

August 3, 2009

9th Annual Wine for the Arts august 10th

August 10 is the deadline for reserving your place at the 9th Annual Wine for the Arts Under the Stars at the Classic Wineseller on the patio at 24 Church Street in downtown Waynesville NC. The event will be held August 18, 7PM with a maximum of 50 participants. Come join the fabulous annual savory wine and appetizer evening under the stars. The menu this year is full of wonderful appetizers you won't want to miss. $35 per person.
Call the Arts Council at 828-452-0593