July 31, 2011

River Arts District Open Studios this Week

Monday, August 1
9:00am
Thaddeus Erdahl: Building Surface Content
9:00am FUN Art Around the World (3-6 years old)
9:30am Community Design Lab (6-8th)
10:00am Advanced Studio Critique Class
Tuesday, August 2
All day Thaddeus Erdahl: Building Surface Content
All day FUN Art Around the World (3-6 years old)
All day Community Design Lab (6-8th)
10:00am Advanced Studio Critique Class
10:00am Nia Class at Nourish & Flourish at 10:15 am
Wednesday, August 3
All day Thaddeus Erdahl: Building Surface Content
All day FUN Art Around the World (3-6 years old)
All day Community Design Lab (6-8th)
Thursday, August 4
All day Thaddeus Erdahl: Building Surface Content
All day FUN Art Around the World (3-6 years old)
All day Community Design Lab (6-8th)
10:00am Nia Class at Nourish & Flourish at 10:15 am
7:00pm John Mac Kah - Painting Lab
Friday, August 5
 4:00pm Thaddeus Erdahl: Building Surface Content
12:00pm FUN Art Around the World (3-6 years old)
2:00pm Community Design Lab (6-8th)
Saturday, August 6
9:00am John Mac Kah - Painting in Oils -Studio Classes
10:00am Nia Class at Nourish & Flourish at 10:15 am
1:00pm John Mac Kah- Open Air Painting - Landscape Classes
River Arts District Visit the River Arts District year 'round to meet artists in their studios. 160 working artists make up an eclectic community in 19 historical rehabilitated buildings along a 1 1/2 mile stretch of the French Broad River Every day is a great day to visit the River Arts District.

July 29, 2011

Asheville Art Museum August Events


WNC Art Resource Center (4th floor of the Museum) 
Free with Membership or Museum Admission

Tuesday, August 9 (3:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
Discussion Bound:
Free with Membership or Museum Admission

Friday, August 12 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)
Lunchtime Art Break:
Led by Cole Hendrix, Assistant Curator
Free with Membership or Museum Admission

Friday, August 26 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)
Lunchtime Art Break:
Join us for a docent-led tour of the Museum's Permanent Collection. 
Free with Membership or Museum Admission

Sunday, August 28 (3:00 p.m.)
Panel Discussion:
Free with Membership or Museum Admission  
 Join us as we hear from an expert panel of arts professionals and artists about the role of government in art, the history of the Works Progress Administration in public and private sector grant-making, and how to survive as an artist today.  

July 27, 2011

Avery County Celebrates its Centenial

July 29-31   Avery County Centennial Festival   Avery County is celebrating the county’s 100th year on  July 29 , 30, and 31. Head to Newland NC, the county seat,  and join Avery County for the once in a lifetime event. The county wide celebration includes crafts, food, face painting, kids inflatables,games, historical reenactments, music and  more!
The free family event begins Friday, July 29, at Riverwalk in Newland. Friday’s schedule includes a Cruz-In, juried art festival and a sock hop with featured group, The Tams. The evening caps off with fireworks under the Avery County sky.
On Saturday, July 30, as the whole town comes alive with demonstrations and events, from live bands and dance teams at Riverwalk to the quilt display at Morrison Library. Bring your chairs and beach blankets as the fun starts around 10 AM with the juried art festival. At 11 AM. the Parade of Decades travels through the streets of Newland with each community or organization represented. Demonstrations scheduled include a Civil War encampment, veterans’ ceremonies and tours of Avery County Historical Museum.
At 2 PM., journey to Turbyfill Park for the Dog Daze of Summer Pet event and old-timey games for kids planned by Avery Parks and Recreation Commission. The Barkery has planned dog friendly activities and dog contests with categories for best dog/owner look-a-like, smallest, best tail wagger and many more categories.
Sunday, July 31, concludes the celebration with praise music from 10 AM to 2 PM and the last opportunity to make purchases from the art festival.

For more information on the Centennial event or to pick up a free walking map for the three-day event, stop by the Avery County Chamber office located in the Tynecastle Shoppes of Blowing Rock or call (828) 898-5605.

July 26, 2011

Tyon Gallery Trot this weekend

July 30  Tryon Gallery Trot   Enjoy great art, plus shop in downtown Tryon.  The event includes strolling musicians, performers, and vendors. All galleries will either host opening receptions for new exhibits, or host late hours. Other local merchants and restaurants will be open as well.

July 25, 2011

Call for Volunteers

Quilter's Quarters is calling for volunteers for this Tuesday night to make pillowcases for Sandy's mission trip to Africa next month. 5:30-7:00 just bring your machines and show up. With a few people pressing and a few sewing about 24 will get done. Tthe following Tues night, Aug 2nd - same time, we will do it again. The goal is to make at least 40. Thanks so much for helping for such a good cause! Contact Quilter's Quarters for details - 828-926-0803

Skyuka Fine Art Opening Reception: Women of Western North Carolina

July 30, 5 Pm - 8 PM at Skyuka Fine Art 133 N Trade Street in Tryon, NC -  "Women of Western North Carolina". The opening reception will be during the Tryon Gallery Trot on Saturday July 30th. The show features three exceptional artists; Linda Cheek, Shelia Wood Hancock and Kelly Phipps. The work produced for the show includes oil paintings that depict dramatic sunsets at dusk, inviting pastoral scenes drenched in glorious greens and blues in oils and pastels, and charming cityscapes of Tryon, Asheville and Marshall. The Show will continue through September 1, 2011. 

July 24, 2011

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Art and Antiques

July 28 - 31   BRAHM Art & Antiques Weekend Event   View hundreds of beautiful antiques and art pieces at this annual exhibition and sale presented by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. 
 
Gallery Talks   ($5 each) - Enjoy coffee and croissants at the gallery talks on Friday and Saturday. The speakers will begin their programs at 9 AM:

Friday: Graham Holiday, a fifth-generation antique furniture dealer who has been in the business for 50 years,  will discuss how English furniture complements – and has heavily influenced – the American furniture industry and how to care for antique furniture so that it retains its value.

Saturday:  Prominent Blowing Rock antiques dealer and cut glass expert Bill Brooks will be back by popular demand to educate attendees on the beauty and variety of exquisite glass.

July 23, 2011

Blue Moon Classes at Quilter's Quarters

Aug 5 and 15 at Quilter's Quarters, 1510 Dellwood Road in Waynesville NC. "Blue Moon" class is derived from Karla Alexander,  "Red Onion" author. This is a design as you go quilt...some pre-cutting will be required before class.  No limit on colors...material list will be available next week and on the website.

And for just plain fun, the July 29 class Mystery Table Runner begins at 6PM and includes food and drinks. The class will be repeated on Aug 12.

July 20, 2011

Work of the Week at the Asheville Art Museum

Best known for her cityscapes and portraits, du Bois exhibited her work in respected galleries across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design in New York. Presently the artist's oil painting, New Orleans Street, can be seen in the Museum's exhibition of works from the Permanent Collection titled Looking Back: Celebrating 60 Years of Collecting at the Asheville Art Museum.   Continue reading here...

Yvonne Pene du Bois (1913 - 1997)
New Orleans Street ca. 1946, Oil Painting, 14.63 x 23 inches.
Gift of Elizabeth Roebling - Asheville Art Museum Collection. 2003.22.03.21.

64th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands this week

July 21 - 24    64th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands   This bi-annual event is one of the largest and most notable craft fairs in the southeast. The Craft Fair is held each July and October at the Asheville Civic Auditorium, drawing 1000s of visitors from across the country since the Fair began in 1948

Enjoy exhibitors, demonstrations and entertainment. More than 200 craftspeople fill the two levels of the center with a diversity unlike any other craft show. Works range from centuries old traditions to the latest in contemporary techniques and materials, and include clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.
Local musicians share their love of traditional and bluegrass mountain music live on the arena stage. Get a complete schedule or performances here.

All exhibitors are members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Craft Fairs are one of the ways in which the Guild fulfills its mission.

July 19, 2011

Asheville Art Museum Updates

July 25 (5:30 p.m.) ArtFacts: On Display with Dean Butckovitz  Admission: $5 for Members and $6 for non-Members (includes refreshments). Dean Butckovitz, Preparator/Registrar and the Curatorial Staff will guide participants in the aesthetics and logistics of showcasing your collection in the home. ArtFacts is the Museum's newest program, and offers instruction about fine art collecting in a four-part series. 

Anna Jensen featured for July

Museum Shop Featured Artists of the Month: Anna Jensen  Stop by the Museum to explore Anna's hand- painted ornaments, trinket boxes, note cards and more. Anna moved to Asheville from New York City and exhibits her work often. She recently presented her work at the Museum's Pecha Kucha Night, the most recent ARTmob event!  Anna's work will be featured in the Museum Shop throughout the month of July.

July 18, 2011

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Summer Classes

Crochet For Beginners & Beyond  - Saturdays, June 25th, July 9th, July 18th, 2011, 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Tuition: $45.00 Kit Fee (Optional): $15.00 (est.)  In this class Megan Simpson will teach the basics of crochet while making a market tote (or use it as a tote bag!) using the double crochet stitch. This is the perfect tote bag for those trips to the local farmer’s market. This is a great class for beginners, or for those who used to crochet but haven't for a while and want a refresher. Ideas for embellishment will also be discussed.

Knitting for Beginners,  - July 19, 21, 26 and 28, 10-Noon each day, Tuition $40 Optional Kit Fee $10. Come learn to knit or refresh your skills in this relaxed no pressure class. Beginners who are new to knitting will learn the basics and make a pretty scarf. Students with some knitting experience will have the option of making a lovely scarf using a drop stitch pattern. A supply list will be provided when you register for the class.

Knitting for Intermediates --- Socks, Socks, Socks - July 25th, July 29th, August 1st, and August 5th, 2011, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on each day . Tuition: $ 40.00 Optional Kit Fee: $18.00.  This 4-session class is geared for those with knitting experience who want to take their skills to the next level. The class project will be socks that you can make for a gift or keep for yourself. In this class you will learn how to use a set of four double-pointed needles. When you register you will be provided with a materials list or, if you prefer, you may purchase a kit for $18.00 that will include the pattern, yarn, and set of wooden, double-pointed knitting needles.

Jeremiah Basket Class  - Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 10am-3pm, $55 (Tuition $30; Materials kit $25). The second basket in the series of four that will be by Renee Acord. Designed for a beginning to intermediate basket student and is relatively easy to make. This is a handsome and sturdy basket. There will be color reed of your choice. The basket is approximately 10” square, 9” deep and has a 14” D handle. Bring your lunch and plan on leaving with the finished basket!!! Class is limited to 6 students.

Basic Machine Quilting and Binding - Wednesday July 27th, 2011 10:00pm - 4:00pm, Tuition: $30.00 Materials fee: $15.00 (optional). What to do with those quilt tops you pieced? Rena Magolnick will teach techniques to quilt & bind them. In this class students will piece a simple placemat (a/k/a small quilt), quilt it using a sewing machine, and make and attach double-fold binding. The quilting & binding techniques used for the placemat are the same that can be used on a larger quilted project. Students should be familiar with the use of a sewing machine, and a machine with a “walking” foot (a/k/a “even feed” foot) is needed. If you don’t have a sewing machine to bring to class, let us know. The Textile Studio has some machines available.

A Taste of Weaving (Floor Loom
)  - Saturday, July 30, 2011, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Tuition: $35.00 (Includes Materials. This beginner’s class is perfect for those who want a hands-on weaving experience with a simple project. The project for this class will be “mug rugs” (also known as coasters). Diane Kelly will teach the basics of using a floor loom, using the shuttle to weave your mug rug with good, even tension. The looms will be set up for you, ready to go.

Wool Rug Braiding for Beginners - Wednesdays, August 3rd, 10th and 17th, 2011, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Tuition: $57.00 (Includes Materials)  This beginner’s level class will meet for 3 sessions, for a total of 9 hours of instruction and is good for beginners or those with limited experience who want a refresher. Diane Ellis will teach the basic technique of wool rug braiding and the class project will be a chair pad. Once you learn the technique you can move on to larger projects. The materials includes the wool fiber to make the chair pad and the loan of a braiding stand for the duration of the class. Purchase of a braiding stand is optional, but if you would like one the instructor will have some available.

Table Runner Workshop - Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 10:00pm - 4:00pm (includes break for lunch) , $30.00 Materials fee: $30.00 (optional). Rena Magolnick will teach the basics of piecing a quilt top by machine while making a beautiful table runner. We will be using a strip piecing technique to make the center section in a Seminole band pattern. Students should be familiar with the use of a sewing machine. If you don’t have a sewing machine to bring to class, let us know. The Textile Studio has some machines available. Students will be provided with a supply list upon registration. A kit including fabric for the table runner top, back, and binding, with thread for piecing the blocks may be purchased for $30. Kits must be ordered by July 31st, 2011.

Wool Rug Braiding – Intermediate Level  - Saturday, August 27th, 2011, 10:00am - 2:00pm (includes a break for lunch), Tuition: $25.00 (Includes Materials) . This 3 ½ hour workshop is for students who have previously completed a beginning level class in wool rug braiding. In this workshop, Diane Ellis will cover the process of designing rugs, including the selection and combination of colors. In this class, students will make some braiding samples of different color patterns. A braiding stand is not required, but bring one if you have one.

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center  
is located at 121 Schoolhouse Road  in Robbinsville, NC

July 17, 2011

American Glass Guild Workshops in Asheville

Glassworker Sister Diane
July 18-25   Asheville hosts the  American Glass Guild Workshops   Attend day workshops, tours, and more at the annual international conference of stained glass artists and professionals. The event includes presentations on stained-glass painting, new design, public art projects, stained glass restoration and history, and the business of art.

The pre-conference workshop
Exploring Fused Glass for Stained Glass with Brad Walker is July 18-20. Register for the special event fusing workshop by downloading the registration form (.pdf file, 300k) and either fill it out interactively and email  or print and send to AGG per the instructions.

Other Conference workshops include: Conservation Gluing Techniques with Mary Clerkin Higgins,  Glass Painting with Indre McCraw,  Multiple Layers/One Firing with Hallie Monroe,  Mosaic Workshop with Carol Shelkin,  Photoshop for the Stained Glass Artist with J. Kenneth Leap, Open Drawing Class with Debra Balchen and J. Kenneth Leap.

July 16, 2011

Summer Fiber Festival in Asheville this Weekend

July 15-17   Summer Fiber Festival   Three spectacular days of more than 35 vendors with a variety of over 70 classes/workshops and free demonstrations. Artist and vendors from all over the United States will feature workshops in felting, spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, crocheting and much more. No entry charge for the retreat, you only pay for the classes you take!

July 15, 2011

Fine Arts & Mastercrafts Festival of Avery County

July 15-17    Fine Arts & Mastercrafts Festival of Avery County  International and mountain fine artists and master crafters handcrafting ,iron works portrait paintings, glass blowers and demonstrations. Juried annual event. This festival is strictly fine art and master crafts; all artists will participate by invitation only by a juried process. Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, blown and stained glass, pottery, painting, photography, textiles, unique craft, furniture,   and wood, will be accepted. The Event is held in downtown Banner Elk NC.

July 14, 2011

New Exhibit Opens tomorrow at the Asheville Art Museum


A Tisket A Tasket: Appalachian, Cherokee, and Low Country Baskets  opens July 15 in the Holden Community Gallery at the Asheville Art Museum. The exhibit features local Cherokee basket makers Bessie Jumper, Lucille Lossiah and Marian Wolfe, as well as local Appalachian basket makers Harold Evans, Patti Quinn Hill and Billie Ruth Sudduth. There will be a reception from 5:30 - 7:30 PM for the exhibit whci wil continue through January 8, 2012.

A Tisket A Tasket: Appalachian, Cherokee, and Low Country Baskets looks at the three predominant approaches to basket making, cultural influences, styles of baskets and the range of materials and methods. More details here.



Summer at Penland - It's Not Too Late for Summer Clases

If you're still thinking you might like to take a class at Penland this summer, act now! There are still some workshops with spaces available.   Click here for a list of open summer classes.

And if you'
re a K-12 teacher, or live in the Penland area, you can take advantage of our standby program, which offers half-priced tuition to area residents and teachers who sign up for an open seat in a class less than two weeks before it begins.  Click here for more information about taking a class on standby.

"Widget 2" by Janet Link
A Fall Workshop Preview:
September 25 - November 18 - Observational Drawing Intensive with Janet Link Drawing is fundamental to art: it is a vehicle for thought, understanding, and expression. This class will help beginning students gain basic observational drawing skills and more experienced students expand their knowledge. We will study a variety of subject matter and consider the design and content of our pictures. Each student will plan and create a body of work with the aim of establishing an independent drawing practice. Click here to visit instructor Janet Link's website.

Penland's eight-week fall and spring concentrations are an unmatched opportunity in craft education: almost as long as a college semester, with the intensity of a total-immersion workshop. This is a great time to settle into the studio and make great strides in your work.  Click here to for more information and to check out our complete lineup of classes for the next year!

July 13, 2011

Juried FIne Arts and Crafts Festival this Weekend in Banner Elk

July 15 - Avery County 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.

July 12, 2011

Nightly Contra Dances This Week at John C Campbell Folk School

It's Dance Musicians' Week at John C Campbell Folk School. This fun week long class teaches students to adapt their various instruments for contra and square dance music. These experienced musicians are improving their skills playing in a group, and learning techniques for playing for dances.

In order to practice playing music for dances, there must be...dances! The community is encouraged to attend free contra dances each night in the Community Room. The callers will be Bob Dalsemer and David Kaynor, with music by the class and instructors.
Dances: Monday - 8- 10 p.m.
Tuesday - 7- 9 p.m.
Wednesday - 8- 10 p.m.
Thursday - 8- 10 p.m.
Friday - after the concert*
Saturday- 8- 11 p.m. (the regularly scheduled dance with admission charged.)

*The free Friday night concert at 7 PM. will feature our talented instructors of Dance Musicians' Week. Come listen to New England contra dance tunes from David Kaynor, Peter Siegel, Sue Songer, and Naomi Morse. The concert will be held in the Festival Barn.

July 11, 2011

New Exhibit Opens at the Asheville Art Museum

David Appleman. Summer Sunrise
Color Study opened in the Appleby Foundation Gallery on July 9, 2011. An Opening Reception will be held Friday, July 15  from 5:30 - 7:30 PM,  FREE with Membership or Museum Admission.

Color Study provides a lively discourse between contemporary and historical works and tackles a variety of critical issues surrounding color. The works in this exhibition use color as their primary means of expression. Whatever their stance on these issues, the artists in Color Study all share a steadfast devotion to the exploration of color. For these artists, color is not a mere descriptor; instead, it is a provocative and powerful force. More details here.

July 10, 2011

Youth Art Workshop from Catch the Spirit of Appalachia

In 2011 a new type of artist brings added interest to ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge: The Young Artists of ColorFest. On Wednesday, July 27 a youth art workshop will take place at the Jackson County Community Center in Sylva from 2 PM - 5 PM.

The young artists will create a finished pastel art piece through a creative process facilitated by Doreyl Ammons Cain. Their art piece will be included in a series of youth note cards designed by Etheree Chancellor during the workshop. The young artists will have a table at ColorFest to sell their art note cards.

During the second part of the art process, facilitated by Victoria Casey McDonald, Terry Michelsen and Pam Dengler, the young artists will sketch out a mural to be completed at ColorFest on October 22. The theme of the mural is "Our Jackson County" and depicts the four seasons in a large landscape. The workshop ends with an acrylic color mixing demonstration by Doreyl.

The Young Artists of ColorFest workshop is open to youth ages 8 years to 12 years and ages 13 years to 17 years. A $15 materials fee covers the entire workshop. Call 828-631-4587 to sign-up or go to www.spiritofappalachia.org to download the application; limited to 15 participants.

July 9, 2011

Celebrate Traditional Crafts today at the Mountain Getaway Museum in Old Fort

July 9    2nd Saturdays at Mountain Gateway Museum: "Traditions in Arts and Crafts"   Day-long celebration of traditional arts and crafts including basket making, pottery, wood working and more. Exhibits and grounds are open free of charge. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day in a shaded setting near the beautiful stream. Demonstrating their creativity and selling their wares are Big Bear Artisans John and Helen Sullivan, photographer/painter Alice Greko, landscape artist Chrys Riviere-Blalock and Laura Whitley with woodburned art.Old Fort NC.

July 8, 2011

Craft in America screening at the Asheville Art Museum

July 9 , 10 at 2:00 PM at The Asheville Art Museum,  2 South Pack Square in Asheville NC -  Craft in America (Season One)  screening is Free with Museum Membership or Admission. This is one of two special screenings of Craft In America (Season One) as the Museum  kicks off a weekend-long craft celebration with these and many more events at the Museum.


July 7, 2011

Second Saturday this Weekend at The River Arts District

July 9 River Arts District in Asheville NC participates in the Second Saturday Initiative, Collect Art Asheville. Artists and art organizations throughout Western North Carolina open their doors and host openings, events classes and workshops on the second weekend of each month.

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia - Call for Artists

ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge changes the unique downtown of Sylva (in Jackson County) into a Paris-like setting with fine artists painting at easels along the main streets. Visitors and locals swarm in to watch as images come alive with splashes of color on each artist’s canvas. Happening this year on October 22 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, ColorFest is a feast for the eyes and ears. Along with artists of painting, sculpture, glass art, clay, fiber art, canning, fine art jewelry, wearable art, outdoor art, fine pottery, ceramics and fine furniture all demonstrating their creation techniques, music is played by local musicians to compliment the scene. Restaurants and small shops are open to serve the festival crowd throughout the day.

Even before this exciting fine art day, the chosen artists have their work on display in the windows and shops on Main Street beginning October 1st. This intensifies the interest in the artists before the festival day and their art is available for sale throughout the month of October.

ColorFest is open to both professional and emerging artists, so if you’re a fine artist and would like to join in the fun of ColorFest, go to spiritofappalachia.com to find more information and an application. This festival does simmer with the spirit of art and love of the mountains. It’s one not to miss!

July 6, 2011

Throw a Pot at John C Campbell

Throwing on the wheel, handbuilding, glazing, raku firing... all evoke the image of a potter covered in clay, thoroughly and happily absorbed in the art of creating an object from clay. At the Folk School, that could be you!

The clay program at John C Campbell Folk School offers over 40 week long and weekend classes each year, from basic handbuilding skills to advanced classes in figure sculpting. Learn how to create the magic, iridescent shine of raku, understand the science behind making your own glazes, keep the kiln going with wood firing, or sculpt a functional vessel on the wheel.

Find a schedule of  Clay classes for the rest of the year.

July 5, 2011

Cloth Fiber Workshop Studio Expands


Cloth Fiber Workshop located at 122 Riverside Drive, Studio D  in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC has expanded! The facility is in the same terrific studio but now inhabits the entire space.Now there is more room to spread out and plenty of space for everyone's creative energy!

Also new at Cloth Fiber Workshop: basket making workshops. Make a small gem out of natural materials in a one day workshop!
July Workshops:
Encaustic Painting for Textiles on Saturday, July 16 with Celia Gray. You'll cover the basics of this ancient technique of painting with transparent and pigmented beeswax. Within the methods of encaustic painting, you'll direct your focus towards techniques with a textile sensibility. Students are encouraged to bring cloth materials and past projects to collage with. Level of experience: all levels. Fee: $85 + materials fee. (This workshop is full. To be placed on the waiting list call 828.505.2958).
 
August Workshops:
Print + Collage + Stitch: Layered Imagery on Cloth on Saturday, August 13 with Bernie Rowell. Alter commercial fabrics by monoprinting with paint to create your own hand-made marks. Then build imagery using fused collage and stitched detail. Structural and finishing techniques for small textiles will also be discussed. Level of experience: all levels. Fee: $85 + materials fee.

September
Shibori + MX Dyes on Saturday, September 3 with Heather Allen-Swarttouw. The focus of this workshop is exploring pattern, color and imagery thru Shibori or resist dying using Procion MX dyes. Working with natural fibers and stitching, clamping, and pole wrapping you'll create patterns of color. MX dyes are translucent and work wonderfully over dyed fabrics adding another layer of pattern and color. A wonderful rayon scarf will be provided in addition to the fabrics you bring to experiment on. you'll learn safe studio procedures and how to cure and steam set the MX dyes. Level of Expertise: all levels. Fee: $95 + materials fee.
Basket Making: Locust Spiral on Friday, September 30 with Peggie Wilcox. In just one day you'll create a basket using natural materials. First you'll use Cedar Bark spokes arranged in a hexagon/star pattern. Then twining with Iris leaves, you'll spiral up the sides with stripes of Locust bark. To help with shaping, foot and neck borders will be incorporated. Your finished basket will measure 2 1/2"  x 3". Level of Expertise: all levels. Fee: $110 + materials fee.
October
Basket Making: Bulrush & Iris on Saturday, October 1 with Peggie Wilcox. In this workshop you'll explore the use of basket molds with soft, natural plant materials. You'll start with Bulrush stakes and twine up the sides using Iris leaves. Other techniques such as cordage for handles and the use of a simple foot border will be taught. Gathering and prep of materials will be discussed. Instructor will provide basket molds. You'll leave the workshop with a finished basket measuring 2-4" x 3-5". Level of Expertise: all levels. Fee: $110 + materials fee.
For the complete summer/fall schedule and workshop materials lists and fees, please see the Class Description page on our website.
To register for workshops call 828.505.2958; stop by the studio, Mon-Sat, 10 am - 4 pm, or register online.

July 3, 2011

Nature's FIreworks

“Balance and Beauty" July 2010 Exhibit
at the North Carolina Aboretum

Tiffany Exhibit opens at Biltmore

July 1 - Oct 23 Tiffany at Biltmore An exhibition of 45 stained glass lamps created by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) and The Tiffany Studios. This remarkable collection of stained glass lamps and objects was organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York, and features Tiffany's most admired designs drawn from the natural world.
The exhibition is located at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Village and is included in daily admission to Biltmore

July 2, 2011

Summertime Art and Craft Show at Western Carolina University

July 2-3   Head for CULLOWHEE NC (near Sylva) and the   Summertime Art and Craft Show   from 10 AM - 5 PM at the Western Carolina University Ramsey Center. 100 exhibitors and craft demonstrations with work from some of the area's most unique artisans. The Show will have booths both inside and outside.  Some of the outside exhibitors will be demonstrating their arts around the entrance.

July 1, 2011

Christmas in July at Quilters' Quarters

Christmas in July Shopping Friday 7/1 - 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Saturday 7/2 - 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM OPEN MONDAY - 4TH OF JULY - 9:00-3:00 Mystery discounts for everyone....games, prizes and food! Lots of new fabrics and kits, Christmas and seasonal items. 60 new batiks put out this week! Quilters Quarters is located at 1510 Dellwood Road in Waynesville NC.