August 30, 2016

A Splash of Color Afternoon at The Cashier's Senior Center

September 14, 2016 from 1-3 PM at The Cashiers Senior Center: A Splash of Color - Afternoon Book Signing/Reading and Art Show/Sale. 

The public is invited to a showcase of talent at the Cashier’s Senior Center featuring a new book written by the seniors, “A Splash of Color, Art and Stories Woven from Life’s Fabric,” and an art exhibit displaying the many talents of the seniors at the Cashier’s Senior Center. There will be a reading by the seniors, followed by a book signing and reception. All sales will be going toward providing for the seniors further classes without fees. 

 “A Splash of Color” contains the writings and art work of the seniors, drawn from classes offered through Southwestern Community College: “Writing From the Heart Series” with Amy Ammons Garza, and “Pastel Painting” workshops with Doreyl Ammons Cain.” Stories, poems and prose are taken from the lives of the writers and contain humor, mystery, reflections, opinions and wisdom. Some of the titles are “Holiday in Cyprus,” “Shadows,” “Retirement,” “Alligator Wrestling,” “The Mystery of the Painting,” and more. 

The afternoon event is sponsored by the Jackson County Department on Aging. The Cashier’s Senior Center is located at 217 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers NC.  For more information, or to RSVP, call Linda Buchanan at 828-745-6856. 

August 29, 2016

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Fall Exhibition Celebration

September 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM), 159 Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock NC:   Fall Exhibition Celebration.  Come join the fun and celebrate the opening of several fall shows at BRAHM. Free admission, live music, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres.

Featured Exhibitions -
Elizabeth Bradford: Time + Terrain.  August 13 - November 19, 2016 curated by Carla Hanzal 

A Town Within A Town: History of the Junaluska Community.  August 6, 2016 - March 12, 2017 Made possible in part through the support of the Watauga County Community Foundation and the Junaluska Heritage Association.

Reflections: From Havana to DC, photographs by Garner G. Dewey, Ph.D." September 1 - 25, 2016.

Featured in the Alexander Community Gallery -
Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics.  August 20 - November 5, 2016. Organized by the Asheville Art Museum and made possible through the support of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation 

On-Going Exhibitions -
Selections from the Collection and Elliott Daingerfield,  Re-opening August 6, 2016 

August 25, 2016

Cherokee NC Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market this Weekend

August 27, 2016     Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market    Where our family traditions become your family heirlooms: the Open Air Indian Art Market showcases traditional, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts. 

Come to shop for authentic and unique gifts but stay for the music, food, storytelling, and craft demonstrations. This outdoor event is held in the Cultural District of Cherokee next to Oconaluftee Islands Park. A traditional Cherokee meal will be for available for purchase.

Get more local information on our Cherokee NC Visitor Guide

August 23, 2016

Penland Coordinators Featured in "Off The Clock" Show at Refinery Creator Space in Asheville NC

Now though September 16, 2016 - Off the Clock: Penland Studio Coordinator Show at  the Refinery Creator Space, 207 Coxe Avenue in Asheville NC.

Penland’s studio coordinators: Jay Fox, Susan Feagin, Nick Fruin, Ian Henderson,
Ellie Richards, Amanda Thatch, Betsy DeWitt, Daniel T. Beck
September 2 from 5 PM to 8 PM Artists' Reception. September 3 from 4 PM - 6 PM public talk. 

"OFF THE CLOCK features eight artists, all full-time studio coordinators at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. The work on view here was made in the off-hours by friends and colleagues who see each other daily and exchange interests, affection, knowledge, and regard for each other. 

This is not a group show in the traditional sense. These artists are not strangers, and the works are not estranged from each other, despite their singular presences. Rather, looking from artist to artist, the viewer might pick up a magical sense that the works were made on the same set of evenings, in studios closeby. One of these artists might have looked up from her work and gazed out the cool, green window. She might have seen one of the other artists riding by on a bike, and waved." - curator and Penland friend Elaine Bleakney.

The job of a Penland studio coordinator is a many-faceted one. These eight coordinators order materials and keep studios clean and equipment running smoothly. They manage budgets and large inventories of supplies. They work with the programming office to plan upcoming workshops, and instructors to provide for specific classes, and individual students to solve problems on the fly. It’s a demanding and unpredictable job, which makes it all the more impressive that these eight individuals are also working artists in their own right. Penland is thrilled and proud that they have come together to put on a group show of their work at the Asheville Area Arts Council. Appropriately, the exhibition is called Off the Clock.

Clockwise from top left: Jay Fox, Ellie Richards, Amanda Thatch, Susan Feagin, Betsy DeWitt, Ian Henderson, Daniel T. Beck, Nick Fruin

August 22, 2016

Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market in Cherokee NC

August 27, 2016    Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market    Where our family traditions become your family heirlooms: the Open Air Indian Art Market showcases traditional, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts. 

Come to shop for authentic and unique gifts but stay for the music, food, storytelling, and craft demonstrations. This outdoor event is held in the Cultural District of Cherokee next to Oconaluftee Islands Park. A traditional Cherokee meal will be for available for purchase.

August 20, 2016

Upcoming Events at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

August 18, 2016 at 6 PM - Junaluska, the African American Neighborhood in Boone. Dr. Susan E. Keefe will present a talk at BRAHM on the history of the Junaluska community. Junaluska is a small
neighborhood two blocks north of King Street, Boone’s main street. African Americans have called Junaluska home since the middle of the 19th century.

One of the few black congregations of Mennonite Brethren in the United States is located in Junaluska. The community has seen considerable progress over the course of the last century and retains a remarkable spirit of resilience despite gentrification in the area and the out-migration of many younger residents.

The TAC Talk will highlight BRAHM’s exhibition, A Town within a Town: History of the Junaluska Community, on view from August 6, 2016 through March 11, 2017.

August 23, 2017 at 6 PM - Movies at the Museum: Desperate Man Blues. Directed by Ed Gillan, Desperate Man Blues tells the story of self-proclaimed king of record collectors Joseph E. Bussard, Jr. of Frederick, Maryland. Joe has amassed probably the greatest collection of 78 rpm recordings of country, blues, jazz, Cajun, and gospel music in the world. He has spent most of his waking hours in pursuit of old 78s. To call it a hobby would be an insult: It’s his life.

The film will be followed by a discussion with Marshall Wyatt, founder of Old Hat Records in Raleigh NC. In 2003, Old Hat released Down in the Basement, a compilation created from Bussard’s huge collection.

After the film and discussion, wander over to one of the wonderful participating restaurants for dinner, drinks, and conversation. Present your film ticket for 10% off your meal! *Discount is good for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights after the screening.

August 28, 2016 at 5:30 PM - Summer Concert Series: Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble. The Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble will present two of its original pieces: “A Future of Tango” and its latest project ‘The Other Side of My Heart,” based on the real stories of Latino women that immigrated to North Carolina. For the rest of the program, the ensemble will invite the audience to a tour of some tango standards executed in crafted and original arrangements.

August 18, 2016

The Popular Dillsboro Arts and Crafts Market this Weekend

August 20, 2016    Dillsboro Arts and Crafts Market   The second of three Arts and Crafts Markets will line Front Street in charming downtown Dillsboro NC. 

This market will showcase demonstrating crafters located inside the shops of Dillsboro, as well as in the tents on Front Street. 

Enjoy live music from 11 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 2 PM along with Little Jimmy's Ices and homemade baked goods. Craft demonstration in a variety of media, including heritage crafts, will take place throughout the day.

Get more local information on our Dillsboro NC Visitor Guide

August 17, 2016

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Exhibit: Elizabeth Bradford: Time + Terrain

Image Credit: Elizabeth Bradford. Bone Trees, Reflections, 2015. 
Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 60 inches. Courtesy the artist.

BRAHM (The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum) has announced the opening of “Elizabeth Bradford: Time + Terrain”, curated by Carla Hanzal. The exhibition will be on view from August 13 to November 19, 2016, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 1st from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and live music as they experience the works on display. 

Elizabeth Bradford. Stream Near Harper's Creek, 2014
Elizabeth Bradford gleans images from the rural landscape surrounding her family’s ancestral farm in northern Mecklenburg County, where she lives. The expanded scope of her artwork also includes impressions of countries she explores, as well as the wilderness where she kayaks, hikes, and camps. “Slowly, over time, my attention turned to wild places,” explains Bradford. “I found myself breathing deep sighs of relief when I stepped out of civilization and into the forest … I have come to believe that I am now painting the permanent—that wildness will never be fully controlled.”

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is located at 159 Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock NC

August 2, 2016

Spruce Pine NC Annual NC Mineral and Gem Show

photos courtesy of NC Mineral and Gem Festival
August 4 - 7, 2016    The Annual NC Mineral and Gem Festival    This popular event features 60 dealers from all over the world with gem stones, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads and lots more. If it is made of stone, you should be able to find it here. 

Since the early 1950's Spruce Pine NC has been the host of this annual Festival and has welcomed visitors from around the world to shop for beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals, fossils and more.

The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral dealers from across the country showcasing their merchandise to fit every budget. Whether you are shopping for an engagement ring, a special stone for your own setting, a custom designed piece of jewelry or a special crystal display for your home, you can't miss the NC Mineral and Gem Festival.   

There will be a BBQ on Saturday, a fundraiser for the  the Parkway Fire and Rescue and new equipment. Come help out the fire department. 

The Show will be open 10 AM to 6 PM daily and Sunday 12:30 - 5 PM at 12966 South Hwy 226 in Spruce Pine NC. Admission is $3 for adults, children are free. There will be plenty of parking plus a free shuttle.