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Dancing with Nature 

September 2016 Issue 6 Vol 6
News, Life and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains

In This Issue
Art After Dark
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A visitor, new to Waynesville, commented "you (the people) have done a wonderful job of saving the soul of your downtown".   And with that its vitality goes unnoticed.  As Downtown Waynesville Association was celebrating 30 years, they were also recognized by The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association as one of three 2016 Great Main Streets in North Carolina. Margaret Robert's collage of Main Street, which reflects the vibrancy of downtown, has been the promotional image. Congratulations to all that made this happen!
Recently I had the opportunity to be involved in attempting to save the soul of a house up for sale that has been neglected for many years thus making it vulnerable to intruders who have turned it into a deplorable mess. Something touched me about this hom e that once housed a family that shared  memories which then lay in a heap on the floor. S o an effort was made to give this house the respect it deserves and restore some dignity before it is either totally revived or demolished for the next fast food.   It is a heart wrenching process to experience the cleansing and revival of what was lost so the leaders of downtown Waynesville can be proud of the beautiful soul they have preserved here.   

I am excited to introduce to you our newest sales associate Missy (Martha) Garlington, a longtime resident of Haywood County, who is filled with enthusiasm and anxious to meet you. She will be working weekends only so you will need to pick a Saturday or Sunday to meet our newest team member. 
October is not only filled with fall color but it is a schedule packed with excitement beginning with Becky Burnette's jewelry demonstration at Art After Dark (and our 18th year celebration) and ending with downtown's Halloween tradition of Treats on the Street . In between there is Church Street Art and Craft Show, Apple Harvest Festival, and a special Saturday, the 22nd, with Jack Stern painting in the gallery 10-4. Get more information further in this send.  It's officially fall y'all ...... so come experience the beautiful soul of Waynesville and the Smoky Mountains.
We look forward to seeing you.
~ Carrie
Art After Dark
Becky Burnette
  Jewelry artist Becky Burnette will be demonstrating at Twigs and Leaves Gallery during Art After Dark Friday evening, October 7th, 6-9PM.   A lifelong resident of Canton, NC, Becky uses a jeweler's saw to hand cut her unique and intricate designs. Her studio is set up at her parents' home nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She grew up on a working farm and from that learned how to work with her hands. She is a strong believer in make it yourself and attributes that to her parents who always said this when she was a child. She was surrounded by 3 older brothers growing up and takes from that an understanding of machinery and a general idea of how things work. As a child she was always encouraged to be creative and in high school she started to make jewelry. After falling in love with the craft, she attended the professional crafts program at Haywood Community College, where she graduated with an Associate Degree in Jewelry. Becky likes to use recycled pieces in her work and make something new using something old. Many times a new piece will be born from the leftovers of a piece that has just been completed. She loves making jewelry and creating fun new pieces that others can wear. Becky is blessed every day with the talents and skills God gave her.

Art After Dark will also celebrate 18 years of bringing art to Downtown Waynesville for Twigs and Leaves Gallery.
We invite you to come meet Becky, celebrate with us and enjoy the atmosphere!  As you stroll through the gallery's 150+ primarily regional  artists, enjoy piano music by Dianne Wolfe
and delight in the savory hors d'oeuvres. 
To see more of Becky's work, stop by the gallery to visit anytime that we are open.   
Special Demonstration
Jack Stern 
Twigs and Leaves Gallery will be hosting a special demonstration on October 22 from 10am until 4pm with Jack Stern!   

Jack lives and works in Jackson County in the mountains of North Carolina where his interests lie in capturing the natural beauty of his rural surroundings in oils, watercolors, and acrylics.
Originally from Colorado, Jack recalls   "My Grandmother, Ruth Stern, started me with oil painting when I was fourteen years old." That same year Jack undertook classes with the skilled William Steinbach, in San Diego, California.
Other than study with Steinbach, Jack is primarily self-taught, learning extensively from painting experiences with other painters on location. These location-painting jaunts took him throughout the western states as well as Massachusetts, Alberta, British Columbia, Mexico and North Carolina. Often these trips were in back country on burros and alone up to twenty-four days at a time. As in his youth, he built an understanding of the variety and beauty of the vast landscapes and seascapes that he came in contact with.
John Almaguer
Glass Blower 

John Almaguer decided at age 14, he wanted to try glassblowing, but it wasn't until seven years later that he got the opportunity. When he took his first gather of glass in 2003 he felt like a little kid in a candy store and he has been doing it ever since. This fire dancer  creates sculpture and blown forms through this substance that is much like lava. John has received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Glass and won awards for his work as well as displayed in galleries all over the nation. Almaguer has studied and worked with some of the best glass artists in the world, many from Murano, Venice where John lived. He now resides in Asheville, NC.
" Like a child I love exploring and for me the glass is a great medium of exploration. The infinite possibilities sometimes keeps me up at night as I ponder on what I might make that has never been seen before. This idea of the unseen coming into the manifest realm is fascinating to me as it corresponds with the belief of a God I feel and know but have not yet seen with my physical eyes. This seen and unseen realm are often communicated in these creations that I make using this lovely medium of flowing molten glass."
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May through December
First Friday 6 PM
Art After Dark 
During the original "ART After DARK" Downtown Waynesville Galleries remain open until 9pm.  Demonstrations, artist's receptions, music, and refreshments are offered by many of the galleries. Visit with gallery and shop owners as well as others committed to preserving the art and culture of our community.

Our next two Art After Dark events are Friday October 7, 2016 and Friday November 5, 2016. Kaaren Stoner will be our featured artist on November 5 so put the date on your calendar. 

Look for the WGA group flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association members who are participating. 
We look
for ward to spending time with you!    

Events on the Street
Make plans to come see us in October and enjoy these great events along with the fall color: 
October 8
Church Street Arts and Crafts Show sponsored by the
Downtown Waynesville Association. The juried show is in its 33rd year!   

There will be a Juried Art Show along with demonstrations, local and international foods, live entertainment.  Entertainment includes Whitewater Bluegrass, Eddie Ross and Highway 40 along with other performers.   

October 15 Apple Harvest Festival 

Sponsored by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce

The street is filled with apples, vendors and people!   
The one-day festival is a celebration of all things apple. This year's festival will feature exhibitors, live entertainment and great food. Come, and be among the crowd of more than 40,000 festival goers strolling the street.

October 31 Treats on the Street
Merchants offer candy and other goodies to our youngest patrons from 5:00 until 7:00pm.  Come and join the fun.

There is much to look forward to in the coming weeks and months.  Check out
Downtown Waynesville Association listings as well as the Haywood Chamber of Commerce listings and Visit NC Smokies listings to find out about all the great things to do (besides shopping!)
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Carrie Keith   (828) 456-1940