In the heart of Historic Waynesville
98 N. Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786
(828) 456-1940
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:30
Sunday 1:00-4:00 (Seasonal)
Dancing with Nature 
March 2021 Issue 2 Vol 11
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
Happy Spring!! And what a glorious one it has been here. All the rain that we received earlier this year is paying off. The daffodils, cherry trees, and forsythia have outdone themselves as the tulips begin to pop up.
Recently a customer came in that expressed disappointment that she had not seen a bear roaming around. It reminded me of when I had my shop on the Gulf coast in Florida customers would be perplexed that they had not seen a shark, their vacation expectation. Having grown up in Florida, I cannot say that I had ever seen a shark in the wild. With our 14th WNC resident anniversary last week, I must say I have only seen one bear in the wild while hiking (though local residents may be seeing more than they like). We did have a bear visit the gallery a number of years ago. 

In the wee hours of the morning, stalked by the Waynesville police, a bear roamed Main Street. When I opened the gallery that morning, I noticed the glass door being particularly muddy and the planters in disarray and was totally mystified. Thank goodness for thick doors as he could have had a heyday romping around the gallery. Later reports indicated that the bear walked through the glass door next door, went up the stairs, turned around, and went back out the door receiving minor cuts. The bear then continued down the street to one of the furniture stores where it went through glass doors again ~ in one and out another. With that, it sashayed down the street and skittered into the cemetery. 
While visiting Maine years ago we went on a whale-watching excursion. I envisioned seeing Shamu leap out of the water in a magnificent display. We saw the back of one slide through the water. So, I understand! Sharks, bears, whales ……… we are all seeking to be awed. We may not have bears wandering around but we do have many incredible sights for you to see during your visit that are surely not to disappoint.
As we prepare for “the season,” we have added a couple of new artists, Phyllis Vaughn, and block print and journal designer Gayle Woody plus the addition of new works by our existing artists. 
We have also added a new employee to the team, Crista Baker, a North Carolina native with knowledge of pottery, photography, and computers. While working part-time in the gallery, Christa will be pursuing her master's in computer programming having just returned from teaching English abroad. We are excited to have her on board and she is anxious to meet you.
At this point, the Galleries of Haywood County have decided to forgo 2021 Art After Dark due to ongoing covid restrictions but look forward to coming back stronger than ever in 2022 for evenings of art and festiveness. In the meantime, we will have a featured artist in the gallery on Saturdays 11-4. Same great art happening without all the jazz. Stayed tuned for more information as it comes available.
I wish you and your family a joyful Easter Weekend and celebrate with you the renewal spring brings. Embrace the unexpected joys in life …. who knows, you just might see the Easter bunny.
May You Walk in Beauty ~ Carrie
 Phyllis Vaughn
Color and whimsy have always been the signature style of Hendersonville artist Phyllis Vaughn.
Moving to the mountains from Georgia several years ago has been a life-changing experience for her…spiritually and artistically.
After years of running her art/design business and selling her whimsical wares…including folk art expressions, art dolls, and bird and animal creations to shops and galleries nationally, she is now taking time to quietly and contently explore this new environment and use her inspirations to create her own vision of this beauty on her canvases. By using what she considers her signature primitive” style of painting,
she explores the use of texture, pattern, and color…. making each piece a unique experiment of creativity.
The end result is often a splash of happy interpretations from her imagination…. fun, imperfect and quirky.
Local Springtime Events
Lake Junaluska Easter Sunrise Service
April 4, 2021, 7 a.m.
Celebrate Easter with a powerful outdoor Sunrise Service at the Amphitheater below the Lake Junaluska Cross. Join us in person or online on Facebook for this special event. A brass quintet will provide music, and the speaker will be the Rev. Gina Gilland Campbell. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly for cool mountain morning temperatures. In the event of rain, the service will be held at Memorial Chapel.

Spring Wildflower Hike in Big Creek with Haywood Waterways
Haywood Waterways Association is hosting two spring wildflower hikes in the Big Creek Watershed of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Local wildflower expert Donna Machen will help identify the great diversity of flowers on display this time of year.

The events will be Tuesday, April 13th and Saturday, April 17th.

View more info here.
Special Events in the National Park
Each year the park offers a number of special programs to help you explore and learn about the park. Come tap your toes to old-time music at the Music of the Mountains festival, enjoy stories of bygone days at the Festival of Christmas Past, or marvel at the park's beautiful wildflowers at the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.
Spring at the Biltmore
Plan ahead for Spring events at the Biltmore.
Find Haywood County COVID19 updates here
98 N. Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786