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In the Heart of Historic Waynesville 

98 N Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786
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Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:30

Sunday 1:00-4:00 (seasonal) 

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Dancing with Nature 

August 2018 Issue 8 Vol 8
News, Life and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains

It takes a "village" to keep downtown Waynesville humming. There are hundreds of pieces to the puzzle that work in partnership, though these villager pieces may not know each other, to fit together the unique qualities of our village (makes me smile when people call Waynesville that). I thought I would introduce you to some that you may or may not know.
Here's Justin. He delivers our mail to INSIDE the gallery, though we have a mailbox outside, truly through rain, sleet, snow or hail. Always pleasant with a chuckle about the trove of ULINE catalogues we receive, I encountered him at the bank recently. Justin knew each one of the customers waiting, joking about knowing us all. Growing up, we lived in a very residential neighborhood where the mailman delivered letters to the houses, except ours. Our mail was delivered to my parents' doctors office. Despite, we would wait with hopeful pleas to the mailman to bring us some mail. Poor thing.
Here' s Tiffani. She is the new-bee at Downtown Waynesville Ass ociation which orchestrates our events. DWA is a key driving force to attract visitors and keep them coming back. Tiffani is quite the computer savvy young face downtown who specializes in producing surveys and graphs to better our event attempts. She delivers to the merchants posters and needed marketing paraphernalia.
Here's Monica. She delivers farm fresh eggs downtown on Wednesdays. Inventory has been low l ately due to a raccoon infestation. What is more small-town than an "Egg Lady" (that is what we c all her)? She reminds me of my childhood when milk was delivered to the back door and we had "the bean lady" that would come around in the summer with fresh vegetables. As a side bonus, Monica is a multi-talented artist. Who knows, maybe one day you will see her work in the gallery.
Here's Jack. He delivers The Mountaineer, a local newspaper, to our mailbox three times a week. No matter the weather, that paper is in our box. I pretty much check the obituaries and make sure I am not in there. I learned to read by reading the newspaper, one word at a time. I like paper. Not into reading books, magazines, newspapers on line. Old school. Maybe I will come around ..... never thought I would use a digital camera vs film. What was I thinking?!? Jack always has a cheery "hello" for us as he comes in the gallery on Wednesdays to deliver "The Guide" (where I promote our artist demonstration events).
Here are Gavin and Katee. He is the mayor and they live downtown, so they are frequently seen walking the streets or sitting on one of the sidewalk benches. From there Gavin gets a unique bird's eye view of what is really happening downtown. The good and the bad. He can be seen conversing with locals and guests. And from that he can react and make our "village" even more appealing. He is our rock and we appreciate all that he does for downtown.
""Solidarity" means taking care of the person next to you." (Lech Walesa) That is what these people do.
  One of our artists passed away recently. Fred Cu ddy w as a wood carver living in NW Florida, where we originally met him, and p art-time here. We carried his cross es here at the gallery. Perhaps you own a piece of his work. He also made wooden hats and bow ties. Very unique. 
Where did the summer go?? Ours has been absolutely amazing thanks to those that were able to come in and shop. And then, I always say, "Once Labor Day hits, it's Christmastime." So, hold onto your hat!!
Wishing you and your family a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend. Keep us in mind for your fall and winter getaway. Plan now to put our happy village on your must do. The "villagers" will be ready and waiting. We would love to see you.
Walking in beauty ~    

Art After Dark
Pamela Haddock

Watercolor and acrylic artist Pam Haddock will be demonstrating at Twigs and Leaves Gallery during Art After Dark Friday, September 7, 6-9PM. As Western North Carolina, Pam's mountain river and stream inspiration is enhanced with striking movement.   

Friday evening, as you
stroll through the gallery's 140+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music by Dianne Wolfe and delight in the savory hors d'eurves. 
  Spotlight Artist
Lucid Designs  
Bob and Lucy Gibson 
1998 was a big year for Bob and Lucy Gibson.  They married.  Twigs and Leaves was created and they were one of the original jewelry artists to display their pieces in the gallery.  20 years later, both marriages are thriving. 
Lucy and Bob Gibson live and work in Canton in Western North Carolina. Their studio home is on the side of a mountain surrounded by the remnants of an old apple orchard and the ever-changing beauty of the Blue R idge Mountains.
Their environment provides a constant and limitless source of inspiration for both their lives and their designs. When observed clos ely , Lucy and Bob note the forms, textures and colors of nature yield elegant and subtle forms they interpret through their jewelry. 
Lucy and Bob work primarily in sterling silver and gold-filled wire, combining delicate forms with natural semi-precious stones.



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Events on the Street
  Join us for these upcoming events:   
      Smoky Mountain Folk Festival
August 31st-September 1st  
The 48th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, to be held at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, will offer two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. The main shows begin at 6:30 p.m. on the grand stage of Stuart Auditorium overlooking beautiful Lake Junaluska. Both nights will include a rich variety of the region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws, and folk ensembles.
Tickets are $12/night in advance, $14/night at the door, 12-years-old and under free.
Purchase tickets at the Bethea Welcome Center.

September 1st-2nd
Talented Craft Vendors from throughout the Southeast present a variety of unique handmade crafts and jewelry.
Free Event, Free Parking, Food Vendors  

 Rockin' Block Party
September 15th 7-9PM
Kids on Main from 6-7PM 
Downtown is Alive at Night! Bring your dancing shoes and a chair and head to Main Street for an evening of live music featuring oldies and goldies, bluegrass, country rock, and more, music 7PM - 10PM"Kids on Main" children's activities for our younger downtown visitors are held prior to the party from 6:00 -7:00. Eats and treats on the street and downtown restaurants are open. No animals allowed at downtown events. 

Mountain Street Dance
September 28th  
Old - fashioned  
mountain hoe down, clogging
& square dancing, live mountain music, demos & instruction, audience participation. Historic Courthouse lawn.
Art After Dark 
Featured Artist - Kaaren Stoner  
October 5th 
Look for the WGA group flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association members who are participating.  
We look forward to spending time with you!    
Mark your calendars for Church Street Art and Craft Show October 13th
 Mark your calendars for Apple Harvest Festival October 20th  
 Click below for more event information
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We will miss seeing you in person, but remember you can still visit us on our website or by calling.  We will be happy to help you with your special event purchases.  We can ship your purchases to you or to your loved one.  We will be here for you! 

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Carrie Keith   (828) 456-1940