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  
May 2020 Issue 5 Vol 10
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
We are still here, and we are open! We survived, physically unscathed, another month of Covid-19. I only hope that you can say the same. After much consideration and deliberation, the gallery opened to the public on May 9 th, under direction from the governor, with safety protocols in place, and have been going strong ever since. The employees have not been summoned to return but I feel that may happen shortly as I can do this gig solo for just so long. 
Thank you, from our artists and from me, to so many of you that supported us through the “down time” when the world changed as we knew it, and now with the emergence as we creep out of the other side. It will be a slow roll back, but I have high hopes that we can return with the strength with which we began 2020.

Some of you may have seen a current Facebook promotion for Art After Dark, June 5 th , by the Galleries of Haywood County and were in quandary as to why Twigs and Leaves Gallery was not on the list of participating galleries.
After major soul-searching and consensus taking, I decided it was not in the best interest of our customers for us to participate because we like to socialize too much :=).

Given that Twigs and Leaves Gallery is known for its large, gathering numbers during AAD I did not feel it appropriate to encourage this socializing with the distancing guidelines put before us at this time. Please know that I am not condemning other galleries that are participating so come downtown Friday evening and support them, I just need to do what is best for us.

BUT we are hosting Jack Stern on Saturday the 6 th 12-4, with extra safety precautions being taken. A beloved WNC artist, try to come by ~ we would love to see you. 
Last month’s Art After Dark did not work out for us either but you can see Tracey McCracken Palmer via Facebook Live with this link . She did a wonderful job demonstrating her felted wool landscapes. Check it out! Let’s hope that July 3 rd AAD with Sarah Sneeden will be back with some normalcy.

On the fun side of life, John and I will be celebrating 45 years of marriage bliss on June 1 st . We married at my family FL Panhandle home, a small gathering compared to today’s elaborate celebrations, had a first meal/dinner of powdered doughnuts and chocolate milk, then drove to Maine, stopping along the way to enjoy our beloved WNC. We joined my family in Maine for a Windjammer Cruise where we indulged in fresh lobster, chowder, and popovers. 
For our anniversary, in memory of the trip, we will once again indulge in rich, butter drenched lobsters from Maine, along with the family that we produced in the years that followed. John and I reminisce of this trip often. It was the beginning of a blessed journey filled with 45 years of memories, with many more to come.
This whole Coronavirus thing has been a journey for every single person worldwide. Though it has created tons of negativity, maybe it will be remembered in a positive way as families have communicated and spent time with one another, the skies have become clearer, and we have been kinder toward one another.
As the merchants and restaurants begin emerging from the other side, take this opportunity to give them the much-needed support they need to start the recovery process. There is no guessing as to how long this journey will last but, in the meantime, stay safe, stay well, stay kind and stay playful.

May You Walk in Beauty ~ Carrie
In Memory of:
Bob Grytten
It is with great sadness to have just learned of the passing of one of our long-time artists, Robert “Bob” Grytten. You may own one of his Troll Mountain Candles or a piece of his unique furniture or a memory of conversation exchanged at the local farmer’s market. Bob had a contagious zest and enthusiasm, as his mind seemed to always be turning on how to promote the arts. 

Bob was a renowned photographer, taking groups on outings near and far to capture nature through the lens of the beholder.
I will miss his wonderful smile, the bounce in his step, and his encouraging words when he would frequent the gallery to drop off more candles or a piece of furniture. I feel blessed that he was a part of my life and will cherish his memory.

Read Bob's obituary here.

To read more extensively about Bob and his diversity, check out his website.
Save The Date...
Jack Stern
Live Oil Painting Demo
Saturday, June 6th, 12-4 pm
One of Western North Carolina's favorite landscape artists, Jack Stern, will be participating in a live oil painting demonstration in our front gallery window Saturday, June 6th from 12-4pm.

Stroll on by and watch from the street or come in and view from a safe distance. We can't wait to see what Jack has in store for us!

Jack Stern 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.

In the meantime, check out more work by Jack Stern here .
Art After Dark
Friday, June 5th, 6-9 pm

Join the following Galleries of Haywood County:

We invite you downtown to enjoy the first Art After Dark of the 2020 season.

Please note that not all galleries are participating at this time.

Please check out your favorite social media pages and store websites for updates. 
2020 QuickDraw
Virtual Auction
June 7th
Tickets available now!

WNC's QuickDraw benefit auction is back! Due to COVID-19 restrictions and thanks to some quick thinking, this year the benefit will be hosted online!

QuickDraw artists are stepping up, including many of our own from Twigs and Leaves Gallery, so please join them to help!

Check out QuickDraw for more information.
July Art After Dark
with Sarah Sneeden
Friday, July 3rd (pending)

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates regarding July's Art After Dark with Sarah Sneeden.

Sarah Sneeden has been one of our most popular artists for quite some time and one glance at her work leaves no question as to why. We've recently received several new pieces from Sarah who has been busy painting during the "downtime."

View Sarah's work in the gallery or on our site here.
4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4th 2020
We have a lot to celebrate, so mark your calendars!
Find Haywood County COVID19 updates (including updated restaurant information) here
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Waynesville, NC 28786