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In the Heart of Historic Waynesville 

98 N Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786
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September 2017 Issue 7 Vol 7
News, Life and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains

It's that time of year ..... time for the county fair. Growing up as a child in a rural, farming community this was a much-anticipated event,
Photo by Jeffrey Stoner
which even went as far to be gifted a half day off from school. I remember the smell of the dusty grounds, the barns filled with farm animals, the Italian sausage simmering in green peppers and onions, and, of course, lots of cotton candy being spun into huge fluffs of sweetness on a paper cone. Going with my father there was ONE determined destination ~ the haunted house. No one loved Halloween more than he did so the haunted house was a much-anticipated source of inspiration for the upcoming neighborhood scare. A ride on the Ferris wheel and a chance to pick out a floating, rubber duck for a cheap prize and we were good to go.
We frequently have visitors in the Gallery that admit to being artists and have come in for the inspiration from one of our 140 artists. No different than going to the haunted house to spark that imagination. Opportunities can be found all around us ..... it is just a matter of recognizing it when it is there.
I would be remiss not to mention the heartbreak and sadness of Harvey's and Irma's massive destruction. Coming from Panhandle Florida, I know all too well the inconveniences of a storm's devastation and these two storms were over the top.The reconstruction is a long, weary process and those affected should not be forgotten. If you or your friends/family were in the path of destruction, I am so very sorry and hope for a swift recovery.  
October is a big month for us as Jack Stern kicks it off with Art After Dark when we will be celebrating 19 years of being on Main Street. This is followed by Church Street and the Apple Festival, which "word is" will be surrounded by an amazing leaf display. Come get inspired! 
In joy  
~ Carrie
Art After Dark 
Jack Stern
Well-loved oil painter Jack Stern will be demonstrating in Twigs and Leaves Gallery during Art After Dark Friday evening, October 6, 6-9PM. Jack is known for his incredible WNC water and landscapes with amazing captures of rivers and sky. Very popular to the gallery, Jack is a delight to meet.
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 vast landscapes and seascapes.
Adding to the fun, the gallery will be celebrating 19 years on Main Street.   Friday evening, as you stroll through the gallery's 140+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music by Dianne Wolf and delight in the savory hors d'eurves.
Alex Cavendish
Arizona Burlwoods 

Alex Cavendish works and lives in Camp Verde, Arizona where small trees and shrubs grow on steep hillsides and in rocky canyons. These plants are tough and slow growing, surviving what are sometimes very harsh conditions. These challenging conditions contribute to the formation of a knot, or burl, at the base of many of these plants.

Alex works only with burls, creating his beautiful lamps, vases and bowls. Most of the wood is harvested from land being cleared for development or from areas where dead wood can be gathered by permit from Forest Service lands. He does not cut down living trees. Rather, uses what would otherwise be thrown away.
"I use burls for their eccentric grain patterns, cracks and odd shapes which can be incorporated into a piece, making each unique. I hand-turn and rough sand each piece on a lathe, and then hand-rub to a high polish with a tung oil finish, which accentuates the grain and the natural color of the wood."
"It is very rewarding to create something out a material that many people generally burn, bury and throw away."
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There are lots of great places to find entertainment after shops and galleries have closed.  There are many great restaurants and entertainment venues throughout Downtown Waynesville.   

Events on the Street
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 Frida y October 6, 2017 and Friday November 3, 2017.  In November, Pegi Pike, metal artist and jeweler will be with us as our featured artist.
The WGA group flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association members who are participating.  We look for ward to spending time with you! 
Click on the  
Church Street  
Art and Craft Show  
logo to gather information about the October event.
Come out and visit the artisans on the street and be sure to stop in and shop at the gallery, too.  
The event is October 14 from 10am until 5pm.
Click on the  
Apple Harvest Festival logo for more  information about the 2017 festival.   
It is always a great time with music and arts and crafts vendors as well as musical performers throughout the day.   
The event is Saturday October 21 from 10am until 5pm.  
  Check out
Downtown Waynesville Association
event and calendar listings as well as the
Haywood Chamber of Commerce  
business and event listings and
  Visit NC Smokies
event and business listings and videos to find out about some of the great things to do in our community
(besides shopping!)
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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