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  
February 2020 Issue 2 Vol 10
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
Our February has been one for the books. As mentioned last month I was headed into shoulder surgery due to a gallery mishap. I survived, coming out with a reattached bicep tendon, cleaned up rotator cuff tear, anterior and posterior release of my frozen shoulder, and since the surgeon was there …. shaved down a bone spur. The next day, one is whisked right into physical therapy ~ my second home for the next 12 weeks. So, the healing begins …… but NO, why not come down with the cold crud plaguing the world?!? Talk about a distraction! And speaking of distractions, we have owned a “smart” TV for a year that is much smarter than we are, but it was time to appreciate our purchase. I have never binge watched anything, but we stepped into a new world of hours on end as John and I were lured into the 3 seasons of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and are still working on the 5 seasons of “Downton Abbey”. Keeping the distraction going, I am on my third novel which thrills me as my reading in general happens in the winter months. With all this, the gallery flourished with Margaret Roberts-card-making “Sweets on the Street” followed by “Taste of Chocolate”, both embraced by so many of you.
I was pretty much in the gallery most-time a week post-surgery, but with obvious limitations, as the crud spread through my employees AND we finally had a snow event. Despite the dismal appearances, we will end February 2020 with record numbers thanks to our amazing customers and staff. Another sunny spot of the month was the gallery feature in “Asheville Made” and the naming as #1 gallery by readers of “The Mountaineer”, which will be formally announced early March, PLUS a gallery mention in “Southern Living”. 
I am going to do a quick shout out to “trust”, which had been my plan pre the month of dismay. So much of our lives depends on trust. That airline pilot to fly what looks like a skyscraper through the air; the school bus driver with whom we entrust our children; the hands of the surgeon and more importantly the knowledge of the anesthesiologist that holds your breath in his/her hands. And then the artists that trust me to keep their babies safe until I hand them over to their forever home. We all must trust others that are beyond our control …. and some that are within and are trying their best to live up to your expectations.
2020 is lining up to be an exciting year so make sure you check the Art After Dark schedule of artists below. We have one more Winter Arts Smokies Style event and we would love to see you. 
Thank you to all that have sent healing messages, to you that have supported the gallery through the dreaded winter months, to an incredible staff, a super supportive John, and the infallible trust of you, our invaluable customer/artist in me. 

The grape hyacinths are peaking out which signals the anniversary of our arrival in Waynesville 13 years ago. It has been an amazing ride and I trust in the future that the journey will continue to amaze.

Walk in beauty ~ Carrie
We are so excited to be presenting alcohol ink artist June Rollins for
Winter Arts Smokies Style
"Luck of the Art"
Saturday afternoon, March 14, 2020.

Join us at Twigs and Leaves Gallery for June Rollins' demonstration of her Alcohol Ink "Dreamscapes", piano and guitar entertainment by Tobias McGregor, Nash Gates fly tying demonstration/sale, and St. Patrick's Day treats.

Pick up a list of participating businesses, visit each one and enter to win their “Pot of Gold.” Look for the flags and balloons.

June Rollins enjoys working in a variety of mediums when creating expressive representational works often of animals, birds and flowers from photographs and still life.
She is an associate member of Oil Painters of America and signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society of NC.
June is the originator of the Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Process and has produced 5 Alcohol Ink Dreamscapng DVDs and published, Alcohol Ink
Dreamscaping Quick Reference Guide.
June is an instructor for John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC and lives in Murphy, NC with her husband Rob, and Rosie, their sweet Havanese.

View more of June's work in the gallery or on our site here.
View more of this events details here.

Helen Sturgeon
When Helen was a little girl, her grand-mother grew amazing flower gardens filled with colorful zinnias, phlox, marigolds, peonies, iris and more. Helen spent summers helping her tend her gardens. There began her love of flowers that now extends to her love of floral watercolor painting.
Helen grew up in Marion, AL, and at an early age her Mama enrolled her in oil painting classes one day a week. It would be many years before Helen would once again pick up a paint brush.
Moving to NC in 2005, she realized she finally had time to pursue painting again. Learning to paint in watercolor was top on her list. Helen took classes at John C. Campbell, followed by classes with several area artists. 
Over the years Helen has enjoyed painting mostly flowers with a few house portraits and landscapes now and then.
Helen is a member of Mountain Arts Association and the NC Watercolor Society.

View more work by Helen here.
Upcoming Events

Mary Poppins Jr. at the HART Theatre
Visit the HART theatre for all of the magic of the Walt Disney classic musical tale of the practically perfect nanny, chimney sweeps, and flying kites. Special family pricing.

March 7, 8, 14, 15 at 2pm

250 Pigeon Street
Waynesville, NC 28786 United States

5th Annual Haywood Ramblings
A speaker series on the historic resources and rich cultural heritage of Waynesville and Haywood County.

View more info here .
Check out the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority's list of exciting events here!
More Haywood County Arts Council Events can be found here.
2020 Art After Dark
Featured Artists
Stroll the galleries from 6-9pm every First Friday May - December 2020! Check the gallery website calendar for more information about our featured artists each month.
98 N. Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786