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
Dancing with Nature  
October 2019 Issue 10 Vol 9
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
With the fall colors coming into full display the scenery changes daily. The show
has been slow to come this year, but the final arrival is brilliant. The colorful
display has perhaps been later than many anticipated, leaving many disappointed
with their visitation decision. I am thinking we can learn from this as nature
encourages us to slow down and appreciate what surrounds us in the fast-paced
life. While everyone is anxious for the colors to show, in the next breath is the
frustration that time is passing all too fast. Autumn is a short season as it is. This
year mother nature has given us an extension and permission to sit back and
savor this time by taking her own sweet time to paint the view with an incredible
display encouraging us not to rush through our days. Winter and bare trees will be here soon enough, so for the moment breath it all in …. one tree at a time.
The fall of the year is an exciting time of festivals, events, and smiling faces. It is a
season that is always fun to see our visitors that have come from near and far to
experience all we have to offer. We are saying good-bye until late spring to you
“half-timers” who will be missed until your arrival next year. Thank you to all that
have visited the gallery this summer/fall as we embraced 21 years of Main Street
because you have continued to support.

If you have not been downtown lately, we have two new businesses waiting for
you to check them out. In the rock building (Christmas store) is a new bakery,
Wildflour Blue Bakery, filled with baked delights and plenty of seating. Next door
to us (was the Dog Bakery, which moved down the street) is The Station on Main
specializing in “man-cave” choices, a unique addition to our Main Street mix.
I hope that you will give yourself permission to savor the moments that rush past
us all too quickly. Embrace the smells, the flavors, the beauty of the season as
these moments of perfection are fleeting. The good news is, if you thought that you missed the fall colors of Western North Carolina there is still plenty of time so, come on and allow yourself to slow down and capture the moment.
May you walk in beauty ~ Carrie
Stroll the galleries from 6-9pm every First Friday May - December 2019!
Presenting clay artist Julie Calhoun-Roepnack for Art After Dark Friday evening, November 1st, 6-9 pm.

"Having been an artist from my earliest childhood, drawing and painting at every available opportunity, I moved into 3-dimensional media, working primarily in clay, at about the age of twelve. The breathtaking Rocky Mountains, just a short distance away from my hometown in beautiful Colorado, were always a source of great artistic inspiration to me. In addition, the wide variety of colors and textures exhibited by nature through the course of four distinctive seasons had always fascinated me. This appreciation for variety has made its way into the work which I produce today, as in my work I employ methods which combine wheel throwing or hand-building with coil, pinch and slab.
Here in Asheville I find once again that simply walking outside is an exhilarating source of creative inspiration. Brightly colored glazes and innovative techniques using scraffito, carving, and impressions characterize my signature works. While most of my pieces are functional, they bridge the gap between fine art and craft, and are purchased more often than not for their design and decorative appeal.

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'oeuvres

View more of Julie's work in the gallery or on our site here.


Jim & Joyce Bennett
Jim's first professional career was a high school and college teacher. However, after selling his 9-year business, his father advised him to find a hobby. Jim became interested in gourd art in 2006, when he saw a gourd artist on television.
He attended a local "gourd college" class and learned about the various tools used to chip carve gourds. Basically, a self-taught artist, Jim now teaches chip-carving at Gourd Society Shows, including the annual Gourd Gathering in Cherokee, North Carolina. He has developed a specialty in Gourd Birdhouses with pine cone roofs, but also chip-carves designs on many of the 25 varieties of gourds.
Each piece of his gourd art is unique. His wife, Joyce, joined in his gourd art by adding various rims to bowls, wood burning, and clay art. They enjoy working on their gourds at their home in Swain County, North Carolina.

View more work by Jim & Joyce in the gallery!
Upcoming Events

Check out the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority's list of exciting events here!
More Haywood County Arts Council Events can be found here.
It's not too late to donate to our October Food Drive!
Bring your items in to our dropbox by Oct 31st!
Waynesville Art School
Art Classes for Children, Teens and Adults at Any Skill Level.

Waynesville Art School offers a variety of classes focusing on the process of building strong fundamental skills in drawing, painting, and composition through academic training with systematic progression and the study of art history and aesthetics.

More info here
Save the Date!
Art After Dark: Friday, December 6th, 6-9pm
Featuring: Becky Smith
Becky Smith is a native of Canton, North Carolina. Her studio is set up at her parents’ home nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She grew up on a working farm and from that learned how to work with her hands. She is a strong believer in make it yourself and attributes that to her parents who always said this when she was a child. She was surrounded by 3 older brothers growing up and takes from that an understanding of machinery and a general idea of how things work. As a child, she was always encouraged to be creative and in high school she started to make jewelry. After falling in love with the craft, she attended the professional crafts program at Haywood Community College, where she graduated with an Associate Degree in Jewelry. Becky likes to use recycled pieces in her work and make something new using something old. Many times, a new piece will be born from the leftovers of a piece that has just been completed. She loves making jewelry and creating fun new pieces that others can wear. Becky is blessed every day with the talents and skills God gave her.

View more work by Becky in the gallery or on our site here .
98 N. Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786