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Dancing with Nature  
September 2019 Issue 9 Vol 9
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
“May we have eyes that see,
 Hearts that love,
 And hands that are ready to serve.”

John and I begin our evening meal with this reflection. My recent accident resulted in a challenging lack of use of my right hand motivating me to pause with a thought. Hands. They are ~
the clincher of a hug
the blower of kisses
the high five and the wave
the carpenter’s tool
the fascination for an infant ….. the pain of the arthritis sufferer
the artist’s molder of clay, holder of brushes, carving tool
the carrier of our unique imprint
wedding band holder reminding of love and commitment
the healer of the healers
the tool of the volunteers that serve.

What a miracle and a responsibility these hands! And in a flash, you can be without.
Our hands are an expression of us …. the veins, the wrinkles, the calluses mapping our individuality.  When making gift bows on your purchases, I frequently see the hands, with a loving smile, of my older sister that mentored me to what eventually led to the confidence of ownership of Twigs and Leaves Gallery. My mother had healing hands that magically eased a woe with her touch. I could use her now. Whose hands did you inherit?
OCTOBER! This is our month. Western North Carolina is filled with festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and amazing color. The forecast is for a beautiful display of leaf color, so I hope we are on your calendar for a getaway of play. Check out the events listed below that you will want to make sure you experience.

So today I am thankful for my hands to which serve and for all the beautiful souls that use their hands to serve others. 

May you walk in beauty ~ Carrie
PS A huge thank you to all the kind words and messages showered upon me as I continue to heal from my hiking tumble. I am blessed to be surrounded by an amazing love.
Stroll the galleries from 6-9pm every First Friday May - December 2019!
Presenting artist Jack Stern for Art After Dark Friday evening, October 4th, 6-9 pm.

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.

Friday evening, as you stroll through the gallery’s 140+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music by Judy Phillips and delight in the savory hors d'oeuvres

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


Sun Sohovich
Sun Sohovich is an oil painter who works in many genres but is best known for her pet and landscape paintings. Sun’s paintings have been included in the Oil Painters of America exhibitions. Recent honors include a FAV15% BoldBrush Painting competitions and Haywood County Silver Arts-1st place.

Sun began teaching herself how to paint through many trials, repetition, experimentation and learnings from her favorite Master Artists Quang Ho, Laura Robb and Phil Starke.  She expresses her art in landscape, seascape, figure and still life in her home studio or Plein air. She enjoys depicting a strong sense of colorful light, shadows and loves finding hard and soft lines to create depth.
"I have found much joy and great passion for my art and my goal is to have a painting better than the one before. My painting style is developing and changing every day. I try to paint the essence of what I’m seeing, what I am feeling and capture the moment of life in each piece. In a short time as an artist I have enjoyed living in each moment and the challenges of each piece I create." 

View more work by Sun here.

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.
Andrea Wilson
Pop-Up Demo and Book Signing
Saturday, Oct 12th 11-4pm
Andrea Wilson is a full-time painter and print maker, and is obsessed with recording all the information. Whether it’s the subtle colors and individual parts of flowers or the colorful, bug-eaten decay of fall leaves—she wants to capture all of it!
36th Annual Church Street Art & Craft Show

More information can be found here
Apple Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 19, 2019 10am-5pm

Countless booths of fresh apple pies, tarts, caramel apples, ciders, jewelry, pottery and yard art will be present in Downtown Waynesville. Try your hand at hand-cranking ice cream or pressing apple cider, then taste the fruit of your labor. Live Music, dancing, crafts, and old-fashioned games make this event fun for the whole family!

More information found here .
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad presents:
Peanuts "The Great Pumpkin Patch Express"
The leaves will be turning this October and the pumpkins will be ready to be carved! The PEANUTS gang returns to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch this October. Ready for some family fun? PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2019! The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City Depot in October of 2019!

More information found here!
Seven Sensational Spots to See the Fall Leaves
Check out this list of the seven best spots for leaf viewing in Western NC this fall!

Cold Mountain Corn Maize honors Waynesville hero, Riley Howell
Waynesville native Riley Howell was killed when he jumped on a shooter at UNC Charlotte who opened fire in his classroom on April 30. Police say Howell’s actions stopped the shooter, giving police more time to respond.

This corn maze is just one of many ways locals have honored his memory in the past several months.

More information here.
Save the Date!
Art After Dark: Friday, November 4th, 6-9pm
Featuring: Julie Calhoun-Roepnack
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 4 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.
View more work by Julie in the gallery or on our site here .
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