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In the Heart of Historic Waynesville 

98 N Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786
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Dancing with Nature 

January 2019 Issue 1 Vol 9
News, Life and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains

Photo from Smoky Mountain Living. Donated Photo 

During an intensely busy December I read a quote that January was a time to Rest. Renew. Regroup. In my mind, I said, "YES! This is just what I need. I cannot wait!" Well, January arrived. We have barreled through inventory at a record pace and now need to prepare for a string of events coming up, along with a long list of the gallery's to do's. The announcement of a snow day brings fantasies of a day of rest and regrouping ..... but I am always tempted to open, JUST in case. I did step down from being Waynesville Gallery Association president after NINE years ..... part of my 3 R's strategy, so I am making progress!
It is a new year bringing with it changes, retirements and new beginnings, which seems to be the underlying theme of Downtown Waynesville this month.  As the photo above depicts, Waynesville is use to change and is revitalized by the process.  The upcoming turnover is mind boggling but here we go:
  • Beautiful Techniques (formerly Gate Keepers) ~ closed
  • Mainstreet Mercantile ~ closing, to be filled with Just Simply Delicious
  • Eli and JoJo's, a Brooklyn Italian restaurant, opening soon in the formerly Trailhead space 
  • Tia Dana moving out; something coming in
  • John Laughter Jewelry ~ retiring (do not know who is in)
  • Antiks ~ retiring (do not know who is in)
  • Mountain Favors ~ moved out to restructure their business; I do not know who will move into their spot (the stone building).  Good luck, Amy (and Art by Molly)! 
Not downtown but Publix, Starbucks and Shoney's are all posed to open soon. Change can sometimes be difficult but come springtime Waynesville will be renewed!
The HUGEST change is happening right here at Twigs and Leaves Gallery. Our Becky is leaving after five years of smiles, enthusiasm, and diligent, hard work. She wants to be able to dedicate more of her time to her je welry, stepping up her jewelry show schedule. Becky w ill be missed by her gallery team members and by many custo mers that have embraced her local charm. As my right hand (both feet and brain), Becky's presence has given me s ome freedom that I will miss, but mostly I will jus t miss having her around. We all wish her a sparkling journey with this new chapter. 
Waynesville Gallery Association is not resting this winter as we host three events Winter Arts Smokies Style, co-sponsored by Downtown Waynesville Association and supported by the Tourist Development Authority, happening on Saturdays with gallery events 3-6(like Art After Dark). First off is coming up Saturday, January 19th, "It's "Chili" Outside", which includes a chili cook-off between merchants and restaurants. Colleen Davis of The Jeweler's Workbench has done an amazing job pulling this together. Check out information below. This event will be followed by February 16th's "HeART Warming ~ The Art of Chocolate" and March 16th's "Luck o
f the Art". Squeezed in there, as part of Love the Locals, on February 9th, Margaret Roberts will be in the gallery 1-5PM to help you make a Valentine for your Sweetheart.  Mark you calendar for these! 
Somewhere in there I vow to Rest. Renew. Re group. embracing the peaceful quiet of winter, allo win g life to slow down just a little. I hope that you will do the same.
Walk in Beauty ~ Carrie 

Winter Arts Smokies Style
It's "Chili" Outside
Chili Cook-Off Event
Artist Demonstration by Toni Kender

Maybe "It's "Chili" Outside", organized by Waynesville Gallery Association's Winter Arts Smokies Style, but it will be a hot time in Twigs and Leaves Gallery on January 19th come see us 3-6PM as Toni Kender, watercolor gift card artist, demonstrates her talent.  While you are visiting, stroll through the gallery's 140+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music by Dianne Wolfe, delight in the some spicy hors d'eurves, and check out the deeply discounted jewelry deals.

Also on
January 19th,
Come by Twigs and Leaves Gallery for a taste of vegan chili.


Come join the fun on Jan 19th on Main Street, Waynesville NC. Art galleries & shops stay open until 6pm with entertainment, demonstrations, art, merchant and restaurant specials. Take the FREE roving shuttle provided by LEAP FROG TOURS from Main Street, Frog Level and Hazelwood Village for more shopping and Chili tasting. Vote for your favorite in the CHILI COOK OFF from 12-4 pm.   
Take a photo in one of our two photo cut-outs or with the RED HOT CHILI PEPPER mascot! . Enjoy specials and deals, great food and shopping. 
SCHOOL-AGE CLOTHING DRIVE - During the entire month of January, we will also be accepting donations for all school-aged children in partnership with Clothes to Kids. Drop off your gently used or new clothing at any Main Street Gallery.


  Spotlight Artist
JFJones Mobiles 

Raised in Arizona and educated in New York. Jay Jones and his family, wife Naomi along with kids Sam, Ian and Kyle have lived in Greensboro, North Carolina since 1995.

Jay has been making mobiles for more that ten years. Working from his garage he began creating mobiles as gifts for family and friends. Today his work can be found in more that two hundred gift shops and over one hundred museum gift shops around the world.

He begin his building career in NY City. Working for the NY Shakespeare Festival, Pee Wee's Play House. Trisha Brown  dance company and Robert Rauschenberg, just to name a few.
(Mobile Photos by JFJones Mobiles)

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Events on the Street
  Join us for these upcoming events:   

HeART Warming-The Art of Chocolate 
 Saturday, February 16th 
All day Activities 10AM-6PM 
A day filled with entertainment, good food and special events.  

Artist Demonstration by Judy and Dave Horn
Saturday, February 16th
Demonstration from 3-6  
Chocolate in all forms and piano music by Marna Dodson 
"The Plunge" Benefit-t-t-ting Kids in the Creek & Environmental Education   
February 2nd 8AM-5PM 
The Plunge is a community event, bringing together public officials, schools, businesses, churches, and many others to support kids.
The cost is $25 ($10 for under age 18) or FREE by raising sponsorships; 100% of the proceeds benefit youth and environmental education programs. There will be a bonfire and all plungers receive a free t-shirt and lunch. The depth of plunge is a person choice, from a dip of the toe to a full-body immersion. Prizes are awarded for best costumes and top fundraisers (individual, community team, and school team).
Maggie on Ice   
Maggie Valley will be hosting a skating rink at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds! Fun for kids and adults with gorgeous surrounding mountain views.  
Rent a pair of skates or bring your own.
Feb 8-17. $8 adults $5 kids to 12 yrs.
45 minute sessions.
Monday thru Friday 4-8 pm
Saturday and Sunday Noon -8 pm
Last session at 7.

Monday, February 11 is Kids Skate Free night
Wednesday, February 13 is Family Night. Family skates for $20.
A big kids zone will be set up and we will have hot choc, popcorn, etc
Open dates are tentative to change. Due to variable temperature changes during the season, the surface will be synthetic and available to enjoy in even warm days.
 Click below for more event information
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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