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In the Heart of Historic Waynesville 

98 N Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786
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Dancing with Nature 

July 2017 Issue 5 Vol 7
News, Life and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains

It's JULY!! The afternoons have been heating up here but the mornings and evenings are a delight. The flowers are in bliss. The rhododendron are having a late bloom season in the higher elevations.   All is green and lush.

The thought of summer brings back early childhood memories of swim lessons at the "city" pool. With towel in hand, my siblings and I trekked down to the high school where we caught a school bus to transport us there. 
June Falls by Sarah Sneeden
Early evenings we chased the mosquito trucks spraying who knows what that we in haled as we ran or rode our bikes in fast pursuit. At nightfall we caught fireflies then let them go in a darkened hall inside the house producing an illuminous show. Fresh corn, field peas, tomatoes and cold watermelon were a common fare. And then there were mountain vacations =). Where do your summertime memories take you?

On a more serious note, Main Street lost two icons in the past couple of weeks. With great sadness, I write of the passing of David Erickson and MaryEtta Burr. Both were very instrumental in creating our art community that thrives today.

In 2007 we purchased Twigs and Leaves from David Erickson and wife Kaaren Stoner, co-crea tors of the gallery in 1998. David brought an amazing background to the mix. He has been an inspiration and mentor to us through our transition of ownership. Past visitors to the gallery remember him for his engaging conversation, genuine interest and exceptional knowledge of the arts along with a winning smile. After an extended illness David passed away days before the couple's 50th wedding anniversary.
MaryEtta Burr, owner of Burr Studio, passed away suddenly on 4th of July eve as she picnicked with friends. Just days before she had been in the gallery telling me with much excitement about going to Pennsylvania to see the synchronized fireflies. With her passing, I was happy to know that she did that bucket list check and it reminded me to make more checks. 

To their friends and families, with my deepest sympathies I wish you a peaceful heart.
Photo by Jamie Cogdill
On a happier note ~ we are now entering Folkmoot, a 10-day festival of folk dance and world culture featuring 275 dancers and musicians from around the globe. The town is transformed as the street is lined with flags from all over the world and the courthouse is flanked with flags from visiting counties. Excitement fills the air in anticipation of the music, the dance, the cultural exchange.

So, for me, this July evokes memories, anticipation, and the reminder to live each day to the fullest.
In joy
~ Carrie
Art After Dark
Michael Lalone
A resident potter for the John Campbell Folk School, Michael Lalone will be demonstrating in Twigs and Leaves Gallery during Art After Dark Friday evening, August 4th, 6-9PM.

Mike's strength is in his love of teaching and sharing what others have so freely given to him.  

Friday evening, as you stroll through the gallery's 140+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music and delight in the savory hors d'eurves.

Joyce Schlapkohl
Joyce, a Greensboro, NC native, lived in South Florida for 34 years before returning with her husband to Waynesville. Joyce is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.   Most of her training as a painter has come from workshops with professional artists that are nationally known as impressionists. She has taught and held workshops in watercolor and oil and is a Signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.
Joyce says, "I describe my style as 'painterly realism' with an emphasis on the  focal point using light and shadow and their interaction on a variety of subjects. I'm inspired by our beautiful nature and objects that I find esthetically pleasing.  Whether I'm painting flowers, landscapes, animals, or a still life, I look for an emotional attachment to the subject. My paintings are to be uplifting and a pleasure for the viewer to enjoy. These Blue Ridge Mountains are forever changing and bringing daily painting material that is spectacular and a blessing."
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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 Friday August 4, 2017 and Friday September 1, 2017.  In September, Sarah Sneeden 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! 

Street Dances continue on August 4th at 6:30pm.  Come join in on the fun and excitement as you learn about our local heritage and love of music.  Click on the link above to visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website to get the latest information and the curren t lineup. 
The 34th Annual Folkmoot Festival is July 20-30th. On July 29th, the  world will be on Main Street as dance groups from ten countries will perform during the International Festival.  It's a great time to visit your favorite shop or gallery as well as to see vendors from around the area.  And festival food of course! The event starts at 10am and ends at 5pm. 

Sarge's 12th Annual Downtown Dog Walk is Saturday, Aug. 5,
2017 at a new start time - 9 a.m. in Downtown Waynesville. The Dog Walk is one of the most popular Sarge's events, with lots of happy dogs and their humans.  For up to date information on the event and to register early, click on the photo to take you to the website for the event.   

The Great American Eclipse  
The Haywood County TDA has developed a list of resources and viewing areas for the total eclipse of the sun on Monday August 21, 2017.  Stay tuned by clicking on the image to the right as the list grows and changes as we get closer to this rare event. 
Haywood County Fair
The Annual Haywood County Fair is Thursday August 24 thru Sunday August 27.  A traditional county fair with livestock shows and exhibits along with competition in a wide variety of areas, this is a great opportunity for the entire family to join in on the fun.  For more information and the schedule, click on the logo above.     

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