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Dancing with Nature  
June 2019 Issue 6 Vol 9
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
You may have read previous newsletter greetings around this time of year mention of my attending “camp”. I began writing this greeting at camp. My mother created “Playzure Summer” 37 years ago with a week of swimming, horseback riding, fishing, crafts, woods’ walks and much more for her grandchildren, which at that time there were 6 young ones. The children anticipated this cousin time year long as the numbers GREW. The average dinner head count this week is 35 as now they come as adults with children of their own, all fantasizing the next year as camp closes. I, too, treasure this time to get to know my nieces and nephews and, now, their children.
Camp was always held at family owned properties in northwest FL where we spent a tremendous amount of time in our formidable years beginning 60 years ago.

Then came Hurricane Michael, totally devastating the properties and most of the dwellings. The first reaction …… “what about camp? There is no way.” But with tremendous heart and determination, accesses were created, and spaces were converted. Though the property is still incredibly heartbreaking to see, the love of family has made this event as strong as ever, even though things are different …… some for the good, some not so. 
 What has not changed is the love of these cousins and the joy they have for each other. I am humbled by the resilience of this family to come together against some troubling odds and keep the light of Playzure Summer burning.
Resilience speaks to many spectrum in life. How resilient are you to adversities? They (the city and AT&T) removed our back-space tree, home of the hornets’ nest and my tiny piece of oasis as our only piece of shade. I am trying to be resilient in the changes we need to figure out so that the plants do not burn up.  I remind myself that this loss is NOTHING like Florida is going through and feel guilty with my remorse. They need shade cloth and sunscreen……and sombreros. I can be patient and resilient.
We are IN summer. Mountains of WNC season …. because we bring relief from the heat (hopefully :=/). Downtown Waynesville is vibrant with a full calendar of family events scheduled for the coming months. Check out the opportunities waiting for you in the event section of this newsletter. You will not want to miss out so make plans now! Speaking of resilience ……. the downtown scene continues to be a work in progress ….. a delicious one at that! Come see for yourself!
 Happy Summer!! May your days be filled with JOY, good times, and relaxation
~ Carrie
Stroll the galleries from 6-9pm every First Friday May - December 2019!
Presenting artist Suzanne Barrett Justis for Art After Dark Friday evening, July 5th, 6-9 pm and again Saturday, July 6th, 11-4 pm .

Having a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science has served Suzanne well in her ability to capture the essence and nuance of all the animal subjects she paints. Her understanding of the animals' habitats and mannerisms is quite evident in her works. 

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

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


Andrea Wilson
A warm Twigs and Leaves Gallery "Welcome Back" to Andrea Wilson with her newly published book, "Leaves ~ My Watercolor Journey".

Channeling obsessive/compulsive into art

Andrea writes, "I’ve finally admitted to myself I’m a LITTLE obsessive. I love the details and that’s okay. For almost 30 years I worked as a secretary/bookkeeper. 

Now I’m a full-time painter and print-maker, but still 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—I want to capture all of it. By embracing the details and frequently the imperfections of nature, my work offers a unique, creative perspective. I primarily focus on the region where I live in Pittman Center, Tennessee—just on the edge of the Greenbrier entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My studio is full of treasures collected from the forest and river near my home. Lichens, nutshells, rocks, seeds, mossy sticks, and flowers—these treasures go into the gestation of my paintings. The variety and intensity of color in a dying leaf or the graceful line of a stem, the personality of a dancing blossom—these are nature’s gifts that are all worthy of recording. I work primarily in watercolor and copperplate etching, but I also do mixed media work in mordant gilding of gold and/or silver leaf. My artwork continues to be an evolution of creative ideas."
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.
Pop-Up Demo: Melissa Burrell
Saturday, June 29th 11-4pm

Join us in the gallery on Saturday, June 29th from 11 - 4 pm to meet Melissa Burrell and learn about her paper collage techniques.

Check out our Facebook event page here.

Art After Dark featuring Sarah Sneeden
Join us in the gallery Friday, August 2nd, 6-9 pm to meet Sarah and watch her paint!

Friday evening, as you stroll through the gallery’s 140+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music by Phyllis Bryan and delight in savory hors d’eouvres

Check out more of Sarah's work on our site here.
4th of July Celebrations in Haywood County
Downtown Waynesville: Stars and Stripes Celebration from 11-3pm. More information here.

Lake Junaluska: Fireworks at the lake 9:30pm. More information here.

Maggie Valley: Backyard 4th at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds 6-9pm. More information here.
Mountain Street Dance in Downtown Waynesville
Friday, June 28th
July 12th and 26th
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Put on your cloggin’ & square dancin’ shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoedown! Live mountain music, demonstrations, and instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments are available for purchase. Limited bleacher seating available so feel free to bring a chair or blanket for the Courthouse lawn.
Pop-Up Demo: Pamela Haddock
Saturday, July 27th 11-4pm

Join us in the gallery on Saturday, July 27th from 11 - 4 pm to meet Pamela Haddock and watch her paint. See more of Pam's work on our website here.

This the second in a series of "pop up" shows that we will be hosting this year. Stay tuned!
Folkmoot Festival Returns! July 18-28, 2019
Some highlights:
July 20th: Folkmoot Parade of Nations , Downtown Waynesville 10am
July 21st: Hazelwood "Mootenanny, " Folkmoot Greenspace, 2-9pm
July 27th: International Day , Downtown Waynesville, 10-5pm

Check out the full Folkmoot 2019 schedule here
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Waynesville, NC 28786