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 (Seasonal)
Dancing with Nature  
Apri 2020 Issue 4 Vol 10
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
As I create this newsletter, we are into week #6 of “stay at home” orders. The day and the date mush into a mind that is confused, frustrated, and misses life the way that we knew it.
I keep a routine of spending time in the gallery, daily, but must admit that I have enjoyed the flexibility of time and commitment allowing for 2 walks a day along with shoulder PT home exercises. I have done some reading, puzzle constructing, and a huge amount of time trying to navigate through the financial support efforts offered by the government. 
There are the occasional phone orders to process and ship along with social media updates, webinars, and gallery maintenance projects that fill the days, amazingly so. I am not anxious to open the gallery, with concerns for me, my employees, and you, our customer, accidentally contracting Covid-19 by a stray germ lurking around. I am not anxious to get out amongst the masses with careless hygiene practices.  I AM anxious to hug on my peeps and take walks in the woods.
I have no idea how opening to the public will look for us ~ in the early days and in the months to come. All I know is that it will be different, and that pulls at my heart. In the meantime, the artists really need your support so if you have a need and can spend, please do so. Otherwise, please share our social media so that Twigs and Leaves Gallery stays in the minds of all so that when the time is right, and we throw the doors open, they will be back to experience the gallery.
It is almost May!! That means Mother’s Day is approaching. To all those mothers out there who have suddenly turned home-school teacher, HUGE, gold stars go out to you!
I have been thinking about what a pandemic would have looked like when I was a kid. First, 8 kids in one house 24/7? Yikes! The constant cleaning that public health officials have been driving down our throats? Hmm …. we pretty much lived in a “germs are good” environment. My mother home-schooling? Obviously, it would not have been done via ZOOM. I remember asking her for help with chemistry and her explanation was so over my head I was dazed (note, she was a chemistry major from Vassar).
Through all the frustrations, she would have never raised her voice but could take you to your knees with “the look.” And we would have come out the other side just like our nation will now. One day we will be able to look back and marvel because all those moms did what they had to do. Happy Mother’s Day to ALL!
The arrival of May also brings the season of Art After Dark. Not happening this year :-(. Since you are unable to come to us, we are coming to you in the safety of your home via Facebook Live. This is going to be the maiden voyage, so I am a bit nervous.
Previously scheduled fiber artist Tracey McCracken Palmer will be doing a live demonstration, from her home, on May 1 at 5:30 EST, just like AAD. Grab your 5:30 FriYAY evening beverage of choice, maybe an hors d’oeurves in thoughts of the gallery, and sit back and enjoy the show. If you miss it, it will remain on our FB feed. Don’t do Facebook? We are working on making the event available to you.
We can do this!! Stay well and stay safe. We have had one of the most gorgeous springs that I can remember. I leave you with the next round of blooms that are just starting.

May You Walk in Beauty ~ Carrie


Susan Ling
“Watercolors and oils each have their own rhythm, their own tempo. Paintings are not pictures, but expressions of the excitement of the passing moment.”

Susan was born and raised in Michigan spending vacation time on the big waters of Lake Michigan and small lakes, studying art along the way. She's a self-taught, intuitive painter, her first art exhibit was a close-line exhibit at the age of 8.
Susan has been exhibiting her work through art fairs, festivals, libraries, universities, government buildings and galleries since 1982.  Susan teaches watercolor and handmade paper through various institutions and privately.

Snuggled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, about an hour west of Asheville, Susan is the artist/owner of Watercolors and Oils by Susan studio and the "Country Framer," a custom picture frame shop and gallery in Cullowhee, NC.
Save The Date!
ART AFTER DARK, Friday, May 1st, 5:30 pm
Featuring: Tracey McCracken Palmer
Facebook LIVE

Tracey McCracken Palmer is a native of Haywood County in Western North Carolina, and has always used art to express herself. As a young girl, she used graphite pencil to capture the world around her, then in high school she started exploring the world of acrylics, adding watercolor and soft pastels to her painting mediums through the years. She is a self-taught artist with no formal schooling. Skies and clouds captivate her, and the way light plays with shadow, and she is inspired daily by the beauty of these Great Smoky Mountains.

Although she still works in other mediums, Tracey has recently discovered the art of making felt, and is now "painting" landscapes through the process of wet felting. She finds it very exciting to layer colors of pure dyed wool to create her scenes, then wet and work it with the use of friction until the fibers bond together, creating felt. After it has dried, she adds more details
with the use of needle felting, using notched needles which push the wool fibers into the felt. Each felted landscape is totally unique and made entirely by hand, using pure wool and silk fibers.

View more of Tracey's work here

For more information on Art After Dark via Facebook Live, check out our event page here and watch for the link on Friday! Don't forget to share with your friends!

Missed us Live? No problem! The video will stay available on our Facebook page.
JUNE 5th Art After Dark:
Jack Stern
We are still finalizing the details of this event, so please stay tuned to our Facebook page and watch for next month's newsletter.

In the meantime, check out more work by the talented Jack Stern here.
Haywood County COVID19 Updates

Find Haywood County COVID19 updates (including updated restaurant information) here

May 23rd Spring Rockin' Block Party: CANCELLED
Sending you positive wishes of hope, strength, and grace.

We can do this!
98 N. Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786