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In the Heart of Historic Waynesville 

98 N Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786
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June 2017 Issue 4 Vol 7
News, Life and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains

The Changing Face of Tradition
35 years ago my mother started a week long summer camp at the family "swamp" in NW FL for the grandchildren. The oldest camper of the five attendees was 5 years old. This is the week of Playzure Summer of which I am attending for five days. There is a whole new generation here. Today there are 24 campers with many more to come.   The week is steeped with tradition from tootsie roll pops on the overnight canoe trip to the Pledge of Allegiance at the morning flag raising. It is always a week filled with swimming, art crafts, fishing, woods exploring, canoeing ... the whole gamut.  
Though camp life has become a bit more relaxed, the joy of cousin companionship remains beyond compare.As some of the traditions have faded, this second/third generation will continue and mold it into their own.

~photo credit to Terri Clark Photography~
June 3rd employee and gallery resident jewelry artist Becky Burnette married Patrick Smith in a most endearing ceremony at the family farm where she was born and raised. We are over the moon excited for this new beginning and for Becky and Patrick as they start their own traditions.

And speaking of changes, our four-year downstairs tenant Mountain Favors will be moving across the street (to the exited Christmas shop) the first of July. We wish them tremendous success as they start a new journey. The traditions we had formed will go away but not the friendships. 

Speaking of tradition...... the Downtown Waynesville Kids on Main Children's Parade on the Fourth of July is coming up. What a GREAT family tradition to have as you are invited to participate in the walking parade down Main Street.

Traditions come and go .... or just evolve. But what remains is the heart and the memories. I hope that in your list of traditions is a visit to the mountains of Western North Carolina. See you soon!
Scatter Joy
~ Carrie
Art After Dark
Jenny Buckner
Oil Painter  
Jenny Buckner lives and works in Waynesville in the mountains of North Carolina. She was raised in Brevard, in Transylvania County.
With little formal training, Jenny has discovered her natural gift for composition and color within the last few years. Her interest in oil painting was encouraged by her mother who is a local watercolor artist herself.  In addition to painting, Jenny enjoys gardening, raising her award winning fuzzy lop rabbits, and cooking for her husband and two children.

Jenny is known for painting animals, though not her sole subject, which she portrays with amazing light and color. Jenny particularly enjoys painting flowers, animals, and children. Very popular to the gallery, Jenny is a delight to meet and a treat to watch.  Jenny's paintings are included in international publications. She has won awards in both local and national juried shows.
Jenny is seldom without her camera as she travels around Western North Carolina, always on the lookout for a subject for a painting. Working from her photographs, Jenny applies her oil to canvas in a loose comfortable style suggestive of European impressionist painters. She especially enjoys her animal and portraiture work, which allow her to bring her subjects to life by  incorporating their emotions and movement. She says "Capturing the soul of the person is important in my portrait work. I try to recreate what I see in the person, not just their likeness. I feel successful when my paintings stir an emotional response in the viewer." Jenny's work draws upon her deep religious faith.. "I view my ability to paint as a gift from God. I feel His joy most when I am painting."
Waynesville oil painter Jenny Buckner will be demonstrating in Twigs and Leaves Gallery during Art After Dark Friday evening, July 7, 6-9PM Friday evening, as you stroll through the gallery's 140+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music and delight in the savory hors d'eurves.

Steve Smith
Recycled Glass Artist 
Steve works in the medium of discarded glass bottles, primarily wine bottles. They offer a palette of colors and are thick enough to lend themselves to the forming techniques. Steve continues to have fun with refining and perfecting his techniques.
 Steve says he uses his adult attention deficit disorder to his advantage as he creates a piece that will invite touch, contemplation, and deeper exploration.
"I seek to create works with balance, harmony, and a reflectivity that allows for ever-changing imagery. These pieces are not transparent like stained glass ~they look back at you~ as you examine them. They love light as they invite you to look into their souls and caress them with your fingertips."
All the glass used is recycled, even the mirrors are made from scraps. Before a sculpture can be assembled, each piece of the mosaic must be created...adding colors, cutting, drilling, carving, and spending 50 or more hours in the kiln, before assembling
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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 July 7, 2017 and Friday August 4, 2017.  In August, Michael Michaud, potter will be with us to discuss and share his work.

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 July 7th and 
July 21st 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. 


On July 4th, Shops, Galleries and Restaurants are open all day.   Kids On Main Patriotic Parade begins at 11 along with live entertainment and music.   The Haywood Community
Band performs a patriotic concert a t 2 pm at the Historic Courthouse.

Come join in the fun as we celebrate our independence as a country!   

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.  
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