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Dancing with Nature  
August 2019 Issue 8 Vol 9
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
This greeting is an extra labor of love as my preferred typing hand is bound in a cast making this an arduous task.

Sometimes life just throws you that unanticipated bump in the road ….. literally. A couple of weeks ago I was in my “happy place” hiking a simple trail when one minute I was cruising and the next second I was face planted on a rock.
A rescue by the GSMNP Park Rangers and a pick-up by Cherokee EMS later, I ended up at our local ER with a concussion, 10 stitches in my brow, a mucked-up nose, and fractured pinkie, which sports a big ole cast.

I am filled with gratitude to all those services that kept an unfortunate situation comforting. Thankfully, I have a wonderful staff that took over the gallery and kept things running plus a multitude of friends and family showering with concerns and food.
 With the concussion and cast confines, life has taken some unexpected twists, but I am forever reminded how blessed I was that the fall was not even more damaging and that support will be there to get back on the trail when the time is right. Everyone hits those unanticipated bumps in the road coming in all sorts of life forms. When this happens to you, I wish you the comfort and support from those that surround you bouncing you back onto your journey.
Life’s turbulences are as natural as the rivers’ currents ebb and flow being directed by the rocks in its path, changing its path and direction. Some of our artists are feeling the rockiness. More and more I hear from artists that are unable to create any more due to health reasons. 
We recently lost Joseph Meigs, longtime contributor to the gallery, to the artist community, and to a vast number of collegiate students. He will be missed but, fortunately, leaves a legacy of his work. With this ebb and flow of established artists comes a new crop of enthusiastic and amazingly creative people.  For the gallery, we basically try to “go with the flow”, bounce off the rocky parts, regain our balance and keep on cruising.
So, summer has swooshed by like our local rivers' rapids with the same thrill and new experiences that Western North Carolina has to offer. I hope you were a part of the excitement and/or have had the perfect summer yourself. Now it is time to talk fall……so make plans now to come see us, y'all. Below, you will find a full list of upcoming events.
May your journey be smooth and your destination rewarding.  Should you by chance hit that nasty bump in the road, may you rise quickly and continue your merry way, just as you planned it.
Walk in beauty ~ Carrie
Stroll the galleries from 6-9pm every First Friday May - December 2019!
Presenting artist Cathryn Copper for Art After Dark Friday evening, September 6th, 6-9 pm.

Cathryn was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She displayed talent at an early age and began private instruction with Atlanta artist Kathryn Burke at age 6. She continued her studies of drawing and painting and earned a scholarship to Atlanta College of Art, now SCAD, in 1976. After graduating in 1980 with a BFA in Fine Arts, her focus was drawing, painting and photography.

With a love of music and theatre as well, she maintained her involvement in the arts community working at the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. Her work continued on paper and canvas using assorted materials to create elaborate mixed media pieces. Her inspiration is derived from found objects, combining them as totems in collage.

Currently, she is returning to her roots of drawing. She is very inspired by the light and terrain in North Carolina mountain landscapes. Her most recent work combines acrylic and graphite on canvas.  

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

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


Anne Tansey
Having grown up in rural Western NC with a short career with the U.S. Forest Service, I have spent many hours in the woods, observing the interesting shapes and tangles limbs and branches can weave themselves into. 
I began collecting pieces from the wild and making the suggestion become reality, using balance and symmetry, yet in a style the table might naturally have followed while growing. 
I feel I am on solid ecological footing as all my table legs are dead limbs found on the forest floor. Locust and several other species have lost the battle competing for light in a maturing hardwood forest. The dogwood is a victim of dogwood anthracnose, common in our area. Mountain laurel is taken from land being cleared for housing developments and the like, also common in our area. Boards for the table tops come from small local sawmills. 
I find satisfaction creating functional tables from organic shapes that perhaps evoke a memory of time spent in the forest----bringing harmony and peace to the eye and mind.
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.
50th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival
Friday, August 30th, 6:30pm
Saturday, August 31st, 6:30pm

The 50th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, to be held at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, will offer two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region.

The main shows begin at 6:30 p.m. on the grand stage of Stuart Auditorium overlooking beautiful Lake Junaluska.

Both nights will include a rich variety of the region’s finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, Jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws, and folk ensembles.

More information found here
Smoky Mountain Elk Fest 2019: September 13th & 14th
The Smoky Mountain Elk Fest is a family-friendly event full of music, entertainment, craft vendors, and educational demonstrations. You can expect to find lots of great food and drinks, guided hikes, creekside demonstrations, wildlife artists, crafts, and kid’s activities.

"Rock the Block" & Classic Car Show
After the Car Show, stick around for: "Rock the Block"
Block Party in Downtown Waynesville, NC
Saturday, September 14th
96.5 House Band
Medicated Sunfish
Slim Pickens

Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes!
Save the Date!
Art After Dark: Friday, October 4th, 6-9pm
Featuring: Jack Stern
Jack Stern lives and works in Jackson County in the mountains of North Carolina where his interests lie in capturing the natural beauty of his rural surroundings in oils, watercolors, and acrylics.

Be sure to look for next month's newsletter with more information about Jack!
View more work by Jack Stern in the gallery or on our site here .
Andrea Wilson
Pop-Up Demo and Book Signing
Saturday, Oct 12th 11-4pm
Andrea Wilson is a full-time painter and print maker, and is 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—she wants to capture all of it!
36th Annual Church Street Art & Craft Show
More information can be found here
Celebrate the Apple Harvest Festival in Downtown Waynesville!
Saturday, October 19, 2019 10am-5pm

More information found here.
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