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98 N. Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786
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Dancing with Nature 
January 2021 Issue 1 Vol 11
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
Hello!
Happy New Year!! As we all welcome a new chapter, I hope you had a lovely holiday season. I imagine you most likely enjoyed a very modified version of your traditions, as we did. We did have a magical Christmas here in Waynesville with snow falling, allowing for outdoor play while helping with that social distancing thing.  

Speaking of snow, the Blue Ridge Parkway closes for most of the winter due to safety precautions, but walking on the road is allowed. What a treat!! We have been there a couple of times, once being the first to tread through the virgin snow. Ah…..the peace and tranquility of it all. 

As we closed the book on 2020 with its many challenges, fortunately, the gallery’s year ended on a positive note, and we enter 2021 with incredible gratitude to all our customers that intentionally supported our small business and our artists struggling with the restrictions Covid-19 created for them. To each and every one of you: thank you for your continued support that brought some joy to 2020. Now we move on.
My family's Christmas was a puzzlement ……. as in numerous jigsaw puzzles gifted. Growing up, I never really put 1000-piece puzzles together until my mother’s later years as it was something we could do together, keeping her focused and challenged. At that point, I was somewhat hooked and did a couple of puzzles on my own. 

Now she is gone, and we no longer do puzzles together, but I have a renewed interest, especially since it is a good winter-time project. She taught me a couple of tricks to the art, so as I piece together this jumbled disarray, she is with me, giving life to the artwork, one piece at a time. I am held captive by the intrigue of puzzle-making as I appreciate the fulfilling satisfaction of hearing the click indicating the perfect match. The draw is like trying to eat just one potato chip. You just get sucked in with the anticipation of bringing the artwork to life. Once into a puzzle, all other responsibilities are put on hold, like the need to pack up those Christmas decorations ……..they can wait ~ my puzzle calls, as does my “mama time.”  
2021. What does it bring for Downtown Waynesville? I only wish I knew.  It makes it hard to create plans for the year with the uncertainty that still exists.  You most likely will not see us participating in Art After Dark, unless all things pandemic-related make a huge turnaround. We have been very diligent with masking, sanitizing, and creating a “safe” environment, so encouraging social gatherings is not on our agenda. As with last year, we will continue to have monthly, featured artists with a SaturDAY appearance, getting creative with demonstrations and distancing so stayed tuned for the unveiling of the schedule.  

The good news is that Downtown Waynesville seems to continue to thrive during the pandemic as closings have not occurred. We even have two new dining opportunities ~ Rootless Kitchen located in 828 Market and Dough Boys Pizza bringing New York style pizza to Mad Anthony’s. Dine in or carry out is available at all the restaurants. 

And don’t forget, we ship ~ just give us a call; we can even arrange off-hour visits should that make you more comfortable. We, and all downtown, continue to carry on and look forward to life as we knew it because we miss seeing so many of our customer friends and their smiles.
Now, onto February with DWA “Love the Locals.” We want to express our appreciation to ALL of you so if you are downtown please come by for a special treat from us. While here you may want to pick up something special for your sweetheart as Valentine’s Day is upon us.

Winter is a great time to be in the mountains. Check out the links below and come play!

Right now, life is a fragile puzzle, but with care, dedication, and unity we can piece it back together into the beautiful masterpiece that we remember. The pieces are all there, it is up to everyone to make it whole. Stay safe, stay well, and be kind.
May You Walk in Beauty ~ Carrie
SPOTLIGHT ARTIST:
 Donna Huyett
Donna was born and raised in Pittsburgh and early on was exposed to the visual arts with her father being a graphic artist for the Pittsburgh Press and her aunt being an accomplished fashion illustrator.
 
Her creative journey began at the Cleveland Institute of Art and continued at Moore
College of Art in Philadelphia with a major in illustration. Her focus was in the corporate community as illustrator, brand developer, design director in advertising agencies and principal in her design studio. Clients represented the hospitality, entertainment, pharmaceutical, fashion, and retail industries.
 
A major component of her DNA is her love for animals and the endless bounties of the great outdoors. This is underscored by her immersion into the equestrian world of dressage and cruising 2,500 miles with her husband to the Keys on their beloved sailboat, Montego.
 
Having put the 9-5 world behind her, Donna’s creative expression is now channeled through her graphite drawings and watercolors. “Watercolor keeps me on my toes; finding the balance of planning steps ahead while keeping the painting fresh and spontaneous. I find graphite a comforting and rewarding way to honor my animal friends”, says Donna.
 
In addition to her private commissions, Donna’s work is offered at the Biltmore Estate, and Number 7 Arts Gallery in Brevard. She is now delighted to be part of the Twigs and Leaves Gallery of respected local artists and artisans.
“The play of light and shadow washing over a subject is what grabs my attention. I never know where the subject will take me.”   -   Donna Huyett
Rediscover the Adventure in You...
EMBARK ON AN ADVENTURE THAT LEADS YOU BACK TO YOU.

Last year brought many stresses. But the new year gives us a chance to wipe the slate clean and rewrite the script for 2021. We recommend making it a year to rediscover yourself. A year to seek out adventure. A year to rebalance...

View local adventures here.
Winchester Creek Farm Tours
Alpacas and Mini Farm Animals

Conveniently located about 35 minutes from Asheville on the Smoky Mountain Expressway, just outside of Waynesville, NC.

Public & Group Tours • Farm Photo Sessions
Private Custom Experiences & Special Events
Onsite Shop at Granny’s House Gifts – Coming in May 2021
Educational tours are 45-minutes where you’ll have the opportunity to walk the farm and learn about and meet some of our animals who make up our Farmily.

View more info here.

Love the Locals
February is for the locals. Watch for the hearts to find participating downtown businesses.
Find Haywood County COVID19 updates here
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