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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) 

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Dancing with Nature 

September 2018 Issue 9 Vol 8
News, Life and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains

 
We have a hornets' nest outside the gallery window that is constantly bouncing around because the head hornet decided to build the nest right above our air conditioner fan which blows full tilt all day. Despite the incessant jostling, the insects have been persistent and determined to make this house work.  It is like nature's way of showing mankind that overcoming adversities is possible with some teamwork and resoluteness.  
 
 
As I compose this newsletter greeting, the east coast had been watching for days in great anticipation as Hurricane Florence tip toed toward North Carolina. Finally impacting our NC state family, she squatted and dumped incredible amounts of water obliterating beaches, businesses, homes and vast acres of farmland far into the state. The destruction continues to this day as the rivers continue to rise though Florence has long since traveled north. Western North Carolina "dodged a bullet" with only a full day of rain barely enough to cause a disruption in business; nothing remotely close to what the rest of the state experienced.
 
With this is a reminder, now more than ever, to support small businesses and independent artists that are incredibly impacted by these acts of nature. The storm aftermath already creates a heightened stress level and the added loss of revenue just creates another inner storm. Your support is their hope of weathering the storm and traveling down the road of recovery.
 
Who's ready for fall y'all? WE are!!! We are kicking October off with a 20th anniversary celebration during Art After Dark. Kaaren Stoner, gallery creator, will be demonstrating that evening as we have a special evening in the works. A percentage of the sales during AAD will go toward Hurricane Florence recovery.  Next in line is Church Street Art and Craft Show followed by the Apple Harvest Festival. We will be winding up the month with Halloween's Treats on the Street. And for icing on the cake, let's just hope for a brilliant, leaf showing.


     
 
For my downtown moving around update .... Hunter Banks Fly Fishing Store has left but is being quickly replaced with Richard Baker's Studio (landscape painter). Also coming downtown, WATAMI Sushi and Noodle Restaurant. Looking for downtown living?  Upper story units coming soon as well as a new coffee shop. Come see for yourself! 
 
Every now and then life throws you a hurricane. But mankind is resilient and will once again rise up stronger and more mindful. To all those affected one way or another by Florence we stand beside you offering support to ride out this storm and let the healing begin.
 
Walking in beauty ~    
Carrie
 
 


Art After Dark
Kaaren Stoner


Clay artist Kaaren Stoner will be demonstrating at Twigs and Leaves Gallery during Art After Dark Friday, October 5th, 6-9PM. We will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the gallery which was created by featured clay artist Kaaren Stoner and her late husband David Erickson. Kaaren has continued to display her nature inspired work as a permanent artist.
 






Friday evening, as you stroll through the gallery's 140+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music by Erich Overhultz and delight in the savory hors d'eurves.


  
        
 
  Spotlight Artist
Peggy Epton 

My medium is fabric and thread. Rich colors, fine details, and visual depth are hallmarks of my work. From a distance, viewers often mistake my creations as a painting, but with close examination they observe layers of fabric and intricate stitching. Every handcrafted bag and framed fiber piece is original in design and a one of a kind keepsake.
 
Fabric is my canvas as I "paint" with thread. I guide the fabric under a moving needle. This technique of free motion quilting allows me to sew in any direction and "sketch" complex details onto the surface of the quilt. No patterns programmed stitches, or pencil marks are applied-even cutting is done free hand! Most of my bags and small "art quilts" are embellished with hand embroidery, bead-work, or paint.
 
The inspiration for my work lies in the natural world surrounding us...from the warmth of the sea to the changing mountain ranges outside my very first studio window.
 
My handcrafted bags have been described as a cherished piece of wearable art. Clients have reported that my fiber pieces are not only representational in nature, but also found a special place in their home!
 
It is my hope that you find a sense of peace within the study of my work.  


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Events on the Street
  Join us for these upcoming events:   
 
 
Mountain Street Dance  
September 28th
6-8PM
An old-fashioned mountain hoe down! Live mountain music & clogging, instructions & demonstrations, concessions, Historic Courthouse.  
 
 
 
 20th Anniversary Celebration
October 5th
6-9PM
Hope you will come celebrate with us!
A percentage of the sales during AAD will go toward Hurricane Florence recovery. 
 
 
   
October 13th 
10AM-5PM  
Celebrating over 30 years, this event began on Church Street but has since grown to fill Main Street and become one of the finest juried art shows in the region. You will discover a variety of art & craft including pottery, jewelry, woodworking, watercolors, photography, fiber art, candles, quilts, and more. Numerous artists demonstrate their work throughout the day.
 
Downtown shops and restaurants are open and numerous festival food vendors offer a variety of eats and treats. No animals allowed at downtown events. 
 
 
 
October 20th
10AM-5PM 
The one-day festival has grown into the region's premier juried arts and crafts event and celebration of all things apple. Waynesville NC, nestled in the Smoky Mountains, is the perfect spot to enjoy a glorious fall day filled with fun. This year's festival will feature exhibitors, live entertainment and great food. Come, and be among the crowd of more than 40,000 festival goers strolling the street! 
 
   
 
 Treats on the Street 
October 31st
5-7PM 
Participating downtown Waynesville merchants open their doors for trick-or-treaters on Halloween evening.
This is a safe and fun adventure for costumed children and their parents to stroll the sidewalks in search of delicious candy and special treats.
Waynesville Fire & Police Departments and downtown churches join in the fun.
 

      
 
Art After Dark 
Featured Artist - Margo Locke 
November 2 
6-9PM  
Look for the WGA group flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association members who are participating.  
We look forward to spending time with you!    
 
 
 
 
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Carrie Keith    gallery@TwigsandLeaves.com   (828) 456-1940