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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  
June 2020 Issue 6 Vol 10
News, Life, and the Art Culture in the Smoky Mountains
It’s that time of year ... camp, Playzure Summer, with family in Panhandle Florida for its 38th year. Due to COVID-19, I opted to do "pre-camp" with respect to not potentially bring the virus back to the gallery. Between being devastated by Hurricane Michael a year and a half ago and now by Coron, camp as we all knew it has a totally different look. But, as always, "the storms will provide."
As a result of Mighty Michael, I, individually, own a once torn up pasture and barn which at pre-camp with "my circle” offered amazing blessings thanks to my son's efforts. For a year, I have fantasized painting sunflowers on the old barn I grew up in, which, with my obliging girls, we did. 
There is one big oak tree that survived the storm and made the perfect respite from the intense heat and gnats as well as a romantic dining space complete with party lights. Never before was this space an option as it started as a lion pen later housing pigs. The lack of trees provided lovely views of the sunrises and sunsets. I do not know when camp will ever return as its first generations knew it but, for now, we will embrace the moments and remain as strong and resilient as that sturdy, old oak.
Mother Nature brought Hurricane Michael but we as a nation have created a more wicked storm. When COVID-19 started there was compassion and concern for one another with every TV ad bringing tears as strangers reached out to help one another. Then bitterness fell between the masses as age-old resentments surfaced during a time when the nation was most fragile, amplified by the stresses of COVID-19, which now is more entangled as states try to figure out how to get their feet back on the ground. We are all just tired and weary. These storms "will provide" and some day we as a nation will be able to sit together under that mighty oak and be as one.
The gallery remains open and we are hanging in there. Though the masks, sanitizing, and precautions make for a different experience we are still us with amazing art and a peaceful environment. It is with a heavy heart that I have just decided, again, not to participate in Art After Dark on July 3rd due to the steadily increasing Covid cases and that I am unable to offer food, beverage, and music ~ the spirit of AAD. Sarah Sneeden will be with us on Saturday, July 4th, 11-3, painting in our window. She is such a joy to watch; we hope that you will be around to watch her paint. If you have not seen it, check out Jack Stern's video from last month. He did a wonderful job of storytelling.
As we commemorate our nation's birthday, let's take the opportunity to reflect on what a great nation we truly are, set aside resentments, respect the rights of all people, put on that mask and celebrate with a hot dog and apple pie.
Happy 4th of July!

Sending you wishes for playful summer ~ Carrie


Melissa Owen
Inspired by a vast and wide world of beauty in nature, Melissa Owen, is an aspiring painter and craft artisan creating an endless stream of various multimedia works. Her mediums range from acrylic painting, pastels, colored pencil, natural material from nature and more. She has successfully and professionally accomplished wall murals, faux finishes for interior home design, jewelry wraps and bead work, as well as several various craft projects. Melissa is currently making a concentrated study of acrylic and oil painting .
Being determined to overcome a serious eye condition she developed in her late teens, Melissa has refused to allow limitations to stop her from obtaining her goal of creating art she hopes will bring warmth and encouragement to others. It is her desire to share her gifts with others so they too may be inspired to discover and grow in their own God given talents.
Save The Date...
Sarah Sneeden
Oil Painting Demo Saturday, July 4th, 11-3 pm
event details and updates here
A North Carolina resident since 1967, Sarah Sneeden is a native of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Centenary College in New Jersey, the Famous Artists School, the New York Institute of Photography, and the Portrait Institute of New York. Annual workshops in the West have added experience and new ideas to her painting repertoire. A voracious reader, Sarah’s extensive art library keeps the art world at her fingertips.
Sarah’s 40 years of experience, distinctive style and versatility are evident in her original and innumerable works of art. She likes watercolors, prismacolor pencils, and pastels for sketching but prefers the permanency of oils for her finished pieces. When she can find a sunny spot, Sarah’s favorite way of working is en plein air – working out-of-doors on location where she can study firsthand the play of light on her subject. Interpreting reality with sure brush strokes, rich color and verve, Sarah experiments with the season and the subject, always seeking that play of light. Larger pieces are completed in her studio.

View more work by Sarah in the gallery or on our website here .
Art After Dark
Friday, July 3rd, 6-9 pm

You're invited downtown to July's Art After Dark. It may look and feel different, but it's still your favorite Main Street. Make sure you plan a stop at one of our many great restaurants!

Please check out your favorite social media pages and store websites for updates. 
Last Chance for QuickDraw!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and thanks to some quick thinking, this year's QuickDraw benefit has been hosted online!

Get your bids in by June 30th.

Check out  QuickDraw  for more information.
August Featured Artist
Margaret Roberts
All Margaret, all month. Stay tuned for more details ...
4th of July events around Haywood County

Please double check event information prior to attending
Downtown Waynesville : 11 - 3 PM, live music, dining, shopping

Lake Junaluska : No Fireworks , limited events

Maggie Valley : Fireworks, 8:30 PM, Festival Grounds

Canton : July 4th Plus 1 - July 5th , Fireworks, 9:00 pm
Find Haywood County COVID19 updates here
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Waynesville, NC 28786