Pastel Workshop – Saturday August 2

One week from today, Saturday August 2, 2-5 is the next pastel painting workshop at Nature’s Home Preserve.  The subject is “still life” focusing on ‘negative space,’ one of my favorite workshops for these warm summer days. Up here at Nature’s Home it is almost always cool, so the temperature should comfortable.  The film maker, Sean Botzenhart, will be visiting again to shoot some more for the pastel painting workshop DVD, so this workshop is sure to be fun!

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Project Grants Awarded to Regional Artists

Frank Brannon at SpeakEasy Press in Dillsboro, NC
RAPG Award Recipient Frank Brannon at SpeakEasy Press in Dillsboro, NC

Six Western North Carolina artists receive funding to support their artistic endeavors.  Time in a high end recording studio for musicians, marketing materials for a performing arts group, and new equipment and materials for artists’ studios are among some of the funded projects this year.  Regional Artist Project grants support professional artists at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic development. Continue reading “Project Grants Awarded to Regional Artists”

Images of Place and Time

The Jackson County Arts Council, The Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center and the Smokey Mountain High School art department is proud to present “Images of Place and Time”. This exhibit is currently on display in the Rotunda Gallery at the Jackson County Public Library Complex Gallery. The images were created by student from Cherokee Central Schools and Smokey Mountain High School and are on display in honor of Native American Heritage month.

Exhibit, Textural Organic , opening April 13, 2013 in Rotunda Gallery

Violet Aquatic

Violet Aquatic (Encaustic collage on paper)

Artist, Dawn Behling, will be exhibiting select works in the Rotunda Gallery at the Jackson County Library Complex, Historic Courthouse, Sylva, NC.  The exhibit will run from April 13 through the end of May.

This exhibit features nature-inspired work that has an imaginative, dream-like quality.

Behling’s work reveals lush colors and rich visual textures that express idealized environments.  Collaged aquatic imagery, to screen printed leaf patterns are some of the themes that will be included in the exhibit. The media she uses in her work varies from acrylic, encaustic, collage, and screen print.