Jackson County Student Art Contest

The students of Jackson County presented their creative visual art in an exhibit at the Sylva Library April 11th through April 27th when the event culminated in an awards presentation.

The juried art ranged in scope from visualization of how to care for this highly diversified area of our country, to how we fail to care for the beauty that surrounds us. Public, private, chartered, virtual and homeschoolers represented Jackson County from Cashiers to Sylva.
A blind jurying process prohibited artist-jurors from any knowledge of names, schools, age or sex of each student. Jurors studied the art for content, message, interpretation and creativity.
For the second consecutive year, Assistant Professor of Art Education from WNC College of Art and Design, Erin Tapley, brought her years of knowledge and expertise to the table.
Ms Tapley has shown in 23 personal exhibits over 13 states across America. She has also received nine prestigious awards and grants in her field
Though student-juror from Southwestern Community College, River McBride, is a newcomer to Jackson County, she had been involved in both visual and performing arts since early childhood. River’s talent extends over a broad area of multi-media visual arts, however she excels in the genre of ink portraiture.
Of necessity, River recused herself from judging any submissions where she recognized either the art or knew the artist.
John Miele, owner and manager of The Golden Carp in Dillsboro, added a fresh dimension with his vast experience in the illustrative arena of fashion design.
While serving as Director of the Fashion Illustration Department at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, he was a frequent contributor in magazines such as Bazaar, House and Garden, and Mademoiselle.
Winners by age division, are as follows:
FIRST PLACE: Mia Kaylor, kindergarten, Blue Ridge School; Hunter Mc Bride, 5th grade, Homeschool; Zoe McBride, 8th grade, International Connections Academy.
SECOND PLACE: Addison Wilson, kindergarten, Cullowheev Valley; Lurae Mackey, 2nd grade, Mt Discovery Charter School; Angela Hernandez, Blue Ridge Early College.
THIRD PLACE: Heidi Rose Dinkelmeyer, 2nd grade, Cullowhee Valley; Jenny Contreras, Blue Ridge School; Fisher Druffel,10th grade, Blue Ridge School.
HONORABLE MENTION: Logan Leamon, 6th grade, Homeschool; Alicia McCoy, 7th grade, Blue Ridge Early College; Kamren Leamon, 10th grade, Smoky Mt. High; Barrett Yanik, 4th grade, Summit Charter School; Tristen Fisher, 2nd grade, Blue Ridge School.
The art contest was made possible by the Jackson County Farmers Market; Jackson County Public Library; The SYLVA Herald; Jackson Council Arts Council; Sow TRUE Seed, Asheville; and Kel-Save Drugs, Sylva.
Submitted by: Carol McCrite

Scholarships for Artists and Art Educators Due May 10, 2017

Jackson County Arts Council is a proud sponsor of these scholarships for Artist and Art Educators…The deadline for the applications is May 10, 2017 – Don’t miss out!!

Cullowhee Mountain Arts is happy to announce 8 Scholarship Opportunities to be awarded to Artists and Art Educators living in the counties of Western North Carolina. The scholarships will be a matching fund of half-tuition towards an artist workshop, held during the 6th annual Cullowhee Mountain Arts Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University. Three weeks of workshops will run during the month of June beginning June 11th. Application deadline is May 10, 2017 and notification to the winners will be made on May 25, 2017.

These scholarships have been made possible by the NC Arts Council and awarded through the Jackson County Arts Council Grassroots Grant (JCAC) to CMA who is matching the funds to provide 8, ½ tuition scholarships open to all regional artists living in Western North Carolina.

The Cullowhee Mountain Arts Summer Arts Workshop Series will be held at Western Carolina University from Mid-June to the end of June. This annual event is comprised of three weeks of 5 workshops per week in the following disciplines: Book Arts, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking and Photography.

CMA and its Board of Directors believe the arts energize every facet of our community life; and CMA is committed to the idea that arts invigorate communities. These scholarships will make it possible for members of the WNC community to enjoy learning from Artist-Instructors of national and international reputations.

Please follow the link below for more information and for the application.

http://www.cullowheemountainarts.org/scholarships

Chris Aluka Exhibition

An exhibition by Atlanta-based photographer, Chris Aluka Berry (with commentary by Marie T. Cochran) will be displayed in the Rotunda Gallery of the Jackson County library February through March.

Marie T. Cochran, is a former WCU faculty member and founder of the Affrilachian Artist Project.

Cochran and Berry are collaborators on a regional documentary initiative on African Americans in the Appalachian region and recipients of a grant from the “We Shall Overcome Fund” under the auspices of the Highlander Center for Research and Education.

A related community event takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 2 – 4pm at the Jackson County Public Library Community Room.

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” celebrates Black History Month in Jackson County (NC) and serves as a tribute to the life and legacy of Victoria Casey McDonald.

The event will include musical guests, a Story Circle of shared memories featured friends, family and former students, moderated by Marie T. Cochran.

For additional information, please contact Victoria’s daughter, Faustine McDonald Wilson, owner of Survival Pride clothing at info@survivalpride.com or Marie T. Cochran at art@affrilachiastudio.com