Swain Co. Center for the Arts

Swain Co. Center for the Arts

The performances in Bryson City are jointly sponsored by Folkmoot USA and Swain County Chamber of Commerce. Located at Swain County High School

Eugenia (Jenny) Johnson, Director          Phone: 828-488-7843

Click on month of desired calendar under "Calendar of Events" on the right for a full-length PDF downloadable version of each month's calendar of events.

Selected Events for July 2014

ART EXHIBIT: Selected pieces of arts and crafts in the permanent art collection of Swain County Center for the Arts will be on exhibit through July. The artwork will showcase pieces depicting mostly scenery and flowers of Western North Carolina done in a variety of media and techniques. Most of the artists live and work in Western North Carolina. Media represented in the entire permanent collection of 228 pieces include: watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil and mixed media paintings; drawings in pen and ink, marker, charcoal and pencil; sumi-e or Japanese brush painting; batik on fabric; photography; computer enhanced photography; wood carving; stone carving; pottery; baskets; quilts; fabric wall hanging; crochet; stained glass; copper sculpture; copper enameling; pottery; masks made of several materials; handmade paper; wood display cases and easels; and even a log cabin complete with miniature people and furnishings. Thirty-four of the pieces were created by Native American artists from Cherokee. Most of the artwork was donated by the 93 artists with artwork in the permanent collection. Thirty-one pieces were purchased with North Carolina Arts Council funds through the Grassroots Arts Program grant.

August-September Community Art Exhibit: Local artists may submit up to four pieces of original art in any media for the Community Art Exhibit. Artwork will be received from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday, July 28, or by appointment prior to that date.

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July 1 (Tuesday) Art League of the Smokies—DVD "ACRYLIC, The Watercolor Alternative" with Charles Harrington. This 68-minute DVD shows how acrylics can be an attractive and viable alternative to watercolor. Using many of the same techniques that are used in watercolor painting, you will learn how to make the most of this easy-to-master medium. Charles Harrington demonstrates the use of transparent, translucent and opaque color applications in two very different landscapes. He also demonstrates the use of additives to enhance the application of acrylic colors. Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, anyone interested is invited to attend free of charge. Contact Jenny Johnson at 488-7843 for information about future Art League programs.

       6:15 pm to 6:30 pm—Business meeting in the Lobby.

       6:30 pm to 7:45 pm—DVD in the Auditorium.

       7:45 pm to 8:45 pm—Networking in the Lobby.

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July 22 (Tuesday) Folkmoot USA—Musicians and dancers from 3 different countries will perform traditional folk dances and music from their countries dressed in native costumes. The countries that will be performing this year include Hawaii, Romania and Turkey. These performances are jointly sponsored by Folkmoot USA and Swain County Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, Bryson City, NC. Call 488-3681. Admission: $16 and children age 12 under FREE  

      7:30 pm to 10:00 pm in the Auditorium.

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July 24 (Thursday) Movie: "Gas Land I," sponsored by Susan Leading Fox. The public is invited to attend the movie free of charge.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Auditorium.

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July 28 (Monday) Artwork received for Community Art Exhibit Bring up to 4 pieces of original artwork in any media to the lobby of the Arts Center between 8:00 am and 11:00 am or call 488-7843 to make arrangements to drop off your artwork before July 28. Attach a 3" x 5" pieces of papter to each piece with your name, address, phone number, name of work, materials used, and price. The exhibit will stay up until September 23.

      8:00 am to 11:00 am in the Lobby.

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July 31 (Thursday) Art League of the Smokies—DVD "Color Essentials: A Painter’s Guide" with Lea Colie Wight. Reach the next level of sophistication in your painting as you join top artist and Studio Incamminati instructor Lea Colie Wight for an in-depth study of colors as she demonstrates the painting of a portrait. This 68-minute DVD will demonstrate the methods for color mixing mastery that come straight from Studio Incamminati founder and world-renowned portrait artist Nelson Shanks. You can train your eye to see all the subtleties of color and achieve richer hues with this guide you’ll use again and again. This DVD master class will show you how to: 1) Be fearless with your paints and learn to control your medium by pushing colors right up to their edge and pulling them back with Lea’s tips; 2) Free yourself from formulaic painting so that you react and adjust your approach as you go, rather than memorizing formulas for color mixing; and 3) Tell your subject’s story convincingly by identifying draw-through or action lines that aid in interconnecting the parts of the painting. Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, anyone interested is invited to attend free of charge. Contact Jenny Johnson at 488-7843 for information about future Art League programs.

      6:15 pm to 6:30 pm—Business meeting in the Lobby.

      6:30 pm to 7:45 pm—DVD in the Auditorium.

     7:45 pm to 8:45 pm—Networking in the Lobby.                                                                       

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*Click on month of desired calendar under "Calendar of Events" on the right for a PDF downloadable version of this month's calendar.

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Coming in August: Training for Western Region Child Nutrition Programs on August 6, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Concert by Appalachian Fire Bluegrass and Gospel Band on August 17 at 3:00 pm followed by reception for musicians and artists exhibiting in the Community Exhibit.

Call Jenny Johnson at 488-7843 to reserve the Center for the Arts for your own event or to view exhibits. 

  

Eugenia (Jenny) L. Johnson, Director

Swain County Center for the Arts
1415 Fontana Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone: 828-488-7843
Fax: 828-488-0523
Email: jjohnson@swainmail.org