Swain Co. Center for the Arts

Swain Co. Center for the Arts

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 September 2014

COMMUNITY ART EXHIBIT:  21 Artists and artisans located in Western North Carolina will exhibit 75 works of art through September 22. The artwork ranges from realistic portraits and landscapes to abstract designs with a wide variety of media represented: watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel and mixed media paintings; photography; Cherokee bead work; wood carving; scroll-saw wood carvings; stained glass sculptures, lamp and relief wall hanging; baskets; stone carving; and assemblage. Most of the artwork is priced to sell.

October-November Art Exhibit:  Pastel and acrylic paintings of a variety of subjects by Dorely Ammons Cain and six of her students—Margot Johnson, Carol Lani Johnson, Becky Nelsen Yandell, Terry Michelsen, Nikki Henke, and Lucius Salisberry.


September 4 (Thursday) Art League of the Smokies—Demonstration of "Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper" by Barbara Brook of Waynesville, NC, and Florida. This free demonstration will put a new twist on the ancient art of batik, which is traditionally a wax resist and layers of dye on fabric. Barbara Brook says, "The method of ‘Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper’ has put a new spark into my artistic life. After being a very detailed painter for many years, I am thoroughly enjoying the loose, textured look of my paintings…The process of building layers of wax alternately with color is intriguing as well as challenging as it becomes increasingly difficult to see the color as the wax builds up. Batik painting has taught me to think more about shapes and value, two factors that are usually the major components of any successful painting, and less about color and subject matter." Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, anyone who is interested is invited to attend the demonstration free of charge. Contact Jenny Johnson at 488-7843 for information about future Art League programs.

       6:15 pm to 6:30 pmBusiness meeting in the Lobby.

        6:30 pm to 8:30 pm—Painting Demonstration in the Lobby.


September 8 (Monday) Life Touch Photographers—School Pictures. All SCHS students, faculty and staff should report as called.

       8:00 am to 2:55 pm on Stage.


September 16 (Tuesday) School Assemblies: Native American Culture Day—Daniel Tramper and the Deer Clan Dancers of Cherokee, NC, will perform hoop dancing, Pow Wow dancing, music and storytelling in full regalia. There are seats available to the community at the 10:40 am show. Anyone who wishes to attend the performance should call 488-7843 in advance to reserve seats.

       9:20 am to 10:20 am—SCHS Assembly, grades 10-12.

       10:40 am to 11:40 am—SCHS Assembly, grade 9.

       1:00 pm to 2:00 pm—SCMS Assembly, grades 6-8.


September 28 (Sunday) Induction Ceremony—Isabel Bacon Chapter of the National Honor Society with Billie Clemens, faculty advisor. SCHS students, parents and teachers. Everyone welcome.

       2:00 pm to 3:00 pm—Induction Ceremony in the Auditorium.

       3:00 pm to 4:00 pm—Reception in the Lobby.


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


Coming in October:  Art League of the Smokies demo on "How to Make & Print a Photopolymer Plate" by Frank Brannon, Jr., on Oct. 2 at 6:15 pm; School Assemblies for SCHS—"Save a Life: Distracted Driving Program" on Oct. 3 at 9:20 am and 10:40 am; SCHS Renaissance Program TBA; SCHS Homecoming Talent Show on Oct. 10; Native American School Assemblies for East & West Elementary with Deer Clan Productions and Daniel Tramper on October 21 at 10:15 am and 12:30 pm; Storytelling & Spontaneous Art by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia followed by book signing and art reception for Doreyl Ammons Cain and six of her pastel painting students on Oct. 25 at 6:00 pm.

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