Events + Programs

  • WNC Design Guide

    Gallery Show...

    September 1 @ 10:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm at Haywood County Arts Council
  • Artist in Residence: Char Avrunin

    Char Avrunin is a successful Waynesville artist who teaches several painting and drawing classes. Char is fulfilling a mission to paint God’s people.  Her work is primarily portraiture and she loves the buttery feel......

    October 8 @ 1:30 am at Haywood Arts Council
  • Marquita Somaliana


    October 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Haywood County Public Library
  • Artist in Residence: Jo Ridge Kelley

    Jo Ridge Kelley is a contemporary Plein Air impressionist painter and lives and works in Waynesville and Asheville, North Carolina. Jo Ridge Kelley only has a desire to paint what is her own –......

    October 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm at Haywood Arts Council
  • Artist in Residence: Caryl Brt

     Caryl Brt designs and makes items in a broad range of styles and types of wood in her studio in the Smoky Mountains.  Sometimes Caryl uses recycled objects and likes to dabble in metal-working,......

    October 21 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Haywood Arts Council
  • Artist in Residence: Kaaren Stoner

    Through 41 years of clay work – thrown and hand-built; high-fire porcelain and stoneware; Kaaren has been inspired by nature and an endless fascination with the beauty of leaves, grasses, flowers, trees, rocks and......

    October 22 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm at Haywood Arts Council

Art After Dark

“Art After Dark transforms Downtown Waynesville into an exquisite visual, culinary and performing arts center, the first Friday evening of each month from May until December.  There are few destinations in the mountains where you’ll find such a wide breadth of talented artisans and craftspeople in a single location.  All participating galleries are open from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., offering meet & greets, featured shows, refreshments, and live music performed by local bands and musicians.

Art After Dark offers a relaxed atmosphere, filled with art, music and laughter.” See Waynesville Gallery Association website.

ArtFest (formally International Festival Day)

This event is the ultimate cultural exchange—juried international and regional artwork, international cuisine, international dance and music from Folkmoot USA, and regional music and dance. The Passport to the Arts children’s area is where kids “visit” foreign countries, create indigenous crafts, and get their passports stamped.

Arts in the Schools

This program is a collaboration with the Haywood County School System, private schools, and home-school associations to enhance educational opportunities through visual and performing artists. Events have included Flamenco Vivo, Johnette Downing, the Atlanta Ballet, Michael Beadle, John and Kathy Sills, Seona McDowell, the African American Dance Ensemble, Shakespeare To Go, plus many others.

Friends of the Library Concert Series

This free program is a concert series sponsored in part by a contribution from the Friends of the Library of Haywood County. Concerts are scheduled once a month at 3:00 pm in the Waynesville and Canton Public Libraries. Performers are regional musicians representing different musical styles.

Gallery & Gifts

Exhibits feature local and regional artists in all mediums. Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 Main Street in Waynesville, NC. It is open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. The admission is free.

Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Program

The North Carolina Arts Council contributes to this program to enable students in grades 4-12 to learn to play fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin in Appalachian styles from well- known musician/teachers. Students also learn regional dance and folklore. The JAM sessions are held at Canton Middle School from 3:30 to 5:00 pm each Tuesday from October until May. There is a $120 yearly fee. The public is invited to the year-end performance.

 The Honor’s Recital

This event is an annual spring concert recital of Haywood County music students. It is an opportunity for children to play on a world-class Steinway concert grand piano and on a professional stage at the Performing Arts Center.

Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival

This program is a world-class summer chamber music concert series. The musicians are in residency at Warren Wilson College for five weeks and come to Waynesville to present five chamber music concerts.

Young Artist’s Series

This program presents concerts throughout the year showcasing the Arts Council’s Steinway concert grand piano housed at the Performing Arts Center. Talent ranges from local treasures to international touring stars such as Konstantin Soukhovetski and Vassily Primakov.