The Mountaineer

April 10, 2024

Come see creativity in flight at the Haywood County Arts Council’s (HCAC) newest exhibit, Wings, April 10 to June 2, with colored pencil, ink, ceramics, quilting, acrylic/oil painting and more on display.

Wings are used by animals and in man-made vehicles. They provide lift and propulsion through the air. Artists let their creativity ‘fly’ in this exhibit to dazzle and delight all.

The opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Haywood Handmade Gallery, Waynesville, and includes an artist demonstration by Julie Bagamary, Fabric Art Miniature Landscapes, plus light refreshments.

Talented quilting artist Laura Jo Thompson will have work in the upcoming show.

“My inspiration comes from two things; my love of quilting and my time spent as a volunteer at the gallery,” Thompson said.

Her work involves raw edge applique and thread painting, and definitely takes quilting “out of the block.”

Come see Thompson’s quilting and the work of many other HCAC artist members at the Haywood Handmade Gallery, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville.

Creation Classes

As well as having a new spring exhibit, HCAC has three new Creation Classes in April.

• Paint and Pollinators workshop, taught by Spriggly’s Beescaping, will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 13. The class begins with a 30-minute presentation about the fascinating world of native bees that inhabit our surroundings and the various species that thrive in “bee houses” or “bee hotels,” akin to bird houses. Following the presentation, paint your very own bee cabin using outdoor-rated acrylic paints.

• Inspired Greetings invites participants to elevate their artistic skills from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 15. In this workshop, attendees will design and create four unique cards, with envelopes, under the expert guidance of artist Barbara Brook. Don’t miss this chance to unleash your creativity and create personalized greetings that will leave a lasting impression.

• The Oil Painting class will give attendees and understanding of “Saturation of Color” from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, April 26. Artist Patricia Sweet will be help students learn how to identify changes in color saturation, mix paints, learn brush stroke techniques and more.

By the end of the class, students will have completed (or nearly completed) an 8 x 10” painting of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

More importantly, they will depart with a newfound confidence in their ability to paint with oils. Join in the enriching and inspiring experience in the world of oil painting with Patricia Sweet.