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 December 2014

ART EXHIBIT:  45 realistic drawings, fresco, oil and watercolor paintings by Cynthia Cochran Kinard and a variety of weaving, felting and other fiber arts by Teresa Bouchonnet. Both artists have studios in Franklin, NC. Cynthia Kinard works in the style of the Old Masters to produce her portraits and landscapes. Most of the artwork is for sale.

December-January Art Exhibit:  Mixing Media: New Work by Ann Smith and Elizabeth Ellison. The exhibit will include oil, watercolor and mixed media paintings. Most of the artwork will be for sale.


December 5 (Friday) School Assemblies—Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth of Champion Gates,  Florida, presents "The Elves & The Shoemaker." This classic Brothers Grimm story takes the stage as an original musical with new lyrics set to traditional holiday melodies. An Elf must help a poor shoemaker with the help of the elves in the audience. The Brothers Grimm wrote down over 200 German folktales that taught lessons and morals. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

     10:15 am to 11:10 am—Grades 3-5 East & West Elementary in Auditorium.

     12:30 pm to 1:25 pm—Grades K-2 East & West Elementary in Auditorium.


December 6 (Saturday) Acoustic Guitar Concert and Artists Reception—Guitarist Ronnie Evans, native of Franklin, NC, will perform a concert of music from the 50’s and 60’s, easy listening, country and bluegrass. He is a finger-style guitarist known for his smooth style. He also plans to include some Christmas music in the concert. Immediately following the concert there will be a meet and greet reception for Evans and the artists, oil and watercolor painter Cynthia Cochran Kinard and fiber artist Teresa Bouchonnet, whose artwork will be on display at the Center for the Arts through January 19. Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, the public is invited to attend both the performance and the reception free of charge. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

     6:30 pm to 7:40 pm—Concert in the Auditorium.

     7:40 pm to 8:45 pm—Reception in the Lobby.


December 11 (Thursday) Annual Christmas Concert—SCHS and SCMS Band under direction of Karen Williams. The concert will feature Christmas music by grades 6-12, small groups, solos and the SCHS Concert Band. Admission is free.

     6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Auditorium.


December 12 (Friday) Art League of the Smokies—Christmas Party Creativity games planned by Nancy Gibby, Christmas music, ornament game exchange and covered dish meal. Anyone who has attended an Art League program is invited to attend. Each person should bring their favorite dish with recipe and a $1 ornament for exchange. Bring donated auction items in brown paper bags so contents can’t be seen. These will be used for mystery auction. Contact Jenny Johnson at 488-7843 for information about future Art League artist demos and workshops.

     5:30 pm to 9:30 pm in the Lobby.


December 16 (Tuesday) Christmas Music Concert by SCHS, SCMS and East Elementary Grades 2-5 directed by Maggie Jennings and Rachael Lewis. Admission is $2 with children age 6 and under free. There will be light refreshments along with a silent cake auction, sponsored by SCHS Choral Boosters, in the lobby following the concert. Any donations to the music program would also be appreciated.

     6:00 pm to 6:30 pmConcert by East Elementary grades 2-5.

     6:30 pm to 7:00 pm—Intermission.

     7:00 pm to 8:15 pm—Concert by SCMS and SCHS choruses.

     8:15 pm to 8:45 pm—Cake Auction and refreshments in the lobby.


December 19 (Friday) Christmas Dance Recital under direction of Laura Bailey and Kayla Reece.  Swain County After School Arts Enrichment Program coordinated by Vickie Bailey. This first Christmas Dance recital will be followed by refreshments in the lobby. Admission: $2 for Adults; free for all children and students.

     6:00 pm to 8:00 pm—Recital on the stage.

     8:00 pm to 8:30 pm—Refreshments 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 January: Art League of the Smokies oil painting demonstration by Jon Houglum on Jan. 8 at 6:15 pm; SCMS Talent Show on Jan. 27 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