Swain Co. Center for the Arts

Located at Swain County High School

Rachel Lackey, 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 August 2015

ART EXHIBIT: Community Art Exhibit with over 100 works of art by 26 Western NC artists will be on exhibit through September. The artwork ranges from realistic portraits and landscapes to abstract designs with a wide variety of media, styles and techniques represented: watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, alcohol ink and mixed media paintings, pen and ink and graphite drawings, photography, mono-prints, corn-bead jewelry, stone carvings, baskets, pottery and stained glass. Most of the artwork is priced to sell.

October—mid-November Art Exhibit: Photography by Drew Campbell.


August 4 (Tuesday) Art League of the Smokies—DVD, "Colored Pencil Workshop," with Gary Greene followed by a celebration of Jenny Johnson’s retirement as Director of Swain County Center for the Arts.  (Contact Juanita Greenspan at juanitagreenspan@yahoo.com or call her at 828-321-9541 or 828-835-6106 for more information about retirement celebration.) Experience immediate success creating realistic colored pencil paintings as you follow along with Gary Greene as he demonstrates his techniques step-by-step in this 52-minute DVD. You’ll learn the two main colored pencil techniques of layering and burnishing, and how to apply them. Gary Greene is the author of four colored pencil books, several Artists’ Photo Reference books, and has had work appear in other books and magazines. His paintings have won national and international awards. He has conducted workshops, demonstrations and lectures all over the world since 1985. He is a ten-year signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and served on its founding Board of Directors for six years. Visit Gary Greene’s website at www.ggart.biz. Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, anyone interested is invited to attend at no charge. Contact Jenny Johnson at 488-7843 for information about future Art League programs.

     6:15 pm to 6:25 pm—Business meeting in the Lobby.

     6:25 pm to 7:20 pm—DVD in the Auditorium.

     7:20 pm to 9:00 pm—Retirement Celebration in the Lobby.


August 9 (Sunday) Dulcimer Concert & Artist Reception—Champion mountain dulcimer players, Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves, of Bryson City will perform a concert that includes a variety of musical styles. There will be featured selections from Southern Appalachia and Celtic, Cajun, Hawaiian, Blues and World Music played on the dulcimer. These musical partners have traveled throughout the Eastern and Midwestern US this year and will travel to New Mexico, Arizona and Hawaii in the fall for another tour. Immediately following the concert, there will be a meet and greet reception in the lobby for the musicians and the 26 exhibiting artists from Western NC represented in the Community Exhibit. Most of the more than 100 works of art are for sale. Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, the public is invited to attend both the concert and the reception free of charge.

     3:00 pm to 4:15 pm--Concert in the Auditorium.

     4:15 pm to 5:30 pm—Reception in the Lobby.


August 10 (Monday) Swain County Schools Nutrition Program—Training for Cafeteria Staff with Jennifer Brown.

     8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Auditorium.


August 12 (Wednesday) District Kick-Off Meeting—Swain County Schools, all faculty and staff with Superintendent Sam Pattillo.

     10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Auditorium.


August 13 (Thursday) Orientation Meeting—SCHS Freshmen, Parents and Teachers with Principal, Mark Sale, at end of Open House.

     6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Auditorium.


August 18 (Tuesday) SCHS Class Meetings with Principal Mark Sale and Assistant Principal Evan Clapsaddle.

     9:20 am to 10:20 am—Grades 10-12 in the Auditorium.

     10:40 am to 11:40 am—Grade 9 in the Auditorium.


August 31 (Monday) Meeting—After-School Dance Classes Student and Parent Meeting with Vickie Bailey to issue shoes and discuss schedule.

     5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the Auditorium


*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 September: Baby Shower for Barbara Sneed on Sept. 1 at 3:00 pm; Art League of the Smokiest—Demonstration of Oil Painting Techniques in a Landscape by Jack Stern on Sept. 3 at 6:15 pm; College Career Fair for EC Students with Kevin Allman and 4 presenters on Sept. 8 at 10:00 am; SCC presentation for students and parents with Mike Treadway on Sept. 10 at 6:00 pm; SCHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony with Jessica Master on Sept. 27 at 2:00 pm.

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


Rachel Lackey, Director

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