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 August 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 her students. 


July 31 (Thursday) Art League of the Smokies—DVD "Color Essentials: A Painter’s Guide" with Lea Colie Wight. Reach the next level of sophistication in your painting as you join top artist and Studio Incamminati instructor Lea Colie Wight for an in-depth study of colors as she demonstrates the painting of a portrait. This 68-minute DVD will demonstrate the methods for color mixing mastery that come straight from Studio Incamminati founder and world-renowned portrait artist Nelson Shanks. You can train your eye to see all the subtleties of color and achieve richer hues with this guide you’ll use again and again. This DVD master class will show you how to: 1) Be fearless with your paints and learn to control your medium by pushing colors right up to their edge and pulling them back with Lea’s tips; 2) Free yourself from formulaic painting so that you react and adjust your approach as you go, rather than memorizing formulas for color mixing; and 3) Tell your subject’s story convincingly by identifying draw-through or action lines that aid in interconnecting the parts of the painting. Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, anyone interested is invited to attend free of charge. Contact Jenny Johnson at 488-7843 for information about future Art League programs.

       6:15 pm to 6:30 pm—Business meeting in the Lobby.

       6:30 pm to 7:45 pm—DVD in the Auditorium.

       7:45 pm to 8:45 pm—Networking in the Lobby.


August 17 (Sunday) Concert & Artist Reception—Appalachian Fire Bluegrass Band of Flat Rock, NC, will perform a concert of bluegrass and gospel music. Immediately following the concert there will be a reception for the 21 Western NC artists with artwork on exhibit in the Community Exhibit. This exhibit includes more than 70 works of art in a variety of media, subjects and styles and will be on exhibit through the end of the September. 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 25 (Monday) Meeting—Dance Classes Student and Parent Meeting with Vickie Bailey to issue shoes and discuss schedule.

       4:30 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:  Art League of the Smokies—demo of "Batik and Watercolor on Rice Paper" by Barbara Brook on Sept. 4 at 6:15 pm; SCHS Fall pictures with Life Touch on Sept. 17; National Honor Society Induction Ceremony for SCHS on Sept. 28 at 2:00 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