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 March 2015

ART EXHIBIT:  Mixing Media: New Work by Ann Smith and Elizabeth Ellison. 11 abstract and impressionistic oil paintings by Elizabeth Ellison of Bryson City and 10 handmade paper and fabric compositions by Ann Smith of Asheville will be on exhibit through March 22. All of the artwork is for sale.

April-May Art Exhibit: Artwork in a variety of media, techniques and subjects by students of Swain County High School.  The artwork was created in art classes taught by Dora May.

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March 2 (Monday) Band Concert by Mars Hill College Wind Ensemble for Western NC area high school bands from Swain, Andrews, Hayesville, Murphy, Franklin.

     1:30 pm to 2:45 pm in the Auditorium.

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March 3 (Tuesday) Art League of the Smokies—Jeff Marley of Cherokee, NC, will demonstrate his Alla Prima (wet on wet) painting techniques for creating quick, fluid oil paintings. He will include the use of palette knives, mediums, and thick paint texturing as he demonstrates the painting of birds and a landscape. Marley will also discuss how this technique can be used in Plein Air Painting (painting outdoors) and will provide a list of all the tools and accessories he uses. As an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Marley’s work is focused on the exploration and furthering of Cherokee culture. Sponsored by North Carolina Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, this program is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Contact Jenny Johnson at 488-7843 for information about future Art League programs.

     6:15 pm to 6:30 pmBusiness meeting in the Lobby.

     6:30 pm to 8:30 pm—Oil Painting Demonstration in the Lobby.

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March 9  (Monday) School Assemblies: Bright Star Touring Theatre of Asheville, NC, will present "Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement." This powerful show brings to the stage pivotal moments of the American struggle for Civil Rights. The Freedom Riders, 'Bombingham' and the Montgomery bus boycott are just a few of the key events that unfold before the audience. Key figures and dynamic songs from the time period are welcomed to the stage with an accessible script that is sure to provide a great launching pad for better understanding of this challenging time in our nation's past. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. There are seats available to the community at the 10:40 am show. Anyone who wishes to attend the performance should call 488-7843 in advance to reserve seats.

     9:20 am to 10:20 am—SCHS Assembly, grades 10-12 in Auditorium.

     10:40 am to 11:40 am—SCHS Assembly, grade 9 in Auditorium.

     1:00 pm to 2:00 pm—SCMS Assembly, grades 6-8 in Auditorium.

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March 28 (Saturday) Concert—Far West Honors Band under direction of guest conductor, Mike Robbinson, director of bands at Mars Hill College. Features top players from Swain, Hayesville, Robbinsville, Andrews, Franklin and Murphy High Schools. Students will rehearse for two days with Mike Robbinson and in master classes with small groups from WCU and Young Harris College. The concert is free and open to the public. Contact Karen Williams, Swain County Band Director, for more information: kwilliams@swainmail.org.

     2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Auditorium.

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March 31 (Tuesday) Art League of the Smokies—Demonstration of "Creative Watercolor and Collage Techniques" by Billie W. Shelburn, contemporary artist and instructor of drawing, painting and mixed media. Billie Shelburn will paint from images in her mind rather than from direct resources as she uses subliminal images to create abstract realism through the use of lights and darks, shapes and moods. The demonstration painting will be reminiscent of our natural surroundings in the Appalachian Mountains. She’ll demonstrate how she uses the elements and principles of design to build her composition and color as a technique for definition of space. Oriental paper collage will also be applied to the painting. Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, this program is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested. Contact Jenny Johnson at 488-7843 for information about future Art League programs.

     6:15 pm to 6:30 pmBusiness meeting in the Lobby.

     6:30 pm to 8:30 pm—Painting Demonstration in the Lobby.

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*Click on month of desired calendar under "Calendar of Events" on the right for a PDF downloadable version of this month's calendar.

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Coming in April: School Assemblies of "Electricity" by Red Herring Puppets on April 8 at 10:15 am for grades 3-5 and 12:30 pm for grades K-2; SCMS Chorus Concert directed by Rachael Lewis on April 9 at 6:30 pm; School Assemblies of "Red Riding Hood" by WCU School of Music Opera Workshop Class at 10:00 am for Bright Adventures and at 12:30 pm for grades K-2; Impact 2015 coordinated by Robert Owen on April 24 & 25 at 7:00 pm and April 26 at 6:00 pm; SAVE A LIFE TOUR with School Assemblies at 8:15 am and 9:20 am for SCHS and 4 to 5 simulator sessions throughout the day; Art League of the Smokies Watercolor Workshop with Jo Ridge Kelley on April 28 (advance registration and $35 registration/supply fee required).

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