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 February 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 and Swain County Middle School. Dora May is the high school art teacher and Sheena Kohlmeyer is the middle school art teacher.

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February 2  (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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February 3 (Tuesday) Art League of the Smokies—"Cunning Critter," Color Pencil Workshop taught by painter and illustrator, Mark Menendez, of Andrews, NC. In this workshop, students will learn many techniques to broaden their color pencil skills. Mark Menendez created this project to explore helpful color pencil techniques that can be used in other wildlife projects. Students will be introduced to the following techniques: 1) how to capture realistic fur; 2) how to capture the glass-like quality in the eyes; 3) how to achieve maximum impact using a monochromatic palette; 4) how to do cross-hatching; and 5) how to utilize toned paper to best effect. This workshop is designed for any student--beginner, intermediate or professional. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, 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 artist demos and workshops. This workshop is full.

     4:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Lobby.

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February 6 (Friday) School Assemblies: Bright Star Touring Theatre of Asheville, NC, will present "George Washington Carver & Friends." Join George Washington Carver as he leads your students on a fast-paced and hilarious introduction to some of the most influential black Americans of the last 150 years. Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and Madame C.J. Walker are just a few of the inspirational stories brought to life in this empowering production. Bright Star Theatre shared this production with the George Washington Carver National Historic Site in Missouri this year. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. There are a few seats available to the community. Anyone who wishes to attend the performance should call 488-7843 in advance to reserve seats.

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

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

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February 8 (Sunday) Celtic Music Concert performed on Harp & Flute followed by Artist Reception for Elizabeth Ellison and Ann Smith. Harper and singer Ann-Adèle Lloyd and flutist Milissa Ellison, both of Asheville, will perform a wide range of selections of Celtic music for harp and flutes from medieval to modern times. Lloyd will be performing on Celtic harps, while Ellison will perform on various modern and historical instruments, including a flute made in London in the early 1800’s. Immediately following the concert there will be a meet and greet reception for the musicians and the artists, oil and watercolor painter Elizabeth Ellison of Bryson City and papermaker Ann Smith of Asheville, whose artwork will be on display at the Center for the Arts through mid-March. Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, 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. This program received support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Arts.

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

     4:00 pm to 5:30 pm—Reception in the Lobby.

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February 21 (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. (Snow date is Feb. 28 at the same time.)

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

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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 March: Mars Hill College Wind Ensemble Concert on March 2 at 1:30 pm; Art League of the Smokies Palette Knife Oil Painting Demonstration by Jeff Marley on March 3 at 6:15 pm; instead of the usual musical in March, there will be a musical showcase in May.

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