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 January 2015

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.


January 8 (Thursday) Art League of the Smokies—Demonstration of "Oil Painting Techniques in a Portrait" by Jon Houglum, of Franklin, NC. Jon Houglum’s masterful and accurate rendering of his subjects, whether landscape, still life or portrait of an animal or a person, begin with composition, then drawing and finally painting the subject in the traditions of the Old Masters. He will demonstrate the step-by-step process he uses to complete a portrait in oil paint. He begins with a raw umber drawing of the subject using a photo for reference while keeping the elements and principles of design in mind. Then, he blocks in what he calls the "step one colors," followed by the "step two" finishing of the portrait. To view the diversity of subjects that this artist paints, go to www.houglumfineart.com. 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.


January 12 (Monday) School Assembly—National Theatre for Children will present "The Resource Raiders."

     1:30 pm to 2:15 pm—SCMS grade 7 in Auditorium.


January 27 (Tuesday) Talent Show performed by students of SCMS, under the direction of Rachael Lewis.

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


January 28 (Wednesday) School Assembly—Talent Show performed by students of SCMS under the direction of Rachael Lewis.

Time to be Announced--SCMS 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 February: SCHS & SCMS School Assemblies on Feb. 2—"Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement" by Bright Star Touring Theatre—at 9:20 am for grades 9-11, at 10:40 am for grade 12 and at 1:00 pm for grades 6-8; Art League of the Smokies Colored Pencil Workshop by Mark Menendez on Feb. 3 (registration & a small registration/supply fee is required); Elementary School Assemblies on Feb. 6—"George Washington Carver & Friends" by Bright Star Touring Theatre--at 10:15 am for grades 3-5 and at 12:30 pm for grades K-2; Flute and Harp Concert by Milissa Ellison Dewey and Ann-Adèle Lloyd on Feb. 8 at 3:00 pm followed by Artist Reception for Elizabeth Ellison and Martha Ann Smith; Far West Honor Band Concert on Feb. 21 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