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 July 2015

ART EXHIBIT: Selected pieces of arts and crafts in the permanent art collection of Swain County Center for the Arts will be on exhibit through mid-July. The artwork features 35 paintings depicting mostly scenery and flowers of Western North Carolina done in a variety of media and techniques. Most of the artists live and work in Western North Carolina. Media represented in the entire permanent collection of 230 pieces include: watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil and mixed media paintings; drawings in pen and ink, marker, charcoal and pencil; sumi-e or Japanese brush painting; batik on fabric; photography; computer enhanced photography; wood carving; stone carving; pottery; baskets; quilts; fabric wall hanging; crochet; stained glass; copper sculpture; copper enameling; pottery; masks made of several materials; handmade paper; wood display cases and easels; and even a log cabin complete with miniature people and furnishings. Thirty-four of the pieces were created by Native American artists from Cherokee. Most of the artwork was donated by the 98 artists with artwork in the permanent collection. Thirty-one pieces were purchased with North Carolina Arts Council funds through the Grassroots Arts Program grant.

August-September Community Art Exhibit: Local artists may submit up to four pieces of original art in any media for the Community Art Exhibit. Artwork will be received from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday, July 13, or by appointment prior to that date.


July 7 (Tuesday) Art League of the Smokies—DVD, "Alternative Art Cards," with Margaret Peot. In this 109-minute DVD Margaret Peot encourages you to step outside of traditional ways to make a mark and to start being creative on a daily basis through a portable card-deck journal. See how these little cards become canvases for responding to what is happening around you in your life. She will work through the four seasons while demonstrating techniques such as stenciling, gouache resist, aging and stamp carving. Discover surprising techniques for finding hidden pockets of time in which to be creative. 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 6:30 pm—Business meeting in the Lobby.

     6:30 pm to 8:00 pm—DVD in the Auditorium.


July 9 (Thursday) Public Meeting with TVA—Regulations for Floating Houseboats.  All houseboat owners are encouraged to attend this free public meeting.

     5:00 pm to 6:00 pm—Registration in the Lobby.

     6:00 pm to 8:00 pm—Program with power point & speaker in


     8:00 pm to 9:00 pm—Refreshments in the Lobby.


July 13 (Monday) Artwork received for Community Art Exhibit. Bring up to 4 pieces of original artwork in any media to the lobby of the Arts Center between 8:00 am and 11:00 am or call 488-7843 to make arrangements to drop off your artwork before July 28. Attach a 3" x 5" pieces of papter to each piece with your name, address, phone number, name of work, materials used, and price. The exhibit will stay up until September 23.

     8:00 am to 11:00 am in the Lobby.


July 21 (Tuesday) Folkmoot USA—Musicians and dancers from 3 different countries will perform traditional folk dances and music from their countries dressed in native costumes. Sponsored by Folkmoot USA and Swain County Chamber of Commerce. You can avoid lines at the door by purchasing tickets in advance from the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, Bryson City, NC. Call 488-3681. Admission: $16 and children age 12 and under FREE.

     7:30 pm to 10:00 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 August: Art League of the Smokiest—DVD "A Step-by-Step Guide to Acrylic Collage," with Merle Rosen on August 4 at 6:15 pm; Dulcimer & Ukulele Concert followed by artist reception for Community Art Exhibit on August 9 starting at 3:00 pm; Cafeteria Staff Training on August 10, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Meeting of Dance Students and Parents with Vickie Bailey on August 31, 5:00 pm to 6:30 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