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Folk Art Center: Black & White 4 Exhibit

August 28, 2021 - January 16, 2022

The Southern Highland Craft Guild opened its final Main Gallery exhibition of the 2021 year on August 28th. This is the fourth edition of the popular Members Show Black and White. “This show is the most popular theme for members and visitors alike. It happens roughly every ten years and each edition has been unique and beautiful,” states Nikki Josheff, Curator of Collections for the Guild. There are 77 objects by 75 members and some pieces have already sold. The…

Potters & Patrons: The Gorelick Collection

September 7, 2021 - April 16, 2022

Carol Gorelick (1939-2019) began building her collection of pottery in 1970. Along with her husband Shelton (1929-2014), the Gorelicks were drawn to the medium’s texture and tactility and built a substantial collection of predominantly North Carolina pottery and ceramic objects over the proceeding decades. The Gorelicks purchased what they liked, with Carol once saying, “I collect by the seat of my pants.” As the couple collected, they formed long-lasting friendships with the artists from whom they purchased work. Amassing a…

A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art

November 19, 2021 - March 14, 2022

A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art features over 50 works of art in a variety of media by 30+ Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and Cherokee Nation artists. The exhibition highlights the use of the written Cherokee language, a syllabary developed by Cherokee innovator Sequoyah (circa 1776–1843). Cherokee syllabary is frequently found in the work of Cherokee artists as a compositional element or the subject matter of the work itself. The Cherokee Syllabary is a system of writing…

Weaving Across Time: Contemporary Cherokee Basket Making, Land, and Identity

December 13, 2021 - April 22, 2022

Weaving Across Time features a recent resurgence of contemporary Eastern Band Cherokee artists who are creatively building on a centuries-old practice of basket making. Learning from mothers, grandmothers, and mentors, these nine artists sustainably harvest, prepare, and dye materials found throughout Western North Carolina, and weave them into exquisite baskets.  Their creative practice is intricately connected to the land - land that has been stolen, extracted, and depleted. The Cherokee have lived throughout what is now known as the Southeastern United…

Private Kiln Firing-Full Kiln: Tryon Arts and Crafts School

January 10 - February 18

Tryon Arts & Crafts School allows students to pay for private kiln firing. By participating in TACS’ normal kiln firing schedule, potters’ work will be fired and returned within a 1- to 3-week period, allowing kiln space to be shared fairly among all classes, teachers, and independent studio participants. Individuals may bypass this process by purchasing a private firing. NOTE: TACS staff and instructors are responsible for all loading, programming, and unloading of private firings. Private firings typically happen within…

Beginning Wood Turning with Madison Geer

January 15 - January 16

This workshop will cover basic safety issues, introduction to types of wood, wet versus dry,  tools (lathe, hand tools), and techniques (clamping, turning, finishes).  Students will produce 1-2 finished pieces – spindle, muddler, dibbler, small dry flower urn and/or small bowl. Please bring a lunch or snacks as desired. Saturday, January 15, 9:00 am-3:00 pm Sunday, January 16, 9:00 am-3:00 pm $175 for members, $205/nonmembers $20 materials fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the workshop.…

Beginning/Intermediate Copper & Textured Bronze Workshop with Joe Cooper

January 21 - January 22

This workshop is for beginners or intermediate students who have good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.  Students will learn basic skills while using copper sheet, copper tubing, and copper wire with a torch welding method to make art and craft objects.  Specifically each student will make at least one candleholder or wine coaster using the illustrated technique. Students should bring safety glasses, leather utility gloves, and hearing protection (if desired). Friday, January 21: 1:00-5:00 pm          Saturday,…

Learning Damascus Forging with Gerry Drew & Billy Salyers

February 4 - February 5

This is an intermediate workshop – students must have a good working knowledge of forging and basic blacksmithing skills. This two-part workshop will be team-taught by Gerry Drew (Friday lead) and Billy Salyers (Saturday lead). On Friday evening, students will forge weld a three-layer laminated billet, rough grind to shape, heat treat and complete a knife blank ready for a handle to be added at the student’s home shop using their own tools. This is a traditional “San Mai ”…

Silkscreen T-Shirt Workshop with Reid Coyner

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

No prior experience is necessary. Learn the principles of silkscreen printing with this single session course.  We will be cutting a knife-cut stencil to print a single-color image.  The course will use readily available water-based textile inks (choice of white or black) to print on t-shirts; a heat-setting device will be provided. Students should bring the image they wish to print, 5 or so cotton t-shirts and paper to print on if you wish. $65 for members and $95 for…

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