The streets of Waynesville are lined with galleries and shops, many selling North Carolina arts and crafts. Most are commercially owned, but one was founded and operated by the Haywood County Arts Council, an organization that, for 43 years, is celebrating community arts. The gallery—and upstairs council offices—can be found at 86 Main Street. With a blend of the old and new, the gallery retains historic details like its hardwood floors, now surrounded by contemporary white walls and a state-of-the-art lighting system that shows off the artwork on view. In addition to changing monthly exhibitions, the site includes 144 square feet of retail space where local artisans sell their work.
The Haywood County Studio Tour, the Galleries of Haywood County, and the Quilt Trials of Western N.C. are affiliated with the Haywood County Arts Council. The Galleries of Haywood County is a membership of professional galleries and studios in downtown Waynesville and other communities in the county. The Galleries of Haywood County participate in Art After Dark (May – December) and Winter Arts Smokies Style (January – March), monthly events in which the stores and galleries are open in the evening. The Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails Studio is also located in Waynesville where local artists create quilt blocks that decorate local homes and businesses. Locals and visitors alike spend the evening walking along the brick-lined streets under a canopy of trees, taking in exhibitions and enjoying a dinner in town.
Galleries of Haywood County
Haywood County Studio Tour
Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina