A collection of unique crafts in the heart of Hayesville
Anyone who has visited the John C. Campbell Folk School knows that the day starts with “morning song.” It is a familiar refrain to those in the area. The Morning Song Gallery originally opened near the folk school and operated there for 13 years. In 2013, owner/artist Pam Parrish moved her gallery to nearby Hayesville.
Morning Song Gallery began as a working artist studio for Pam Parrish back in the early spring of 2001. Morning Song was supposed to be a simple painting studio — a creative space where the artist could put the landscapes she saw in her mind onto canvas. Soon, she was visited by local artists who asked if their art could become a part of Morning Song Gallery. It wasn’t long before more artists came with the same request and eventually the artist’s little one-person, one-room painting studio in Brasstown grew into a well-known gallery with well over 70 artists represented. The gallery offers all mediums of art, including pottery, woodworking, jewelry, quilting, dolls, stained glass, photography, basketry, weaving, papermaking, iron work, handmade kitchen utensils, and painting. Each piece is original and one-of-a-kind.
Now located on the square in historic downtown Hayesville, Morning Song Gallery and other Hayesville cultural sites are a wonderful destination point and a step back in time where people are friendly and enjoy living in the moment.
Pam Parrish considers the artists she represents as her family. On display are hand sculpted Raku birds, bear, and horses by Helen Harris who also has pots and vases for sale. Sue Chisholm’s Nativities and Angels are hand sculpted from white clay with impressions created using items of special memories for her. Stained glass large panels, window sun catchers, chimes, and various decorative plates are created by Alberta Blazina. Her husband, Joe, creates the wooden framing on her glass panels, as well as wooden wall mirrors with various cutout designs. Margaret Pinney carves 22 different woodland critters in wood. Photographer Stephan Banakas specializes in wildflowers and local landscapes and historical landmarks.