Laurey Faye Dean

My pots are purposefully pretty, lyrical & narrative, visual poems to the southern Appalachians. The motifs reflect the plants, animals & landscapes of these mountains. I am inspired by Mark Trail comics, Palissey, (the French Potter of the 1500s), and historic American Art Pottery. My training includes a BFA from UGA, an AA from HCC, […]

Liv Perkins

I stumbled upon amigurumi accidentally while I was finishing up my last year of university. A dear friend of mine told me she was expecting her first child and I knew I wanted to make something for her daughter. I came across a pattern for a sweet, little bunny. I made it without even realizing […]

Ugly Boy Flutes, Bob Child

Yes, it’s an unusual name for such a beautiful and spiritual instrument, but I am here thanks to “The Original Ugly Boy” which was, truth be told, ugly.  But it played, bold and loud, and my excitement level was electrified as I began honing my craft since that day in July, 2002.  Mine is a […]

Bob Child Photography

I’ve had a passion for photography for well over 40 years, and absolutely love living in Haywood County.  That passion combined with my love of every facet of nature, inspires me to find the “extraordinary” in the “ordinary”.  Maybe it’s a fleeting moment where I took but a single frame…or maybe it’s looking in close […]

Samantha Nelson

“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.” – Claude Monet- This is exactly how I feel living in Maggie Valley, surrounded by the beauty of the woods and mountains. I am a self-taught […]

Haidee Wilson

“ The secret to a good painting is falling in love.”    Art is a way expressing the joy and love of my Canadian French heritage, my roots. It has given me a deep sense of belonging. Through my own self-exploration, it tells a story of connectivity as a woman. Catalysts to these creative expressions […]

Christine Schlageter

Art has always been in my background, and I enjoyed drawing since early childhood. Trained in professional portrait photography I moved to this country from Germany in 1971 to the Asheville area. I am self-taught and specialize in acrylics on canvas. Some of my favorite subjects are animals and florals but also machinery and architecture.I […]

Heather Mae Erickson

Erickson, BFA at UArts and MFA at Cranbrook. She was a summer resident at the Archie Bray and was also awarded a Fulbright to study at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.  She was a resident artist at the The Clay Studio, and taught at UArts, Rowan, and Arcadia. She has earned numerous awards, including first place […]

Jason Pierson

Originally from Michigan, I have lived in Western North Carolina for nearly 20 years. I am inspired by the strong tradition of Southern craft, blending traditional quilt blocks and piecing techniques with a modern, confident, graphic style. A major focus of my work is on sustainable materials and practices. I use exclusively organic cotton (fabric […]

Daniel Metzger

Following in my father’s footsteps, I am a second-generation woodworker dealing in some of the Finest Burled and Figured wood species that America has to offer. I enjoy making elegantly crafted Live Edge furniture/art and incorporating metal, glass, and epoxy into my designs. 13 years of experience and am always excited to try new and […]

Betty Lee Guyer

I was raised in South Florida and did not start painting until 1984 while living in western North Carolina. I am primarily self-taught and I love to paint with oils. My inspiration comes from anything that touches my heart and makes me feel that I just have to paint it. I recently started using acrylics […]

Thomas Payne

 Originally from Ohio, with a stop in Northern Kentucky throughout my working career in commercial printing. Relocated to the mountains of Western North Carolina ten years ago embarking on a new adventure. The mountains and wildlife of the Smoky Mountain region allow a never-ending inspiration to showcase my talent through visual art.  I have always […]

Gina Tunney

As a small child, growing up in a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC,  I watched in amazement as my father drew wonderfully constructed, artful faces and doodles in the margins of the newspaper as he thought about and worked on crossword puzzles.   I always wanted to be able to capture faces as he did. […]

Anne Crook

I have always been a maker and get excited about whatever I am creating.  It is usually quilting, dying fabric, or eco printing.  I am always drawn to natural materials.  My quilts often have leaves, trees, or are landscapes. The last several years I have been eco-printing.  I love trying different techniques, the chemistry, and […]

Dori Settles

Dori Settles was born in southeastern Wisconsin and raised her family in eastern Nebraska where she worked as a sign language interpreter for several years before discovering the medium of glass. Settles moved to North Carolina with her husband and two dogs in 2021, after discovering a glass studio nestled in the forest near Penland. […]

Melissa Enloe Walter

As I grew up in the forested mountains of North Carolina, I became entranced with the mystical nature of this place. I create luminous paintings by layering multiple acrylic glazes over gold and silver leaf. I now seek to capture the elusive light quality through painting landscapes and our native wildlife.

Alice Herring

Alice Herring is a North Carolina native, albeit eastern North Carolina. She moved to Waynesville after her retirement in 2013. She enjoys nature through gardening, hiking, walking, and bird watching.  Glances of the majestic mountains, roaring streams, clear lakes, blue and cloudy skies, and the rich artistic community in Western North Carolina inspire her art […]

Wanda Ann Kinnaman

Art of Open Spaces and Quiet Places best describe my work. I am a digital and mixed media artist who is blessed to live and create full-time in the Great Smoky Mountains. Chances are if you don’t find me in the studio, I am out seeking open spaces or quiet places with my camera, a […]

Char Avrunin

“He guides my brush as well as my life.”Char Avrunin is an award-winning artist who follows her Creator in developing oil portraits on canvas and flame painting on copper. Working out of Waynesville, NC, her work can be found in corporate and private collections. Char has a Masters in Educational Communications, 5-year Bachelors in Visual […]

Amanda Taylor

Amanda Taylor was born and raised close to the Canadian Rockies in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Her love of the outdoors, and photography, inspires her to create unique interpretations in kilnformed glass. “My work explores the expressive possibilities of glass through variation in color, texture, light, and atmosphere. By drawing inspiration from nature, I use my glass work […]

Karen Stockwell

As a quilter, years ago I began embellishing my smaller works with beads and ephemera. That led to making bead embroidered jewelry, where beads and stones are sewn on by hand.  The colors and textures of textiles and stones intrigue me.  Inspiration is found all around, in nature, in music, in the play of sunlight […]

Laura Parker

As a lifelong artist I’ve worked in a variety of media but for several years have focused on painting in oil, for its softness and malleability, and gouache, for its opacity and portability. I’m especially drawn to capturing a moment, feeling or the likenesses of places and individuals I’ve encountered in my travels. My recent […]

Helen Geltman

I do not know why the passion Is born in the hearts of humankind to create works of art. I do not know why the passion is born in the hearts of humankind to desire art.  It seems to me the greatest tragedy that compassion for others is not always born in our hearts alongside […]

LaDonna Hurst

There is meaning behind placing my passion on canvas for the world to see. Until recently, art manifested itself as the pastime of convalescence, unity and shared interest with my best friend, and a means to release a deep-rooted creativity that had long been suppressed by life. My brushstrokes now focus on creating a window […]

Dennis Corso

Dakota - Haywood County Arts Council

I’ve been carving stones for over twenty years. I am a self-taught stone sculptor. This has some disadvantages but it also presents the opportunity to create unencumbered by the fear of doing something wrong. It’s learning by doing and even the mistakes you make offer unique insights into techniques. It’s not for everybody but it […]

Gail Holt

Haywood County Arts Council – Membership for Artist

My dolls are constructed using patterns I’ve designed. The faces are needle-sculpted then painted. The hands are wired for posing. Each figure is constructed and carefully selected using good-quality fabric. Which is then stuffed with fiberfill. My wall hangings are designed, sewn, then quilted.

Nancy Gamon

Fabric is arranged in dyeing pans and covered with a layer of ice cubes. Fiber reactive powdered dye is sprinkled on top. As the ice melted, soft tendrils of color seep into the fabric, creating one-of-a-kind surprising designs.

Carol Roden

My fascination with glass began decades ago with my grandmother’s cookie tin full of marbles, and it continues today as I use heat to fuse and shape various forms of glass into beautiful and functional objects! The unique properties and color intensity of glass give me the creative opportunity to indulge the constant inspiration of […]

Donna M. Mankus

My purpose as an artist is to capture the essence of what I see and translate that into something that the viewer can also experience. My paintings represent not only actual landscapes but also unique experiences. When I paint there are no distractions. I am in a state of intense concentration on the present.  This […]

Jessica Clark

I document and preserve the everyday life of Southeastern native peoples using personal snapshots and photographs as a source. My work consists of paintings, drawings, lithographs, and photographs and, as a Lumbee native, are from my perspective. We, the Lumbee, are a version of the Postmodern Native, a combination of European, African, and Indigenous ancestry. […]

Hannah Burnisky

Hannah Burnisky creates woodland-inspired ceramic wares as the artist of Cold Mountain Ceramics. Hannah has lived in the Asheville area her whole life and moved to Canton in 2017 with her family. She finds endless inspiration in these Blue Ridge Mountains and is excited to be sharing space with other talented local artists at Cold […]

John P. Nelson

John Nelson has been the owner of Viking Stained Glass for over 25 years, creating leaded stained glass for over 30 years. He first learned and fell in love with the trade at a commercial stained-glass studio. After working there for five years, he eventually formed his own company in Charlotte, NC. John has created […]

Pamela Winn

I began my art hobby 35 years ago in oil painting in Atlanta GA.  When moving to Florida in 1994, watercolor was the popular medium, so I had to switch. In 2008, I took my first silk coloring/dyeing class, and I was hooked.  I was only able to work on my craft during the weekend, […]

Joyce Schlapkohl

Joyce describes her style as painterly realism in oil. She strives for clear color, a strong focal point, and a good design. “Living in Western N. C. provides all the subject matter one could ever desire. We are surrounded by our beautiful natural world.”  She paints the landscape, flowers, animals, still life, and any subject […]

Madelaine Hairrell

With a career in graphic art, telling a story with words and images has always compelled me to communicate visually. Starting out early on with a hands-on drawing approach and experiencing the changes of technology on my graphics work through the years has been exciting but has also made me hunger for handmade work again.  […]

Tommy Thomas

Thomas Custom Rods has been in the business of restoring fine bamboo fly rods for private clients and for sale for over 30 years. Every year we donate many rods to local charities for fundraisers.  I am the current fly rod-making instructor at Haywood Community College and fly-fishing instructor for Haywood County Recreation Department. I […]

Charles Paine III

My work explores romantic love through tradition, religion, or landscapes. I particularly enjoy capturing celebratory moments from different cultures. As a Unitarian, I love to meet different people from across the world. I have lots of foreign friends, some of whom posed for the oil paintings in this gallery. I find people from different cultures […]

Craig Escude

Glass offers colors, depth, translucence and fluidity that speak to me and help me speak to others. I have worked with glass since 2001 creating pieces with a balanced asymmetry that are meant to capture both the eye and the heart. Using stained glass or fused glass techniques, I seek to compose pieces that invite […]

Michele Escude

M. Escude

While connecting with the glistening light on a body of water or on a mountainlandscape patiently waiting for the colors of a sunset, I realized my deep desire to interpret these moments through my art. Having been raised in New Orleans, I developed a love for art in all of its forms. Because of that […]

Judy Rentner

Judy loves the light. She is captivated by how light and dark interplay to form patterns and designs that make even the mundane magical. Although primarily a landscape painter, she paints whatever stirs her emotionally, and by presenting the thing created, may in some measure, reveal the Creator Himself. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine […]

Lauren A. Medford

My work addresses the aesthetics of flamboyance, glamour, and attitude to express the “camp” sensibilities in popular culture. These concepts are explored through the selection of subject matter that underscores the campiness in popular culture and everyday life. Reoccurring themes in my work include camp, color, excess, flamboyance, and mock-glamour. 

Kathy Ozzard Chism

Local Nature and Wildlife Photographer Kathy Ozzard Chism lives her life to help others, and sees our world through a lens of LOVE. Her lineage includes five generations of professional female photographers.  Viewing the natural beauty on earth through a camera lens has been a lifelong passion. Kathy is a featured photographic artist at Fine Art […]

Christina Bendo

Christina Bendo grew up helping her parents grow food in the rich red clay soil of Virginia.  It seems a natural progression that she now works in a craft that uses the same raw materials needed to grow food to make objects used to serve it.  After earning her B.A. at the University of Mary […]