June 30, An Enchanted Evening with Pride: Join in the discussion, get your hands dirty and make a pride pot, enjoy heavy appetizers and drinks, and get an up-close experience with our artists and their work. This intimate, experience is limited to 12 attendees. 

Hosted at the Yellow House on their beautiful lawn and terrace.

Facilitated by HART’s Executive Director Steve Lloyd and Artistic Director Candice Dickinson.

Features HCAC Artist Members Heather Mae Erickson & Jason Pierson and a performance by Tina Collins. This discussion will be recorded live by WCU’s Travis Rountree and Sara Steiner for WCU’s LGTBQ audio library.

Thank you to our Meet the Makers Sponsors:


WNC Student Artists Exhibit: Curated by Emily Reason, HCC Professional Craft Professor. Selected works from artists enrolled in art programs or courses located in the Western North Carolina Mountain Region.

July 1, 6 -9 pm, Opening Reception

Music: HCC Music Instructor Ashley Winters and Student Cellist, Laura

Artist Demo: John Gelder, starting at 6

July 3, 11 am – 1 pm, Artist Demo by Rory Moon

Ashley Winters and Student Cellist, Laura
John Gelder
Rory Moon

Thank you to our WNC Student Artists Reception Sponsor:

July 8, 5 – 6 pm, Fiber & Stone: Before you dance the night away at the Friday Night Summer Street Dance join in to learn about artists’ techniques and their motivations with HCAC artist members, Nancy Gamon & Dennis Corso. This is a FREE EVENT, donations welcome! 

July 15, 5 – 7 pm, Fused Glass Flower Garden.

Get creative, no matter your skill level or age. Classes are developed and led by HCAC artists members and span mediums such as fused glass, painting, and jewelry making.

Class Instructor: Amanda Taylor

Class Title: Fused Glass Flower Garden

Class Objectives: Create your very own fused glass flower garden that can be displayed as a plate, on the wall, or a window in your home. Each student will create a design on a 6X8″ glass tile which has a pre-fired sky and ground. All you need to do is create your garden!


July 22, 5 – 7 pm, Collect your garden harvest in a basket you crafted! 

Eat, drink and get crafty! Led by HCAC artist members, make a fun piece of art while tasting a flight of wine and complimentary charcuterie.

Taught by talented HCAC artist member Debbie Mills, at this exclusive event, you’ll create a new tool to carry or display your garden bounty by learning to weave a basic herb basket. Enjoy three flights of wine and complimentary charcuterie generously donated by Bosu’s Wine Store. 

Thank you Bosu’s Wine Store! 

Mary Decker


Our Member’s Summer Exhibit: This open-themed exhibit gives HCAC artists members the opportunity to show the work that most speaks to their current techniques, interests, and medium. Artists are continually learning and evolving, making the opened themed exhibit a snapshot in time into the mind and heart of the artist.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Producer: Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery

Reception: HCAC Board of Directors 

Nina Howard in her Studio


Life in Haywood Exhibit: Work that expresses the artists’ connection to their life in Haywood County. Artist statements to include an explanation of what they used as inspiration.

Thank you to our reception sponsor for the Life in Haywood exhibit:

September 24 & 25, Haywood County Studio Tour: The Studio Tour is a two-day self-guided tour where visitors are invited into artists’ studios to meet the artist, view demonstrations, and buy local art. This year will feature timed demonstrations, printable maps, and a new “hub” that will be your first stop on the tour and will include many artists, raffles, music, and food and drink.

Balsam Range performing at Smoky Mountains Bluegrass Festival, 2021


Our Mountain Music Traditions Exhibit: Works of art that use music as its inspiration. A focus on bluegrass, Appalachian, or mountain music and instruments is encouraged.

October 29, Smoky Mountains Bluegrass Festival: Held at the beautiful Maggie Valley Festival Grounds at the peak of leaf season, the festival is HCAC’s annual fundraiser. The festival includes award-winning bluegrass bands, music-themed vendors, artist member demonstrations and artwork, a child and adult playground, and local drinks and food. This year’s all-star lineup includes Balsam Range, Sister Sadie, and The Amanda Cook Band.

Jeff Menzer


Small Works Exhibit: An eclectic display of many different mediums, subjects, and artists. All works are 12 inches or under and encourage giving the gift of the creative spirit.

Small Works, 2021


Small Works Exhibit, continued: An eclectic display of many different mediums, subjects, and artists. All works are 12 inches or under and encourage giving the gift of the creative spirit.

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