by Brittany Whitehead

Sunday, October 10, 2021

HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — The Haywood County Arts Council has announced an open call for work for the upcoming Small Works Exhibit that runs from November to December this year.

The Small Works Exhibit is an open themed exhibit that encourages people to buy art for holiday gifts. It’s the arts council’s longest-running and final exhibit of the year.

This year, HCAC is encouraging artists to create artwork that celebrate the multiple different holidays that run between November and December in many cultures, as well as the different ways people celebrate and experience those holidays.

HCAC is also suggesting artists create works that celebrate Appalachian heritage and craft.

The exhibit will open with a reception on Nov. 12, 2021.

Though most of HCAC’s exhibitions require that participants be members of the organization, the Small Works Exhibit is open to any and all Western North Carolina Mountain Region artists for a small fee.

The only other requirement for entrants is that the pieces be 12 inches in any dimension — or smaller.

“Our vision is that this exhibit is eclectic both in the medium of the works presented, but also in its message of celebration. We hope for a message that illustrates that we all celebrate one way or another, though it may look and feel different” said Morgan Beryl, HCAC executive director.

To enter the exhibit, download the contract HERE. Directions for submitting it are on the same webpage. Non-members pay $30.00, members pay $15.00 and emerging artists pay only $10.00.

“For emerging artists, this is a great opportunity to try your hand at putting your work in a gallery and seeing what sells” says Lauren Medford, HCAC’s marketing and membership coordinator, an emerging artist herself.

The deadline to enter is Oct. 22, 2021!