Volunteer of the Month: Hailee Locklair

​​​​​​Well, she isn’t really a volunteer, but we want to thank our summer intern Hailee Locklair! Hailee has helped in so many ways both public-facing and behind the scenes. She has led our outreach activities at farmer’s markets in Canton & Waynesville. Helped keep the gallery open by working nights and weekends as a docent. A quick learner, Hailee has cleaned up some of our administrative procedures, supported donor management, and researched options for updating inventory systems, file sharing, and more. Hailee heads back to Western Carolina University in mid-August, and we are going to miss her so much! If you had the opportunity to work with Hailee, please send her a thank you and wish her luck in her final year in school. Come back to see us soon, Hailee!


The Haywood County Studio Tour is a two-day self-guided tour where hundreds of visitors are invited into artists’ studios to meet the artist, view demonstrations, and buy art. Studios are sprinkled throughout all of Haywood County bringing visitors to diverse locales both urban and rural. The Haywood County Studio Tour starts at Canton’s Sorrells Park. Guests can pick up a brochure, grab a bite to eat, enjoy local music, visit with participating artists, enter to win prizes, and help paint a mural to benefit Haywood’s two high school art programs. 2022 marks the 100-year anniversary of football in Haywood County. Celebrate with us by painting run-through banners for your favorite team. The banners will be used at the PHS & THS rivalry game! The murals will benefit PHS & THS art programs.

Volunteer in Two Ways:

1. Canton Hub: Five volunteers are needed each day to assist community members in painting a football run-through mural for PHS & THS high schools.

2. Studio Attendants: Twenty-four volunteers are needed each day to monitor entry and exit at every stop to stamp passports and collect passports as needed.


September 2021, BearWaters Brewing Company: Riverside Mural Project

HCAC’s Marketing & Membership Coordinator, Lauren Medford was approached about painting a mural for Canton’s Bearwaters Brewing Company. The local business was flooded after tropical storm, Fred in August. Lauren jumped into action by designing the mural and organizing our talented artist members and volunteers. Medford explains, “many of our artist members and volunteers asked how they can help those in our community affected by the severe flooding. When this opportunity was presented, HCAC knew this would be a great way for us to give back to our community in a creative way!”

If you would like to be involved in our next special project, become an artist member to receive our “Artist Member Top Two Newsletter” which highlights two weekly opportunities for artists!  

Haywood County Arts Council Mural


Docenting is perhaps the most important volunteer activity anyone can donate to HCAC. Docents keep our gallery open and allow HCAC to promote and sell artist member artwork. HCAC would not be where it is today without many dedicated individuals who give their time by sitting behind our docent desk, selling artwork and promoting HCAC programs. 

Interesting in Docenting? Contact: Morgan Beryl, director@haywoodarts.org


HCAC’s quilt block program is almost 100% volunteer run. Program Coordinator Janet Steinke donates her time ordering and picking up supplies, coordinating with volunteers, designers, and customers, and painting the blocks.  

Interested in Painting Quilt Blocks? Contact: Morgan Beryl, director@haywoodarts.org 

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