As host to many local and visiting artists, Waynesville’s art scene never slows down, even in the chilly winter months. Whether your goal is to peruse all of the local galleries or attend a singular event, we offer many art-infused options.
Main Street’s Art After Dark
The final Art After Dark of 2019 will be held on December 6. This is always a popular event with both residents and out-of-town folks. Many stores stay open past normal business hours, and a festive vibe permeates downtown. With it being so close to Christmas, the live music and appetizers from local art galleries will be holiday themed. Galleries will also offer art demonstrations by regional artists, jewelers and crafts people.
A Night Before Christmas
This enchanting event held Saturday, December 14 from 6-9 p.m., honors the nostalgia of Smoky Mountain . Up and down Main Street, numerous bands and musicians will play holiday tunes. The click clack of a horse-drawn carriage lures Art galleries and other merchants offer festive activities and treats. These handmade Christmas cards are distributed to homebound folks who may need a little extra holiday cheer.
WNC Paint Events at Frog Level Brewing
If you love the idea of sipping beer and painting with friends, WNC Paint Events offers a unique art event at Frog Level Brewing. On various Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m., artist Robin Arramae teaches attendees step-by-step instructions on how to paint the featured painting of the evening. It’s $25 per person which includes all supplies, as well as instruction. These events are especially fun when celebrating birthdays, holidays, showers or any other signature event.
Haywood County Arts Council
‘It’s a Small, Small Works’ exhibit runs November 1 to January 4 and features approximately 60 artists whose work is 12” x 12” or smaller and priced at $300 or less. The exhibit is free and open to the public. All works are original. The Haywood County Arts Council will also host January Jazz at The event will take place at 7 p.m. and feature the Charlotte-based band Jazz Revolution. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, coffee and tea will be served. An inaugural art exhibit called the Affrilachian Traveling Show will run from January 17 to February 29. This event will honor and feature visual art that exemplifies the people and land of this region.
Folkmoot Cultural Center
Long known for its international festival, the now offers year round programming. The goal is to honor the arts and culture of the Southern Appalachian region. The Folkmoot Center will host their third Southern Storytellers Supper on November 21 at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy a full southern dinner and an evening with Courtney Lix, author of No Place for the Weary Kind: Women of the Smokies. On December 5 from 6-9:30 p.m. you can partake in the kickoff party for the Balsam Range Art of Music Festival taking place that weekend at Lake Junaluska. If you’re looking for New Year’s Eve plans, the Folkmoot Center welcomes acclaimed bluegrass musician Darren Nicholson for a lively evening. There are many other ongoing and singular events, which can be found at folkmoot.org.
Waynesville’s Chili Cook-off Stroll
The Jewelers Workbench, in conjunction with the Galleries of Haywood County, will host the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off Stroll on January 18. Over 40 merchants and storeowners offer chili for patrons to taste. If you don’t feel like walking, Pigeon River Outfitters provides complimentary shuttle rides among the three shopping districts of Main Street, Hazelwood and Frog Level. Wristbands are $5 and that includes all tastings. The festivities last the entire day, and the cook-off runs from noon to 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the MANNA FoodBank school backpack program and other efforts sponsored by the Galleries of Haywood County/Haywood County Arts Council.
Winter is an exciting season in Waynesville. If you’re an art lover of any kind, we hope to see you soon!