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Arts & Entertainment Artists ready to paint the town during ColorFest, Oct. 22

Amy Ammons Garza puts the finishing touches on a sidewalk painting.The vibrant hues of autumn come to life Saturday, Oct. 22, at the third annual “ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge” showcase.

ColorFest transforms downtown Sylva into a Paris-like setting with fine artists painting at easels along Main Street, surrounded by the wonderful fall foliage of North Carolina’s mountains.

Joining the painters in this colorful endeavor is a variety of other artists, showcasing their talents in: glass, clay, sculpture, fiber art, caning, wood carving, ceramics and fine furniture.

Visitors are encouraged to navigate sidewalks filled with colorful umbrellas and watch as the canvases yield their treasures.

Local musicians and street entertainers add live music to festivities, while restaurants and shops are open to serve the crowd throughout the day.

“ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge” is produced by the non-profit Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, in partnership with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Visual Artists Association.

Funding for the program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Jackson County Arts Council.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Attendees making a donation to Catch the Spirit of Appalachia receive a ColorFest 2011 tote bag.

For festival or lodging info, call (800) 962-1911 or visit

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