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Arts & Entertainment Summer arts programs for youth and adults

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is ans ambitious new arts organization – bringing summer programming to adults and youth, right here in our back yard.

Imagine yourself in a studio where other artists are exploring innovative, multi-media printmaking methods or making photograms using the sun, learning about slabs and extrusions, forming pots with attention to function and detail, learning plein air painting surrounded by majestic mountains and summer botanicals, or making books filled with memories and stitches. Imagine that you will be sharing ideas and meals and outings with other artists from around the country. At Cullowhee Mountain ARTS, you will find a like-minded community of passionate learners, energized by wonderful instructors where daily concerns are left behind.

The 2013 Summer ARTS Series June 16 – July 27 will bring a distinguished faculty with national and international reputations who will teach 20 artist workshops, in painting, printmaking, book arts, ceramics, photography, mixed media and sculpture. The workshops provide a fiveday immersion experience supplemented with lectures, demonstrations, or portfolio talks. Instruction and sharing among artists take place within the $30M Bardo Arts Center, opened to academic use in January 2005. Of the complex’s approximately 76,000 square feet, approximately 46,000 square feet is utilized for visual art programs including the Fine Art Museum.

Youth programs include, two- and five-day art camps, a week long “Clay Works” workshop for all ages, Saturday morning family art days, and a Teen Workshop, taught by sculptor Judy Richardson, who built the peaches in the movie “James and the Giant Peach.”

The lectures, demonstrations, or portfolio talks are open to the public.

In concert with the Summer ARTS Series, The Fine Art Museum at WCU is hosting the 2013 Cullowhee Mountain Arts faculty invitational, opening May 20 through July 26, 2013. The exhibit features the work of 19 contemporary artists working throughout the United States presenting an invigorating compilation of art in a multitude of mediums.

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS was born out of a desire to support communities of artists and learning and to serve the local community with art programs for adults and youth.

Enrollment is open for most workshops and youth programs. Visit www.cullowheemountainarts.org to find out more, or call (828)342-6913; Cullowhee Mountain ARTS, office is located at 598 West Main Street, Sylva.


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