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Local artist Jon Houglum’s original oil painting “Autumn’s Rest” is part of a fundraiser to benefit the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County.The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) and the Macon County Art Association are holding a special reception to honor artist Jon Houglum on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Uptown Gallery, 30 E. Main Street, in downtown Franklin. Those attending will get an opportunity to view the original oil painting “Autumn’s Rest,” partake of light refreshments and have a conversation with the artist.

This year’s oil painting is a landscape of a pastoral setting in historic Upper Burningtown. Hundreds of years ago, the Cherokee and early settlers were fishing in the rivers brimming with brook trout, farming the rich bottom lands, and hunting up and down the mountainsides. They knew what they were doing choosing this beautiful place to live. In 2013, people are still choosing to visit and make their homes here in this scenic valley nestled between the Cowee Mountains and Nantahala Mountains at the foot of the Great Smokies. Houglum has captured much of that beauty in this oil painting which will be presented to a FHAMC sponsor during Winter Wonderland in December.

Houglum, chosen by FHAMC as their Artist of the Year, will also be on hand during the reception to sign numbered prints of Autumn’s Rest as part of a fundraiser. Depending on sponsorship level, those donating to FHAMC will receive a print copy, suitable for framing, or note cards featuring two other Houglum paintings as well as chances to win the original oil painting, “Autumn’s Rest.” Artists recognized previously by FHAMC include local favorites John Sill and Dennis Deitz. For more information about the reception, contact Claire Suminski at (828)369-5417.

About the FHAMC Artist of the Year

Jon Houglum captures the beauty of Western North Carolina in his oil paintings and commissioned work in the tradition of the old masters. He displays a masterful and accurate rendering of wildlife in mountain landscapes that speak to the viewer both emotionally and visually.

Houglum offers regular classes at The Macon County Art Association’s Uptown Gallery and welcomes students of all skill levels. For more information, call (828) 369-7274 or visit his website at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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