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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.


New Green Energy Park resident artist, glass blower Tadashi Torii won Best in Show recently at MeccaFest Fine Arts Festival in Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Downtown Carrollton, Ga. One of the most popular fine arts festivals in the Southeast voted best annual event by readers of Georgia Magazine.

Torii and his partner, artist Corina Pia, are both participating at the upcoming ColorFest in Sylva on Oct. 22.

Jackson County Friends of the Library bookstore has art by both artists on display and is hosting the live demonstrations the day of the festival. A Jackson County radio interview featuring the two artists will go on air the day of ColorFest Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. Listen on-line at www.storiesofmountainfolk.com.



Producers for the History Channel’s television program, ‘American Pickers’ the Franklin Chamber of Commerce to scout out possible leads for locations in the area that might be able to be featured on an upcoming episode.

Although details are still unclear, Franklin’s Chamber was able to confirm that producers for the television program contacted them early this month and expressed interest in filming in the area.


First Presbyterian Church, Franklin will present a music show for the community on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., in Tartan Hall. Doors will open at 6 for tours of the historic chapel and an opportunity to view exhibits of church activities, such as quilting, needlepoint, jewelry creation, and the membership computer group. Free refreshments will be served after the show.

Toby Tobias, First Presbyterian Music and Worship Team Chairman, and Linda Beal, well known in the community as a singer, are producing the show. The White Family Singers, Arthea Brimmer, Carolyn Kidd, The Cousins, 5’O’Clock Shadows, the Chapel Band, Jill Welch on fiddle, and others, will perform a variety of music, from country, gospel, pop, and crooners.


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