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The exploration of urban versus rural environments is the focus of an upcoming exhibit at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.

“Rough and Tumble: Landscapes and Cityscapes” runs through Friday, Aug. 5. The exhibit, comprising pieces in WCU’s permanent collection, features works in a variety of media that depict the natural and unnatural. Artists include Fumio Fujita, Quita Brodhead, Richard Florsheim, Martha Armstrong, Louis Finkelstein and more.

“This exhibit celebrates a dichotomy that we all experience,” said Denise Drury, interim director of WCU’s Fine Art Museum. “One might say you can’t be in two places at once, but you will get a taste of both urban and rural at this exhibition.”


Poet, author speaks of the strength of human spirit

While medicine may have the power to heal the body, the spirit takes a stronger tonic. During the keynote address last weekend at a women’s health expo in Cherokee, Dr. Maya Angelou talked about the power of poetry to heal and redeem the spirit.

The slogan of Saturday’s Flourish, a health expo presented by MedWest Health System, was “Mind, Body, Spirit,” and during Angelou’s talk which wound up the day-long event in the Event Center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, it was obvious which element she was speaking to.



The 15th Annual Taste of Scotland festival in the town of Franklin, is occurring on Father’s Day weekend, June 17, 18 and 19. A weekend of Scottish flavored entertainment and flair is planned to benefit the Scottish Tartans Museum. Preparations are currently under way and include signing musical entertainment of various genres, food and craft vendors, museum tours, and a parade.

The Scottish Tartans Museum has sponsored an annual festival to celebrate Scottish culture and heritage every year in Franklin, over Father’s Day weekend for the last 14 years. Both the museum and the festival are nonprofit entities whose purpose is to entertain, educate, and enhance a sense of Scottish heritage for both residents and visitors.


Arts, crafts and food vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture.

This year’s Mountain Heritage Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, on the WCU campus in Cullowhee. The festival typically attracts more than 20,000 visitors who come to enjoy two stages of continuous music and dance, exhibitions of Cherokee stickball and shapenote singing, a midway of juried arts and crafts, and home-style food.

The festival arts and crafts are judged for quality of workmanship, booth display and design. Cash awards will be presented to the vendors with the best works.


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