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Budding artists from across Jackson County recently received recognition for their talents during the annual Youth Art Month exhibit hosted by Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design. The exhibit of artwork by local school students in kindergarten through 12th grade opened Friday, Feb. 28, and winners from the exhibit were announced during a public reception earlier this month at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

WCU art education students and staff members served as judges for the entries.

The exhibit at WCU is a celebration of Youth Art Month, a nationwide recognition of visual arts programs and the role they play in the nation’s public schools. The exhibit continues through Friday, March 21.

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Saxophonist Ian Jeffress, accompanied by pianist Lillian Pearson, will present a recital as part of Western Carolina University’s Catamount Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

The recital will kick off a year of celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Adolphe Sax, the Belgian instrument maker and inventor of the saxophone.

The program will feature a combination of new and historic works for saxophone, focusing on the instrument’s chameleonic character. The program will include Jerome Savari’s “Fantasy on Themes from Freischutz,” which borrows music from Carl Maria von Weber’s groundbreaking Romantic opera in one of the earliest examples of solo music for the saxophone, and Stephen Lias’s “Five Characters from David Copperfield,” which offers a modern, comical view of some of the most famous literary characters of the Victorian period.

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On Saturday, April 19, at 3 p.m. JC Walkup will present her book “Partners” at City Lights Bookstore.

“Partners” is a gritty tale of post Civil War Texas. Violence and hardship take center stage as a young man from Scotland, Ian McPhelen, struggles to find a place in the world.

JC Walkup is a graduate of the University of Texas. A native of Texas, she now lives in Haywood County and is one of the founders of the literary magazine, Fresh.

To reserve a copy of her book, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will present a spring exhibition titled “Remote Sites of War,” featuring more than 110 works by North Carolina- based artists Todd Drake, Skip Rohde and Christopher Sims.

The exhibition opens Thursday, April 10, and continues through Friday, May 30.

“Remote Sites of War” offers a first-person worldview of war that is quietly revealing and poses as many questions for people to consider as it does answers, said David J. Brown, Fine Art Museum director who also organized the exhibition.

“Ongoing armed conflicts involving the United States somewhere in the world seem to have little effect on us; we are carefully shielded from what really occurs,” Brown said. “In their own way, each of these artists delves into the peripheries of war and shares a core belief that all humans deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

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