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Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is hosting its first Summer Visual ARTS Series, held in Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design.

Beginning June 24 and running through Aug. 3, art workshops are offered in painting, printmaking, book arts, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics and digital photography. Nationally and internationally recognized instructors will teach these five-day workshops in the state-of-the-art studios at WCU. Workshops offered for every level of artist and housing is available.

“The long range goal with the Summer Visual ARTS Series is that it will become an inclusive ARTS series,” said Norma Hendrix, director. “Next year creative writing workshops will be added and eventually music and film will be part of the program, too.”

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On Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m., the historic Rickman Store will become the stage for one of the most accomplished monologues written by Appalachian playwright Gary Carden. Lara Chew, will be performing a one-woman play about prominent labor and community organizer Mary Harris who at the end of the 19th century was considered by the government and the robber barons to be “the most dangerous woman in America” but who was much loved and revered by the workers who named her “Mother Jones.”

Five years ago, Carden wrote the play “Mother Jones” to ensure that the voice that brought many civil liberties to benefit working Americans will not be ignored or silenced. Harris was an organizer of mill and coal mine workers who took special concern for the women and children who were forced to labor in poor conditions with unhealthy living sites and without government protection.

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For the month of June, work from two local artists is on display at the Macon Campus of Southwestern Community College.

Reese Boyce (near right) is the display artist in the front lobby at the Macon Campus. Through the manipulation of watercolor paint, water, scraps of paper and glue, Boyce has projected her life experiences and unique inner visions onto paper.

Kay Edson (far right) is the display artist in the downstairs gallery area. Edson has enjoyed painting flowers, landscapes, and scenes of nature for several years.

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Though there is no official Taste of Scotland festival scheduled this year in Franklin, a few celebrations are still slated for Father’s Day weekend begining June 1. The events are carried over from the age-old Macon County event.

With the help of local entities, several Scottish activities will keep the festival alive.

The Taste of Scotland festival, which has traditionally been held annually during Father’s Day weekend in downtown Franklin, celebrates the music and culture of Scotland and the British Isles, with games, music, food, demonstrations and more. Research from the Governor's office in Raleigh revealed that more people with Scottish heritage reside in North Carolina than in Scotland.

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