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“Her Impressions,” celebrating the achievements of the talented women artists who helped the Impressionism movement blossom in America, is open in the Bunzl Gallery at The Bascom.

From household names like Mary Cassatt to lesser known artists like Ada Murphy and Sara Hess, the movement called Impressionism flourished within the community of American women painters despite the restrictions placed on them by the strict social mores of the late 19th century. Enhancing the exhibition are period furnishings and décor influenced by French Impressionists, which are included as a point of reference as to their influence on these American artists. Provocative conversations about the changing role of women artists and a closer look at the individuals associated with this exhibition will be held in conjunction with the show.

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Thursdays at the Library will welcome Angela Faye Martin Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

Martin will be performing songs from her album to be released by Totemgirl Records this fall, as well as other tunes inspired by the southern Appalachian lands where she lives.

“Gain any elevation in the western Cowee mountains where I live and you get a tremendous view of the Nantahalas. I think the mysterious and foreboding beauty of the Nantahala range, also known as ‘Land of the Noonday Sun,’ has me under a kind of spell, inspiring me to write songs.”

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Western Carolina University’s first couple will perform together on stage in Cullowhee this fall for the first time since David O. Belcher became chancellor last year.

Belcher, a classically trained concert pianist, and wife Susan Brummell Belcher, a professional opera singer and vocal teacher, will give a concert of classical music and songs from stage and screen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The performance is sponsored by WCU’s Friends of the Arts, which helps support the activities of the Bardo Arts Center and all of the university’s academic programs in the arts.

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The excitement of the circus comes to Franklin on Sunday, Sept. 9, on the corner of Highlands Road and Highway 441 By-Pass near Wal-Mart with showtimes at 2 and 4:30 p.m.

Lewis & Clark Circus is a one ring European-style circus under the Big Top featuring continuous action in the center ring.

Two of the featured acts will be performed by Jose and Elizabeth Ayala. Jose will stack round cylinders seven high and show his balancing skills as he stands on a platform on top of all of those cylinders. If you watched this years’ “America's Got Talent,” you may have seen a young man try this act who was not successful.

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