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The Aug. 13 member meeting of the Macon County Art Association will feature a demonstration of an ancient and beautiful art medium; “Encaustic.” Encaustic Artist Mary Farmer of Asheville is presenting this free demonstration which will be held from 1-2 p.m. and is open to the pubic.

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax.

Encaustic painting was developed by the ancient Greek shipbuilders, who used hot wax to fill the cracks in their ships. Color was added and this led to painting on the surface of the waxed hull and an art form was born.


“Music with Mary Kay and Harry” Thursdays at the Library, Aug, 9 at 7 p.m. in the Living Room. Mary Kay and Harry serve up some good contemporary and traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music, with humor, some yodeling and even a little “country rap” thrown in.

August 16

Thursdays at the Library will feature a program of music from Marshall Ballew, Aug.16 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room.


The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a free concert by local guitarist Pete Friedman on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Friedman, who lives in Whittier, is a guitarist known for his unique fingerpicking style. He is also a composer, teacher and musicians’ mentor who has for the past 11 years been accompanist at Whittier United Methodist Church. From 1966 to 1972, he played lead guitar in “The Second Foundation,” an underground band in New York City. He has also backed singer-songwriter Kath Bloom and many others.

For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library at (828)586-2016. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.


Rabun County resident Wayne Jones, known to many audiences as Wayne “Rhythm Chef” Jones — a novelty percussionist with a contagious smile, has set a new world record: Most Palm-Flips With Spoons in 30 Seconds.

Sanctioned by Record Setters—a relatively new organization that is in many ways winning its fierce competition with Guinness World Records—Jones's world record effectively authenticates him as a top world-class spoons performer. The palm-flip is arguably the most visually fascinating of all spoons rudiments, and Jones's level of mastery of palm-flips is without equal, which explains the interests of the talent coordinator and producer for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno who flew Jones to Los Angeles to tape a talent segment known as Meal Or No-Meal, which aired Friday, June 15.


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