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For three years Japanese born glass blower Tadashi Torii has exhibited his skills at the Jackson County Green Energy Park.

Waynesville resident Tadashi Torii has been refining his skills for more than 22 years and has received numerous “Best In Show" for his efforts.

Torii’s work can be found in numerous private collections, and in public spaces such as The Four Seasons Hotel, Raleigh Marriott City Center, and museums including the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage in Georgia, the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama, the Albany Museum of Art in Georgia and the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. In summer 2011, Torii and his wife, artist Corina Pia, relocated to North Carolina.


The Folk Festival Leadership Committee is working hard in preparation for the Saturday, July 19, festival in downtown Franklin.

The group is stringing beans, and will let them air dry in a warm place to create an old fashioned dish known as “leather britches.” This was done long ago as a way to preserve beans and peas.

The 11th annual Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in partnership with the Franklin Main Street Program.



The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University was recently included on a list of “The 25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers” by the website Best- ValueSchools.com.

The website authors listed the Bardo Arts Center at No. 19 and said the facility “combines a state-of-the-art space with a naturally beautiful setting to promote the arts and arts education throughout the region.”

The Bardo Arts Center, which houses WCU’s School of Art and Design, opened in 2005 with a performance by Jay Leno of NBC’s “Tonight Show.” The facility includes a 1,000-seat performance hall that provides a venue for visiting performers and entertainers, and it also houses WCU’s Fine Art Museum, widely considered to be the premiere showcase for contemporary art in Western North Carolina.


The Arts Council of Macon County will host a Salsa Dance Party on Thursday June 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Las Barricas Mexican Restaurant, 2722 Georgia Road, in Franklin. Dance teacher Alfredo Jiminez will give basic Salsa instruction at the event.

No admission charged; donations will be accepted.

This event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Contact the Council for information at (828)524-7683.

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