WCU to host annual Mountain Art Festival July 5-6

Western Carolina University will host the 19th annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Fine Art and Craft Show in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center on Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6.

This year’s show will highlight heritage mountain crafts, folk art and fine contemporary art from more than 100 regional artists.Country_home(web)08

The show will feature contemporary and traditional artwork, including a selection of pottery pieces, clay and glass art, jewelry, original paintings and stained glass, custom furniture and woodturning pieces. Heritage crafts will include Shaker brooms, pine needle baskets and pinecone birds. Heirloom quilting, sewing and weaving also may be purchased.

In addition to displays, the show will include craft demonstrations and performances of folk songs on psalteries (hand-crafted bowed instruments).

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for ages 12 and older, and parking is free.

For more information, contact promoter Doris Hunter at (828) 524-3405. Information also is available at www.mountainartisans.net.