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Jonas Gerard paints landscapes inspired by the beauty of Western North Carolina.

Jonas Paints Plein Air

Plein Air is French for “open air” and is commonly used to describe the art of painting outdoors. Natural light was an important inspiration for the impressionist artists, and the charms of outdoor painting have also influenced other styles of art such as the Barbizon school. When Jonas Gerard paints plein air, the outcome is …

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Cathey Bolton

Haywood Art Studio Tour 2014

Explore Haywood County and meet some very talented artists and crafts people during the self-guided Haywood Art Studio tour weekend. Haywood Community College professional craft students will also participate and the public is invited to view the new state of the arts facility on campus. Some very talented and interesting artists are organizing a self-guided …

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The Bride by Alfred Ramirez

A 21st Century “Bride”

by Al Ramirez When Dennis asked me to create a creepy Classic Movie Monster cover for Rapid River Magazine’s October issue, I immediately thought of Bride of Frankenstein. Filmed in 1935, this is a timeless, masterful American horror classic starring Elsa Lanchester as the Bride and Boris Karloff as the Monster. After its first showing, The …

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Jim McGie  Photo: Diana Gates

A Celebration of Southern Appalachian Culture

The 34th Annual Heritage Weekend will be held September 20-21, 2014 at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center. This free festival sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations. A highlight of the weekend is the 34th Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday, 2-3 …

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