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October 2014

ColorFest to feature fine art, crafters, entertainment and food

(photo)Colorfest: Art of the Blue Ridge

The 6th Annual ColorFest, Dillsboro’s Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Front Street in downtown Dillsboro, NC.

Over 40 juried artists, crafters, literary works, entertainment and food will be featured in this colorful event that kicks off leaf season in Dillsboro.

“We wish to foster an appreciation for all arts and crafts, plus our historic town. Add the autumn colors, exceptional food, and fun to the education component, and you’ll have a great day here in Dillsboro,” said David Marker, the festival coordinator.

Among the artists who will be demonstrating during the day will be landscape artist, Jack Stern, who resides in Tuckasegee, NC. With a dedication to craft since childhood, Stern’s paintings seem to capture the “sense of place” and help his audience feel as though they have been transported to the lake, mountain top or meadow he has portrayed. Painting since the age of 18, Stern has been instructed by William E. Steinbach in San Diego, and has received numerous honors and awards.

Another featured artist is potter Becca Irvin, from Candler, NC. Irvin has a love for the clean, crisp line and vibrant colors of pottery and focuses on functional ware for the home, crystalline gazed porcelain and sculptural ceramic work. Irvin studied etruscan ceramics in Tuscany, Italy under her professor, Don Davis, where she produced ware and fired it in an etruscan style kiln. She has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally.

(Photo) Local artist painting at Colorfest 2013

A third artist of a different kind is Nanci Hearn whose jewelry designs stem from natural elements and are one-of-a-kind eclectic mix of jewelry styles. The natural gemstone she uses in each piece is chosen specifically for its unusual characteristics, color, size and design. More often, the design includes jasper, Brazilian agate, Mexican lace agate, amethyst and malachite as well as other natural stones. She also uses many types of metals, beads, pearls and other design elements to augment and enhance the beauty of the natural gemstone so that each piece represents a unique creation. “There is truly nothing more special than having an original piece of ‘wearable art’ that only you own,” she says.

In addition to the artists, a strong slate of performers will grace the entertainment stage, which will be located against the railroad tracks. The schedule for the performers is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. -11 a.m. – Sugar Barnes & Dave McGill music
  • 11 a.m. -12 noon – J. Creek Cloggers dance
  • 12 noon – 1 p.m. – Carolina Dust music
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.,- Ron Smith music
  • 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Productive Paranoia bluegrass music
  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Henry Queen mountain music

Rounding out the day’s offerings will be several food truck vendors featuring hamburgers and hotdogs, glazed almonds, Icees, peanuts, pork rinds, kettle corn, and a seafood food truck.

ColorFest, Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, is produced by the Dillsboro Merchants Association, in partnership with Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. This project received support from the Jackson County TDA, Champion Credit Union, and the Jackson County Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.