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8/4/2010 - Local artist and traveling exhibits open Saturday
by The Andrews Journal

Regional artists will have their artwork spotlighted in a locals-only exhibit opening at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Valleytown Cultural Arts and Historical Society.

The Valley River Arts Guild offered artists from the area the opportunity to display their work. The chosen pieces will be for sale, with a percentage of the commission benefiting the cultural arts society.

An exhibit recreating the inside of an Appalachian home featuring the work of five western North Carolina artists is being featured at the cultural arts center with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

HandMade in America, an organization dedicated to establishing western North Carolina as the destination for handmade goods, is taking the exhibition around the state and has chosen Andrews to temporarily house it.

The installation originally was featured in HandMade in America's Craft, Architecture and Design Expo in June at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.

The craftsman created the exhibit called a "Hearth" to showcase furniture from Asheville artist Chris Spoerer, metal work of William Rogers, stoneware pottery from Travis Berning and Blairsville, Ga., quilter Barbara Webster under the team leadership of Western Carolina University professor Anna Fariello of Cullowhee.

Members of the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, a Cherokee crafts organization, participated in the original installation.

The installation will be on display until Aug. 31. Fariello will be available to answer questions on the exhibit following the reception.

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