Colorfest brings a dash of Paris to Dillsboro
DILLSBORO — This mountain village will have a dash of Paris on Saturday, Oct. 5, with artists stationed under colorful umbrellas and tents and creating their treasures during the fifth annual "Colorfest, Art & Taste of Appalachia" festival.
Visitors to this free festival are encouraged to stroll among painters as they capture hues of fall in the mountains, while interacting with crafters, authors, growers, chefs and musicians.
Among the featured artists are Jane McClure of nearby Sylva, who captures the essence of the mountains with paintings of barns, cabins, waterfalls and rustic scenes; and Susan Phillips of Hiawassee, Georgia, a detail artist who paints mostly landscapes. Phillips' works was recently honored by the Southern Appalachian Art Guild.
Other artists include Nanci Leigh of Franklin, designer of intricate gemstone jewelry; and David Ammons of Tuckasegee, an expert chair caner who has mastered many forms of weaving over a 30-year career.
Local musicians and street entertainers add music to the festivities, while restaurants and shops are open to serve the crowds throughout the day.
The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with the presentation of a Dillsboro mural "On Hallowed Ground," painted by Dillsboro's own Doreyl Ammons Cain.
The mural depicts the 1882 founding of Dillsboro. Chief Michel Hicks of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians will be on hand to unveil the mural, while Cain will share her mural story.
"This mural, 'On Hallowed Ground' truly reflects the spirit of Appalachia, one of creativity and courage," Cain said.
Colorfest, Art & Taste of Appalachia is produced by the non-profit Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, in partnership with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Visual Artists Association.
Funding for the program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Jackson County Arts Council. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For festival info or lodging, call (800) 962-1911 or go to: www.MountainLovers.com.