Gallery 86 presents Dr. John Highsmith exhibition

May 01, 2013

The Haywood County Arts Council announces a new exhibition, "Under the Sea," featuring work by Dr. John Highsmith.

This new exhibit will be open to the public at Gallery 86 from Wednesday, May 1 through Monday, May 27, 2013. An artist reception will be held at the gallery from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, May 3. The public is cordially invited to attend the reception as well. Gallery 86 is opened from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is located on 86 N. Main St., Waynesville.


Dr. John Highsmith has practiced dentistry in Haywood County since 1984.  His passion for photography started during his high school studies. Highsmith now combines his love of the underwater world with his photographic vision.  Since his wife of 28 years, Sandra, and both kids, Mark and Becky, all enjoy scuba diving, Highsmith believes that this is a natural union.

“Underwater photography is harder than land photography. Fish do not pose! And you also have to focus on not dying while doing it, which only adds to the fun,” Highsmith said.

The Arts Council will also be holding two family craft workshops. The first workshop will be held from 2-4 p.m. on May 4 and the second will be on May 18. Each workshop will be held upstairs at Gallery 86 and will correlate with the exhibition downstairs, Under the Sea. The fee for each child is $5 to cover the cost of supplies. Space available for 15 children and parents with children ranging in ages 4 to 7 years old are encouraged to stay during the workshop. Call the Haywood County Arts Council at 452-0593 to sign your child up today. Fees are due at the time of workshops.

For more information about upcoming Gallery 86 exhibits, concerts, and programs, visit the Haywood County Arts Council online at, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. The mission of the Haywood County Arts Council is to build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve mountain artistic heritage. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.