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The Appalachian Experience Lecture Series

The Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center (SVMHC) has launched The Appalachian Experience, a virtual lecture series exploring key elements of Appalachian culture and ecology. All lectures will be held online on the second Monday evening of each month from 6:30–7:45 p.m.

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Arts Craft Arts

Guild to Host Mini Pop-Up Craft Fairs May 8, June 12

The Southern Highland Craft Guild will host two mini pop-up fairs in the lower level parking lot of the Folk Art Center on Saturday, May 8, and June 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At each fair, 20 booths will feature different media including bladesmithing, glassblowing, wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics, woodturning, metalsmithing, leatherwork and furniture.

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From the Editor ~ May 2021

How fortunate we are to have pets in our lives in times like these. In this issue, we’re celebrating our furry friends—and a few other animals, too. Here in this pet-loving region of WNC, many of our artists combine their talents with a love for animals.

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Arts Performing Arts

Artists Making News: Kat Dolan

Local filmmaker Kat Dolan has won the national Changing Minds Young Filmmaker Festival with her short film, "Nobody But Myself." The film is shot in Boone and stars Dolan in a spoken-word performance of her poem of the same name.

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The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.