Waynesville’s Twigs and Leaves Gallery will be celebrating 20 years this October. The gallery, which features nature-related art and fine crafts from more than 145 artists, was opened by artist Kaaren Stoner and her husband David Erickson in 1998. Prior to Twigs and Leaves, Erickson and Stoner owned a fine craft gallery in Sandpoint, Idaho, for four years. “Our first goal in both galleries was for me to have a venue in which to display my work in the manner which I preferred,” says Stoner. “Display of the artwork was always of prime importance to me, and mixing in the work of other fine craftsmen and 2-dimensional artists in order to make a complete statement was always my goal.”
In 2007, Carrie and John Keith purchased the gallery from Stoner and Erickson. “It had been our longtime dream to move to the mountains of Western North Carolina,” says Carrie. “Twigs and Leaves Gallery was a perfect match for us. Kaaren and David established a very reputable gallery and it has been a thrill to carry on the legacy.” While the Keiths have added new artists to the roster, they have continued to work primarily with artists from Southern Appalachia and celebrate the theme of nature throughout Twigs and Leaves. In celebration of the gallery’s 20th birthday, Stoner will be demonstrating during Art After Dark on Friday, October 5, from 6–9 p.m. Everyone in attendance will receive a free commemorative gift.
Twigs and Leaves Gallery is located at 98 North Main Street in Waynesville. For more information, visit TwigsAndLeaves.com.