HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBRA DAVIS

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 3-29 -00



























FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC SENIOR PROFESSIONAL CRAFTS STUDENTS EXHIBIT WORK AT FOLK ART CENTER

The graduating class of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts department will exhibit their best work in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery. The exhibit of sculptural, utilitarian and decorative objects in textiles, metals, wood and clay opens Sunday, April 2. An afternoon reception will be held at 2 p.m. at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. Also, in the exhibit will be featured works from North Georgia College. This exhibit marks the professional debut for many exhibiting craftspeople.



The exhibit, "An Exploration in Education", will feature works from sixteen graduating HCC students in weaving, jewelry, pottery and woodworking. The college has participated in this annual spring show since 1981 and has made involvement in the installation, organization, and publicity of this exhibition part of the coursework for HCC professional crafts students. Wayne Raab, HCC woodworking instructor, says, "The students have been working diligently to get ready for this show. It is for some of our students the first chance to show their best work on a professional level."

Most of the exhibition pieces are for sale.



The HCC Professional Crafts Program, now in its twenty-third year, is a two-year commitment, focusing on all aspects of becoming an independent craft professional. In addition to sharpening their technical and artistic skill in their chosen medium, students also create a marketable line of production work, plan a studio and become familiar with the craft market. Mandatory coursework includes photography of finished pieces for gaining entrance into craft shows, creating a business plan and designing and building a studio tailored to fit production needs.



The exhibition runs through May 21. For more information, please call the Folk Art Center at 828-298-7928 or the HCC Professional Crafts Department at 828-627-4670.

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