Festivals & Talent Contests
ColorFest, Art & Food of Appalachia
September 5--October 5, 2013—Display of Art in Shop Windows
October 5, 2013—Saturday Street Festival
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc. invites regional Blue Ridge Mountain artists to display and demonstrate their art form in the 5th annual event, ColorFest, Art & Food of Appalachia. This art festival has been formed to increase community awareness of the immense talent of our western North Carolina fine artists. ColorFest, Art & Food of Appalachia. is produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc. with support from the Dillsboro Merchants Association, Jackson County Visual Arts Association, the Jackson County Arts Council and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
Beginning September 5, 2013 each participating artist will be given a prime location inside the shops in Downtown Dillsboro where his/her work will be spotlighted during the beautiful Fall Color Season in Western North Carolina. On the day of ColorFest, Art & Food of Appalachia, Saturday, the artists will set up easels on the street outside the shops, under awnings, where they will interact with the public from 10 am until 4 pm. During the art festival the artists have the opportunity to demonstrate how their art is created, talk with the public and sell artwork. This is a valuable opportunity for the visitors and residents of the Blue Ridge Mountains to see artists at work and learn about the creative process.
To Apply, interested artists call Doreyl Ammons Cain at 828-293-2239 or Amy Ammons Garza at 828-631-4587. To receive an application, click on the link below:
Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contests
Produced by Jackson County 4-H Youth Developement
Assisted by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia
In hopes of encouraging a continuing "sense of place" for our young musical mountain youth, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), will assist the 4-H of Jackson County in provide an outlet for this local talent.
Each year there are three ongoing talent contests. This year the dates are as listed:
#1—April 27, 2013—at Greening Up the Mountains Festival in Sylva
#2—July 20, 2013—at the Folk Festival in Franklin
#3—September 14, 2013—at the GSMR Railfest in Bryson City
Download the CSA Official Guidelines and then the appropriate application.
Two 2012 participants in the Mountain Youth Talent Contest at Greening Up the Mountains Festival, Sylva, NC