ArtsFest Looking for a Few Good Artists

The CulloWHEE! ArtsFest, Western Carolina University’s summer celebration of live jazz music and fine arts, is now accepting applications for a juried exhibition and sale to take place as part of the two-day festival featuring headliners the Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, and the Yellowjackets.

The festival is scheduled for Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16, in WCU’s E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

The arts and crafts exhibition and sale will be part of a “jazz village,” an area adjacent to the main festival tent, where participants can relax, purchase arts and crafts, and listen to a variety of regional and local performers in between the headliners and six other main stage acts. The gates will open at 4:30 p.m. on June 15 and at 11:30 a.m. on June 16.

The festival, the first of what is expected to become an annual event at Western, is projected to draw approximately 5,000 people for the two days and is being promoted throughout the Southeast.

A limited number of spaces are available for the arts and crafts area. This is a juried exhibit and sale representing ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, metal, jewelry, baskets, handmade paper, iron, book arts, sculpture, photography, and painting. Deadline for entries is Friday, April 27.

The cost for each 12-by-12 space is $100. Each artist will be provided with a duplex electrical outlet, a table (8 feet by 30 inches), two festival passes, and two festival T-shirts. Additional tickets will be available at a reduced cost. Each artist must provide his or her own canopy.

To be eligible, artists should send three slides depicting examples of their work, with name, address, telephone number, and a description of work to CulloWHEE! ArtsFest Arts and Crafts Sale, Hinds University Center, P.O. Box 1989, Cullowhee NC, 28723.

Exhibitors will be notified the first week in May.

For more information, call (828) 227-7206. Information on the CulloWHEE! ArtsFest is available on the Web at