November 2018 Newsletter
Schedule of Events, Classes and Workshops
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Welcome to the A3L

monthly newsletter.
We are very excited to have you as one our "regular" customers. 

A3L is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation based in Old Fort, NC
boasting over 70 members strong. 
The Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L) is dedicated to promoting the arts in the Old Fort and surrounding communities, providing education in the arts to the citizens and visitors of Old Fort; ensuring local artist and artisans have opportunities to display their skills and work; and preserving the art of the area for future generations.

One of A3L’s important tools to meet its mission is the
Arrowhead Gallery and Studios (AGS), 
featuring over 30 local artisans.

We hope you will join us soon to see new creative works or attend one of the upcoming events or classes.
Showing in the Annex Gallery
“Holidays Around the World.”  
The show opens on November 17th and runs through the first of the year. 

Come see how our artists depict their favorite holiday scenes from around the world.

President’s Note

November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.  
And welcome to fall.  In the Western North Carolina mountains and foothills nature is really giving us a show as the leaves change color.  As an artist I particularly enjoy watching her put on her annual display of yellows, reds, and oranges. It makes my fingers itch to pick up a paintbrush.  

At the Arrowhead Gallery and Studios we’re also getting ready for fall and the upcoming holiday season.  Fall leaves always bring an influx of tourists, so our artists are making sure that their displays are full of plenty of wonderful mementos – including items that will pack easily into a suitcase.

This month we’ve welcomed new jewelry artist Kim Leary to the Gallery.  Her work is unique and a must see. She focuses on stones that are indigenous to our region.  She also produces unique gel candles. Either would make a great gift.


As A3L gears up for the holidays, Lorelle Bacon, our education coordinator, has put together some workshops that will provide students with cards and gifts items fit for the season.  This month we have two jewelry making workshops. Next month we’re offering card making and beginner flute making workshops. A3L also offers a glaze your own mug or other item workshop if 3 or more people are interested.  It’s a fun way to get together with a few friends and make holidays gifts. And, of course, Lorelle still has a few seats open in her regular art class. She takes students of any experience level and teaches almost any medium.  

On November 15th, we’re doing intake for our annual holiday show.  This year we’ve chosen a new theme – “Holidays Around the World.”  We’re asking artists and artisans from around Western North Carolina to create gift items that celebrate one or more holidays.  The holiday can be a US holiday, a universal holiday, or a holiday unique to another country. We’re looking for creativity and variety.  The show will open on November 17th and run through the first of the year.

That’s all for this month.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Until December,
Helen Sullivan, President, Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League


2nd Sunday each month from 2 to 4

NOTE: Participants MUST sign up early as class is limited to 8
and it always fills up!! 

November: Andrea Brooks : Watercolors
December: Lorelle Bacon: Amazing Pen and Ink!

Call the gallery to sign up in advance as these classes fill up quickly!
828 668-1100 please leave your name phone number and an email address.


Novembers featured artist is Kathleen Thacker.

Kathleen Thacker spent much of her early life in Old Fort.  She and her mother had a little house known affectionately as the doll house because of it tiny size. She spent some years in school at Old Fort Elementary and later finished her master’s degree at WCU.  She spent her career as a school psychologist in Florida. After retiring she started pursuing lots of, music, numerous crafts and most recently settled on pine needle basketry. She took her first class several years ago but didn’t make many baskets. She followed this by a week long class through Road Scholar that was on the eastern shore of Virginia. Having gained many new skills, she started making numerous baskets. She has gathered materials from all over the world....ponderosa pine needles from Oregon, long needle from Georgia, olive wood from Spain, sea grass from Virginia and Spain, rushes from Ireland, peach wood from Georgia and apple wood from Ireland. The list will grow longer as she continues to travel. Pine needle is almost a lost art.  It is very time consuming but very rewarding when you have a completed basket!!

She will be teaching a workshop in 2019 so we can to learn how to make pine needle baskets too! Watch for the Date....
Please visit our     WEBSITE     to find out more about us
and view our artists individual pages.
ARROWHEAD GALLERY CLASSES                                                 
Contact  Education Chair Lorelle Bacon  with questions: 828 595-6007.
Come by or call Arrowhead Gallery  68C Catawba Ave. Old Fort to register.
828 668-1100 


PAINTING AND DRAWING                                       
with Lorelle Bacon                                  
1st and  2nd Tuesdays of each month                            
$35 for 2 two hour classes members
or $45 for non-members                                                    
Lorelle has been teaching art for 25 years. She is known for her patience! Whatever two dimensional artwork you are interested in learning and any subject this is the class for you. 
Says Lorelle, "I truly believe that Anyone Who Has the Desire, CAN learn to do good artwork!" So if  you want to move up a level in your art or you’ve always wanted to learn how. NOW is the time to begin your creative journey!
Students choose the medium and subject they would like to do. Supply list will be furnished but for a small fee the instructor will furnish the supplies for your first painting. Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, watercolors, drawing, pen and ink or scratchboard. This instructor is known for her patience and success her students achieve!
with Mathilda Tanner                                                             
Weds from 1 to 3                                                                    
$115 members or $125 non-members includes 4 classes, clay, gazes, firings and use of equipment.                                                          

Come play with clay, and create your own functional and fun art today with materials as ancient as the Earth! Learn hand building, wheel throwing, sculpture and decorating techniques. We supply everything you'll need to make a new family heirloom, all levels are welcome including beginners. Your finished, fired pottery will be just as functional and useful as store bought dishes, but much more special!

Mathilda Tanner is extremely knowledgeable with many years of creating. She makes learning in this class fun with her unique teaching abilities. Student may choose to learn hand building and or  throwing on the wheel.          

with Mathilda Tanner

For those who cannot attend Wedsdays classes Mathilda is now offering this option! 
Call her at 828 775-7786 to coordinate a time with her.
1 Adult, 2 hours for $60. Up to 3 additional people for $15 each. 1 child 7 & up with an adult $70. Add up to 3 more people for $15 each. No more than six total.

Includes all clay, glazes, firings and instructions! Also students may use the studio between classes when available.

November Workshops


Instructor Nadine Fidelman

November 3 (Saturday) 10 – 4

$50 members or $60 non-members

plus $10 for materials

Learn to make your own professional-looking jewelry.  Experience the art of wire-wrapping while creating a copper bangle bracelet with clasp. 

Lots of one on one attention as you learn. You will be able to make more on your own after this class!

No experience is necessary, but good eyesight, a close-work magnifier or glasses if necessary.  





Instructor Cathy Greene

November 10th (Saturday) from 10 to 4

$100 members or $110 non-members

Plus $40 supply fee

Supplies includes enough silver clay to create 2 pair of earrings and a pendant!

Participants will explore and learn basics including texturing, rolling, shaping, cutting, forming and firing.

NOTE: Those who have been before may come all day for $70 and bring own supplies.

You will be able to wear your jewelry home!




with Dawn Dreibus

December 1st from 1 to 4 
$35 members or $45 non-members includes all supplies

Come join this fun workshop and create beautiful one of a kind cards using mono-printing techniques! NO art experience necessary… If you choose to you can then use your cards to print more to send or give to friends and family.                                                                                            

Dawn loves mono-printing and all the interesting effects that you can get, but even more, she loves to share her knowledge with others! Sign up early, this will be a popular workshop….


Instructor: Lee Entrekin
December 8th from noon until 4:00 p.m., or until everyone finishes a playable flute!

Registration $50 members or $60 non-members

Material fee will be $10.
This class will teach you how to make and tune a simple Native American flute from bamboo. We will discuss how a flute works, how to select and cure bamboo, and then how to make a flute and tune it.

The supply fee includes a suitable pre-cured section of bamboo for a small flute. Tools used will include
  1. Saw for cutting bamboo, preferably very fine-toothed;

  2. Dremel tool with tapered stone bit or drill with variety of bits

  3. Flat rasp and files

  4. Sharp knife and preferably flat gouge

  5. Round and flat needle files

  6. Tuner

  7. Fine sandpaper and/or steel wool

Please bring any of these you have. Extra tools will be available to share.


Please visit our     WEBSITE     to find out more about us
get more details on how to enter our upcoming exhibits.
Kim Leary as Raggedy Ann welcomes folks to Arrowhead Gallery!
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