WNC Staff

WNC Staff
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“I think it’s so fascinating what goes on around us in nature.”

Spring into the season with plant sales and garden events aplenty

January/February 2018

“Abstraction pulls the energy of my experience all together.”

Amateur and professional photographers showcase the best of the region

November/December 2017

“Mark-making is a specific language, and mine happens to be more gestural, expressive, impatient.”

Find something special for everyone on your list with these locally made and sold gifts

“My work is about how people relate to each other, and how I arrange the chairs mirrors those relationships.”

Great local goods and artistry in shades of blue

“My work is a constant exploration. I’m always experimenting to move the process forward.”

Locally sold arts and accessories, in resplendent purple

Clyde-based potter Becky Lloyd

Amy Brandenburg

Celebrate our anniversary with top 10 lists of local albums, books, fishing spots, movies, restaurants, and more

Seven ghoulishly good ways to celebrate Halloween’s chills and thrills

Young entrepreneurs brew up craft beer swag sets

Celebrate—and help preserve—monarch butterflies during their annual migration through WNC

Wilma Dykeman’s posthumously published memoir revisits her mountain upbringing

UNC Asheville opens the first of two major makerspaces

Five local inventors who are changing the world, one innovation at a time

Smart companions for your next cookout

Last spring, we invited amateur and professional photographers alike to enter our inaugural Images of Western North Carolina Photo Contest, and with so much here to inspire a shutterbug’s focus, more than 600 submissions flooded in. Check out the finalists’ photos as well as the winners of the Amateur and Professional categories on these pages, then visit wncmagazine.com to view other honorable mentions and vote for your overall favorite by January 31. The Readers’ Choice winner will be announced in our March/April issue.

Sometimes, smaller is better.

Hugging the banks of the North Toe River, surrounded by blue-tinged mountains, the rural Mitchell County town of Spruce Pine holds a rich history, one with tales of trains and commerce, a hoard of minerals, and a nationally recognized theater. After falling in love with the community and learning of its heritage, Boone-based events planner Elizabeth Hempfling decided to pay homage. “I wanted to do something that portrayed love, but wanted it to be unique and to mean something,” she says. Hempfling staged a photo project that offers period recreations of Spruce Pine’s past, from the early 1900s to the 1950s, as well as snapshots of the thriving community today. In all, some 30 local residents pooled resources and time to stage, style, and snap pictures over four days. The result is a nostalgic portrayal of the town’s story, told with passion and reverence.

Five local bands serve up new summer albums