Debbie Littledeer brings her new book to the Burnsville TRAC Gallery on August 9. Drawing on a personal mother/daughter relationship and friendship with co-author Ellie Kirby, Debbie will include some of her original artwork, giclees of the pictures, photos, drawings, notes and explanations on how and why the book was created from beginning to end. She will be participating in the Carolina Mountain Literary Festival, so stop by early  on September 5, to meet the artist and learn her process from start to finish. She will be signing and selling her books at the Malaprops’ table at the Burnsville Town Center then back for a reception at the Burnsville Gallery (102 West Main Street) from 5 to 7pm. The exhibition runs through Saturday, September 20. For more information, call 828-682-7215.

On Thursday, August 7, TRAC will open a retrospective exhibit of the work of weaver and teacher, Edwina Bringle at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery (269 Oak Avenue). Recognized for her work in color, Edwina’s pieces range from the early “Revisited Circles,” an optical illusional wool wall piece to the more recent “Springtime Blanket” that explodes with prismatic light. Over 50 pieces will lead the eye from the beginning through just yesterday. The exhibition will run through September 20; a reception will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 5 to 7pm. For more information, call 828-765-0520.

SAVE THE DATE. On Tuesday, September 9, beginning at 7pm at the Arts Resource Center (ARC, 269 Oak Avenue, 2nd floor), Sara Grey will entertain with an evening of music that will compel you to give her your undivided attention. Accompanying herself on the 5-string banjo, her voice is both powerful and sweet with a distinctive and lovely tremolo. One of the best things about her singing is that it reflects her great knowledge of and feeling for traditional music. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For more information, call 828-682-7215.

On Wednesday, August 27, Linda LaBelle will present a the first in the fall lineup of business classes for artists with “Grant Applications–Crafting a Solid Proposal”. This free class will be held at the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine (269 Oak Avenue). Grant opportunities exist for individual artists, not just for organizations.  However, the application process can seem intimidating, overwhelming, and time-consuming.  This craft lab will help de-mystify the process of grant applications as well as provide a greater understanding of how to craft a compelling proposal. A must if you’re thinking about applying for the Regional Artist Program Grant, due October 14. The class is from 5:30 to 7:30pm. All businesses classes are free, but you must register. Please call Robert Branch of the Small Business Center at Mayland Community College, at 828-766-1295 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

And a repeat of last week’s blurSb, still looming in the future. Please rerun, space permitting.

Don’t Forget. The deadline to submit application for the Toe River Arts Council Holiday Studio Tour, December 5-7 is Friday, August 22, 2014 at 5pm. You must be a TRAC member at the time of the tour and be a resident and have a studio in either Yancey or Mitchell County or plan on showing in a participating studio in the counties. For complete guidelines and application, visit the website, www.toeriverarts/artists/artist-opps-and-apps, or stop by one of the galleries Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 to 5pm and pick up one.

The Regional Artists Grant Project application for 2014-15 is online and ready to download. The deadline for this year’s grant cycle is Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 5pm. RAPG is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. The selection criteria includes artistic merit, the potential of the project to contribute to the artist’s professional growth, and the feasibility of the project itself. Artists must have been a resident in Avery, Mitchell, Buncombe, Madison, or Yancey counties since July of 2013. Workshops dates and locations will be announced shortly. To download application and information about the RAPG, please visit