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August 2011

Haywood Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Features Works by Donna Rhodes

The Haywood Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, will present the exhibit, All Over the Map, a visual journey that criss-crosses the multi-media landscape of artist, Donna Rhodes’ unique view of the world, on view in Gallery 86, from Aug. 24 through Sept. 17, 2011. A reception will be held on Sept. 2, from 6-9pm.

It’s no wonder Rhodes is all over the map. She simply can’t make up her mind. That used to bother her. Now she just goes down whatever road her muse recommends and oh, the places she has been. She has degrees in music, is a professional artist and art instructor at Tuscola High School, a writer and photographer whose articles and photographs have graced many newspapers and periodicals. She is a staff writer for The Laurel Magazine in Highlands, NC. She is currently working on three children’s books and is a frequent contributor to the North Carolina Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Journal.

Rhodes’ artistic trek has taken her from the ancient art of weaving to contemporary digital imagery with many artistic side trips along the way. She paints in acrylics and color pencil and is a sheep-to-shawl weaver. She reinvents found objects and twiddly-bits, assembling them into fanciful totems or creatures with tall tales to tell. Her work is psychologically deep, whimsical and joyous. Many collectors await her next creation. Actress Melanie Griffith is the proud owner of several custom designed Rhodes Special Christmas stockings.

Rhodes has been featured in Fiberarts, Threads, and Soft Dolls and Animals magazines. She has coauthored two books on weaving and textile embellishment, and taken the show on the road coast to coast as a nationally renowned teacher of enthusiastic fiber artists with her company, Warp and Woof Creations.

The mission of the Haywood County Arts Council is to build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve mountain artistic heritage.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division or the Department of Cultural Resources. The mission of the North Carolina Arts Council is to make North Carolina a better state through the arts. The council nurtures and supports excellence in the arts, and provides opportunities for every North Carolinian to experience the arts. A division of the Department of Cultural Resources, the Arts Council serves as a catalyst for the development of arts organizations and facilities throughout North Carolina with grant funding and technical assistance.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Arts Council at 828/452-0593, visit ( or check out the Council on Facebook.

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