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Reception for Cherokee masks exhibit set at Fine Art Museum

Photo credit: Joshua and Lauren Adams.

A reception for the exhibit “Joshua Adams: Facing Culture” will be held at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Aug. 23.

The reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m., followed by live music and refreshments. It is free and open to the public.

The exhibit, which is a selection of masks and carvings of the human face by Eastern Band of Cherokee artist Joshua Adams, has been on display since June 14 and will conclude Friday, Aug. 24. Adams is a teacher at Cherokee High School whose work reflects the importance of preserving the Cherokee culture.

Adams uses a variety of woods with details coming from items such as rabbit fur, feathers, porcupine quills and traditional arrows. He studied wood carving under renowned artist James Bud Smith and was influenced by sculptor and teacher Amanda Crowe, who taught wood carving for nearly 40 years at Cherokee High School.

The Fine Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays until 7 p.m. For more information, call 828-227-2787 or visit


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