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Mountain Heritage Center hosts gallery talk for Cherokee mask exhibit

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a gallery talk about Cherokee mask making with renowned artist Davy Arch and WCU graduate student Driver Blythe.


Joshua Adams, Slant-Eyed Giant, 2009, Collection of the WCU Fine Art Museum, Gift of John Glasser, 2018.006. Image taken by WCU Photography Services.

“We decided the best way to close out the exhibition was to look at the future of Cherokee mask making alongside two people who know it best,” said Peter Koch, MHC education associate.

The talk will be held Thursday, April 11, from 4-6 p.m. in the Mountain Heritage Center, located in Hunter Library on the WCU campus. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Driver Blythe

Set against the backdrop of the Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibition, “A Century of Cherokee Maskmaking,” Arch and Blythe will engage in an informal conversation about this artistic tradition. They will share personal experiences and cross-generational observations.

“Following this event there is only one week left for folks to visit,” Koch said.

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Davy Arch

“A Century of Cherokee Maskmaking” complements the WCU Fine Arts Museum exhibition “Spark of the Eagle Dancer: The Collecting Legacy of Lambert Wilson,” on display through June 28 and scholar Anna Fariello’s traveling exhibition “Behind the Mask: Cherokee Mask Makers and Their Legacy.”

The Mountain Heritage Center exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed during university holidays. It will be on display through April 19.

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