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Arts & Entertainment

Forget what you know about illusionists: no cheesy tuxedos, no rabbits to pull out of hats. Brock Gill leads a new generation of edgy, daring illusionists, amazing audiences with his unique stage show, dry wit, and mind-blowing escapes. He will appear at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Feb. 25. While working at a saw mill in 1997, Gill felt that God wanted him to use illusions, escapes, and stunts to bring a message of hope to people. “It didn’t make any sense,” Gill admits, “but I felt like it was what God was calling me to do.”

Gill has shared the stage with many well known speakers, worship leaders, and artists such as Franklin Graham, John Piper, David Nasser, Adrian Rogers, John Bisagno, Relient K, Sonic Flood, Toby Mac, Audio Adrenaline, Third Day, Jaci Velasquez, Pillar, Mercy Me, Casting Crowns, and others.

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On Saturday, February 12, Collections: The Bascom and the Hudson Library exhibition closed with a highly successful reception at The Bascom.

Many of the artists featured in the exhibition were in attendance including Linda Anderson, Winter Scene, (given in memory of Norma T. Pierson) and Ken Woodall, Deliverance (Bel Canto donation); Lloyd Owle, The Bird Clan, (The Bascom Collection); and Bo Sweeny, Pato and Wren, (Bel Canto donation).

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Highlands Cashiers Players upcoming production of “You know I Can’t Hear You When The Water's Running,” by Robert Anderson, is in full swing, under the watchful eyes of the directors.

The play is a collection of four vignettes, separate stories that are connected thematically, so each of the four scenes has a separate director, working with the supervision of Production Coordinator, Donna Cochran. These seemingly unrelated stories have more in common then they may seem at first, as each segment uses both comedy and drama to address what happens when two people encounter difficult circumstances and bring their differing opinions along with them.

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Clay artists in the far western counties of North Carolina will meet on Monday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Swain County campus of Southwestern Community College to create a clay guild. The guild will be a nonprofit organization aimed at marketing the clay artists in the area as well as providing a means of networking and idea exchange.

Many talented clay artists reside in the far western, seven-county area of Swain, Jackson, Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham and Haywood counties, including both those who focus on functional work and as well as pure art.

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