Artist interview series premiers this summer

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Jul. 27—Haywood County Arts Council introduced the Artist Interview Series this summer as a way to allow the community to embrace more information about art and to meet artists.

Executive Director Morgan Beryl said the Artist Interview Series is all about investigating the relationship between the artist, their medium and the artist's customer.

The series is a free artist event that takes place once a month. The next one starts at 5 p.m. on Aug. 5 with Tina Honerkamp and Lise Hoffman.

Tina Honerkamp is a painter/illustrator artist who creates visual stories of the purity whimsy and beauty found in nature. She currently is working on a book illustration life and will be teaching a beginners watercolor workshop at The Gathering of Artisans Conference in Black Mountain in August.

Lise Hoffman focuses on glass.

"Glass is my canvas, and like a painter, I carefully choose each raw piece, purchased from glass blowers and manufacturers around the world," she said. "The pieces may inspire a design, or the design may choose the piece. Each piece is carefully designed and one-of-a-kind. I draw all of my own designs from subjects of nature to abstract images."

The Artist Interview Series is the most recent effort of the Haywood County Arts Council in connecting artists to the community.

"This series gives people the opportunity to have a discussion about the artist, learn more about the artist and their work," said Hailee Locklair, intern for HCAC.

Locklair said that part of the mission is to promote the artist, show their work, talk about it, get involved with the community and show a little bit about the behind the scenes work that goes into making art.

Locklair said the first series event, held Friday, July 8, went well and added there has been good feedback from the public so far.

"Our vision is a community involved in the arts," said Morgan Beryl, HCAC executive director. "This free event is just one way to bring art into your life."

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