Art & Creativity in the Blue Ridge Highlander On-line Magazine
Follow us on... Twitter Become a Fan... Highlander on Facebook Mountain Blogs... Highlander Blogs Mountain Events
& Festivals
Calendar of Events Sign up for
Highlander Newsletter
Messages from the Mountains
Welcome to the Blue Ridge Highlander Creative Feature Section, as artists, we would like to share with you the abundance of creativity in the mountains.  Below is a photo link and short description about each story, click the photo or title to go to the full story. New stories will continue to be added, so check back occasionally to enjoy the new additions.

Chief...Who would have thought
The spellbinding atmosphere of the John C. Campbell Folk School has driven some devotees into the surrounding wilderness homesteads along the outer fringes of the school campus where many have chosen to pursue their craft as a local artisan. I suspect a few missing former students might even have evolved into a hermit society of local woodland wanderers grasping onto the Folk School campus as though it were a Mystical Shire Village in a land of folklore and fable.... read on....


Santa on the ChimneyChimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park's Annual Christmas Event inspired our second Christmas story for 2008. What a great event, we had a blast. Read our story, it will truly make you laugh and laughter is contagious and heals what ails ya.

Where does Santa go to train for his Christmas Eve journey down chimneys all over the world? Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in Western North Carolina... of Course!

A Merry Humble Mountain ChristmasThis Christmas tale is several stories in one, our purpose is to take you back to the true essence of Christmas.

Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year where truth and love can set you free, as the fictitious character George Bailey of Bedford Falls discovered in, "It's a Wonderful Life."   Like ole' George found out, the holidays can be trying for those who are burdened with heavy responsibilities, challenges or troubles.

We know that this is a very busy time of the year for everyone, but if you take the time to read the entire story, you will be happy you did.   It might just change how you view the holidays and bring a new light and joy to your life. read on...

Monarch - Nature's Pilgrimage

Nature's Pilgrimage...the Monarch...The autumn season begins their celebration of life as they pursue a natural innate spiritual sense that drives them along a pilgrimage that will eventually carry them across a continent. Before their great journey begins they must partake in a fertility ceremony essential to their future on....

John C. Campbell Folk School Fall FestivalAs the morning fog dissipates under the rising sun, the broad open fields surrounding John C. Campbell Folk School begin to disappear with the arrival of visitors…the Fall Festival is back and well worth the journey.

The Fall Festival at John C. Campbell Folk School is held the first week of October.

Art and Artists in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains

Artists are spirit-driven creatures imitating life into art as an external expression of their internal impression.  It’s the nature of this creative spirit that longs to emerge and present itself in the form of natural magic, seeing that which isn’t as though it is, bringing that inspired vision into manifestation. There is an internal craving for creative souls to express themselves in whatever medium inspires them, to share with others a sense of who they are through their art.

Hiawassee Festival of ArtsIf you’re looking for a creative outing to attend, come to the mountains and enjoy one of the many Festival of Arts, this one is set along a beautiful mountain lake in a world surrounded by natural and artist-made wonders.

The food and refreshments are abundant and the jazz bands play all day long to keep the spirit moving.   Plan a weekend in the mountains and enjoy creativity “Mountain Style.”

Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains
Sign up for the Blue Ridge Highlander Newsletter, Messages from the Mountains
to find out first about our new feature stories, road trips and special offers

Your e-mail addresses will not be sold or given away to anyone.

Privacy Policy

Let our visitors tell you about the Highlander...

Click the feathers to go to the Highlander site map...
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountain Highlander



designed, produced and hosted by
Travel and Real Estate Guide to the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, including North Georgia, Western North Carolina, Tennessee River Valley and Up Country South Carolina

The Blue Ridge Highlander logo, all photography, design, graphics, artwork, writing, digital images, etc are the Copyright ©
of C. Wayne Dukes and Sherry Bell Dukes. 1996 - 2014, except where otherwise stated. All rights reserved, reproduction,
downloading, and/or duplication of any sort is strictly prohibited, all violations will be prosecuted. Legal Policy.
If you have any questions, or comments, regarding this site, e-mail the Highlander.


Blue Ridge Smoky Mountain Highlander