Teacher and class help with literary festival


Burnsville – The 14th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is pleased to announce that a watercolor by Claire Simpson Jones has been chosen to represent the Festival theme of On The Move – stories of migration, immigration and travel. The Festival will be September 5 – 7, 2019 in Burnsville, NC.

Claire Simpson Jones has also supported the Festival as she and her visual arts classes at North Buncombe High School make Altered Book Centerpieces for the Banquet tables and the Silent Auction.

She worked for several years in Canada as an illustrator and graphic designer before turning to studio and plein air painting. She holds a BFA from FAU and is a signature member of the NC Watercolor Society, a member of the Southern Watercolor Society and several nature organizations. Jones is a Burnsville resident who teaches visual arts at North Buncombe High School. Her work is in collections at Grove Park Inn, Renaissance Hotel, the Hilton, Givens Estates, Hendersonville Country Club, HomeTrust Bank and private collections.

The Festival will be held September 5 – 7, 2019 with free readings, a multi-media production on Thursday night, a banquet with speaker Andrew Lawle,r and the Saturday night Keynote with Charles Frazier.

For those interested in the event check out the group’s website where more information will be coming soon at  You can also sign up for the e-news mailing list, volunteer and/or donate to the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival.

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