Collene Karcher practices a dying art - stone carving. Initially, she wanted to be a painter but decided to work in stone. She was 23 before she found a master stone carver and apprenticed under him. She has been carving for the past 17 years; her studio is near Sylva. She has exhibited in galleries in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville, and has assisted with the restoration of the Texas, Ohio, and Michigan state capitol buildings.