The Arts Council of Henderson County has a full plate of programming events, exhibitions, and activities planned for 2013.
All Exhibitions and Openings are Free and Open to the Public.
Events and activities are subject to change.
2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
2013 MENTORS and STUDENTS TRILOGY
(February 8 - April 5, 2013)
(Henderson County public, private, parochial, and
home school students and teachers.)
Art of Our Children Elementary Student Exhibition Opens Friday, February 8, and closes Feb. 22.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, 5:30-7pm, the Hendersonville Children's Choir will perform under the direction of Kristen Walter.
Art Teachers Create 4th Annual Exhibition Opens Friday, March 1, and closes Mar. 15.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 5:30-7pm, featuring a performance by the Rugby Middle School Strings Ensemble, directed by Andrea Dennis.
First Citizens Bank will announce which piece of artwork has been selected for a Free Raffle Drawing.
Artists of Tomorrow Secondary Student Exhibition Opens Friday, March 22, and closes April 5.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 5:30-7pm, features a performance by the North High School Show Choir and Mixed Choir, directed by Richard Cagle.
Awards will be announced including the Art League of Henderson County Best of Show Award.
The Arts Council of Henderson County will present its trilogy of exhibitions celebrating the importance of art in a child’s life. All of the art exhibitions will be held in the First Citizens Bank Main Street gallery at 539 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC. Gallery hours for each show will be Monday through Thursday 9am-5pm, and Fridays 9am-6pm. All shows are free and open to the public.
All three exhibitions are open to participation by public, private, parochial, and home school students and art teachers in Henderson County. Teachers, students and parents looking for more information should contact The Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-693-8504. The First Citizens Bank Main Street gallery is accessible to all.
Mentors & Students is sponsored in part by
First Citizens Bank
Capital Options, Inc.
Henderson County Education Foundation
This project also receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
2012 MENTORS and STUDENTS TRILOGY
(February 17 - April 13, 2012)
(Henderson County public, private, parochial, and
home school students and teachers.)
Celebrating the Importance of Art in a Child's Life
The Arts Council of Henderson County will present its trilogy of exhibitions celebrating the importance of art in a child’s life. All of the art exhibitions will be held in the First Citizens Bank Main Street gallery at 539 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC. Gallery hours for each show will be Monday through Thursday 9am-5pm, and Fridays 9am-6pm. All shows are free and open to the public.
Art of Our Children–Elementary Student Exhibition, will open Friday, February 17 and be on display through Friday, March 2. The opening reception, from 5:30pm to 7pm on February 17th will include a performance by the Hendersonville Children’s Choir. "The Hendersonville Children's Choir is excited to be a part of the Arts Council of Henderson County student exhibit. Art and music allow children to channel their expressions and emotions through a positive creative outlet. We are excited to be a part of the synergy of both at this exhibit,” said Choir Director Kristen Walter.
Art Teachers Create–3rd Annual Exhibition follows the elementary show, opening on Friday, March 9. This show features the work of the artists and art teachers who provide art instruction to Henderson County students. A piece of artwork displayed during this exhibition will be given away in a raffle sponsored by First Citizens Bank. The Mentors exhibit closes Friday March 23.
Stop by and sign up for a chance to win "Girl with the Crooked Smile" a batik and ink by Artist/Teacher Kelly King in a Free Raffle sponsored by First Citizens Bank! (Drawing to be held April 13, 2012. Must be 18 to enter.)
Artists of Tomorrow–Secondary Student Exhibition features the art of Henderson County’s middle and high school students. This exhibit will open Friday, March 30, and closes Friday, April 13. A total of $500 in cash prizes will be awarded during the opening program, including the Best of Show Award sponsored by the Art League of Henderson County.
All three exhibitions are open to participation by public, private, parochial, and home school students and art teachers in Henderson County. Teachers, students and parents looking for more information should contact The Arts Council at email@example.com or 828-693-8504. The First Citizens Bank Main Street gallery is handicapped accessible. Mentors & Students is sponsored in part by First Citizens Bank, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund, Henderson County Education Foundation, and WTZQ 1600AM. This project also receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
April 28, 29 at The Cedars, Hendersonville, NC
May 5 at Calvary Episcopal Church Library in Fletcher, NC
The Arts Council of Henderson County will present Talking Heads, the Council’s next chamber theatre production in its Performing Arts Series. A trio of fascinating characters will be revealed in dramatic monologue settings, with stories written by one of England’s most beloved playwrights, Alan Bennett. As a writer for both stage and screen, Mr. Bennett has garnered many awards and received an Oscar for best screenplay, “The Madness of George III,” which was based on his original play.
As with all of Alan Bennett’s characters, many aspects of the human condition are dramatically illuminated in the monologues: wisdom, folly, pain, joy, and loneliness. A Chip in The Sugar, Bed Among the Lentils, and A Lady of Letters will be performed by a cast including veteran Council production actors Michael Cheek and Jorja Ursin. Delina Hensley, an Asheville area actress, will make her debut with this production under the direction of Francis Cullinan, an Arts Council Board Member who has directed more than one hundred musicals, operas, dramas and comedies around the country.
Public performances are planned for Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 29 at 3pm, at the Cedars, 219 7th Avenue West, in Hendersonville. The Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher will also host a third performance in their library at 2840 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher on Saturday, May 5, at 7:30pm. The April 28th performance will include a wine bar and hors d'oeuvre, the April 29th date will include wine and light refreshments, and the May 5th performance will include light refreshments. Ticket pricing is $40 ($35 for Arts Council members) for the April 28 performance, and $30 ($25 for Arts Council members) for the other two performances.
For further information about tickets and reservations, contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 828.693.8504.
The Arts Council’s Performing Arts Series is supported in part by Sunshine Chevrolet of Fletcher, NC, and Capital Investments, Inc.
BRING US YOUR BEST IX
All Media Visual Art Exhibition
August 10 - September 1, 2012
Blue Ridge Conference Hall in the TEDC Building
at Blue Ridge Community College
The ninth annual Bring Us Your Best, an all media visual art exhibition, will be opening with an awards reception on Friday, August 10 from 5-7pm. Visual artists from across the spectrum, from part-time hobbyists to full-time professionals, are called to enter their work in Bring Us Your Best IX. This popular show has grown considerably since its inception in 2004, now drawing artists from throughout western North Carolina, upper South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee. The exhibition will again be hosted by Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, in the Conference Hall of the Technology Education & Development Center. The show will run from Wednesday, August 15 through Saturday, September 1, 10am-4pm weekdays, 1pm-3pm on Saturdays.
A juried and judged competition, Bring Us Your Best IX will offer greater prize monies than ever before. First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded in each of four categories: two-dimensional work, three-dimensional work, fine craft, and photography. A “One Planet, One World” prize will be selected by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville and awarded to the artwork that best exemplifies respect for our interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part. In addition a “People’s Choice” award will be selected from the votes of gallery visitors. This award will be announced on the final day of the show, and will be presented in the form of a $250 gift certificate by, and for, The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing.
“Last year, this event was a huge success in numerous ways. Based on the quality and diversity of the past artwork submitted, I anticipate that we will once again witness record participation and attendance,” said John Flinchum, Arts Council Board President.
The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public, and handicapped accessible. All artwork will be priced for sale during the exhibit.
Bring Us Your Best IX is sponsored by The Ira Wax and Lynne Wax Memorial Funds, which has underwritten the show for several years. Additional support is provided by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville and The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing.
Click Here for 2012 Bring Us Your Best Prospectus
53rd Annual ART ON MAIN
October 6 & 7, 2012
Please visit the Art on Main page for more info and application.
NAUGHTY BUT NICE!
Friday, October 26, 7-8pm social hour
followed by 8pm curtain
Calvary Episcopal Church Parish Hall, Fletcher NC
The next production in our Performing Arts Series is NAUGHTY BUT NICE, an intimate evening with the music of Cole Porter and Noel Coward. Departing from the more traditional repertory of the two theatre greats, this cabaret revue takes us to the inner circles of New York, Paris, London and Cannes where both artists held court. The evening will feature a selection of "saucy songs" in tandem with a few memorable monologues honoring such icons as Gertrude Lawrence and Marlene Dietrich. This original revue, according to its co-creator and director, board member Francis Cullinan, will have the appeal of a few very dry martinis.
Noted area pianist and composer David Francis will serve as co-creator and music director. The performance, done in cabaret style with a wine bar, will be at the Parish Hall, Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher (Rt. 25 / H'Ville Highway) on Friday, October 26. The evening will begin with a social hour starting at 7pm, followed by an 8pm curtain. Call the Arts Council 693-8504, or email email@example.com for ticket information and reservations
The Arts Council of Henderson County is planning its first annual YART Sale to be held Friday, November 9 from 9am to 5pm, and Saturday, November 10 from 9am to 3pm. Area artists will be cleaning their studios of paintings, pottery, older works, unsold artwork (framed and unframed), and unneeded art supplies. This wide variety of art items will be made available to the public at yard sale prices. The YART Sale will take place in the Skyland Hotel lobby at 538 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC. For more information please contact The Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
2011 MENTORS and STUDENTS
(February 25 - April 22, 2011)
(Henderson County public, private and parochial schools,
and private children's art classes.)
Includes separate exhibitions for:
Art of Our Children: Elementary Student Exhibition (Feb. 25 - March 11, 2011)
Art Teachers Create (March 18- April 1, 2011)
Artists of Tomorrow: Secondary Student Exhibition (April 8 - April 22, 2011)
All shows will be presented at First Citizens Bank, 539 N. Main St.,
New this year will be student performances presented at the bank
during gallery hours and receptions.
Art Teachers Create
(March 18 - April 1, 2011)
Art Teachers Create is the 2nd exhibition of the Arts Council's major winter/spring project Mentors and Students, celebrating the importance of the arts in education.
The oening reception (Friday, March 18) and the exhibition are free and open to the public. Refreshments at the reception will be provided in part by Jaguar Land Rover Asheville. Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday, 9am-5pm, and Fridays 9am-6pm.
Opening reception performance will be excerpts from West Henderson High School spring musical, FAME.
"These art teachers are also artists. It's important that their students, their teaching colleagues, and the public have the opportunity to see them as such." - David Lookingbill, Exhibition Committee Chairperson.
The 2011 artists for this exhibition include: Henderson County Public Schools: Kelly Baisley, Courtney Hoelscher, Delena Jay, Kelly King, Laura Norris, Elizabeth Runkle, Jill Stepp, Robert Wallace, Barclay Yates, Martina Zinn, and Emiko Suzuki, a student teacher at Rugby Middle School. Immaculata Catholic School art teacher Angela Goodman, home-school association art teacher Jenni Kelsch, private art class teachers Costanza Knight and M. Rathsack, and Heidi Mayfield, the art teacher at the Boys and Girls Club will also be exhibiting.
The public is invited to enter a free raffle to win a free piece of art purchased by First Citizens Bank from the Art Teachers Create exhibition. The chance to win the selected art will continue through April 22. (You must be 18 to enter.)
Artists of Tomorrow: Secondary Student Exhibition
(April 8 - April 22, 2011)
Artists of Tomorrow is the final exhibition of the Arts Council's major winter/spring project Mentors and Students, which celebrates the importance of the arts and arts education in the lives of Henderson County's children and youth. The project included visual, performing and cinema arts components.
"By including all of the arts students in county schools and their teachers, we are recognizing that all art instruction has an enormous impact on the development of the neural networks that can raise IQ scores, allow students to learn more rapidly and thoroughly, aid students in developing social skills,and level the educational playing field," said Arts Council Board President, Doug Jarvis.
James Scott Morrison, art instructor at Blue Ridge Community College and well-known watercolorist is the judge for this judged exhibition. A retired military professional, Morrison chose early retirement to become a full-time artist. His credits include: selection as Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, and selected for exhibit in Watercolor USA, the National Art for the Parks Competition, Artist's Magazine International Competition,and the Southern Watercolor Society Exhibit. His work can be found in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Far East. He splits his art activities between military art and traditional art.
Cash awards include Best of Show ($150) which is sponsored by The Art League of Henderson County. An additional $300 will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.
Performance during this exhibition include:
Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra's Youth String Quartet under the direction of Dr. Michael Weaver and coach Carla Wright (April 8 at 5:45pm and April 14 at 4:15pm).
North Henderson High School Choir under the direction of Richard Cagle (April 12 at 4pm).
Films produced by Rugby Middle School students, under the directionof Heather Denton, will be shown on April 14 and 19, 4pm both days. Television and DVD player on loan from Best Buy.
The exhibition and performances are free and are presented in the Main Street lobby gallery of First Citizens Bank, 539 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville.
Click to obtain a copy of the Mentors & Students Bibliography
Click to obtain a copy of the prospectus and Excel inventory list for:
Art of Our Children: Elementary Student Exhibition - Inventory List
Artists of Tomorrow: Secondary Student Exhibition - Inventory List
Art Teachers Create - Inventory List
All exhibitions featured during Mentors & Students are underwritten in part by
Additional supporting sponsors include: First Citizens Bank, WTZQ AM 1600, Van Winkle Law Firm, Education Foundation of Henderson County, and Economy Drugs.
Arts Council of Henderson County Member Show
(April 22 - May 14, 2011)
Arts Council of Henderson County Member Show will be presented at the Burnsville Gallery of the Toe River Arts Council, which serves Mitchell and Yancey Counties from April 22 through May 14. This juried show will be the first time the Arts Councilof Henderson County has presented a show featuring local and regional artists, who are Arts Council members, outside of the county. The Burnsville Gallery of the Toe River Arts Council is located at 102 W. Main St., Burnsville, in Yancey County.
The Arts Council hosted The Artists of Toe River in October 2010. Click here for the prospectus.
The Lady with All the Answers
(April 28-30, May 8, 2011)
The Arts Council of Henderson County will produce The Lady with All the Answers, a one-woman show about a twentieth century American icon - Ann Landers.
Public performances will be Upstairs at Mike's on Main, 303 N. Main St. (entrance on 3rd Avenue) April 28-30 at 8pm, and a special Mother's Day matinee May 8 at 2pm at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher. Tickets are $20 for all performances, and $15 for Arts Council members when paid in advance. Reservations can be made by calling the Arts Council at 828.693.8504.
The Lady with All the Answers will be directed by Francis Cullinan, who has directed more than one hundred musicals, operas, dramas and comedies around the country. Locally, Cullinan is a member of the Arts Council's Board of Directors, and has directed at Asheville Little Theatre's 35below as well as directing Hallow'd Is the Time, Heaven in Your Pocket, Three Viewings, and An Enchanted Evening for the Arts Council.
Jorja Ursin will play Ann Landers in The Lady with All the Answers. She has extensive acting credits throughout North Carolina as well as in Los Angeles. A few of the titles include Angels in America at Asheville's North Carolina Stage Company, As You Like It, You Can't Take It With You, A Christmas Carol, The Diary of Anne Frank, Torch Song Trilogy, and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail.
The play is set late at night in 1975 when Landers has her own personal issues to handle. As Dramatists Play Service comments, "an ironic twist of events confronts her with a looming deadline for a column dealing with a new kind of heartbreak: her own. As she shares her struggles to complete the column with us, we learn as much about ourselves as we do about the wise, funny, no-nonsense woman whose daily dialogue with America helped shape the social and sexual landscape of the last half-century."
Reservations are strongly suggested, 693-8504. Recommended for adult audiences. Sponsored in part by Sunshine Chevrolet and Capital Options, Inc.
Bring Us Your Best VIII
(August 19 - September 3, 2011)
The Arts Council of Henderson County will be presenting its eighth annual Bring Us Your Best VIII exhibition. For the first time, Bring Us Your Best VIII will be hosted by Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive in Flat Rock, and will be presented in the Technology Education & Development Center.
Bring Us Your Best is a juried and judged show that is popular with professional artists, hobbyists and student artists from throughout the southern Highlands region. The show is open to original works of art in any media. The four categories for the exhibition include two dimensional work, three dimensional work, photography/digital art, and jewelry. All artwork is priced for sale. Artists can find an application at the bottom of this listing.
A new award of $250 with the theme of "We Care for Earth's Lifeboat" will be presented this year by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville. The award will acknowledge the artist whose work best embodies and illustrates a respect for the environment and the interdependence of all existence, tenets central to the Unitarian Universalist world view.
Also new this year will be the People's Choice Award of $350 which will be determined by the votes of gallery visitors. The People's Choice Award winner will be announced after the show closes on Saturday, September 3. Besides the "We Care for Earth's Lifeboat" Award and the People's Choice Award, other cash prizes include: Best of Show ($500), four 1st Place ($150 each), and four 2nd Place ($75 each).
The opening reception and awards ceremony is Friday, August 19 from 5pm to 7pm. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturdays 1pm-4pm. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. The People's Choice winner will be announced after the show closes on Saturday, September 3.
Bring Us Your Best VIII is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, and the Ira Wax and Lynne Wax Memorial Funds, which has underwritten the show for several years. Additional support is provided by the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund, The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies & Custom Framing, and Times-News.
Click for Bring Us Your Best VIII Prospectus Here.
Map to Blue Ridge Conference Hall at BRCC.
Art on Main
(October 1 & 2, 2011)
One of the longest-running visual arts festivals in western Carolina, Art on Main will celebrate its 52nd year in 2011. This popular downtown festival is scheduled for October 1 and 2, and is expected to draw artists from throughout the southeastern U.S.
Sponsored by Morris Broadband, with additional support from Downtown Hendersonville Inc., Historic Hendersonville, NC, The Laurel of Asheville Magazine, Mast General Store, Bold Life, WTZQ AM 1600, and Real Estate Weekly.
On The Sunny Side of The Street
(October 22 & 23, 2011)
The Arts Council will present On The Sunny Side of The Street on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23. This original cabaret revue paying tribute to the great American lyricist and librettist, Dorothy Fields, will be performed at the Parish Hall at Calvary Episcopal Church, Rt. 25 & Old Airport Road in Fletcher, NC. Saturday's performance starts at 8pm, and Sunday's performance will begin at 3pm. Both shows will be done in traditional cabaret style with a wine and hot cider bar in the venue.
One of the few women lyricists to reach the heights of stellar recognition, Miss Fields succeeded in what was considered primarily a man's world along the Great White Way and in Hollywood. Born in 1905, she started her lyricist career writing for the composer, Jimmy McHugh, as they created Blackbirds of 1928 for the famed Cotton Club in Harlem. During the 1930's Fields was in demand in Hollywood writing lyrics for many musical films, particularly those featuring Rogers and Astaire. In 1939, she returned to New York and devoted much of the following two decades to the Broadway theatre. Her work was also heard for television specials and several more films. Dorothy Fields wrote the lyrics for slightly more than 400 songs during her career. Her artistry garnered 3 Tonys, 2 Oscars, and 1 Emmy after a total of 24 nominations. Most of her songs are now classics in the American Songbook and are recognized the world over. "Don't Blame Me," "I'm in The Mood For Love," "The Way You Look Tonight," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," and "Big Spender" are just a few of her gems.
This production is conceived and arranged by Francis J. Cullinan, a member of the Arts Council Board, and features musical direction by Jan Powell, a Musical Director/Arranger veteran from the entertainment industry in Hollywood. The cast includes (photos above from left to right) Beverly Todd, Colette Boudreaux, Scott Joiner, and Michael Cheek; all leading musical theatre artists from Western North Carolina.
Plan to have a memorable musical experience this fall On The Sunny Side of The Street!
Reservations will be taken at the Arts Council office and must be prepaid. General admission is $35, while admission for Arts Council of Henderson County members is $25. Please call 828-693-8504, or email email@example.com for ticket information.
Sponsored in part by Sunshine Chevrolet and Capital Options, Inc.
2010 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Mentors & Students (February 5 - May 1, 2010)
For the first time we are combining Henderson County students and their teachers (public, private and parochial schools, and private children's art classes) as a thematic unit.
Art Teachers Create (February 5 - March 6, 2010)
Elementary Student Exhibition (March 12 - March 27, 2010)
Artists of Tomorrow/Senior and Middle School Student Exhibition
(April 9 - May 1, 2010)
All exhibitions featured during Mentors & Students are underwritten in part by
Art Teachers Create (Feb. 5 - Mar. 6, 2010)
Art Teachers Create was the first annual exhibition presented by artists and art teachers who provide art instruction to Henderson County children. This exhibition showcased Henderson County art teachers who have students eligible to participate in the student exhibitions that followed: Elementary School Exhibit (March 12 - March 27), and Artists of Tomorrow (Senior and Middle School Student Exhibition) (April 9 - May 1).
Thirteen artists participated in the exhibition and included Henderson County Public School teachers Robert Wallace, Mike Reardon, Courtney Hoelscher, Kelly King, Delena Jay, Jill Stepp, Barclay Yates, Liz Runkle, Laura Norris and Kelly Baisley. Artists Costanza Knight and M. Rathsack, who teach private art classes, and Heidi Mayfield, the new art teacher for the Boys & Girls Club of Hendersonville, participated.
"We look at this as an important exhibition," said Executive Director Jim Faucett, "not only because of the collective talent - which is significant - but also because this will be an excellent opportunity for the students of these teachers to see and appreciate their work. We hope that students, teachers, parents and the general public will have a chance to see the work of these artists, whose creativity is impacted by their roles as teachers and mentors."
"The Arts Council and its community partners believe that the future of the arts in our community depends on our children," said David Lookingbill, artist and Chair of the Arts Council's Exhibition Committee. "Teachers play a pivotal role in encouraging and inspiring our youth to explore their own creative abilities. It is important to recognize teachers as mentors and guides for our children - as well as professional artists in their own right."
"If I were not a teacher, I would not be the artist I am today," declared Courtney Hoelscher, art teacher at Hendersonville High School. "I expose my students to my artistic passions, and in return, their passions guide me."
Mike Reardon, who teaches at Balfour Education Center, finds that "as an art teacher, I could not imagine not being an art maker. Creating my own art work puts me into the role of my students - constantly looking for new ways to develop a visual language."
Elementary Student Exhibition (Mar. 12 - Mar. 27, 2010)
Continuing a long-standing tradition of showcasing the artistic creations of Henderson County children, The Arts Council hosted the Elementary School Exhibition from March 12 - 27 in the D.Samuel Neill Gallery.
The Elementary School Exhibition featured the work of elementary age students (public, private and parochial schools, as well as home-schooled children) in Henderson County.
This was the second exhibition of the thematic unit, Mentors and Students. The first exhibition was Art Teachers Create (February 5 - March 6) and the third exhibition is Artists of Tomorrow / Senior and Middle School Student Exhibition (April 9 - May 1). "We felt that by connecting all three exhibitions as a thematic unit that the public would have the opportunity to see how the work of the artists/art teachers relates to the children they teach and mentor," said Executive Director Jim Faucett.
A strong proponent of arts education, Dr. Stephen Page, Superintendent of the Henderson County Public Schools explains, "I believe it is essential to support the arts in education. The arts bring meaning to every part of the curriculum and enrich even the most mundane of endeavors in a way that promotes a richness of life and a value to living." Dr. Page spoke at the March 12 reception.
Snacks for the opening reception were provided by Harris Teeter.
Vision 2010 Artists of Tomorrow Exhibition
(Apr. 9 - May 1, 2010)
Vision 2010 opens April 9 and closes May 1. The Awards Reception is Friday, April 16 because of the public school system's spring break. The reception and exhibition are free.
James Scott Morrison, art instructor at Blue Ridge Community College and well-known watercolorist, is the judge. A retired military professional, Morrison chose early retirement to become a full-time artist. His credits are many and include: selection as Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, and selected for exhibit in Watercolor USA, the National Art for the Parks Competition, Artist's Magazine International Competition, and the Southern Watercolor Society Exhibit. His many commissions include the Finnish Minister of Defense, Vice Chief of Staff of the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Charlotte Uptown Economic Development Corporation. His work can be found in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East. He splits his art activities between military art and traditional art.
"We treat this exhibition of secondary students as we would any professional show, so it is appropriate that our judge reflects that quality," said Arts Council Executive Director Jim Faucett, who added, "Last year Ted Oliver, nationally recognized Southern folk art expert and local gallery owner, was our judge,and this year we are honored to have James Morrison."
The award winners will be announced at the Awards Reception. The awards are as follows: Best of Show ($100); two 1st Place ($75 each - high school and middle school); two 2nd Place ($50 each - high school and middle school); two 3rd Place ($25 each - high school and middle school); and four Honorable Mentions.
"We are expecting a gallery full of the work of some very talented young people," said Doug Jarvis, Board President of the Arts Council. "This exhibition is always one of the most popular shows of the year."
Dr. Stephen Page, Superintendent of the Henderson County Public Schools and Mike Kai, Director of Sales and Marketing for Morris Broadband are scheduled to attend and announce the award winners.
The Artists of Tomorrow/Secondary School Exhibition is sponsored in part by Morris Broadband and the Times-News. Additional support has been provided by Blue Ridge Custom Frame Shop. Domino's Pizza is providing the hospitality for the Awards Reception.
Tunisian Artist to Display during Student Exhibitions
In conjunction with its student exhibitions, Elementary Student Exhibit (March 12 - 27, 2010) and Artists of Tomorrow/Senior and Middle School Student Exhibition (April 9 - May 1, 2010), The Arts Council, 538 North Main Street, is also displaying work of Hamadi Ben Saâd of Tunisia in its reception area.
Hamadi Ben Saâd is a Tunisian artist whose visit to the U.S. has been funded in part through a North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant awarded to Heritage Hall International School in Hendersonville, and administered by The Arts Council of Henderson County.
Ben Saâd has worked with indigent children on mural projects and has been associated with UNICEF. He is presented a show, Transatlantic Voyages, at Converse College in Spartanburg, with regional artist and longtime collaborator Ray Cooper. Cooper's work is also on display at The Arts Council.
Both Ben Saâd and Cooper presented workshops at Heritage Hall International School. They have exhibited together in Europe and North Africa and have won awards on three continents. For several years they have worked together with Converse College on a study-abroad program that has included a service-learning component that emphasizes the use of art and art therapy in overcoming cultural divides. Their efforts have been recognized by both the United Nations and the United States State Department.
Transatlantic Voyages is being considered for a stint at the Carter Center and for a venue in New York City.
"The Arts Council is delighted that Heritage Hall Director Jannik Jones and Cathy West, professor at Converse College in Spartanburg, were able to bring the work of these two humanitarian artists, Hamadi and Ray Cooper, to Henderson County," said Patricia James of The Arts Council. "We believe, because of their international efforts on behalf of children, that it is especially fitting for their work to be displayed during our annual student exhibitions."
Three Viewings (Apr. 24 & Apr. 25, 2010)
Saturday, April 24 at 8pm, and Sunday, April 25 at 2pm
D. Samuel Neill Gallery at the Arts Council of Henderson County
An unusual look into three characters' lives as they attend different viewings at a funeral home. Sometimes comic, sometimes bittersweet and always intriguing, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher weaves quite a dramatic tale.
Three Viewings consists of three monologues. Tell-Tale is the story of Emil, the mild-mannered undertaker whose unspoken passion for a local real-estate woman, who attends all his funerals, leads him to commit crimes and plot a way to confess his true feelings before time - and bodies - run out. The Thief of Tears features Mac, a beautiful Los Angeles drifter who makes her living stealing jewelry from corpses. She has returned to her hometown for her grandmother's funeral, where she attempts to pry a long-promised diamond ring off her grandmother's finger. The final monologue, Thirteen Things About Ed Carpolotti, is the story of Virginia, the widow of a wheeler-dealer contractor, who discovers that her husband has left her in debt to the banks, her family and the mob.
Jeffrey Hatcher is a playwright whose credits include Scotland Road, Neddy and Korczak's Children; he has also written several stage adaptations, including Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. He wrote the screenplay for Casanova for director Lasse Hallstrom, and has written for the Peter Falk television series, Columbo. Hatcher has won grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila-Wallace Fund.
In its review of Three Viewings, the New York Post offered, "Hatcher's three brief, intermission-less playlets have the merits...of that style of American short-story writing which started with O. Henry and, from the careful set-up to the ironic payoff, has never ended."
Three Viewings is directed by Francis Cullinan and stars local and regional favorites, Carol Duermit, Cheryl Anders, and Michael Cheek. Recommended for adult audiences. Tickets: $15 person/$10 for Arts Council members. Reservations recommended.
Sponsored in part by Sunshine Chevrolet.
Floral arrangements provided by Flower Market.
River District Artists II (May 7 – 29, 2010)
Asheville's River District Artists return for one of their rare group shows outside of Asheville. River District Artists is the organization that represents many of the artists working within Asheville's River Arts District, which is increasingly one of the most recognized visual arts districts in the country.
"We are thrilled that the River District Artists are returning to Hendersonville," said Jim Faucett, executive director of The Arts Council. "Last year's exhibition proved very popular with residents and tourists, and was the first time this diverse, eclectic group of artists held a collective show outside of Asheville."
Constance Williams, noted artist and President of the River District Artists, echoes that sentiment, "The artists of the River Arts District are happy to be invited back to Hendersonville, as sharing our artistic experiences is part of what keeps Western North Carolina such a great arts destination."
Williams adds "the work in the group show represents the unique experience people have when they visit our District, just down the hill from downtown Asheville: open working studios - many now open seven days a week - a striking diversity of art, delicious food venues and learning opportunities through workshops and classes."
Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk are scheduled to address the crowd at the May 7 Opening Reception about the importance and mutual benefits of regional arts collaborations as demonstrated by The Arts Council and the River District Artists.
"We are very excited that Mayor Bellamy and Mayor Volk are both scheduled to speak as it demonstrates what the Arts Council have been promoting for a long time," according to Faucett, "that the arts are exceedingly important to the culture and economy of Western North Carolina."
The reception, like the exhibition, is free and open to the public, and will start in the lobby of the Skyland Performing Arts Center at 5:30, with guests invited upstairs to The Arts Council around 6:30 to continue the reception and to view the exhibition.
"If you have never visited the River District, this is an excellent opportunity to experience some of the quality and diversity represented by this eclectic group of artists," said Faucett. "This exhibition can also help the viewer plan for the District's Studio Stroll on June 12 and 13."
River District Artists is sponsored in part by
First Citizens Bank and the Times-News.
Intimate Look at American Art & Music (May 11, 2010)
The first lecture of the 2010 schedule, Intimate Look at American Art & Music, is Tuesday, May 11 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 North Washington Street, Hendersonville.
The 2010 Arts Council Lecture Series is being created and presented by Olivia Shelley, art historian and lecturer, and is modeled after her popular and well-received lectures at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. "Our lectures will provide audiences the opportunity to become more intimate with each topic, said Olivia Shelley, "and will allow plenty of time to ask questions and develop a dialogue with each visiting lecturer - who will be a specialist in their field."
Shelley will be co-presenting this first lecture with Maestro Thomas Joiner, the conductor of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO).
The lecture is a prelude to the HSO concert on Saturday, May 22, Music from the Spring, which will feature Swiss bluegrass musicians, The Kruger Brothers. The Kruger Brothers were introduced to American audiences in 1997 at Merlefest. According to the Bluegrass Journal, "The Kruger Brothers are nothing short of magnificent, the classiest of acts as can be found on today's bluegrass and acoustic scene. Their music defies description."
The May 11 lecture will focus on twentieth century American music and art, specifically the period of the 1930s and 1940s. Shelley and Joiner will talk about the American composers and artists who were producing their greatest works during this time period, their connection to each other and how they reflected America of that period. Composer Aaron Copeland and artists Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield and others are the subjects.
Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the WPA, American isolationism and the growing alarms of World War II, the lecture promises to be lively, informative, and thought-provoking.
"American outsider and regional art are clearly and quintessentially 'American,'" according to Shelley. "Neither is a product of European influence."
The lecture series is free and open to the public; additional lecture dates are July 13 and September 14.
WOOD! (June 4 – July 3, 2010)
"Western Carolina has a rich heritage in wood, as a resource, medium, and source of inspiration. One tree can shade a summer hike, and another can make a chair, a spoon, a sculpture, a kitchen, a fiddle. It surrounds us, quite literally, from cradle to grave. Perhaps no other material can be shaped into so many forms and functions, and none with the familiar comfort and memory of nature. From still-vibrant traditional craftspeople to cutting-edge studio artists, from hobbyists to entrepreneurs, from whittlers to cabinetmakers, so many of us make wood a major part of our lives. Look to our galleries and schools, and you will see workof vibrant creativity and craftsmanship found in no other region." Brian Wurst, noted regional woodworker, instructor in Haywood Community College's Professional Crafts Wood Program,and judge for WOOD!
Wurst grew up in the Asheville area, an eighth-generation descendant of the region's first settlers. After working as a commercial architect, Brian operated a wood studio for eight years, focusing on commissions and gallery work. he has taught at Haywood since 2007 and exhibits regionally.
WOOD! features local and regional artists and craftspeople and awards will be given for carved, turned, constructed, and paintings or two-dimensional wall art with trees or similar wood-related subjects.
"The western Carolinas have a long tradition of wood crafts," offered Executive Director Jim Faucett, "and this is our opportunity to celebrate those who work in the traditional manner, as well as showcasing work by some artists and craftspeople who re-interpret those traditions."
Richard DeSimone, spokesperson for Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, the major sponsor of WOOD!, explains their participation, "We have an active Arts Committee at the UUFH and feel that encouraging the expression and appreciation of creativity - both within our fellowship and in the community - supports our fundamental beliefs and traditions. The Arts Council performs a valuable service within the community and we are pleased to support its programs."
The opening reception and awards ceremony will be Friday, June 4 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, and WOOD! runs through July 3 in the D. Samuel Neill Gallery at the Arts Council, 538 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
WOOD! is sponsored in part by the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville and the Times-News.
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Bring Us Your Best VII (July 9 – August 7, 2010)
Celebrating its seventh year, Bring Us Your Best is a juried and judged show open to original works of art in any media. This show is popular with professional artists, hobbyists and student artists from around our region, as well as with art lovers from Henderson County and surrounding areas.
"Bring Us Your Best has grown into our most popular exhibition - among artists as well as the public," said Doug Jarvis, Board President of the Arts Council. "We anticipate that this year's show will require all our gallery space - the Neill Gallery, the hall gallery and the reception area. It's just grown that much."
"It has been a great pleasure to see this exhibition grow over the past few years," said major sponsor Rita Wax with The Ira Wax and Lynne Wax Memorial Funds. "As a patron of the arts I am thrilled thatthe support provided by the Fund has helped play a role in making this happen."
Wax goes on to say, "One of the greatest experiences of being associated with this exhibition has beenthe opportunity to meet so many talented artists. Iknow that Lynne and Ira would be pleased knowing that the Fundhas helped several artists economically. This is a legacy of which my daughter and husband would have been proud."
Bring Us Your Best opens Friday, July 9 with a reception and awards ceremony starting at 5:30pm inthe first floor lobby of the Skyland Performing Arts Center, withthe awards ceremony starting around 6:00pm. Guests will then be invited upstairs to The Arts Council galleries around 6:30pm to continue the reception and to view the exhibition. Both the Arts Council and the Skyland Performing Arts Center are located in the historic Skyland Hotel on the corner of 6th Avenue and Main Street, in downtown Hendersonville.
The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Prior to the awards ceremony popular storyteller Ronnie Pepper will perform as a preview for the Do Tell Storyfest, which takes place the next day in downtown Hendersonville.
Denise Drury, Curatorial Specialist for the Fine Art Museum at the Fine & Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University, is the judge for Bring Us Your Best VII. She will join Wax in announcing the winners.
Ms. Drury has worked with museums and galleries internationally since 2003. Prior to her current position she was Executive Director of The 621 Gallery, a nonprofit contemporary visual art exhibition space in Tallahassee, FL, where she worked from 2005-2009. She also served as a grant programs coordinator for the State of Florida and worked with Tallahassee area cultural organizations including the Gadsden Arts Center and Tallahassee Museumof History and Natural Science. Ms. Drury earned a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Language while living in Valencia, Spain and working with the Institut Valencià d' Art Modern, and holds a Masters degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University as well as certifications as an Accessibility (ADA/504) Coordinator from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
"The value of all-media competitions like Bring Us Your Best is that works may be evaluated independent of medium in a broader arena. This wide scope allows the curator to select works that are somewhat iconic of current trends in both art and object-making in our region," said Drury. "Bring Us Your Best will certainly be a treat for viewers as they will have the opportunity to appreciate best works in a variety of media from our community."
Echoing those sentiments, Wax offers, "Bring Us Your Best allows the Arts Council to demonstrate to the community - and the larger region - just how diverse our visual arts community is."
Awards will be given as follows: Best of Show ($500), four 1st Place ($100 each), four 2nd Place ($50 each), and four 3rd place (gift certificates) for 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, jewelry, and photography/digital art.
In addition to The Ira Wax and Lynne Wax Memorial Funds, Bring Us Your Best VII is also sponsored by the Times-News, The Van Winkle Law Firm, and Joseph Laughter Clothier.
Do Tell Storytelling Festival
at the Arts Council (July 10, 2010)
The Arts Council of Henderson County will be the site for "Just Imagine," the storytelling performances designed specifically for children aged 3 - 10, that is part of the second annual Do Tell, Hendersonville's downtown storytelling festival, July 10, 2010. There will be two children's performance sessions, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in the Arts Council's Neill Gallery, 538 North Main Street, 2nd floor in downtown Hendersonville, and both are free and open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled performers are Helen King and puppeteer Elena Diana.
The Do Tell Festival will present performances in downtown Hendersonville at the Community Room of Hendersonville's Historic Courthouse, from 10:30 - 5:30 and the Skyland Performing Arts Center (located below the Arts Council in the historic Skyland Hotel) from 2:30 - 5:30. Featured storytellers include Badhair Williams, Lloyd Arneach, and North Carolina's 2010 Biggest Liar, Wallace Shealey. For a complete schedule and locations of all Do Tell performances contact Karen-Eve Bayne, Festival Director, at 828.388.0247 or visit www.dotellfestival.org.
According to Bayne, "Our line-up of storytellers offers something special for every one - of all ages. Great stories for great folks. For less than the price of a movie, you can hear wonderful stories live tht inspire and stir the heart."
A special Do Tell preview will be presented during the opening reception for Bring Us Your Best, Friday, July 9.
Creativity, Intuition and a Personal Journey
into Fine Art Photography
(July 13, 2010)
Arts Council Lecture at Public Library
The second lecture of the 2010 schedule. Creativity, Intuition and a Personal Injury into Fine Art Photography with David Vandre, is Tuesday, July 13 at 7:00 pm at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 North Washington Street, Hendersonville.
David Vandre is a well-known local photographer who relocated to Hendersonville from his native San Francisco with his wife Dell in 2003 after spending 33 years with the Federal Reserve Bank.
In 1950, when he was eight years old, Vandre had an epiphany while seeing The Third Man, a movie classic filmed in black and white. His destiny as an artist rested in that film of sharp edges, deep shadows, and unusual anad provocative points of view. He never forgot the movie or his reaction to the use of geometric shapes.
According to lecture series coordinator Olivia Shelley, "The influence of The Third Man catapulted David into a lifelong interest in films, drawing and photography. While he excels in many media it is his photography that exposes his inherent artistic talent and his admiration for images and their many manifestations."
The lecture series is free and open to the public; the final lecture of the 2010 series is September 14 at the Henderson County Public Library.
Open Studio Tour Exhibition (September 3 – 24, 2010)
The Arts Council presents the Open Studio Tour Exhibition in the Neill Gallery from September 3 - 24. This exhibition will be a preview of the work of artists participating in the 4th Annual Henderson County Open Studio Tour, September 25 and 26.
"The Exhibition is the public's chance to experience all the artists who'll be participating in the Tour - in the same room," said Jim Faucett, Executive Director of the Arts Council. "It's a great preview for the Tour, and will allow the gallery visitor an opportunity not only to plan which artists they want to visit during the Tour but also to pick up the Tour brochure."
The 30 participating artists, who are representatives of the artistic diversity in Henderson County, are Kimberley Adams, Susan Barrett, Penny Baugh, Andrew Brittain, Larue Downing, Abbie Doyle, Laura Duprey, Susan Fazio, Mark Ferri, Dave Goldman, Marsha Hammel, Laszlo Hamori, Denise Hansen, Veronika Hart, Donald Haynes, Frances Hudelson, Janet Jacobson, Donna Kassab, Robin Kirby, Costanza Knight, Edward Morris, M Rathsack, David Sheldon, Leila Starke, Cheryl Stippich, Kate Stockman, Maxine Tatreau, Claire DeLong Taylor, Susan Webb Tregay, and Kathy Vorbrich.
The Tour is Saturday, September 25 (10:00-5:00pm) and Sunday, September 26, 2010 (12:00 noon - 5:00pm) throughout Henderson County. There will be a Tour kick-off Reception with the artists on Friday, September 24 from 5:30 - 8:00pm at the Arts Council.
The Exhibition, September 24 reception, and the Tour are all free and the public welcome.
The Theatrics of Theatre: Opera
(September 14, 2010)
Arts Council Lecture at Public Library
The third and final guest lecture of the 2010 schedule, The Theatrics of Theatre: Opera with Francis Cullinan, is Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00pm at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 North Washington Street, Hendersonville. The lecture is free and the public is invited.
Refreshments will be served following the lecture so that audience members will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Cullinan.
Cullinan, an Arts Council Board Member, has directed more than one hundred musicals, operas, dramas and comedies. In addition to directing several regional touring productions, he has also directed at The American Heartland Theatre and The Unicorn Theatre, both in Kansas City, the former Boston Shakespeare Company, the Cowell Theatre in San Francisco, and the Eisenhower Theatre at the Kennedy Center and the Perry Street Theatre in New York. He was associate professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he headed the MFA Directing Program. As a guest stage director and visiting artist he has staged works at Carnegie Mellon School of Fine Arts, the Opera Institute at Boston University, and the University of Kansas Theatre Department.
Locally Cullinan has worked at Asheville Little Theatre's 35below and directed Hallow'd is the Time, Heaven In Your Pocket, and Three Viewings for the Arts Council. In November Cullinan will present An Enchanted Evening, a cabaret presentation of popular love songs from the American Musical Theatre, 1920s - 1970s.
Lecture series coordinator Olivia Shelley also has an impressive resume and is well-versed on art from pre-classical to the Twentieth Century. A noted art historian, educator and lecturer, Shelley's professional associations include Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Community College, Broward Community College, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum in New York City. As Curator of Education at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, she started a lecture series that became the most successful in the Museum's history.
"Francis and Olivia will continue thishigh standard series that has been established by previous lectures by Maestro Thomas Joiner of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and photographer David Vandre," said Arts Council Executive Director Jim Faucett. "These lectures succeed because they manage to be both intellectually stimulating and extremely entertaining."
Open Studio Tour (September 25 & 26, 2010)
Art on Main (October 2 & 3, 2010)
This two weekend celebration includes a full range of local arts and cultural events, and features two of the Arts Council's most popular activities - the 51st Art on Main (October 2 - 3) and Open Studio Tour (September 25 - 26).
The Artists of Toe River (October 1 – 30, 2010)
The Arts Council of Henderson County hosts Artists of Toe River, an exhibition featuring many of the best artists from Yancey and Mitchell Counties that is being curated by the Toe River Arts Council. The exhibition runs October 1 - 30 in the D. Samuel Neill Gallery at the Arts Council, 538 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville.
Mitchell and Yancey Counties, located north of Asheville at the Tennessee border, is a region increasingly known for its high-quality folk and fine crafts. In Spring 2011, The Arts Councilof Henderson County will curate a show of Henderson County's finest artists that will be hosted by the Toe River Arts Council at its Burnsville Gallery.
For the exhibition at The Arts Council of Henderson County, more than twenty well-known Toe River artists and craftspeople are scheduled to participate in the exhibition, representing a diversity of two- and three-dimensional media including clay, fiber, basketry, glass, photography, mixed media, and jewelry.
"The Toe River area is the home to over 500 artists and craftsmen who have continued a long standing mountain tradition of working with one's hands," said Executive Director Denise Cook of the Toe River Arts Council. "We believe establishing a relationship with Arts Council of Henderson County will provide the Toe River artists with a new audience base."
The Arts Council of Henderson County will host an opening night reception for Artists of Toe River, Friday, October 1 from 5:30 - 8:00 inthe Neill Gallery at the Arts Council.
"The reception, in addition to celebrating Toe River artists, will also be our way to welcome many of the artists who will be exhibiting at Art on Main, which opens the next morning," said Jim Faucett, Executive Director of The Arts Council of Henderson County. "We always have wonderful receptions - this one will be exceptional because we'll have both Toe River and Art on Main artists in attendance."
Hours for the Neill Gallery are Tuesday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00pm, and Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm. The gallery is open additional days and times by appointment. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Artists of Toe River is sponsored in part by SunTrust Bank, Kimberley-Clark Corporation/ Berkeley Mills, and Times-News.
April 22 - May 14, 2011, The Arts Council of Henderson County will curate a show of Henderson County's finest artists that will be hosted by the Toe River Arts Council at its Burnsville Gallery.
"We are very excited about both of these exhibitions because they represent new marketing opportunities for the artists of Yancey, Mitchell and Henderson Counties," said Jim Faucett, Executive Director of The Arts Council of Henderson County. "These shows will also benefit the residents of and visitors to our regions."
"We're pleased to form a new relationship and share the work of our Toe River Artists in this exhibit at the Arts Council of Henderson County," according to Denise Cook, Executive Director of the Toe River Arts Council. "We're equally pleased to be able to host an exhibit of Henderson County in our gallery space next spring."
"An arts council exists, in part, to help develop and maintain an economic environment inwhich artists can earn a living," offered Doug Jarvis, President of The Arts Council of Henderson County. "We believe that these exhibitions serve that purpose, as well as establish a cultural exchange within western North Carolina."
An Enchanted Evening (Nov. 4, 5 & 6, 2010)
Thursday - Saturday, November 4, 5 and 6 at 8pm
Upstairs at Mike's on Main
303 North Main Street, Downtown Hendersonville
The Arts Council of Henderson County will present An Enchanted Evening, November 4, 5 and 6. This intimate cabaret revue, celebrating great love songs from the golden age of the American Musical - 1920s to the 1970s, will be performed Upstairs at Mike's on Main, 303 North Main street in downtown Hendersonville.
Performances are at 8:00pm each evening, and tickets cost $40 per person, which includes wine and light hors d'oeuvres. Reservations are strongly recommended as there are only 40 seats available per performance.
An Enchanted Evening pays tribute to the best composers and lyricists of the American Musical Theatre: Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, Kander and Ebb and Stephen Sondheim. Some of the shows from which selections will be performed include: Showboat, Girl Crazy, Oklahoma, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Call Me Madam, Follies, and A Little Night Music.
The production is conceived and directed by Francis J. Cullinan, a member of the Arts Council Board, and features four leading musical theatre artists from Western North Carolina: Brad Curtioff, music director, and vocalists Carol Duermit, Cathy Walgenbach, and Michael Cheek.
All have been involved with previous Arts Council's productions. Cullinan has directed Heaven in Your Pocket (and is one of the co-writers) and Three Viewings. Duermit and Walgenbach appeared in Heaven in Your Pocket, and Duermit and Cheek were part of the cast for Three Viewings, with Curtioff providing the background music.
"An Enchanted Evening will cover the late 1920s, when the musical as a form was first developed, through the late 1970s before the "British Invasion" of the so-called jukebox musicals," according to Cullinan. "We'll explore the many, and sometimes troublesome aspects of love."
There will also be a special preview at Lake Pointe Landing for its residents. An Enchanted Evening closes with a special matinee performance on Sunday, November 7, 3:00pm at Calvary Episcopal Church on Hendersonville Road in Fletcher. Tickets are $12.50 per person.
An Enchanted Evening is sponsored in part by Sunshine Chevrolet, with additional support Capital Options, Lochie Overbey and Donald Coffey and TimesNews. For more information or to make reservations please contact The Arts Council at 828.693.8504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiber Arts (November 5 – 26, 2010)
The Arts Council of Henderson County announces that the exhibition Fiber Arts, which runs November 5 - 26 in the D. Samuel Neill Gallery at the Arts Council, 538 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, in downtown Hendersonville, will be the final art exhibition in its current facility.
The opening reception and awards ceremony will be Friday, November 5 from 5:30 - 8:00pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 1:00 - 5:00pm, and Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm. The gallery is open additional days and times by appointment.
Fiber Arts is open to local and regional artists and craftspeople.
The categories are Wearable, 2-Dimensional, and 3-Dimensional, and are defined as:
Wearable - Original design garments, scarves, shawls, purses, jewelry, liturgical, etc.
2-Dimensional - Original design weavings, rugs, quilts, and other 2-D work. 2-D art may be textured orhave some dimensionality as long as it is designed to be hung on a wall or laid flat on a bed or floor.
3-Dimensional - Original design basketry, dolls, sculpture and other 3-D work designed to be displayed as free-standing art not requiring support from a wall or similar vertical surface.
Fiber Arts is sponsored in part by HomeTrust Bank, Michaelian Home, and the Times-News.
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Local Arts Leaders to Discuss Change & Evolution at
Arts & Cultural Community Meeting
The topics of "change and evolution" will be addressed at a Henderson County arts and cultural community meeting Monday, November 15, 2010, from 5:30-7:30pm at The Arts Council, 538 North Main Street, 2nd Floor in downtown Hendersonville.
Representatives from arts and cultural nonprofit organizations and businesses are invited, as well as persons interested in the local arts scene, to attend this meeting and reception. This meeting is an opportunity to meet, share ideas, and develop new partnerships.
Scheduled speakers include Vincent Marini, Producing Artistic Director, Flat Rock Playhouse, Gene Hamme, Board President, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, and Doug Jarvis, Board President, The Arts Council of Henderson County. Each speaker will talk about the changes and evolution that their organizations are undergoing.
"Change is inevitable - and often desirable. How an organization or a business decides to respond to change is the critical measure," said Arts Council Executive Director Jim Faucett. "This meeting is also meant to be about getting to know each other better."
Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to The Arts Council at 828.693.8504 or email@example.com.
Through A Lens: Carolina Images (December 3 – 24, 2010)
The Arts Council of Henderson County's last exhibition of 2010, Through a Lens: Carolina Images, will be presented in the lobby gallery at First Citizens Bank, 539 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville.
The show runs December 3-24; the opening reception is Friday, December 3rd from 5:30-8:30pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours at the bank are Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm, and Friday, 9am-6pm.
"We are excited about partnering with First Citizens Bank in presenting Through a Lens," said Doug Jarvis, Board President of the Arts Council. "It is very important for the benefit of the entire community that the arts and business communities continue to create new ways to collaborate."
Nicola Barksdale, Assistant Vice President at First Citizens Bank, offered that "First Citizens Bank is thrilled to partner with the Arts Council in hosting this exhibition of some of the finest photographers in our area. We believe that the arts play an important role in our community."
Barksdale and Jarvis will welcome guests at the December 3rd reception.
This juried show is being judged by Tim Barnwell, a commercial and fine art photographer based in Asheville. His career spans twenty-five years as both a professional photographer and a photography instructor, including serving as executive director of the nationally recognized school, Appalachian Photographic Workshops. He is widely collected and his work is part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, R.J. Reynolds Industries, the SOHO Photo Gallery in New York, the Newark Museumof Art,a nd the Bank of America corporate collection.
Through a Lens will feature local and regional artists. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show ($200), 1st Place in each of the three categories ($100 each), and 2nd Place in each category ($50 each). The categories are viewscapes, nature, and pictorial.
Through a Lens is sponsored in part by Mast General and the Times-News.
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All exhibitions have opening or closing receptions which are open to the public. Gallery exhibitions are subject to change. Sponsorship opportunities are available for gallery exhibitions from $250 - $1,000.
OTHER 2010 EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:
As part of the Arts Council of Henderson County’s initiative to introduce local artists to new markets, we had planned to take our show “on the road” to the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery in June. Unfortunately that space is no longer available and we have cancelled this exhibition.
As part of the Artists of Toe River Exhibition (see above October 1 - 30, 2010) we are working with the Toe River Arts Council to showcase Henderson County artists in one of its galleries in 2011.
2009 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Masters of Southern Folk Art
Ted Oliver discussing a piece of Southern Folk Art during the Opening of the Exhibit.
February 6-28, 2009
A landmark exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. in the early 1980s focused international attention on the contributions of contemporary southern folk art, focusing on self-taught African-American artists from 1930 – 1980. The Corcoran show captured the art world’s attention, proving to be a defining moment in the appreciation of this uniquely American art form.
Masters of Southern Folk Art is the exhibition curated by Ann and Ted Oliver, nationally renowned collectors and dealers. The exhibition features contemporary southern folk art from their private collection as well as from their gallery, Oliver’s Southern Folk Art.
The Henderson County Public Library, in partnership with the Arts Council, will host “A Vision of Southern Folk Art” by the Olivers on Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 pm. They will share their very personal journey through the South they knew as children. It is a shared vision that motivates them to preserve the precious legacy of southern culture, past and present. Sponsored in part by the Times-News.
The Art of Our Children
The Arts Council devotes each spring to the artistic creations of our children. The Artists of Tomorrow exhibit, now in its 14th year, features the art of secondary school children from across the region. The Elementary School Exhibit examines art through the eyes of elementary school age children. These exhibits are dedicated to the art teachers and those they mentor. Sponsored in part by Times-News, Henderson County Education Foundation, and Blue Ribbon Custom Frame Shop.
Artists of Tomorrow March 13 – 28
Elementary Art April 3 – 18
River District Artists
Friday, May 1 – Saturday, June 20, 2009
A New York Times writer recently described Asheville as “The Paris of the South.” If Asheville is the Paris of the South, then the River Arts District is its “Left Bank.” The Arts Council has created yet another partnership and invited the River District Artists to bring their art and fine crafts to Hendersonville for a seven week-long premier exhibit. Opening Friday May 1st and Friday June 5th. Sponsored in part by HomeTrust Bank, the Times-News, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund (administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County), and Mast General Store.
July 3 - 31, 2009
A collaborative traveling exhibition of postcard-sized original paintings by artists from Western North Carolina framed in black shadow boxes. Participating organizations include The Arts Council of Henderson County, Cultural Arts Council of Wilkes, Ashe County Arts Council, Watauga County Arts Council, Caldwell Arts Council, Cleveland County Arts Council, and Burke Arts Council. Opening is Friday July 3rd, 5:30-8:00pm. Sponsored in part by HomeTrust Bank, the Times-News, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund (administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County), and Mast General Store.
Bring Us Your Best 6
Artist, Heidi Hayes working on her piece for the 2008 BUYB show.
Friday, August 7 – Saturday, September 19, 2009
One of the Arts Council’s most popular exhibitions, BRING US YOUR BEST attracts some of the best artists from across our region working in all media. The sixth annual juried and judged show will be one of the summer’s most talked about art shows. Opening Friday, August 7th, 5:30-8:00pm. Sponsored in part by the Ira Wax and Lynne Wax Memorial Funds, Joseph Laughter Clothier and the Times-News.
Raymond E. Adams / Gloria Affenit / Mike Alonzo/ John W. Anderson / Pat Arnett / Walter Arnold / Kara Ashley / Bonnie Joy Bardos / Patricia Barratt / Susan Barrett / Penny Baugh / Edward Becka / Fredreen Bernatovicz / Gary Bills / Mary A. Brummett / Erin Campbell / Dennis Chew / Wesley Corn / Chris Corral / Elisa M. "Lissie" Dennison / R. Will Dickert / Gloria Elasky / Onae Fazio / Sue Fazio / Kathy Gagnon / Karen Garwood / Felicity Gatchell / Rita Gennaro / Ron Goings / Dave Goldman / Alice Greko / Mona Groban / Ellen-Anne Harboe / Fran Hudelson / Hal D. Hume / Donald Hupe / Janet Jacobson / Stephen Janton / Susan Johann / Angela Van Every Johnston / Karen Johnston / Sally Jones / Al Junek / Reda Kay / Penny Kessler / Beverly Kies / Providence Klein / Costanza Knight / Sharon Trapp Kotch / Jan Kransberger / Carol Kronus / Robin Rector Krupp / Carole Lang / Michael Kolman Lask / Jean Lindabury / Lillian Terry MacMillan / Joanna McClees / William McClees / Mona Rae Miracle / Marion Moore / Cynthia Moser / Joan Murphy / Peggy O'Connor / Arthur Pearsall / Lynn Pilewski / Mike Reardon / Brian Rego / Barbara Remensnyder / Maggie Robinson / Gil Sharrit / David Sheldon / David Sheldon / Shari Sherman / Kathy Skomsky / Daniel Smith / Anita Stackhouse / Leila Starke / Kate Stockman / Maxine Tatreau / Claire DeLong Taylor / Kate Thayer / Tom Pazderka / Susan Webb Tregay / Lillian S. Updike / David Vandre / Constance Vlahoulis / David Voorhees / Kathy Vorbrich / Robert F. Wallace / Pat Wellborn / Holly Wilkes / Sharon Willin / Brittany Willis / Mary Ellen Wuerfel / Barb Zimmerman /
Hans & Margo Nagel Collection - Exhibit & Auction
September 24 & 25, 2009 – Exhibit
1:00 – 5:00 pm
September 26, 2009 – Auction
Auction Preview 5:00 – 7:00 pm Auction 7:00 pm
$10 donation for Auction & Reception
Proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Club of HendersonCounty,
MainStay and The Arts Council of HendersonCounty
Open Studio Tour Artists Show
Thursday, October 1 – Friday, October 16, 2009
The Open Studio Artists Show is a great opportunity to preview the work of Henderson County artists who will be participating in the 2009 Open Studio Tour, October 10–11. This show will also be featured during the 50th Anniversary of Art on Main, October 2–4. Opening Friday, October 9th. Sponsored in part by the Times-News.
“The Arts Council Presents…”
Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 11, 2009
Participate in a 10-day celebration of the visual, performing and literary arts in Henderson County. This art extravaganza will be anchored by:
The Arts Council Presents...
50th Anniversary of Art on Main
Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4, 2009
Established in 1959 and now attracting artists from throughout the southeast, this very popular outdoor arts festival moves to October for the first time. Hendersonville’s historic downtown is transformed into a huge artist market and attracts residents and visitors of all ages from throughout Western North Carolina, the South and as far away as Florida.
Art on Main
Open Studio Tour
Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 11, 2009
Getting rave reviews last year, this extremely popular, self-guided tour of Henderson County’s artist studios and finest art galleries is the public’s opportunity to catch a glimpse of the artists' creative world and work. Over 35 artists and galleries are expected to participate.
Open Studio Tour
City of Four Seasons in Two Dimensions
Friday, October 23 – Friday, November 20, 2009
Another of the region’s most popular juried and judged art exhibitions, attracting artists from throughout the region. This year’s show will be co-produced by its founder, WICKWIRE fine art/folk art, and The Arts Council of Henderson County. This program will be commemorating the 10th anniversary of a show that visually celebrates Hendersonville and Henderson County. Artists should call WICKWIRE at 828.692.6222 828.692.6222 or stop by 330 North Main Street, for more information. Opening Friday October 23rd, 5:30-8:00pm.
CHILI-in OUT by the Lake
Sunday, October 25, 2009 from 4 – 7 pm
The LakeHouse Lodge & Spa at
Enjoy a beautiful Carolina fall afternoon – and support the arts in Henderson County.
Chili selections prepared by celebrity chef Tony Schlarb and a salsa bar provided by regional favorite, Papas and Beer.
Entertainment by Carol Duermit and Roadside Attraction. Plus, a special preview of music from “Heaven In Your Pocket,” a workshop presentation on November 7 and 8 of a new musical originally presented in the 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival. (Directed by Francis J. Cullinan. Music & Lyrics by Mark Houston. Book by Mark Houston, Francis J. Cullinan and Dianne Sposito.)
Enjoy canoeing, kayaking and paddle boats on the lake. After dark, dance under the stars or sit around the bonfire and roast marshmallows.
Bring the whole family!
Proceeds benefit the community and educational programs of The Arts Council of Henderson County. For information and reservations call 828.693.8504.
Admission $45 per person $40 for Arts Council members
Heaven in Your Pocket
November 7 & 8, 2009
Arts Council Board member Francis Cullinan directs this workshop production of Heaven in Your Pocket, an original musical last seen at the 2008 New York Music Theatre Festival. The cast includes local favorites Cathy Walgenbach, Carol Duermit, John Robert Raines, Jonathan Ross, and Olivia Palmer. Music Director is Cheryl Hagymassy.
Performances are Saturday, November 7 at 7:30pm at ®evolving Arts Gallery, 511 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville, and Sunday, November 8 at 2:00pm at Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher. Receptions follow both shows.
Come enjoy the sounds of The Heavenly Belles as they attempt to make it big in Nashville, and mingle with the actors following the show. Sunshine Chevrolet is the sponsor.
(Music and lyrics by Mark Houston. Book by Mark Houston, Francis J. Cullinan and Dianne Sposito.)
Holiday Artist Market
Friday, November 27 – Monday, December 19, 2009
Visit the Arts Council of Henderson County on the second floor of the historic Skyland Hotel, for original, one-of-a-kind art and crafts for those special people on your holiday shopping list.
Jewelry, notecards, bamboo art, totebags, textiles and other fabric art, stained glass, spirit dolls, photography, oils, pottery, sculpture, ceramics, and more - something for all discerning tastes.
Scheduled artists include local and regional favorites like Janet Jacobson, Susan Barrett (award winner at both the 2009 Bring Us Your Best and Art on Main shows), Kate Stockman, and Kim Adams. Completing the list of talented artists and artisans are Maxine Tatreau, Barbara Stock, Cheryl Stippich, Susan Webb Tregay, Leslie "Lil" Lauer, Walter Chase, Beverly Gable, Diane Fitzgerald, Kenneth D. Peterson, Constance Vlahoulis, Keiji Oshima, Wesley Corn (award winner at 2009 Bring Us Your Best), Susan Welsh, and Ben Freeman, whose work was the featured art for the 2009 Art on Main poster and merchandise.
The Holiday Artist Market is sponsored in part by the Times-News.
Holiday gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm. The opening reception is Friday, November 27 from 5:30-8pm and the public is invited. Market closes on Saturday, December 19.
For more information contact us at 828.693.8504.
Pennies From Heaven
Reading and Signing
Friday, December 4, 2009 - as part of the Arts Council's 1st Friday Gallery Stroll observance and during the annual Holiday Artist Market - author and artist Samuel Elliott will be reading from his book, Pennies From Heaven. The book is the result of years of writing poetry and creating visual images, now gathered in one collection. The book will also be available for purchase and Sam will be signing copies for interested patrons.
The reading will start at 6pm followed by the signing session. There will also be a reception which is free and open to the public. The soft-cover book will be available for purchase and retails for $39.95.
The book's publication was made possible in part through a Regional Artist Project Grant that Sam received from the Arts Council in 2008. "This is thrilling," said Grants Manager Patricia James, "the book and its inaugural presentation fully demonstrates the purpose of this grant program. We're happy to have played a role in making this happen."
Sam is very generous in his appreciation, crediting the grant as "an affirmation of my ability and artistic skills to bring something inspirational to others. This recognition has helped to encourage me, and gave me confidence in my own worth as an artist. Without the award I would have probably not followed my heart and assembled the pages of my book Pennies From Heaven from my art works and paintings over the last 40 years."
He goes on to say, "This award paid for the initial layout of the book and was a huge boost in getting this project underway."
You can visit Sam's website at www.artistelliott.com to view his work.
The Arts Council will be open until 8:00 on December 4 for Sam's reading and signing, and to allow guests a chance to do some shopping at the Holiday Artist Market. All are welcome.
All Gallery Exhibitions and Openings are Free and Open to the Public.
The Arts Council is located at 401 North Main Street, 3rd Floor, in Hendersonville. For more information contact The Arts Council of Henderson County at 828.693.8504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates subject to change.