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The Hiddenite Center’s
Local Artist Youth Division Competition
Reception and Awards Ceremony
Re-Scheduled for Sunday, March 8th
Due to Weather Conditions

Due to recent weather conditions, The Hiddenite Center’s reception and awards ceremony for the youth division of their Local Artist Exhibit and Competition has been re-scheduled for this Sunday, March 8, 2015. The community is invited to attend as the Center honors participants for their outstanding artwork. The reception will be held at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery (316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County) from 3:00pm until 4:30pm. The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 3:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served and guests will enjoy a delightful afternoon of art and fellowship.

Held each March in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, The Hiddenite Center’s Annual Local Artist Exhibit and Competition showcases the talent of student artists in grades K-12. This year’s exhibit features an especially diverse range of work, which includes drawing and painting, sculpture and pottery, collage and jewelry and digital photography. The student’s work shows tremendous imagination, creativity and skill.

The exhibit will be on display in the Lucas Mansion Gallery throughout the month of March during the Center’s operating hours, which are Monday – Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm. All Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits are free to visit and are open to the public.

For Hiddenite Center Executive Director, Pete Woods, this exhibit represents a vital part of the Center’s mission. “Encouraging young artists to develop their talent and grow as creative individuals is something that has always been near and dear to my heart and has always been an important part of what The Hiddenite Center has to offer,” Woods shared. “ As I learned early on in my career, art has a significant role in shaping the lives of children and adults alike. We are pleased to provide students an opportunity to share their work with the community.”

Each participating student artist had the opportunity to submit as many as four pieces in any artistic medium of their choice. The competition includes works from students of the Alexander County Schools, Home School students, and students who attend art classes based in Alexander County. While the competition portion of the exhibit features the work of Alexander County residents only, the exhibit itself will include work from artists in surrounding communities. During the reception, a winner and honorable mention recipients will be named in each age division of the competition.

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the Friends of the Hiddenite Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

To learn more about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please visit www.hiddenitecenter.com, email info@hiddenitecenter.com, or join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

 

 

New Session of Ballroom Dance Classes
with Dirk Myers, II
Begins at Hiddenite Center March 9th

Renowned ballroom dance instructor, Dirk Myers, II will lead an exciting new session of classes at The Hiddenite Center beginning Monday, March 9, 2015.
Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 6:00pm until 6:45pm at The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex, which is located at 70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County. Cost for enrollment in the full 8-week session is affordably priced at $80.00 per person for the public and $75.00 per person for Hiddenite Center members.

Myers is an experienced ballroom instructor who comes to The Hiddenite Center from Banquet and Ballroom (formerly the Havana Social Club) of Cornelius. This eight-week class series will offer enthusiastic instruction in ballroom dance steps that will help students learn to dance like a star.

Class space is limited and registration is required. To register for this popular series of ballroom dance classes with Dirk Myers, II, call (828) 632-6966.

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the Friends of the Hiddenite Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

To learn more about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please visit www.hiddenitecenter.com, email info@hiddenitecenter.com, or join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

 

 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at
The Hiddenite Center with
“Irish Done Right !”
Tuesday, March 17th

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the time-honored traditions of Irish music, dance, food, and fellowship. The Hiddenite Center’s annual “Irish Done Right!” will offer all of these traditions at their best.

Held on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex, located at 70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County, this special event offers a traditional Irish meal, live performances of Celtic music from Erin Tide Band, Irish dancers, and of course the “wearin’ of the green!” Dinner will begin at 7:00pm with performances to follow. This event is affordably priced at only $16 per person for dinner and the show with tax included. Reservations are required and may be made by calling The Hiddenite Center at (828) 632-6966.

Guests will marvel at the fast paced, skillful dance steps of Catawba County’s own, St. Joseph’s Irish Dancers. This talented dance troupe is comprised of students from the unifour area, ranging from age four to age nineteen. The dancers will perform to a unique blend of Celtic music from the renowned Iredell County ensemble, “Erin Tide Band.” The members of Erin Tide Band regularly travel to Ireland to experience and research authentic Celtic music as they continually develop their skill with attention to accurate interpretation of Celtic traditions.

“It is our pleasure to offer an opportunity to experience Irish culture in a way that is truly authentic and unique,” said Pete Woods, Hiddenite Center Executive Director. “We are fortunate to have such talented dancers and musicians in our area who are devoted to preserving and sharing this rich heritage. Guests will feel as though they have been transported to the emerald isle as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Done Right.”

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the Friends of the Hiddenite Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

To learn more about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please visit www.hiddenitecenter.com, email info@hiddenitecenter.com, or join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

 

 

Hiddenite Center Seeks Artist Participation
for Adult Division of Local Artist Exhibit and Competition
Entry Deadline March 19th

During the month of April 2015, The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery will feature the adult division of the annual Local Artist Exhibit and Competition. The Center encourages area artists to participate in this unique opportunity to share their talents with the community.

The deadline for entry in the exhibit and competition is Thursday, March 19th by 4:00pm. All work should be submitted to The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County. The competition is open to Alexander County residents and art students enrolled in an Alexander County art class. Residents in surrounding counties are welcome to submit works to be exhibited but are not eligible for competition.

Work submitted after the designated date and time will not be accepted for the competition. Interested artists are encouraged to contact The Hiddenite Center at (828) 632-6966 or email info@hiddenitecenter.com to receive more information or to request entry forms for participation. Entry forms are also available at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion upon request.
Due to the expansion of this annual exhibit and competition, each participant is able to submit a maximum of four pieces per category. Artists are asked to submit current works completed in 2014 – 2015. Categories of competition are as follows:

Adult Painting (oil and acrylic)
Adult Watercolor
Adult Drawing (color pencil, pastels, charcoal, pencil, pen and ink)
Adult 3-Dimensional (pottery and sculpture)
Adult Quilting (quilts, wall hangings, clothing etc.)

Last year’s first place winners in the adult division are encouraged to exhibit, but will not be eligible to win again in the same category. Pieces of art that have already been entered in a 2015 competitive exhibit held at The Hiddenite Center may be exhibited but will be exempt from competition.
All entries must have a Hiddenite Center entry form attached to the back of each work, and each piece must be equipped with a sturdy device suitable for hanging. If a work falls due to poor hanging device, the work will not be re-hung and will not be eligible for judging.

All competition entries will be viewed by a qualified judge who will select one first place winner in each category; additional honorable mentions may be given at the judge’s discretion. An award will be given to each first place winner. Ribbons will be given to first place and honorable mention entries.

On Sunday, April 12, 2015, the Center will host a meet the artists reception and awards ceremony to honor all participants in the adult division. The reception will be held in the Lucas Mansion Gallery (316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County) from 3:00pm until 4:30pm. The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 3:30pm. Light refreshments will be served and artists will be available to discuss their work with visitors. The reception and the exhibit are free to attend and are open to the public.

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the Friends of the Hiddenite Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

To learn more about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please visit www.hiddenitecenter.com, emailinfo@hiddenitecenter.com, or join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

 

New Executive Director
Chosen to Lead Hiddenite Center

After an extensive search lead by members of The Hiddenite Center’s Board of Directors, it was announced this week that James W. “Pete” Woods has been named Executive Director of the non-profit arts and cultural heritage organization, which serves Alexander and surrounding counties.

Pete Woods is a nationally recognized advertising and marketing professional who brings over three decades of experience advising organizations on the building and nurturing of their brands to targeted audiences. In addition to extensive business experience, Woods holds a BFA in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a talented sculptor in his own right. Pete and his wife Tricia reside in Mooresville NC and have three children, Alex, Katie, and Sarah.

As a young man, Woods had the opportunity to apprentice as a pewter smith at the renowned Riverwood Pewter Shop in Dillsboro, North Carolina, under the skillful tutelage of Ray and Dee Shook. In addition to learning from these master craftsmen, the Morgan Family who owned Riverwood invited Woods to study foundry work at The Penland School for Handicrafts, which was founded by handicraft artisans Rufus and Lucy Morgan during the Great Depression era. During this formative experience, Woods developed a deep appreciation for Appalachian arts and cultural heritage traditions.

“On behalf of The Hiddenite Center’s Board of Directors and Staff, it is my privilege to welcome our new Executive Director, Pete Woods,” said Board President, Hazel Yoder. “When the selection process began, we set out to find a dynamic arts leader with proven experience and a vision for the future. Pete is all of this and so much more.”

As he steps into the role of Executive Director, Pete Woods brings a unique blend of business acumen and practical art experience to the task of leading The Hiddenite Center into a new era of growth and expansion.

“Throughout my career, whether working with exquisite craftspeople in the process of creating and selling art or during my thirty years of experience in the field of advertising, I have thoroughly enjoyed surrounding myself with creative people,” said Pete Woods. “I believe that creative organizations are engines for economic growth and personal development.”

A significant part of The Hiddenite Center’s focus is perpetuating local history, cultivation of self-expressions in the arts, crafts, music and dance while providing high quality cultural experiences for citizens of Alexander County and the surrounding region. In its thirty-third year of operation, The Hiddenite Center continues to grow and thrive with an enhanced mission and an eye towards the future.

“I feel fully supported by The Hiddenite Center’s excellent Staff and Board of Directors as we work together to sustain the quality of programming that this region has come to know and depend upon even as we build a greater awareness for all that the organization has to offer,” Woods went on to say. “It is our obligation and our privilege to ensure that Hiddenite Center programs provide fresh and relevant arts opportunities for diverse audiences. I am excited by this challenge and feel confident in the future of this vital organization.”

Woods encourages the community to visit The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion, located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County, to experience monthly art exhibits, tour the Center’s museum, and learn more about travel in the region through services provided in the Alexander County Visitor Center. The Hiddenite Center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

“I welcome community input and involvement as we embark upon this journey together,” Woods shared. “Everyone has an important role to play in helping to shape our future; I hope that the public will share their ideas, resources, and talents as we work to strengthen and enhance The Hiddenite Center.”

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the Friends of the Hiddenite Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

To contact Pete Woods, please email pete@hiddenitecenter.com. To learn more about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please call (828) 632-6966, visit www.hiddenitecenter.com, email info@hiddenitecenter.com, or join The Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

Click to read an excerpt from Pete Woods' April 9th interview with The Taylorsville Times.

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