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Hiddenite Center announces
Celebration of the Arts week events

Hiddenite, NC – The Hiddenite Center has planned a series of visual and performing arts events leading up to their 33rd Annual Celebration of the Arts festival, which is held on the fourth Saturday in September.

Celebration week events focus on family friendly and affordable programs, designed to highlight the overall theme for this year’s Celebration of the Arts, which is “Raising the Barn,” says Hiddenite Center Director of Education, Allison Houchins.

“The Hiddenite Center’s Celebration of the Arts welcomes you to rediscover our common heritage and explore new artists and performers from all across our great state,” said Allison Houchins, Hiddenite Center Director of Education. “Raising the Barn” is a theme that reminds us of the important role community and fellowship play in the artistic process and in our daily lives. It is our privilege to provide the best in art, heritage, and culture during our 33rd Annual Celebration of the Arts festival.”

This year’s line up includes a new Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibit entitled, “Raise Me Up: Barns, Quilts, and Communities,” which features the work of Alexander County artist Chad Alley and photographer Clayton Joe Young of Davidson. The exhibit will be on display in the Lucas Mansion Gallery beginning on Tuesday, September 2nd. The Lucas Mansion Gallery is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County and is open to the public Monday – Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm. All Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits are admission free.

Celebration week kicks off with the annual Senior Adult Day Luncheon on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, which features entertainment from the Catawba Valley New Horizons Band. This community band is comprised of adults and senior adults who play a variety of orchestra and big band style instruments. The program will be held at the Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road) starting at 10:00am and will feature a delicious lunch, musical entertainment, games, and fellowship. Cost for attending is only $8 per person with tax included. Reservations for this event are required and may be made by calling (828) 632-6966.

Celebration Family Night will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 and will feature Farmer Jason’s highly acclaimed live show, which involves sing-alongs, dancing, and discussions about nature, farming, and farm animals. This fun and interactive outdoor event will be held picnic style under the Celebration tent at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road) beginning at 6:30pm. Celebration Family Night with Farmer Jason is affordably priced at only $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under with tax included. The show price includes a family friendly, farm fresh meal of southern fried chicken, green beans, potatoes, dessert, and a beverage. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (828) 632-6966.

This week of events leads up to the 33rd Annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts festival, which will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 on Hiddenite Church Road from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Admission to this one of a kind street festival is FREE and open to the public. The Hiddenite Center’s Celebration of the Arts features four live performance stages, regional arts and crafts vendors, food, children’s activities, and a folk life pavilion with hands on demonstrations in heritage folk ways such as butter churning, open fire cooking, and more.

The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion museum, gallery, and permanent collections as well as the newly created Alexander County Visitor Center (housed within the Lucas Mansion) will be open for visitors throughout the day. Museum tours will be available at a reduced cost of only $1 per person. All other Lucas Mansion exhibits are FREE and open to the public.

Hiddenite Center Celebration of the ARTS events 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, Carris Reels, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For more information about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please call (828) 632-6966 or visit www.hiddenitecenter.com Join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

 

Hiddenite Center announces
new Celebration of the Arts features
that showcase "Art in Action"

This year's Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts festival, held on Saturday, September 27th from 9am until 4pm on Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County, will feature new activities that are designed to enhance hands on participation in the arts through "Art in Action" activities.

The Center has chosen esteemed Alexander County watercolorist, Helen Keever, to serve as the festival's inaugural "Celebration Artist in Residence." Working in an open air studio on the lawn of the Center's Lucas Mansion, Keever will begin with a blank canvas and work throughout the day to complete a painting that captures the Celebration of the Arts experience from her unique artistic point of view. Festival visitors will have the opportunity to watch the painting take form, from start to finish, as they observe this master watercolorist at work.

The Celebration Artist in Residence project offers the public a "rare glimpse into the artist's methods and techniques", says Hiddenite Center Executive Director, Pete Woods. "Visitors will experience the arts in a whole new way as they play a significant role in the artist's creative process."

Helen Keever has been an active Celebration of the Arts participant and volunteer since the very first festival in 1981. As a longtime Hiddenite Center member, Keever has exhibited in the Lucas Mansion Gallery on a number of occasions, including a one woman show. The artist is also active in the Iredell County arts community, having exhibited with the Statesville Artist Guild and Mitchell Community College.

Keever explains that she will draw upon a wealth of Celebration of the Arts memories and experiences as she creates a piece that pays tribute this legendary arts and heritage event.

"I was born and raised in Alexander County and The Hiddenite Center's Celebration of the Arts has always been near and dear to my heart," said Keever. "Over the years, Celebration has become a huge homecoming for the entire region. It is my honor to have the opportunity to capture that spirit of community through my painting."

Another new feature of this year's festival is the first "Celebration Poem", which was written by well known Alexander County artist and poet, Richard Bruns. The poem will be read aloud on the Lucas Mansion stage 10:30am on Celebration day, Saturday, September 27th. Richard and Regina Bruns are longtime Celebration participants and Hiddenite Center supporters. Bruns' poem brings his personal observations of the festival to life as he creates a literary canvas that depicts the exuberance of this unique Celebration of the Arts.

Bruns says he hopes the Celebration Poem, "will inspire others to express creativity through the art of poetry."

The newly created Art in Action area, located on the lawn of the Lucas Mansion, will feature a variety of free activities that will appeal to kids, teens, and adults alike. Large-scale chalk board panels will be available for creating public art throughout the day.

Festival visitors will have the opportunity to describe their favorite Celebration of the Arts moments by writing on the new Celebration Poetry Wall, sponsored by Teen Poetry Happens. This fun and spontaneous activity allows participants to record the sights, sounds, flavors, and feelings of Celebration. The talented Alexander County students who comprise Teen Poetry Happens will use these public expressions to create an original poem during their monthly meeting in October.

Safe Harbor's ReSource Warehouse and Gallery of Hickory will sponsor a free make and take craft station in the Art in Action area, which will be located on the lawn of the Lucas Mansion on Celebration day. ReSource Warehouse and Gallery is a creative re-use center and consignment gallery that encourages people to think outside the box as they re-imagine and re-use items in creative ways. The free make and take project they offer at Celebration will be quick, easy, and fun for all ages.

"We are excited to provide an opportunity for Celebration visitors to give discarded items new life though creative arts," said Amy Stickler, Director of Safe Harbor's ReSource Warehouse and Gallery.

In conjunction with Art in Action, a number of artists and crafters have volunteered to create a series of special projects that commemorate and interpret The Hiddenite Center's Celebration of the Arts. These projects include a Celebration quilt by the Brushy Mountain Quilter’s Guild, a Celebration pottery panel by Alexander County potter, Linda Merry Parker, and a caned Celebration chair from heritage demonstrators, Sam and Donna Frogge of Iredell County. The completed Celebration art projects will be displayed during the festival for visitors to enjoy.

Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts events 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, Carris Reels, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For more information about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please call (828) 632-6966 or visit www.hiddenitecenter.com Join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

 

Hiddenite Center's
Celebration Senior Adult Day Luncheon
features Catawba Valley New Horizons Band

In conjunction with their Celebration of the Arts festival, The Hiddenite Center will hold their annual Celebration Senior Adult Day Luncheon on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

The luncheon will feature entertainment from the Catawba Valley New Horizons Band, which is a community band comprised of adults and senior adults who play a variety of orchestra and big band style instruments. The program will be held at the Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road) starting at 10:00am and will feature a delicious lunch, musical entertainment, games, and fellowship.

Cost for attending is only $8 per person with tax included. Reservations for this event are required and may be made by calling (828) 632-6966. Guests of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend this special program honoring senior adults.

After the luncheon, guests are encouraged to visit The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion (316 Hiddenite Church Road) to view their current art gallery exhibit by Alexander County artist Chad Alley and photographer Clayton Joe Young of Davidson. Their exhibit, entitled, "Raise Me Up: Barns, Quilts, and Communities,” features Alley's series of drawings that capture the barns and quilt panels featured in The Hiddenite Center's Alexander County Barn Quilt Project along with Young's series of photographs that highlight mountain culture and Western NC communities. Guests may also tour the Hiddenite Center’s turn of the 20th Century museum and enjoy their exhibited collections of antique dolls, toys, gems, and minerals.

The Lucas Mansion Gallery and collections are self-guided and are admission free. Guided tours of the museum are $4.00 each for adults and $3.00 each for senior adults. Each year, the Hiddenite Center offers special performing arts events during the week leading up to their Annual Celebration of the Arts festival. The 33rd Annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts is a free admission, one of a kind arts and cultural heritage street festival, which is held each year on the fourth Saturday in Septeber on Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County from 9am – 4pm.
For more information about Celebration of the Arts week special events and the Celebration of the Arts festival, visit www.hiddenitecenter.com or call (828) 632-6966. Join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching “Friends of the Hiddenite Center.”

Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts events 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, Carris Reels, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

 

Hiddenite Center Partners with
Alexander County Schools and Alexander County Library
to present Farmer Jason in concert

The Hiddenite Center, in partnership with the Alexander County Schools and the Alexander County Library, is proud to present a series of performances by the highly acclaimed children’s entertainer, Farmer Jason.

Farmer Jason is the brainchild of rock music legend Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. An Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Ringenberg is one of the pioneers of the modern Americana and alt-country genres. In 2002 he created Farmer Jason to educate and entertain children about farm life and the wonders of nature. The character is based on his own farming background and love of the great outdoors.

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, Famer Jason will bring his energetic, educational program to the Alexander Central High School Auditorium with a special performance for Alexander County’s kindergarten and first grade students. Open to students only, this unique performance features music, dance, and lessons in farming and nature.

Farmer Jason will perform a free, public concert at 3:30pm on Thursday, September 25 on the campus of the CVCC Alexander Center for Education in the Commissioners meeting room (103). Co sponsored by The Hiddenite Center and the Alexander County Library, this event is geared toward pre-school through early elementary school students but is free and open to children and families of all ages. Light refreshments will be served.

This interactive performance will encourage kids to get physically and mentally involved in their outdoor world. Each song is introduced with a short, fun lesson about the song's subject. With catchy tunes like "The Tractor Goes Chug Chug Chug", "Punk Rock Skunk", and "Guitar Pickin' Chicken” kids will have fun as they learn about the joys of farming and nature.

Farmer Jason has released three albums and a performance DVD. He has starred in the “It’s a Farmer Jason” program, which airs on several public-broadcasting stations around the United States. The show won an Emmy Award in 2009 and earned an Emmy nomination in 2010. Farmer Jason’s records have won numerous awards, including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and the Los Angeles Times’ Children’s Record of the Year list. Farmer Jason has performed several thousand concerts in venues ranging from rural fairs on the Alaskan tundra to European performance halls.

In partnering with the Alexander County Schools and Public Library to provide performing arts opportunities, Hiddenite Center Executive Director, Pete Wood hopes to provide “fun and enriching experiences for kids.”

These special performing arts events are held in conjunction with The Hiddenite Center’s Celebration of the Arts. Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts events 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, Carris Reels, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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 Presents
Bluegrass and BBQ
With the Sugarloaf Ramblers

On Friday, October 10, 2014, The Hiddenite Center will present and evening of Bluegrass and BBQ with the Sugarloaf Ramblers. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County).

Concert admission at the door is $8.00 per person and there will be BBQ sandwiches and drinks available for sale at an affordable price. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Hiddenite Center.
The legendary Sugarloaf Ramblers will entertain guests of all ages with their popular brand of bluegrass music. Reservations are not required, however, large groups are asked to call ahead. For more information or to reserve group seating, please 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.

 

Hiddenite Center and Alexander Friends of the Library
to host book signing and reception honoring
NASCAR Hall of Famer Rex White

The Hiddenite Center, in partnership with the Alexander Friends of the Library, will host a book signing and community reception in honor of Alexander County native and NASCAR Hall of Fame member, Rex White. The public is invited to attend the reception and book signing, which will be held on Sunday, October 12 from 3 until 4:30 p.m. at The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County). Light refreshments will be served as guests enjoy remarks from Rex White and a selections from “Gold Thunder” as read by Micah Henry of the Alexander Radio Theater. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the signing and reception. This event is free and open to the public; donations will be welcomed and appreciated.

Among other outstanding career accomplishments, in 1960, Rex White famously beat Richard Petty for the championship in what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, placing second to Ned Jarrett in the following year. White has been elected as part of the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which will be inducted in January. According to a description of his book on Amazon.com, the autobiography, as told to Anne B. Jones, also contains information gained through interviews with other racing professionals, including personal stories from NASCAR greats Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett.

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding by 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 become a member of the Alexander Friends of the Library, pick up a membership form that day or to learn more about the Friends, check out the Friends on Facebook by searching for Alexander Friends of the Library.

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.

 

Annual Quilter's Symposium
November 1, 2014

The Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild will sponsor their 27th annual Quilter's Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Hiddenite Center's Educational Complex.

Quilters from across North Carolina and surrounding states will participate in day-long classes on technique and production, enjoy interaction with other quilters, and shop in a unique traveling quilters' supply boutique. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. with introduction to the teachers and display of their work followed by the morning class sessions. Students will break for a light lunch including dessert and have the opportunity to tour the Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibit featuring the works of the Quilters Guild. The afternoon class sessions will conclude at 5 p.m.

This annual workshop is co-sponsored by the BMQG and the Hiddenite Center in conjunction with the guild's November exhibition in the Hiddenite Center's Lucas Mansion Gallery. The gallery exhibit will feature quilts, garments, table covers and wall hangings made by guild members. Additionally, pieces made in response to the guidelines of the guild's annual Challenge Project will be included in the exhibit. This quilt exhibit will be on display in the Hiddenite Center's Lucas Mansion Gallery Nov. 1-25.

Interested quilters may access class information and registration form at the guild's website: http://brushymountainquilters.tripod.com/workshopid12.html also by requesting this information at the Hiddenite Center 828-632-6966.

The Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild meets on the fourth Monday of each month at the Hiddenite Center's Educational Complex at 70 Church Road in Hiddenite. Meeting visitors are always welcome. For more information about the guild, call Garnet Underwood at 828-632-4739 or visit the guild website.

 

Area Counties Accepting Applications from Regional Artists

Applications for 2014-2015 Regional Artist Projects Grants for artists residing in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba or McDowell Counties are now being accepted. (A Spanish language version of the application and guidelines is also available.) This annual grant, for up to $1500, provides financial support to professional artists at any stage in their careers.

Grants can be awarded in all arts disciplines. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 3, 2014, at 4:30 pm. Late applications cannot be accepted. Awards will be announced by early November.

The Regional Artist Projects Grants Program focuses on career development of both the individual and artistic groups. Recipients of the grant may use the funding for specific career advancement including, but not limited to, career promotion, travel expenses, supplies & equipment, training, and competition/completion of new work.

To be eligible for consideration, all application proposals should be written with a specific project in mind. A one-on-one meeting with a sponsoring organization executive director is encouraged. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and should possess a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of his/her career. Candidates cannot be full-time college students. The Regional Artist Project Grants Program is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and sponsored locally with matching monies from the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Caldwell Arts Council, the Hiddenite Center, McDowell Arts Council Association, Burke Arts Council and the Rock School Arts Foundation.
To receive guidelines or an application or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a sponsoring organization, please call one of the following:

Pete Woods, The Hiddenite Center, Alexander County, 828-632-6966, jwwoodspete@gmail.com

Deborah Jones, Burke Arts Council, 828-433-7282, director@burkearts.org

Lee Carol Giduz, Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486,
leecarol@caldwellarts.com

Kathy Greathouse, United Arts Council of Catawba County, 828-324-4906, kgreathouse@artscatawba.org

Susan Pyatt-Baker, McDowell Arts Council Association, 828-652-8610, mcdowellarts@gmail.com

Elizabeth Furr, Rock School Arts Foundation, 828-879-2129, efurr@charter.net

 

Condados de la Área Aceptando Aplicaciones
de Artistas Regionales

Aplicaciones para 2014-2015 Proyectos de Beca para Artistas Regionales para artistas viviendo en los condados de Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba o McDowell los están aceptando ahora. Esta beca anual, para hasta $1500, provee apoyo financiad a artistas profesionales en cualquier etapa de su carrera.

Las becas los premiamos para todas disciplinas de arte. Necesitan regresar las aplicaciones por el 3 de Octobre a las 4:30 pm.

El Proyecto de Becas para Artistas Regionales enfoca en carreras de desarrollo en ambos el individuo y grupos artísticos. Ganadores de la beca pueden usar el dinero para avanzar su carrera incluyendo, pero no limitado a, promoción de su carrera, gastos de viages, herramientas y equipo, entrenamiento, y competencias o completar trabajo nuevo.

Para ser elegible para consideración, todas aplicaciones deben ser escritas con un proyecto especifico en mente. Una reunión de cara a cara con la directora ejecutiva de la organización patrocinada es sugerida. Candidatos deben ser por lo menos 18 años de edad y deben poseer un record artístico de realización apropiada para la etapa de su carrera. Candidatos no pueden ser estudiantes de tiempo completo del colegio. El Proyecto de Beca para Artistas Regionales lo apoya una beca de la Concilia de Arte de Carolina del Norte y patrocinada localmente de dineros de la Concilia de Artes Unidas del Condado de Catawba, la Concilia de Arte de Burke, y la fundación de Artes de la Escuela Rock.

Para recibir reglas o para una aplicación o para hacer cita para una reunión de cara a cara con la organización patrocinada, por favor llame a una de las siguientes:

Karen Walker, Hiddenite Center, Alexander County, 828-632-6966, hiddenitecenter@yahoo.com:
Deborah Jones, Burke Arts Council, 828-433-7282, director@burkearts.org:
Lee Carol Giduz, Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486, leecarol@caldwellarts.com:
Kathy Greathouse or Lynn Loehr, United Arts Council of Catawba County, 828-324-4906, kgreathouse@artscatawba.org or lloehr@artscatawba.org:
Susan Pyatt, McDowell Arts Council Association, 828-652-8610, mcdowellarts@gmail.com:
Elizabeth Furr, Rock School Arts Foundation, 828-879-2129, efurr@charter.net

 

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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