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Hiddenite Center
Honors Local Artist Exhibit
Adult Division Participants
with Reception and Awards Ceremony
Sunday, April 12th

On Sunday, April 12, 2015, The Hiddenite Center will host a meet the artists reception and awards ceremony to honor all participants in the adult division of their annual Local Artist Exhibit and Competition. 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.

The Local Artist Exhibit and Competition Adult Division will be on display in the Lucas Mansion Gallery from April 3 – April 30, 2015. While the competition portion of the show is open to Alexander County residents, the exhibit includes the work of regional artists. This unique exhibit showcases an increasingly diverse body of work, including entries in painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and quilting.

Each participating artist had the opportunity to submit as many as four pieces in each category of competition and exhibit. During the reception, a winner and honorable mention recipients will be named in category of the competition, which includes:

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.)
The adult division of The Hiddenite Center’s Local Artist Competition and Exhibit will be on display in the Lucas Mansion Gallery until April 30, 2015, Monday through Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm. All Hiddenite Center Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits are free and 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.

 

 

Hiddenite Center Expands Gallery
with Emerging Artists Exhibit Space

In an effort to enhance our services and offer greater opportunities for experiencing the arts, The Hiddenite Center has expanded gallery offerings to include a new exhibit space dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists. Located on the third floor of the Center's Lucas Mansion, the Emerging Artists Wall will feature monthly exhibits designed to bring greater awareness to the diversity and abundance of talent among artists and art students in the region.

The inaugural Emerging Artist Wall exhibit will feature the work of Mitchell Community College art student, Devyn Lopez. The exhibit will open tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, 2015 and will be on display through April 28, 2015. All Emerging Artists Wall exhibits and Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public Monday - Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Devyn Lopez is a senior at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, where she is a fine arts major. Lopez is excited to be the first artist chosen to participate in the Hiddenite Center's new emerging artist space.

“ Being asked to exhibit at The Hiddenite Center is a great opportunity for me because, as a student, I don’t often get a chance to exhibit outside of the college,” Lopez shared. “It means a lot to me to be invited to share my work with a larger audience and expand my experience as an artist.”

Hiddenite Center Executive Director, Pete Woods, is equally enthusiastic about the project.

"At The Hiddenite Center, we continually seek opportunities to connect artists with the broader community," said Executive Director, Pete Woods. "By establishing an exhibit space for emerging artists, we hope to provide new and expanded avenues for artists to share their work and gain awareness for their talents. In so doing, we offer an enriching experience for exhibiting artists and exhibit visitors alike.”

Art has always played an important role in Devyn Lopez’s life; she began drawing in early childhood and throughout middle school. Lopez credits two incredibly supportive High School art teachers with pushing her to fully develop her talent and inspiring her with the freedom to create without limitations. “I can honestly say that without my teachers, I wouldn’t be the type of artist I am today,” Lopez stated.

For Devyn Lopez, galleries are a sacred space where the artist and the viewer meet and are connected through the experience of art. “Making art has become so ingrained in me and my behavior that it is simply as natural as waking up in the morning,” Lopez shared with enthusiasm. “I enjoy making pieces of art that evoke emotion from the viewer or tell a story for the viewer to figure out. By trying to connect to my audience, my work has the ability to impact or make a difference in someone’s life, even for just a fleeting moment in time. “

The Hiddenite Center's Lucas Mansion is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County. 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 HiddeniteCenter’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

To learn more about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please visit www.hiddenitecenter.com or email info@hiddenitecenter.com

 

Community Gathers to Support
Young Artists During
Hiddenite Center Reception and Awards Ceremony

On Sunday, March 8, 2015, more than 180 people attended a reception and awards ceremony honoring participants in The Hiddenite Center’s annual Local Artist Exhibit and Competition Youth Division. Guests gathered at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery to express their support for emerging artists in our community, enjoy light refreshments, and fellowship with many of the exhibiting artists.

Hiddenite Center Executive Director, Pete Woods expressed the Center’s appreciation for this outpouring of participation.

“This year’s exhibit features an incredible amount of work from diversely talented young people who are pushing the boundaries of creativity,” said Woods. “Together with the overwhelming support the community has shown these artists and the Center, it is clear that the future of the arts in Alexander County shines bright with opportunity.”

During the reception, Woods announced the first place winners and honorable mention recipients in each category of the youth division competition. Each first place winner in each youth division category received a $25 cash award made possible through Hiddenite Center funding.

In the senior high school category, first place was awarded to Alexis Anthony. High school category honorable mention recipients were Alexis Babson, Isaac Waters, Avery Guyer, Rowan Sheppard, April Shuford, Tou Vang, Leo Flores, Michael Trimnal, Lorin Donnelly, and Sarah Johnson.

First place in the middle school category went to Paige Harrington. Honorable mentions were awarded to Sonya Yang, Brayden Shook (2), Baylee Frye, Aubrie Holland, Kaylin Stafford, Cooper Castellaw, Chloe Cook, Kara Krump, and Ashlyn Propst.

In the elementary 3rd – 5th grade category, Olivia Perkins was awarded first place. Honorable mentions in this category were awarded to Scott Michael Westmoreland (3), Eva Grace Gryder (2), and Sierra Hayes.

First place and an honorable mention in the K – 2nd grade category went to Mackenzie Williams. Honorable mentions were also awarded to Abigail Martin, Samuel Smith, and Lacey Helfinstine.

The Youth Division of The Hiddenite Center’s Local Artist Competition will be on exhibit in the Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery Monday– Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm through the month of March. All Hiddenite Center Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Adult Division of The Hiddenite Center’s Local Artist Competition will be featured in the Lucas Mansion Gallery during the month of April 2015. Adult artists residing or attending classes in Alexander County are encouraged to submit up to four pieces per category.

The deadline for entry in the Local Artist Competition Adult Division is 4:00 p.m. March 19, 2015. Call (828) 632-6966 to learn more about the competition guidelines and categories.

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.

 

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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