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Hiddenite Center Awarded Catawba Valley Community Foundation Grant

The Hiddenite Center was recently awarded a $1000 grant from the Catawba Valley Community Foundation’s 2014 Community Grants Program, an affiliate of the NC Community Foundation. This generous grant funding will be used during The Hiddenite Center’s annual Explore NC Heritage Fair. Pictured above from left to right are John Francis of the NC Community Foundation and Karen Walker, Hiddenite Center Assistant Director.

 

Lucas Mansion Gallery to feature new exhibit from
Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild
“Beyond the Sampler”

During the month of November 2014, The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery proudly features the work of the Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild. In this 27th annual exhibit the guild showcases the diversity of talent that is prevalent among its members. The exhibit will be on display November 1 – November 24, 2014. The Lucas Mansion Gallery (316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County) is open to the public Monday through Friday from10am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10am until 3pm. All Hiddenite Center Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits are admission free.

In their new exhibit, “Beyond the Sampler,” the members of the Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild explore and expand upon the traditional “sampler,” which was originally a completed quilt showcasing an example of each of the patterns a quilter had mastered.
The main body of work in the exhibit is the Quilters Challenge Project 2014, which invites members to create a piece that goes beyond traditional sampler guidelines. This year’s challenge was designed to spark creativity and sharpen quilting skills by making a medallion style sampler quilt. Each member began their piece with a center block in a pattern of their own choosing. For five consecutive months, the quilters added rounds or rows to the center block based on assigned elements. Members had the choice of using a set palate of fabrics or use pieces of fabric from the challenge box.

The guidelines for the challenge do not restrict the quilter in terms of size or application. As a result, the exhibit features a wide variety of quilted fabric art, including quilts, garments, table covers and wall hangings. The challenge project allows visitors to compare and contrast the way each quilter uses and interprets the sampler based on their own distinct artistic vision.

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 Soup ‘N Salad Fall Luncheon
Tuesday, November 18th

The autumn harvest brings with it the return of The Hiddenite Center’s popular Soup ‘N Salad Fall Luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm at The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Rd. in Alexander County).

General admission to the Soup ‘N Salad Fall Luncheon is affordably priced at $7 per person, which includes a delicious buffet of hot soups, a tossed salad, dessert, and a beverage.

In addition to general admission, this year’s luncheon features the option of purchasing handcrafted soup bowls from renowned potter, Jim Brown. The Brown family has been making pottery in North Carolina since the 1700s. Jim Brown continues this tradition in his new pottery studio, located in the Hiddenite community of Alexander County. Luncheon admission that includes the buffet along with a specially made, take home bowl is priced at $10 per person. Carry orders are available upon request.

“We invite the public to celebrate the fall season with the warmth that comes from sharing great food with neighbors while supporting a worthy organization like The Hiddenite Center,” said Executive Director, Pete Woods. “Our Soup ‘N Salad Fall Luncheon offers a terrific opportunity to support the arts on your lunch hour.”

The Center is seeking volunteers to contribute homemade soups and desserts for the luncheon. Interested participants may call (828) 632-6966 to volunteer.

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 would welcome donations for the luncheon and volunteers to help with the event. For more information or to donate / volunteer, call (828) 632-6966 , email info@hiddenitecenter.com or visit www.hiddenitecenter.com Join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching “Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

 

Hiddenite Center Hosts
Handmade Holiday Workshops
Saturday, November 29th

In preparation for the holiday season, The Hiddenite Center is pleased to announce the return of their Handmade Holiday Workshops, Saturday, November 29, 2014. This fun and interactive workshop series will include classes in chair caning and Christmas wreath making. Classes will be held at The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County).

The Christmas wreath-making workshop will be lead by Allison Houchins, Hiddenite Center Director of Education. Houchins will instruct the class in working with fresh greenery to create a large wreath for holiday home décor. Participants will learn the basics of wreath construction, design elements, and use of floral tools. At the end of the workshop, participants will complete and take home a large, finished, fresh green wreath. The Christmas wreath-making class will be held at the Educational Complex from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Cost for attending the class is $24 for Hiddenite Center members and $28 for the public. This includes all materials, instruction, and tax. Class size is limited to twelve participants. Pre-paid registration is required for all participants and may be made by calling (828) 632-6966.Tuition is non-refundable but may be transferred in case of cancellation by student. Participants are asked to bring shrub cutters (hand size) and gardening or work gloves if desired. Workshop participants will enjoy hot cider and cookies as they fellowship and create a beautiful holiday wreath.

The chair caning workshop will be held at the Educational Complex from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. Sam and Donna Frogge of Iredell County will lead this unique holiday class. Each participant will learn the basics of caning and will complete a 16" footstool during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring heavy scissors, a spray bottle for water and a towel for use during the class. This is a great opportunity to learn a new craft while creating a unique heirloom gift! Cost for registration in the class is $25 for members of The Hiddenite Center’s Friends program or $30 for the public. Cost includes class instruction, stool frame, and caning supplies. This fun workshop allows participants to create a new family heirloom to treasure or share as a gift. Class size is limited to twelve; prepaid registration is required and may be made by calling (828) 632-6966. Cancelled registrations are non-refundable but may be transferred.

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.

 

Annual Christmas at the Lucas Mansion
Friends Open House
Featuring: “Christmas Reel to Real”
December 4th

On Thursday, December 4, 2014, The Hiddenite Center will host their annual Christmas at the Lucas Mansion Friends Open House. Hiddenite Center members, known as “Friends of the Hiddenite Center,” will gather from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm for a special evening that includes guided tours of the Center’s museum and holiday decorations, festive live music, heavy hors d’ oeuvres and community fellowship. Admission to the Christmas at the Lucas Mansion Friends Open House, which includes a one-year Hiddenite Center membership, is affordably priced at $25 for an individual or $40 for a family. To pre-pay for membership and admission, call (828) 632-6966. Guests are also welcome to pay at the door on the evening of the Open House.

Each year, during the holiday season, The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion is transformed into a wonderland of decorations that highlight a unique theme. This year’s theme, “Christmas Reel to Real,” takes guests on a journey through their favorite Christmas films.

On the evening of the Friends Open House, guests will enter through the foyer of the Historic Lucas Mansion museum, which will be lavishly decorated to mimic movie theater lobbies of the golden age of cinema. The Historic Lucas Mansion is a three-story Victorian home, which features a museum of rooms restored to reflect family life of the early 20th Century. Each room of the Lucas Mansion museum will be decorated to interpret a scene from classic holiday movies such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “White Christmas.” The Lucas Mansion’s second floor gallery will open its doors to visitors for a festive holiday inspired exhibition. Holiday movie magic will continue amid the Lucas Mansion’s third floor antique doll and toy collections, which will feature elaborate decorations that bring classic children’s Christmas movies such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Home Alone,” and “Frosty the Snowman” to life. At the end of the evening, each guest will receive a “Friends of the Hiddenite Center” take home gift as a special “Thank You” for supporting the arts this season.

The Lucas Mansion gift shop will offer holiday shopping for handcrafted, unique, and one-of-a-kind artistic gifts. Gift shop sales will benefit local artists, crafters, and The Hiddenite Center.

Following the Friends Open House, The Hiddenite Center’s “Christmas Reel to Real” decorations and exhibits will be open to the public beginning Friday, December 5th. The Lucas Mansion’s regular hours of operation are Monday – Friday 10:00 am until 4:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion will be closed in observance of the holidays December 24th – December 28, 2014 and January 1, 2015.

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.

 

Carolina Style Chorus of
Sweet Adelines International
Returns to Hiddenite Center for
Holiday Dinner Theater Performance
Thursday, December 11th

The Hiddenite Center is pleased to welcome the Carolina Style Chorus of Sweet Adelines International back to Alexander County for a special, holiday themed dinner theater performance. The award-winning vocalists of the Carolina Style Chorus will perform at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road) on Thursday evening, December 11, 2014.

In addition to outstanding entertainment, guests will enjoy a delicious holiday buffet dinner starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by the musical performance at approximately 8:00 p.m. This event is affordably priced at only $16 per person with dinner, performance and tax included in the cost. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (828) 632-6966.

The Carolina Style Chorus is a women's chorus specializing in performing four-part, a cappella music in the barbershop style. This dynamic group provides opportunities for women to learn and sing and attain individual growth in an atmosphere of friendship and fun. Their goal is to be recognized for musical excellence and to share their talents with audiences.

The chorus consistently places in the top five in its Sweet Adelines annual spring vocal competition, competing against choruses from North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Eastern Tennessee. In Fall 2012, the chorus represented their region at the International Competition in Denver, Colorado.

The Carolina Style Chorus sings under the direction of Jean Danaher of Matthews who has directed the chorus since 1997.Founded in Hickory, NC in 1972, the Carolina Style Chorus will celebrate its 42nd anniversary this winter. With more than 40 voices, the chorus produces a thrilling sound and choreography that is creative and entertaining. The group performs a variety of musical styles including gospel, Broadway, Motown, and standards.

The Hiddenite Center’s dinner theater featuring the Carolina Style Chorus is an event that will delight and entertain the entire family. Guests are encouraged to make reservations early to ensure their attendance for this popular holiday dinner theater. Call the Hiddenite Center at (828) 632-6966 to make individual or group reservations.

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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