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Danny Wicker Trio And Special Guest Mel Jones
Headline Next Summer on the Square Free Concert

On Sunday, July 27th, The Hiddenite Center, in partnership with the Town of Taylorsville, will present the Danny Wicker Trio with special guest Mel Jones during the next Summer on the Square free concert. The concert will be held on the lawn of the Alexander County Courthouse in Taylorsville (29 West Main Ave.) starting at 7:30pm. In case of rain, the performance will be moved to The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex, which is located at 70 Hiddenite Church Road.) Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for their convenience.

The musical trio comprised of Kathy Estes, Nathan Rash, and Danny Wicker, along with guest performer Mel Jones will delight audience members with selections from the great American songbook era of music and an eclectic mix of modern day favorites. This style of music is perfect for dancing; audience members are welcome to bring their dancing shoes for a turn around the Alexander County Courthouse lawn stage.

Summer on the Square represents a unique collaboration between government and the arts, which provides diverse live music and cultural entertainment in downtown Taylorsville at no cost to the public. Each concert features talented performers, a family friendly atmosphere, and entertainment that will appeal to all ages.

On Sunday, August 17th, the Summer on the Square finale will feature bluegrass music from Alexander County’s own The Idle Time Band. Comprised of Bill Warren, Eric Childers, Jimmy Trivette, John Treadway, and Russell Loudermelk , The Idle Time Band is renowned for their unique brand of bluegrass. The Summer on the Square finale concert will begin at 7:30pm on the lawn of the Alexander County Courthouse in Taylorsville.

Hiddenite Center Executive Director Pete Woods encourages residents in Alexander and surrounding counties to take advantage of this opportunity to experience the arts through the Summer on the Square series.

“We are so fortunate to be able to provide this incredibly diverse roster of performances for the benefit of everyone in our community,” said Woods. “Summer on the Square offers a unique opportunity to join your friends and neighbors in sharing music and cultural experiences that may be new or familiar.”

“Bringing music and culture to the town square is a tremendous statement of support for the arts in this region,” Woods went on to say. “ Everyone is welcome and it is my hope that residents and visitors will be enriched by this arts programming.”

All Summer on the Square concerts are admission free and are held on the Alexander County Courthouse lawn in Taylorsville (29 W Main Avenue ). In case of rain, concerts will be moved to The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road).

This free community arts program is made possible through the support of The Hiddenite Center, The Town of Taylorsville, Alexander County Government, Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, the RY and Eileen Lackey Sharpe Foundation, and the Winston Salem Foundation.

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

 

Hiddenite Center Launches First Gallery Crawl
Featuring Exhibit Receptions at Educational Complex
and Lucas Mansion Gallery

On Sunday, August 3, 2014, The Hiddenite Center will launch their first official Gallery Crawl with exhibit receptions at both the Lucas Mansion Gallery and the Educational Complex. The public is invited to participate in this afternoon of art and fellowship, which will be held from 3:00pm until 4:30pm at both locations.

The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road) will feature a one-day only “pop up” gallery and reception honoring participants in the 2014 Summer Art Camp for children. This “Summer Vacation Station” themed camp for kids ages 4 and older provided instruction in a wide variety of artistic mediums including recycled collage, watercolor painting, drawing, and hand building in clay. The exhibit and reception will highlight the outstanding work produced by these talented young artists.

The Lucas Mansion Gallery (316 Hiddenite Church Road) will be host to a reception honoring the work of exhibiting artists Nelson Brookshire of Lenoir and Michael Joe Moore of Statesville. Their exciting new exhibit will be on display in the Lucas Mansion Gallery throughout the month of August. Brookshire and Moore are self-taught artists who bring distinct styles and unique approaches to their medium of choice.

Nelson Brookshire, a self-described folk artist, uses rolled paper from magazines and printed materials grouped according to color to create stunning impressionistic images. This innovative use of materials caught the eye of WBTV’s (CBS affiliate channel 3) popular “Carolina Camera” program, which featured a segment about Brookshire’s work in 2013. His work has won several awards in local, regional and national art competitions, including the Winston-Salem Chronicle Award in a national juried art exhibition at Sawtooth Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC.

Michael Joe Moore uses skillful watercolor techniques to produce pieces that reflect landmarks of Iredell, Alexander, and surrounding communities. Moore’s watercolors reflect his passion for both molten metal and history. Of particular interest are his interpretation of Alexander County’s legendary “Junebug” locomotive and his series of paintings entitled “Portrait of Statesville.” His watercolors of foundry scenes have been collected by customers throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Michael Joe Moore’s watercolors have placed in art shows throughout North Carolina and have finished first in watercolor twice at the Carolina Artist Expo.

Each gallery crawl exhibit reception will offer light refreshments, fellowship with art enthusiasts, and the opportunity to discuss work with the artists. The Sunday, August 3rd gallery crawl is open from 3:00pm until 4:30pm and is free to attend. Guests are encouraged to begin their crawl with a visit to the Summer Art Camp reception at the Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road), which offers ample parking. Afterwards, guests may leave their vehicles and stroll down the street to the Brookshire/Moore reception in the Lucas Mansion Gallery (316 Hiddenite Church Road). Additional parking will be available at the Lucas Mansion.

Hiddenite Center Executive Director, Pete Woods explains that the gallery crawl is designed to illustrate the Center’s commitment to promoting emerging artists while bringing enriching art experiences to the public.

“One of The Hiddenite Center’s most vital roles is to provide opportunities for artists at every stage of their development; whether that artist is a kid’s summer camp student who is just beginning to learn to express their talents or an adult who has spent many years developing their craft and honing their skills,” said Woods. “We are thrilled to present this work to the public and we are certain that attending our first gallery crawl will inspire guests to explore their own creativity.”

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.

 

Scrap Squad Sponsors
Scrapbooking “Crop” at The Hiddenite Center
Saturday, August 16th

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, The Hiddenite Center will host a unique scrapbooking event known as a “Crop.” Scrapbook and paper crafting enthusiasts will gather at The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County) for a full day of scraping fun beginning at 8:00am and ending at 6:00pm. Each Crop participant will be responsible for bringing his or her own scrapbooking materials. The Hiddenite Center will provide ample table space, a catered breakfast of coffee, juice, and pastries, and a delicious croissant sandwich lunch.

This scrapbooking retreat offers participants an opportunity to fellowship with and learn from fellow scrapbookers while providing plenty of space and time to become immersed in the joys of creating special scrapbook layouts and projects. Participants who may not have a home workspace or craft room will enjoy the opportunity to spread out their materials, work alone or in groups, and devote their undivided attention to the art of scrapbooking.

Sponsored by a local group of scrapbookers known as “The Scrap Squad,” the Crop was organized as a fundraiser to support The Hiddenite Center’s ongoing arts and cultural heritage programs. Cost for the entire day of scrapbooking fun with breakfast, lunch, and tax included is only $35 for the public and only $30 for Hiddenite Center members. Registration is required and may be made by calling (828) 632-6966. Early registration is encouraged, as Crop space is limited to 30 participants.

Hiddenite Center Director of Education, Allison Houchins shares that the organization is excited about this opportunity to provide paper crafters with a venue for creativity.

“This event marks what I hope will be the first of many scrapbooking Crops at The Hiddenite Center,” said Houchins. “We are always looking for new ways to reach out to artists and crafters to provide resources for furthering their creative endeavors. Scrapbooking is such a meaningful art form and a wonderful way to honor the special moments in life. We hope that scrapbookers throughout the region will join us for this daylong creative retreat.”

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.

 

“Dancing at the Beach”
Hosted by The Hiddenite Center

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, The Hiddenite Center will host a “Dancing at the Beach” as a part of their popular series of community dance parties. This unique event will be held from 7:00pm until 10:00pm at The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road). Cost for admission is only $8 per person with tax included.

Dirk Myers, II will provide DJ music and the dance floor will be available for line dancing, shag dancing, ballroom, and more. Myers is the talented instructor of The Hiddenite Center’s classes in ballroom dance. His charisma and enthusiasm for music and dance awakens the dancing star in everyone.

Concessions will be available for sale during the dance with all proceeds going to The Hiddenite Center. Call (828) 632-6966 for more information.

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, 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 in the Lucas Mansion Gallery:
Decoration Day Exhibit

The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery will feature an exhibit entitled “Decoration Day” starting Thursday, June 5th and continuing through July 31, 2014. This travelling exhibit is on loan from the Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University.

The exhibit on display in the Lucas Mansion Gallery includes photographs and educational materials that tell the story of the Appalachian cultural tradition of decorating the graves of loved ones and caring for local cemeteries.

The time-honored ritual of Decoration Day is often practiced in summer during days set aside by families and congregations. These gestures of remembrance unite communities and serve as a homecoming for relatives. Decoration Days often include singing, prayer, and dinner on the grounds.

Decoration Day is on exhibit in The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County. All Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits are admission free and are open Monday through Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, 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 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.

 

Hiddenite Center Revitalizes
Lucas Mansion Gift Shop
with Featured Artists and Local Products

In an effort to better serve the public and provide greater opportunity for arts and crafts vendors, The Hiddenite Center is re launching their Lucas Mansion gift shop with an enhanced focus on featured artists and locally made products.

The Hiddenite Center is pleased to announce that Dean Wright of Taylorsville is the first artist to be featured in this new series of rotating arts vendors. Wright, a master craftsman of woodcarving and turning, brings a unique perspective to this time-honored art form. The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion gift shop offers a wide range of Wright’s work including turned wooden bowls, carved jewelry, highly detailed carved animals and birds, and carved sculptures of people.

Dean Wright has been affiliated with The Hiddenite Center for many years, serving as an Explore NC Heritage Fair demonstrator, gallery exhibitor, and class instructor.

In addition to this newly featured artist series, the gift shop showcases the work of many equally gifted visual artists, potters, photographers, jewelry makers, fiber artists, and authors.

As another new feature, the Lucas Mansion gift shop now offers locally made products from Linney’s Mill, one of the few fully operational and producing mills in existence in North Carolina. Linney's Mill is located in the NE corner of Alexander Co. on Rocky Creek. It was built in 1790 by Richard Cook and has stood in the same spot for 219 years. Linney’s Mill products offered in the Lucas Mansion gift shop include pancake mix, white and yellow cornmeal mix, biscuit mix, just to name a few.

Hiddenite Center Executive Director Pete Woods points out that the Lucas Mansion gift shop provides a much needed outlet for artists and shoppers in Alexander County and the region.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer artists an opportunity to sell their work and to serve as gathering place for shoppers who are looking for unique pieces created by the many talented people who inhabit this region,” said Woods. “Supporting the arts with your shopping dollars is a meaningful investment that enriches the life of the buyer as well as the artist.”

The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion gift shop is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, 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 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.

 

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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