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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.

 

The Hiddenite Center
Seeks Vendors and Volunteers for
33rd Annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts
Saturday, September 27th

Hiddenite, NC – An exciting day of activities is planned for the 33rd Annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts. This one of a kind arts and heritage festival has featured diversely talented artists, crafters, and performers since 1981. Plans are underway to make this year’s Celebration of the Arts a rewarding experience for both vendors and festival visitors. The 33rd Annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts festival will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 on Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Admission to the festival is FREE and open to the public.

The Hiddenite Center is currently seeking regional fine arts and crafts vendors and commercial vendors to participate in the festival. First time artists and crafts vendors applying to show at Celebration are required to submit a minimum of three photos or slides representative of the work that they plan to offer for sale. Vendor spaces are available for arts, crafts, commercial items, and food sales. Public information booths are also available for non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals.

Pete Woods, Executive Director, explains that The Hiddenite Center is proud of the fact that their annual Celebration of the Arts festival focuses on diverse regional artists, crafters, and performers.
“The Hiddenite Center’s Celebration of the Arts is a festival experience unlike any other in our region,” said Woods. “Celebration highlights creativity in all art forms and offers something new and exciting each year. It is truly our privilege to present an opportunity to artists and craftspeople to share their talents and leave a lasting impression on our community.”

Vendor applications are available at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion upon request. Applicants may call The Hiddenite Center at (828) 632-6966 or email info@hiddenitecenter.com for more information or to request an application form. Cost for each vendor space is only $40 per space. Public information booths for distributing information with no sales are only $15 each.

The Hiddenite Center Celebration of the ARTS is made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the R. Y. and Eileen Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, Carris Reels of NC, Friends of the Hiddenite Center, and the North Carolina Arts Council's Grassroots Funds (which is funded by the North Carolina Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts).

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

 

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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