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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.

 

Registration Open for
New Session of Ballroom Dance Classes
at Hiddenite Center

In response to the community’s enthusiasm for the class series, The Hiddenite Center has announced that a new session of Ballroom Dance Classes will begin on April 21st and continue through May 19th. Lead by Dirk Myers, II, the series features instruction in waltz, rumba, Cha-Cha and swing. Myers is an experienced instructor from Banquet & Ballroom (formerly the Havana Social Club) of Cornelius.

Registration is now open for the six-week session, which The new six-week session of begins on Monday, April 21st and will be held from 6:00pm until 7:00pm at The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County). Cost for the full six weeks is only $60 for the general public and only $55 for Hiddenite Center members. Participants are asked to register for the class in advance by calling (828) 632-6966.

“As our ballroom classes continue to grow in popularity, we are thrilled to expand the class and allow more opportunity for people to participate,” said Hiddenite Center Executive Director Pete Woods. “Our ballroom dance classes offer the chance to try something new in a fun, supportive environment that will benefit dancers at any skill level.”

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 Launches
Saturday “Crafternoon” Series at the Lucas Mansion

Beginning in April 2014, The Hiddenite Center will offer a unique series of crafting classes for children and adults entitled, “Saturday Crafternoons at the Lucas Mansion.” This innovative class experience will feature fun and easy projects that will appeal to crafters of all ages.

According to crafternoon organizer and Hiddenite Center Director of Communications, Miranda Burgin, “each class in the series is designed to provide an affordable and creative opportunity for learning new crafting techniques during convenient, 1-hour sessions.”

“If you enjoy browsing for ideas on the popular website “Pinterest,” are looking for a fun activity for kids or grandkids, or just love to try new creative projects, our Saturday Crafternoons are the perfect fit,” Burgin commented. “We hope participants will feel free to arrive early for class so that they can enjoy our Lucas Mansion gallery exhibits, museum, and collections during their visit.”

All Saturday Crafternoons classes will be held at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County. Cost for attending Saturday Crafternoons at the Lucas Mansion is only $5 per person (plus NC sales tax) per class. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling (828) 632-6966.

The first class in The Hiddenite Center’s crafternoon series, “Art in Bloom,” is set for Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 1:00pm until 2:00pm. The Art in Bloom crafternoon will feature a spring wall art project that teaches participants how to create fanciful flowers and designs using recycled paper egg cartons. Crafternoon participants will be provided with materials and instruction that enables them to complete a ready to hang piece of wall art that is suitable for beginning or experienced crafters. A sample photo of this project will be available at www.hiddenitecenter.com

“Bird’s Eye View” is the crafternoon theme for Saturday, May 3, 2014. Participants will create a unique outdoor birdfeeder that will ensure feathered friends dine in style. Materials will be provided and the class will be held from 1:00pm until 2:00pm with reservations encouraged.

During the “Days of Summer” crafternoon on Saturday, June 14, 2014, participants will learn to create scrapbooks using paper bags, printed papers, ribbon, and personalized embellishments. Class will be held from 1:00pm until 2:00pm with all materials provided. Reservations for this class are available by calling The Hiddenite Center at (828) 632-6966.

“This new class series is a great opportunity to get excited about the art of crafting,” Burgin went on to say. “We encourage everyone to make plans to visit the Lucas Mansion for an afternoon of creativity and artistic inspiration.”

The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion is open to the public Monday – 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 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.

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