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Experience “Christmas Reel to Real”
at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion
this Holiday Season
Open Now Through Dec. 23rd

Step into your favorite classic holiday films and enter a world of Christmas movie magic during The Hiddenite Center’s annual Christmas at the Lucas Mansion exhibits. This year’s theme, “Christmas Reel to Real” brings beloved holiday films to life throughout the Center’s three story Victorian home, which houses a museum, gallery, and collections of antique dolls and toys.

The Hiddenite Center’s lavish “Christmas Reel to Real” decorations will be open to the public at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion (316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County) December 5th through December 23rd and December 29th – December 31st during the Hiddenite Center’s operating hours, which are Monday – Friday from 10am until 4:30pm and Saturday from 10am until 3:00pm. Visit www.hiddenitecenter.com to plan your visit and learn more about the holiday schedule.

Upon arrival in the Lucas Mansion’s first floor museum, which features rooms restored to reflect family life in the early 20th Century, guests will be transported to a holiday wonderland of decorations that tell the story of classic films like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” White Christmas,” “Little Women,” “The Nutcracker,” “Polar Express,” and Miracle on 34th Street.” Each room features extraordinary detail and over-the-top decorations that highlight favorite scenes from each film. The museum even depicts an old-fashioned movie theater lobby that is decorated in the style of the golden age of cinema.

“We invite visitors to make The Hiddenite Center’s “Christmas Reel to Real” at the Lucas Mansion a holiday destination during this special season,” said Director of Communications, Miranda Burgin. “Our movie themed decorations set the perfect scene for a day of holiday fun and festive memories shared with friends and family.”
The Lucas Mansion Gallery, located on the second floor, is filled with an artistic display of decorated doors, featuring movie themes and family traditions. Winter scenes painted by local and regional artists grace the walls of the Gallery. The Lucas Mansion Gallery gift shop offers holiday shopping for handcrafted, unique, and one-of-a-kind artistic gifts. Gift shop sales will benefit local artists, crafters, and The Hiddenite Center.

Holiday movie magic continues on the third floor of the Lucas Mansion, which houses the Center’s collections of antique dolls and toys. On the third floor, guests will interact with characters from much-loved children’s Christmas movies. Visitors will feel as though they have walked into a scene from the classic cartoon “ A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The Charlie Brown room is complete with Snoopy’s doghouse and Charlie Brown himself. The young and the young at heart will be delighted to discover the decorations that set the scene for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Visitors will even see the Grinch as he steals tree ornaments before their very eyes. One of the most memorable scenes from the iconic 90s movie “Home Alone” finds its way to the third floor and is sure to bring smiles and laughter to the faces of visitors who recall watching this Christmas classic.

“Each time visitors experience our whimsical interpretations of classic Christmas films, they are delighted with the joy of the holidays and laughter fills the Lucas Mansion,” Burgin went on to say. “Many of our visitors enjoy stopping to take a picture with the Grinch or with Charlie Brown for posting on social media. This unique exhibit really is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that is not to be missed!”
All Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits and the third floor collections are open to the public FREE of charge. Guided tours of the Lucas Mansion Museum are affordably priced at $4 for adults and $3 for senior adults and students. Group tours of the Lucas Mansion Museum are welcomed. To learn more about “Christmas Reel to Real” at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion or to schedule a group tour, please 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.

 

Hiddenite Center Partners with Alexander NAACP for
Multimedia Art Exhibit in January 2015
" Living the Dream:
Artistic Interpretations of the Words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

The Hiddenite Center is proud to announce an exciting new Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibit, held in conjunction with the Alexander County NAACP. “Living the Dream: Artistic Interpretations of the Words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” is a multimedia exhibit that challenges artists from across the region to create original pieces of visual art inspired by the written or spoken words of Dr. King.
“Living the Dream” will be on exhibit in The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery (316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County) January 7, 2015 through January 31, 2015. All Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibits are admission free and open to the public during The Hiddenite Center’s operating hours, which are Monday – Friday 10am until 4:30pm and on Saturday 10am until 3:00pm.
The exhibit features professional artists from across the Northwest NC region as well as student work from the Alexander County Schools and collaborations from area churches. Artists were asked to choose their favorite quotation from Dr. King and then create a piece of visual art that interprets the meaning or inspiration drawn from the written or spoken word. From painted canvas to sculpture, found object installation to paper collage, this exhibit encourages diverse artistic expression. This innovative exhibit unites the literary and visual arts while bridging the gap between artistic mediums.
The Alexander County NAACP will sponsor a “People’s Choice Award” winner and runner-up, chosen by the popular vote of exhibit visitors. At the conclusion of the exhibit, the People’s Choice winner will be awarded the prize of one Acer computer tablet. The People’s Choice runner-up will be awarded a cash prize of $100. All prizes are courtesy of the Alexander County NAACP.
Artists who are interested in submitting work for this exhibit may call The Hiddenite Center at (828) 632-6966 to learn more about exhibit guidelines and details.
The public is invited to attend a Meet the Artists Reception on Sunday afternoon, January 11, 2015, which will be held in the Lucas Mansion Gallery in honor of the exhibiting artists. The reception will be held from 3:00pm until 4:30pm. Light refreshments will be served and artists will be on hand to discuss their exhibited works. The reception is free of charge and everyone is welcome to join in this community celebration of “Living the Dream.”
Hiddenite Center Executive Director, Pete Woods, believes that “Living the Dream” provides an opportunity for meaningful reflection of the past and creative thinking for the future.
“Art, unlike any other form, tells the story of our collective hopes, dreams, trials and triumphs,” said Woods. “With this exhibit, we have offered artists a chance to tell the story of the civil rights movement through their own unique experience and artistic point of view.”
“The arts can be a compelling vehicle for driving positive social change,” Woods went on to say. “It is our sincere hope that each artist and every visitor will be moved by these important stories, inspired by Dr. King’s message of peace and unity, and motivated to express their own creative talents.”
Alexander County NAACP President, Rev. Sterling Howard, views the exhibit as a positive new addition to the ongoing efforts to commemorate the work of Dr. King.
“We have enjoyed working together with the folks at The Hiddenite Center to encourage everyone in the community to join in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy in this special way,” said Rev. Howard. “It is so important to remember the work of Dr. King and this exhibit really encourages people of all ages to keep the spirit of unity alive. I hope everyone will join the NAACP in supporting “Living the Dream” by visiting this important exhibit.”
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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