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Hiddenite Center Offers
Free Nature Crafting Classes
During RockyFest 2015
Saturday, May 9th

The Hiddenite Center will host a free make and take nature craft booth at RockyFest 2015,which is held on Saturday, May 9th. The Hiddenite Center's booth will be open from 3pm-5pm and will offer visitors an opportunity to experience the arts by creating crafts with recycled materials and objects found in nature.

Inspired by the feathered friends that grace the majestic scenery of Rocky Face Mountain, participants will use a paper plate, straw, ribbon, feathers, seashells, and wallpaper to create their very own “RockyFest Nest.” This fun craft project is suitable for all ages and is free for everyone to experience. Participants will learn about the way that birds build their nests as they create. The project involves artistic skills such as selection of materials for collage, gluing, and assembling.

The Center’s crafting booth at last year’s festival was met with a tremendous response from kids and adults who enjoyed the opportunity express their creativity. Executive Director, Pete Woods, says the Center is pleased to return to RockyFest and to be a part of this important event in the community.

“It is our pleasure to once again partner with the organizers of RockyFest to provide free make and take arts and crafts for everyone to enjoy during the festival,” said Woods. “The beauty of the natural landscape at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area offers an endless resource of inspiration for artists. We are delighted to share in this celebration of all that Rocky Face contributes to the community and we look forward to sharing the arts with festival visitors.”

The Hiddenite Center’s booth at RockyFest will also feature information about upcoming arts and cultural heritage events, travel and tourism brochures from the Alexander County Visitor Center, and opportunities to learn more about the arts community.

Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area is located at 3451 Rocky Face Church Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636. From US Hwy. 64 East (from Taylorsville), turn left onto Millersville Road, or from US Hwy. 64 West (from Statesville), take a right on Millersville Road, and travel to the stop sign. Take a left on NC Hwy. 90 and turn right onto White Plains Road. Travel to the stop sign and turn right onto Rocky Springs Road. Turn left onto Rocky Face Church Road. The park will be located on the right, and the church is just past the park on the right.

The organizers of RockyFest 2014 have planned a full day of activities for the whole family. To learn more about this all day event, please visit their website www.rockyfacepark.com/rockyfest.

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 Emerging Artists Wall
Features Work of Andrew Atkin

Beginning May 1, 2015, The Hiddenite Center’s newly established Emerging Artists Wall exhibit space will feature the work of regional artist and instructor, Andrew Atkin of Granite Falls, NC. The exhibit will be on display through June 27th at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

The Center recently expanded their gallery offerings to include exhibit space devoted to bringing greater awareness to the diversity and abundance of talent among artists and art students in the region. Located on the third floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion, all Emerging Artist Wall exhibits are free and open to the public Monday - Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Andrew Atkin describes himself as a “thematic painter,” meaning that his work centers on chosen subjects or themes, which are developed through his paintings for a certain period of time until the theme has been fully explored and expressed. “Once the choice of a subject has been imposed upon my creative energies, I begin the process of building a body of work,” Atkin explains. “The compilation of work related to any one of the themes I’ve pursued over the last 42 years as a painter usually contain anywhere from a couple of dozen complete pieces to almost a hundred.”

Through his bold and innovative work, Andrew Atkin explores subjects that range from sociopolitical content to landscapes to whimsical images and abstracts. “To this date, I have completed to my personal satisfaction, over a dozen themes,” says the artist.

The creative future holds no bounds for Atkin, who sees an ever-widening array of painting themes on the horizon. “I always seek excellence in my craft as a painter and I try to keep the ideas flourishing and fresh with the general concept of keeping what my viewers are seeing interesting, engaging, and thoughtful,” shared Andrew Atkin. “I believe in being as honest as possible on the canvas as well as with myself.”

An award winning artist who exhibits often in the region, Andrew Atkin has more than 16 years experience in teaching studio art and art appreciation and currently teaches in the Art Department of Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory. Atkin’s work is represented at Bottega Fine Arts Gallery in Hickory and Coyote Kitchen and Art Gallery in Boone, NC. The artist operates “Tilted Moon Fine Arts Studio” at his home in Granite Falls.

The Center’s Emerging Artists Wall exhibit marks Atkin’s first solo exhibit in Hiddenite and serves as an opportunity to share his work with a new audience. Hiddenite Center Executive Director, Pete Woods, welcomes the chance to provide a new venue for Atkin’s work.

“We are excited to introduce an entirely new audience to Andrew Atkin’s unique artistic vision and dynamic style of painting,” said Woods. “Visitors will find Andrew’s work thought provoking, meaningful, and filled with creative inspiration. We invite everyone to visit his exhibit for an impactful arts experience.”

Andrew Atkin’s exhibit will be open to the public at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion May 1st through June 27, 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 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
Hosts Alexander Central High School
Senior Art Showcase

In an effort to highlight the talent of graduating art students at Alexander Central High School, The Hiddenite Center will host a Senior Art Showcase during the month of May 2015.

The exhibit will feature seven graduating seniors from the Art III class of Robbin Isenhour Stewart. The ACHS Senior Art Showcase will be exhibited on the third floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion from May 1st until May 30, 2015. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Center’s operating hours, which are Monday - Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Hiddenite Center Executive Director, Pete Woods, points out that offering encouragement and opportunities for artists is a vital part of the Center’s mission.

“The Center exists to be a resource for artists at every stage of their development,” said Woods. “We are here to support students as they learn and grow and contribute to contribute to the arts community throughout their lives and careers.”

“Everyone at The Hiddenite Center is incredibly proud of the student artists of ACHS and we wish them great success as they graduate and begin new journeys of experience and creativity,” Woods went on to say. “It is our pleasure to recognize their talents with this special exhibit.”

Woods encourages the community to visit the exhibit to show their support and experience the talent on display. “As families gather to celebrate the graduation season, we hope they will make a visit to The Hiddenite Center a part of their traditions for honoring students.”

ACHS art teacher, Robbin Isenhour Stewart is excited about this opportunity to collaborate with the Center to promote awareness for the work of her students. “I think this is a great opportunity for community exposure and encouragement,” said Isenhour Stewart. “There haven't been many opportunities in the past to display their talents, so The Hiddenite Center's flexibility to display and promote their work digitally and physically is wonderful. My students feel supported and cared for by the county at-large.”

The Hiddenite Center is also showcasing the online portfolios of Isenhour Stewart’s Art III students through the Center’s facebook arts community. To join the Center on facebook and view these online student portfolios visit www.facebook.com/hiddenite.centerstaff

The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County. 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 call (828) 632-6966, visit www.hiddenitecenter.com, email info@hiddenitecenter.com

 

Hiddenite Center Hosts 4th Graders at Lucas Mansion

The fourth grade students of Hiddenite Elementary School recently visited The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion as a part of their field trip to the Center’s annual Explore NC Heritage Fair. The students toured the Center’s history museum, where they learned about family life in the early 1900s and discovered the story of local legend, James “Diamond Jim” Lucas. Students also enjoyed tours of the Center’s art gallery and collections of gems, minerals, antique dolls and toys, and the Alexander County Visitor Center. In addition to visiting The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion, students traveled to the Center’s Educational Complex to experience the Explore NC Heritage Fair, where they learned about NC history through hands on demonstrations in NC arts and heritage crafts. The Hiddenite Center welcomes group tours for students and for the public. The Lucas Mansion is open to the public Monday – Friday from 10am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10am until 3pm. To learn more about the Center’s events and programs or to inquire about scheduling a group tour, call (828) 632-6966, visit www.hiddenitecenter.com , or email info@hiddenitecenter.com

 

Hiddenite Center’s Executive Director
Marks Rewarding First Year on the Job

The month of April marks Hiddenite Center Executive Director, Pete Woods’ first year as leader of the non-profit arts and heritage organization. Woods, who brings a unique blend of business acumen and practical art experience to the task of leading the Center into a new era of growth and expansion, looks upon the last twelve months as a “rewarding year, filled with opportunities to learn about and experience the profound impact the Center has in this region.”

Woods began with the goal of building upon the strengths of the Center to further develop the organization a vibrant arts center, continually growing the meet the needs of the communities it servers. To that end, he has taken an active role in the community, building relationships with local and regional arts and civic leaders, business owners, community organizations, artists, and performers.

“Together, the Center’s Staff and Board of Directors are engaging with younger and more diverse audiences, we are collaborating with community partners and like-minded organizations to enhance our programming, and we are working to cultivate deeper relationships with artists in Alexander and surrounding counties,” Woods shared.

Woods is looking forward to ushering in a new era of growth and expansion during the coming year. “In the months ahead, we will work with renewed focus and refreshed inspiration,” said Woods. “We are on a path to new, creative programs that present bold and innovative ways to experience literary and visual arts, address social needs through creative expression, develop new ideas through performing arts, and so much more.”

A vital component of this revitalization is Woods’ ongoing efforts to recruit financial support through grants, individual donations, and corporate sponsorships. “ Our invitation to invest in the Center’s financial success has been met with an enthusiastic response,” Woods stated.

Among recent examples of community support for the Center are generous financial contributions from Duke Energy and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation. Duke Energy, represented by District Manager Robin Nicholson, visited the Lucas Mansion on Monday, March 30th to deliver a check for $1,500 in support of the Center’s annual Celebration of the Arts festival, which is held each September. The Catawba Valley Community Foundation likewise contributed a generous $1,000 to support the Center’s upcoming Explore NC Heritage Fair, an educational program for fourth grade students, held in April.

“We are deeply appreciative of everyone who contributes, making it possible for our arts programming to continue to reach a broader audience,” Woods went on to say.

Pete Woods invites the public to visit the Center to experience these resources and opportunities for experiencing the arts and cultural heritage. The Center features monthly art gallery exhibits, a turn of the 20th century history museum, collections of gems and minerals, and houses the Alexander County Visitor Center. Located in the historic Lucas Mansion at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County, The Hiddenite Center is open Monday through Friday from 10am – 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10am – 3pm.

The Center also operates an Educational Complex at 70 Hiddenite Church Road, which offers performing arts events, rental space for business meetings and community gatherings, as well as monthly classes in art, pottery, and dance. 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, emailinfo@hiddenitecenter.com, or join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

 

 

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