Ashe County Arts Council to celebrate 35 year anniversary

Wil Petty Staff Writer

October 18, 2013

Tonight, the Ashe County Arts Council will be celebrating a legacy.

The celebration is for 35 years of hard work the arts council has done within the community.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the WPA building where the council is located.

“(“Celebrating a Legacy”) is an anniversary for the arts council,” said Rebecca Williams, programs director for the arts council.

At 6:15 p.m. there will be a welcoming ceremony and dedication for the building, the arts council and the Ashe Arts Center. There will be speakers as well, including West Jefferson mayor, Dale Baldwin.

Williams said the event is free and open to the public. Food and entertainment will also be provided.

This event will celebrate 75 years of the WPA building in West Jefferson, 35 years of the Ashe County Arts Council’s founding and 20 years since the Ashe Arts Center was built.

Williams said there will also be a dedication for Ashe County’s “Rings of History.”

The rings are the celebrated stump outside of the Art Council building.

“Celebrating a Legacy” is taking place during an already exciting year for the arts council. Last month, “Our State” magazine named the arts council as one of the 25 art galleries to visit while in the North Carolina mountains.

During the event, artwork from the council’s show and gallery, “Best of the Blue Ridge,” will continue to be on display. People’s choice voting for the “Best of the Blue Ridge,” competition will continue through Nov. 21.

The competition centers around Ashe County and allowed competition from Allegheny, Watauga and Wilkes counties in N.C., Grayson County, Va. and Johnson County, Tenn.

For more information, call the arts council at (366) 846-2787.