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Open house is Saturday at Ashe Arts Center

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The Ashe County Arts Council celebrates the season with the annual holiday exhibit and Open House on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the gallery of the Ashe Arts Center with eight beautifully-decorated trees, miniature paintings, holiday gift ideas, and handmade ornaments.


The friends and neighbors of the Arts Council are invited to stop by and enjoy refreshments, greet the staff and savor the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season between 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


A special part of the Holiday Open House will be a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus just for the children. From 8:30-11:30 a.m. in four sessions, Santa will be available for photos. Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen will be open with stories and there will be an arts and crafts table and milk and cookies. Children will receive a book and holiday gift bag. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged and the admission is $5 per child.


The Holiday Open House will feature Tree Fest with decorated trees such as Grandma’s Tree decorated by Joy Dollar, Elaine Bentley and Kathleen Turnmire; Navidad en Espana decorated by Barbara Sears, Lynne Eastburn and Jane Davis; Bring the Outdoors In decorated by Judy Current and Robin King; “Seasoned” with a Story decorated by Ashe County Public Library; Up on the Rooftop decorated by Joyce Cain and Catherine Finch; Away in the Manager decorated by Theresa Curd and Vicki Mincey.


Original miniature paintings and photography grace the walls of the Arts Center perfect for your holiday shopping list. The works of art are twelve inches square and smaller and feature paintings in oil, watercolor, mixed media and photography by artists, Kim Abernethy, Jeri Allison, Joanie Bell, Lea Booth, Doug Butler, Brenda Carson, Kelly Clampitt, Theresa Early Curd, Evalynn Halsey, Pegge DeLaney Laine, Susan Jesperson, Judy Mitchell, Ruth Nixdorf, Gerry Patterson, Lisa Pepper, Ed Perzel, Scot Pope, Cheryl Roberts, Cher Shaffer, Linda Dease Smith, Susan Van Wyk, and others.


The Gallery Shop is a holiday shopper’s paradise with handcrafted items just right for your holiday gift giving. The Gallery Shop features wood, fibers, pottery, jewelry and more created by local and regional artists. The Arts Council tree is decorated with handmade ornaments by Teresa Baldwin, Linda Bruce, Jennie Bush, Evalynn Halsey, Becki Henderson-Gow, Ronnie Hughes, Betsy Isaacs, Paulette Lawrence, Arlene Lundquist, Theresa McGrath, Judy Mitchell, Pat Morrison, Cathey Purvey, Cheryl Roberts, Ellen Sinford, Lyn Soeder, Meg Wiles, Cheryl Williams and more.


Join the Ashe County Arts Council for all the holiday open house events and celebrate the spirit of the season. A special thanks to the Hudler Tree Farms for the donation of the trees and to the Omni Farms for the large wreath.


For more information or tickets please call 336-846-2787.

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