Last updated: May 16. 2014 9:12AM - 974 Views
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The On the Same Page Literary Festival and West Jefferson’s Catchlight Gallery are participating in the Arts Awareness Contest, sponsored by 88.5 WFDD in Winston-Salem.

The station, located at Wake Forest University, serves as the National Public Radio (NPR) station for the Triad.

“It’s a great opportunity for us,” said Jane Lonon, executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council. “It’s something really creative that WFDD is doing. They have a nice reach into our community for a public radio station, which meets a different level of needs than what we get from our local radio station.”

According to the station, 44 businesses and organizations from the station’s listening area are eligible for three prizes totaling $4,000 each. The money will be used for underwriting.

“We’re just a small gallery in West Jefferson striving to capture a promotional opportunity on a major NPR station that has a very broad reach,” said Marty Seelig, one of the gallery’s co-owners. “We feel that if we can win one of these awards, then by attracting customers from the Piedmont to the High Country, it will be a win for the whole West Jefferson arts community.”

Everybody can vote once per day and can vote for three different groups to receive the promotion money.

“For the literary festival and for Catchlight, it’s that opportunity to market what we’ve got here in West Jefferson to people in the Triad, for people to come up here,” Lonon said. “It puts West Jefferson on the radar screen. It says that something must be going on up here, and that’s good for everybody involved.

To vote, go to www.wfdd.org and click on the Arts Awareness Contest logo at the top of the page. There will be a link that will say where to vote and then Catchlight Gallery and On the Same Page will be listed.

Alongside the two Ashe County organizations, a majority of the others come from Winston-Salem or Greensboro. The organizations range from an indie movie theater (Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema) to a hot glass blowing studio (The Olio).

Lonon said even if the literary festival doesn’t win, it still gives them publicity for being listed in the contest.

Seelig said if a person doesn’t have a computer, they can go vote at the library or vote over the phone.

The contest will end at 11:59 p.m. on May 31. According to WFDD, the winners will then be announced on June 2.

For more information, go to www.wfdd.org.

Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.

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