Arts Council holds Open House at Ashe Arts Center
by Nathan Ham
The Ashe County Arts Council celebrates the season with the annual holiday exhibit and Open House on Saturday, Dec. 1 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 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 8:30-10:45 a.m. in three 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 A Christmas Whimsey decorated by Julie Landry and Mert Burgess; All Creatures Great and Small decorated by RDR Kennels; Snowflakes and Birds Tree decorated by Jane Johnson; Poet-Tree decorated by Ashe County Public Library; The Bells are Ringing decorated by Ding-a-Lings Handbell Choir from Bethany United Methodist; Angels Are Making Their Rounds 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 12 inches square and smaller and feature paintings in oil, watercolor, mixed media and photography by artists, Joanie Bell,, Doug Butler, Kelly Clampitt, Theresa Curd, Evalynn Halsey, Susan Jesperson, Diane LaBonte, Kathy Leahey, Lib McRimmon, Judy Mitchell, Scot Pope, Priscilla Popper, Cheryl Roberts, Cher Shaffer, Nancy Shoemaker, Stephen Shoemaker, Linda Smith, Lyn Soeder, 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 Linda Bruce, Jennie Bush, Evalynn Halsey, Ronnie Hughes, Betsy Isaacs, Theresa McGrath, Judy Mitchell, Pat Morrison, Cathey Purvey, Cheryl Roberts, Ellen Sinford, Lyn Soeder, Richard Watson, Meg Wiles 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.
Reach at or 336-846-7164.
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