Archive for the ‘Hendersonville NC Visual Arts’ Category

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces ArtScape Banners Opening Reception – Apr. 7, 2017

March 30, 2017

The ArtScape Hendersonville Banners committee invites the public to celebrate the ArtScape banners recently installed in downtown Hendersonville, NC, at an art reception in two locations:  Art Mob Studios & Marketplace, 124 4th Avenue East, and at Art On 4th Gallery & Studio at 125 4th Avenue West, in Hendersonville, on Friday, Apr. 7, from 5 -7:30pm. The two galleries are hosting the receptions with the artists, and the sponsors of the banners, in attendance.

The art reception and sale celebrates the first annual ArtScape Hendersonville banners. Artwork selected as a result of a jury process has been reproduced on 40 banners that will hang from lamp posts on Hendersonville’s Main Street, Seventh Avenue, and side streets for a year beginning in March 2017. In providing a unique twist on an outdoor gallery experience, the project’s objective is to create an outdoor gallery experience making Hendersonville an exciting and unique art destination.

The 40 artists will be at the opening reception, and are offering the artwork depicted on the banners for sale to the public. Live music, appetizers, and drinks will be provided at both locations.

Led by Hendersonville artist, Costanza Knight, the ArtScape Hendersonville Banners Committee formed as a result of a collaboration between the Art League of Henderson County, the Arts Council of Henderson County, and Downtown Hendersonville, Inc. ArtScape Banners Hendersonville received funding from the Community Foundation of Henderson County.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or call 828/693-8504. The web address is (www.acofhc.org).

58th Annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival in Hendersonville, NC, Call for Artists – Deadline May 1, 2017

February 27, 2017

artcouncilhendersonlogo

Artist applications are available for the 58th annual Art on Main fine art and fine craft festival in downtown Hendersonville, NC. Festival dates will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2017, from 10am to 5pm each day. This juried and judged show is produced by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

217art-on-main-2016
View from the 2016 show

The Art on Main committee is announcing that this year’s show will be set up on Main Street rather than on the sidewalks (as it has been in the past). The committee has been working with the city to move the show into the street for several years. This will allow for a show with a more connected layout, storage space behind booths, and a much safer environment for everyone.

Artists may download an application from the Arts Council’s website at (www.acofhc.org). An application can also be requested by e-mailing the Arts Council at (acofhc@bellsouth.net), or by calling 828/693-8504. Artists must send four images of their work plus a photo of their booth along with their applications.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.

$3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at the Artist Awards Reception on Saturday, Sept. 30.  Hospitality for participating artists includes breakfasts, booth sitters, and a complimentary accommodations program, which provides housing for travelling artists in the homes of members of the Arts Council community.

The Arts Council has an aggressive marketing campaign planned to draw audiences from Henderson County, the adjoining counties, the broader North Carolina region – and surrounding states. Residents and tourists alike enthusiastically look forward to this popular annual festival.

Morris Broadband is a major sponsor for this event. For further information about Art on Main, please contact the Arts Council of Henderson County by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or call 828/693-8504. The web address is (www.acofhc.org).

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 N. Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Awards Regional Artist Project Grants for Three Counties

December 23, 2016

artcouncilhendersonlogo

The Arts Council of Henderson County, in Hendersonville NC, in collaboration with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Polk County, announces the Regional Artist Project Grantees for 2016-17. These grants are awarded to artists planning projects that have artistic merit and promise to advance the career of the artist or collaborating group. The grants are open to emerging and established artists.

The Arts Council of Henderson County administers the grants as a Designated County Partner with the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. Funds from the North Carolina Arts Council are matched by the three participating counties.

A total of $4,000 in RAPG funds were awarded to the following seven artists:

Lucy Clark, a clay artist from Transylvania County, is receiving support for her attendance at a three week workshop at Georgia O’Keefe”s Ghost ranch in Albuiqui, NM, to learn techniques from master potter Clarence Cruz.

Jeanne Fry, a Henderson County illustrator and mixed media artist, is receiving funds to support purchase of digital devices to enable creation of her first illustrated children’s book for print.

Janet Orselli of Polk County will receive funding to purchase of materials for drawings for a solo show planned at the Depot Room in Tryon opening Friday April 7 with an opening reception from 5:00-7:30pm. The work will be on display through April 30, 2017.

Linda T. Powell, author from Polk County, is using grant funding to support editing and proofreading of her second children’s book.

1216ac-henderson-nancy-smeltzer
Work by Nancy Smeltzer

Nancy Smeltzer, Henderson County fiber artist, will purchase lighting equipment to aid in creating professional quality photographs of her intricately beaded artwork.

1216ac-henderson-billy-smith
Work by Billy Smith

Billy Smith, mural artist of Transylvania County, is receiving funds to support purchase of materials to paint a public mural on the back of the Rice Furniture building in Brevard, paying homage to Brevard’s music scene.

Joshua Staton, Henderson County metalworking artist, is receiving support for development of a prototype living room chair made of both steel and wood.

Nine applications were received from across the three counties, and the seven artists were awarded grants ranging from $200 to $1,000, by a panel of professional artists representing the disciplines applied for. “The panel evaluated the applications on overall excellence of the applicant’s artwork, feasibility of their proposed projects, and on how well the proposed project would contribute to the advancement of the applicant’s professional career,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council of Henderson County, and administrator for the Regional Artist Project Grants.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net), call 828/693-8504 or visit (www.acofhc.org).

Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Offers John Anderson for Monthly Meeting – Jan. 8, 2017

December 23, 2016

art-league-of-henderson-county-logo

Local artist John Anderson will discuss the history of Whiskey Painting at the Jan. 8, 2017,  Art League Meeting
in Hendersonville, NC, beginning at 2pm. It seems appropriate that Art League of Henderson County member John Anderson be the guest speaker at the January meeting.

1216art-league-hender-john-anderson
Work by John Anderson

As a member of the Whiskey Painters of America, Anderson knows a thing or two about miniature paintings, which is January’s special member challenge. Several times during the year, Art League members are challenged to create works of a particular subject or style. One of the most popular shows is the Miniature Show when members are challenged to create works no larger than 8 inches on any side. As a member of the Whiskey Painters of America, Anderson’s paintings must be even smaller – no larger than 4 x 5 inches to carry the official WPA label.

Whiskey painting began with Joe Ferriot who had a busy work travel schedule back in the early 1950s. He enjoyed painting and would carry small pieces of watercolor paper, an aspirin-tin palette and sawn-off brushes on his travels so he could paint, often while lounging in bars, using whatever beverage was handy as his “water.”  Thus whiskey painting was born.

Anderson is a long-standing and active member of the ALHC. His vocation as an architect gave him a solid foundation in drawing. After retiring to Hendersonville, he studied watercolor painting and has been recognized for his skill as an artist with many awards. He is a member of a number of watercolor organizations and was nominated to the Whiskey Painters of America. Membership to the WPA is limited to 150, so he had to wait until there was an opening. After over a year’s wait, he was accepted into the WPA in 2011. Anderson is represented locally by Art Mob Marketplace and Studios and his work is available in the shop at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock.

The Art League is composed of artists of many media and skill sets, as well as those who wish to support the arts in their community. It allows for exchange of ideas, artistic opportunities, and resources. It was founded in 1960 with a mission to encourage and assist in the development of individual artistic talent, as well as the enjoyment of art.  The organization honors this legacy by raising funds to support local art education teachers and students, community outreach, and exhibitions.

The Art League meets monthly from January through November on the second Sunday of each month (except May, when it will be the 3rd Sunday) at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Anderson will be the featured speaker on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (There is ample on-site and handicapped-accessible parking.) A social time begins at 1:30pm, with a short business meeting beginning at 2pm, followed by the presentation. Guests are welcome.

For more information, visit the ALHC website at (www.artleague.net).

Anita Funston wins gold at the North Carolina SilverArts competition in Raleigh, NC

October 28, 2016

On Sept. 30, 2016, local artist, Anita Funston, was awarded the gold medal, in Sculpture, at the North Carolina Senior Games SilverArts competition, in Raleigh, NC.

Anita Funston lives in Henderson County, NC. She has studied at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC and is a member of the Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association.  Regarding the event, she stated, “ It is an honor to represent Henderson County in the North Carolina Competition and to be awarded the gold metal in sculpture.”

Funston qualified for the state competition by winning first place with her sculpture, titled “Portrait of a Lady”, at The Four Seasons SilverArts competition held in Henderson County on May 12, 2016.

“Portrait of a Lady” was made from recycled metal kitchen items, screen, wire, a wooden cutting board and glass beads. Regarding the sculpture “it is meaningful for me to purchase and repurpose materials from organizations that serve people in need. Through Habitat for Humanity many families are given opportunities. By shopping at the Habitat ReStores for my sculpture materials, I am able to help support them and give new life to these materials. This sculpture took common kitchenware no longer used for their intended purpose and reimagined them into an artistic sculpture that can also provide a new purpose.  The “beads” on the “Lady’s” neck can be used to display scarves and jewelry.”

For more information about the NC SilverArts competition can be found at (http://www.ncseniorgames.org/artssf.htm).

Anita Funston creates unique sculptures that are inspired by nature. Her works incorporate harmony and humor.

Her website can be found at (www.anitafunston.weebly.com). She can also be reached by e-mail at (AnitaFunston@gmail.com).

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winners of 2016 Art on Main

October 27, 2016

artcouncilhendersonlogo

$3,000 was awarded to artists participating in the 57th annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival, held October 1 and 2 in downtown Hendersonville, NC. 80 artist vendors set up booths along Main Street, Hendersonville, for one of Western North Carolina’s most popular outdoor art festivals.

Awards were announced during an artists reception by Arts Council board chair, John Patrick McAfee, and Christine Mariotti, AIS manager.  Diane Hopkins-Hughs, Gary Lee Huntoon, and Nancy Williamson were judges for the festival, deciding cash prizes worth a total of $3,000.

1016art-on-main-bos-ray-jones
Ray Jones

The winners were:
Best of Show ($1,000),  Ray Jones, Asheville, NC, Wood
1st Place, Fine Art ($500), Chris Bruner, Taylors, SC, Photography
1st Place, Fine Craft ($500), Paula Marksbury, Athens, TN, Glass
2nd Place, Fine Art ($300), Brian Kuehn, Pisgah Forest, NC, Pastels
2nd Place, Fine Craft ($300), Deborah Bryant, Cashiers, NC, Fiber/Leather
Honorable Mention ($100), Beth Gaudreau, Waxhaw, NC, Fiber
Honorable Mention ($100), John Gunther, Abingdon, VA, Fiber
Honorable Mention ($100), Susie Murphy, Hugo, TX, Oil/Acrylic
Honorable Mention ($100), Roberto Vengoechea, Black Mountain, NC, Jewelry

The Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft festival is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. Additional support was provided by the City of Hendersonville, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and Mast General Store.

For more information contact The Arts Council at 828/693-8504 or e-mail to (acofhc@bellsouth.net). The web address is (www.acofhc.org).

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina.  Its office is located at 401 North Main Street, 3rd floor (entrance on Fourth Ave. W.), Hendersonville, NC 28792.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Art League of Hendersonville County in Hendersonville, NC, Offers Amy Perrier for Monthly Meeting – Sept. 11, 2016

August 31, 2016

art-league-of-henderson-county-logo

Most of us left finger painting behind long ago, but Amy Perrier has taken that art form to new heights. She not only revels in it, but she’s become a pro at it. The Art League of Hendersonville County is eager to host a presentation of her techniques at their upcoming meeting on Sept. 11, 2016, at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC.

816henderson-art-league-Amy-Perrier
Amy Perrier

Perrier is delightfully vocal about her distinctive way of creating her art as it allows her to bring out lots of color and energy. In fact when you watch her create her paintings, her abounding exuberance is evident. She describes her style this way…. “When I had a brush in my hand, the instinct was to paint every detail. The finger painting has both liberated and challenged me to find a way to tell the story with color and texture…”

She begins her process by staining the canvas with several layers of color. She is quite a gifted and amusing presenter, and she becomes more animated as the presentation progresses. Then comes the fun part, as she starts to finger paint more and more layers of color on her surface, as her fingers begin to dance across the canvas.  In what seems like magic, forms begin to appear from what a few minutes before seemed to be shapeless blobs of paint. She says that she begins with an idea in mind, but like all experienced  artists, she says that she is “prepared to go in the direction my applications are taking me.”

The Art League is composed of members of many media and skill sets. It allows for exchange of ideas and finding out about exhibition opportunities and sources for supplies. The Art League of Henderson County, NC, is open to all who are interested in fine art. The organization meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month (3rd Sunday in May), at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. (There is ample on-site parking which is handicapped accessible.) The social time begins at 1:30pm, with a short business meeting beginning at 2pm. An art related presentation then follows until 4pm. Guests are welcome.

For further info e-mail to (sharoncarlyle@beverly-hanks.com) or call 828/551-1478.

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces People’s Choice Award Winner for 13th annual “Bring Us Your Best”

August 29, 2016

artcouncilhendersonlogo

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, has announced Victoria Burke as the winning artist for the Starving Artist People’s Choice Award for the 13th annual “Bring Us Your Best” all-media visual art exhibition, which closed on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Held in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College, gallery guests and visitors were given the opportunity to vote for their personal favorite piece of artwork in the entire show.

816henderson-Victoria-Burke-receives-Starving-Artist-Peoples-Choice-Award
Victoria Burke receiving her award

Matt Smith of the Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop presented a $250 gift certificate and ribbon to Burke, who won the prize for her acrylic painting entitled “Peaceful Pelicans.”

Other sponsors for the annual exhibition included The Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 N. Main Street, Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504. e-amil to (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or visit (www.acofhc.org).

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winners of “Bring Us Your Best XIII”

August 22, 2016

artcouncilhendersonlogo

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, “Bring Us Your Best XIII”. Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. “Bring Us Your Best XIII” is on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus through Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

816henderson-ac-David-Simchock
Work by David Simchock

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chair, Pat McAfee, and presented by Joan Jackson, who represented the Wax Family Memorial Funds, long-time sponsor of the awards. The following received awards:

1st Place/2-dimensional  – Barbara Zimmerman “Seasonal Reflections”

1st Place/3-dimensional – Thomas Crothers “Miss Muffet’s Last Sit”

1st Place/Photography – David Simchock “Barcelona Façade”

1st Place/Fine Craft – Holland Van Gores, “Voice of the Trees”

2nd Place/2-dimensional  – Gary Cooley, “Theo”

2nd Place/3-dimensional – Bobbie Polizzi, “She had the Weirdest Dream that she had Run Away and Joined the Circus”

2nd Place/Photography – Ken Weaver, “Glass and Water”

2nd Place/Fine Craft – Didi Salvatierra, “Hip, Hip, Hoya!”

3rd Place/2-dimensional  – Megan Richard, “Smokey Mountain Midnight”

3rd Place/3-dimensional – Janet Leazenby, “Rabbit”

3rd Place/Photography – Walter Arnold, “Screenwriters”

3rd Place/Fine Craft – Thomas Crothers, “Music Stand”

First place winners received $250, 2nd place winners received $150, and 3rd place winners received checks for $100.

816henderson-ac-Holland-Van-Gores
Works by Holland Van Gores

In addition to the above awards, Joe Criscione, President of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Susan M. Hopps for her watercolor painting entitled “Communication.” This “One Planet, One World” award was selected based on how well the artwork is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, the oneness and interdependence of all life.

Ten Honorable Mention awards, $25 Gift Certificates for The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, were awarded to the following: David Adler, Terry Ashley, Lucy Clark, Samuel Dillon, Beverly Kies, Rob McKelvy, Ken Peterson, David Simchock, Diane Southen, and David Voorhees.

Henderson County artists Walter Arnold and Brian Shope sponsored an “Artist’s Choice” award. After participating artists voted for their favorite piece in the show just before the opening reception, ballots were tabulated, and Gary Cooley took home the $300 cash prize for his oil painting entitled “Theo.”

The People’s Choice Award, based on the votes of all gallery visitors, has yet to be awarded. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply & Custom Framing Shop, and will be announced on the last day of the exhibition. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and cast their ballots.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday, 1-4pm.  All artwork is for sale during this exhibition which is free and open to the public.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504 or visit (www.acofhc.org).

In addition to The Wax Family Memorial Funds, “Bring Us Your Best XIII” is also sponsored by The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop,  the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 N. Main Street, 3rd floor Hendersonville, NC 28792.  (Entrance on Fourth Ave. W.),

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Offers Fundraiser for Art Education

July 17, 2016

art-league-of-henderson-county-logo

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles of middle and high school students – you’ve been issued a challenge.  The Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, challenges you to support our local art teachers and students by donating to a Go Fund Me page to help buy art supplies for classrooms during the year.

Recognizing that art education is an essential part of our children’s growth and development, ALHC established an Education Fund years ago and has provided local art teachers with supplemental funds in the form of gift certificates to purchase needed art materials for many years.

“The money from the Art League makes sure I have what I need without using my own paycheck,” one teacher explained. “I often buy things for my classroom when I see sales and good deals, and the ALHC money allows me to get more for my money than some of the state contract supplies.”

To help raise funds for 2016, the ALHC created a Go Fund Me page at (www.gofundme.com/ALHC-Art-Education).

“If Henderson County parents and student relatives would all donate just a few dollars,” challenged ALHC member Sharon Eng, “it wouldn’t take long to reach or exceed our $2000 goal for this year.”

Hendersonville art teachers often find themselves digging into their own funds to buy supplies for their classrooms.  “We typically order all of our supplies for the entire year in the fall,” explained one teacher who preferred to remain anonymous, “and the budget hasn’t changed in probably a decade.    You never know whether the black paint or the white charcoal pencils will last for the whole year.  I want my two semesters of classes to have the same supplies/opportunities,” she said.

In February, ALHC provided local middle and high school art teachers with $2200 in gift certificates to purchase art supplies for the classrooms. In addition, secondary student art winners at the Students and Mentors exhibitions received prizes provided by the Art League.

“The Art League has been supporting the art teachers in Henderson County for over 50 years,” ALHC president Sharon Carlyle said. “Our purpose is to promote appreciation and understanding of the creative arts among the students. With our yearly gift we hope to foster future generations of artists with supplies and opportunities that they may not get with the limited budgets our teachers work with.”

The Go Fund Me page is being promoted through the Art League of Henderson County Facebook page, as well as its web site, (www.artleague.net). Donors can also go to the direct link at (www.gofundme.com/ALHC-Art-Education) or to the Go Fund Me home page and input Art League of Henderson County in the search bar to access the donation site at their convenience. The Art League hopes that with the convenience of the Go Fund Me page, the public will become involved and even start other challenges to help fund the Arts in Education Program.

Martina Zinn, one of last year’s teacher recipients and ALHC member, said, “I feel the partnership between the Art League and our schools has been really special. It means a lot to the teachers and the students to know that we have support in the community from other artists. I know the students are often surprised that adults who don’t even really know them, take an interest in what they are doing and want to help them succeed.”

The ALHC was founded in 1962 with a mission to encourage and assist in the development of individual artistic talent, as well as the enjoyment of art. The organization honors this legacy by providing financial support to local art teachers and prize awards to student artists, as well as community outreach, and exhibitions and educational programs. The public and artists of all skill levels and “art lovers” are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings and programs.

The Art League of Henderson County meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month (except May, when it will be the 3rd Sunday) at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. A social hour usually begins around 1:30pm, with the meeting starting about 2pm. An art-related presentation is offered following the meeting. Guests are welcome.

For more information, contact Sharon Eng, publicity, at 828/685-8959 or e-mail to (swengbiz@gmail.com).