Ashe County Arts Council Fall Happenings

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Ashe County Arts Council Fall Happenings

Western Piedmont Chamber Orchestra

Since 1964, the Western Piedmont Symphony has provided cultural enrichment for the NC area. WPS believes that you are neither too young nor too old to listen to and enjoy fine music.

Get ready for the Western Piedmont orchestra to perform a concert entitled Heroes and Villains. Borrowing from the symphonic classics, the orchestra presents the trusty sidekick of Heroes and Villains, dramatic music!

When: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Ashe Civic Center, 962 Mount Jefferson Road, West Jefferson

Art on The Mountain

Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor Art on the Mountain on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm in downtown West Jefferson.

Over thirty artists and craft persons will set up their creative wares on the grounds of the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson. Holiday gift ideas, fall theme items, unique art pieces, crafts and more will be for sale. Several artists will be demonstrating their artwork including basket weaving, quilting and wood-working.

Ashe County is known for its natural beauty and friendly people. In recent years Ashe County has gained a reputation for its growing arts community and the Ashe County Arts Council has been a constant support of the county’s artists. Art on the Mountain provides an opportunity for both new and current working artists from across the county to showcase and sale their latest creations to the public.

When: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 9am – 3pm
Where: Ashe Arts Center, 303 School Avenue, West Jefferson

Jeff Little Trio

Jeff Little Trio will be at the Ashe Civic Center on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 pm. With a few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music but Jeff Little is a remarkable exception. Joining Jeff will be banjo champion Steve Lewis and Luke Little on mandolin.

When: Saturday October 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm -9:30 pm
Where: Ashe Civic Center, 962 Mount Jefferson Road, West Jefferson

About the Ash County Arts Council:

The Ashe County Arts Council and Arts Center is located in a beautiful stone building constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s. The WPA was a federal program that put people to work during the Great Depression. Many of our public buildings and parks were built with WPA labor. This building was built with the same stone used along the Blue Ridge Parkway, constructed during the same period. Originally housing a Community Center, the 1938 structure is now owned by the town of West Jefferson and leased to the Arts Center. Over the years, the building has housed the VFW and a Teen 4-H center.

In 1993, the building was renovated and re-dedicated as a cultural center for the town, realizing the original intent of the building as a true "community site" realized through the arts. It houses the offices of the Arts Council and a large gallery. The gallery displays changing exhibitions every six weeks and displays a variety of work. Exhibits include solo and duo shows, theme shows, and an annual juried art competition called "Best of the Blue Ridge." Each year, the Arts Council also sponsors an exhibition of work by students in grades K through 12, with the clever title, "Young at Art."

The Arts Center also boasts a gallery shop that sells the work of over 100 artists and crafts artisans.

The Ashe Arts Center is also the site of concerts, literary events, meetings, and rentals... and is even the polling place for West Jefferson. Out front is a large sculpture by Be Gardiner, titled "Heiros Gamos," a name that refers to a ritual marriage between a god and goddess in Greek mythology. The stone figure appears as a watchful sentinel at the entrance to the Arts Center.

The landscaping at the Ashe Arts Center has been completely redone, serving as a backdrop for a new sculpture called "Brush Up." In 2018, the Arts Center dedicated a contemplative sitting area with a new bench and planters at a three-way corner where School Avenue, Main Street, and 6th Avenue come together in West Jefferson.

For more information please visit: https://ashecountyarts.org/art-mountain.php or call the Ashe County Arts Council at 336-846-2787.

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