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The Artful Palette: Decades-Old Event Re-Invented and Re-Energized to Benefit the Arts in Watauga Sept. 21

Sept. 19, 2013. The Watauga County Arts Council is once again hosting the Artful Palette, an arts-filled evening benefitting the work of the Arts Council throughout the community.

LogoArts Rock in Blowing Rock is a new event created to celebrate the arts throughout the community. Throughout the month of September, the calendar is packed with events ranging from a major gallery exhibition by the Watercolor Society of North Carolina to musical concerts to theatrical performances. More details on the art-filled festivities can be found at www.blowingrock.com/artsrock. In order to help celebrate the arts during the month of September, the Arts Council has decided to move its annual Artful Palette to the beautiful Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The Artful Palette was begun in the late 1980s and has continued to be celebrated over the years. This year, because the Green Park Inn is not exactly a theatrical performance venue like those in which the Artful Palette has been held in past years, the event is being reinvented and will be unlike any Artful Palette of the past.

So what can  you expect? The tone will be set when the guests begin to arrive, for they are being encouraged to dress artfully. We are looking forward to seeing how many different approaches to dressing artfully can be dreamed up by patrons. 

Scattered throughout the event will be five diverse and exciting performances featuring artists performing on such artful instruments as piano, flute, violin and perhaps guitar with some dance to round things out and keep you entertained. There is even an excellent chance of watching a work of art created right before your very eyes.

In between performances you will want to browse the silent auction tables to find treasures and bargains you simply can’t live without. All the while you can enjoy fine hors d’oeuvres which are complimented by a cash bar. When you thought the evening was nearly over, the Swing Set will crank up and there will be dancing into the night to swingin’ tunes from the Rat Pack to Now!

Tickets to the Artful Palette are now on sale for $50 per person. You can get your ticket online at www.watauga-arts.org, at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone, at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce or from a board member or volunteer for the Watauga County Arts Council.

The Watauga Arts Council works throughout the county toward making the arts a presence in the community. Besides offering grants to assist other organizations and schools in presenting arts-related programming, grants for artists, residencies in the schools, artwork displayed throughout the community and community events and programs, the Arts Council recently opened the Blue Ridge ArtSpace. 

This community-wide center for the arts is located on 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone and contains four galleries featuring the work of local artists of all ages, a gift shop filled with treasures created by local artists and six classrooms which offer musical instruction and arts and crafts classes for all ages. The funds raised through the Artful Palette are used to make these programs and services possible and $25 from each ticket is considered a tax-deductible donation.

For more information, contact the Arts Council at 828-264-1789.