Updates from the community that we have received in our email archives today. As always, please feel free to send us your own updates via email.
1) Schaefer Popular Series Kicks Off with Idina Menzel on July 18
An Appalachian Summer Festival’s Schaefer Popular Series kicks off with Broadway superstar and Glee sensation Idina Menzel at the Grand Opening of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on July 18 at 8 p.m. Accompanied by the Eastern Festival Orchestra, Menzel will be performing some of her classic pop and musical theatre favorites, including hits from Wicked, Rent and her album Live: Barefoot at the Symphony. Tickets are still available.
2) BeanStalk Little Theater Presents Night in the Wax Museum
BeanStalk Little Theater presents Night in the Wax Museum, July 26 at 7 p.m. and July 27 at 2 p.m. at Valborg Theater on ASU campus. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students 12 and under. Directed by Amy Beane, produced by Andrea McDonough. Come out and see the local talent of adults and children of the High Country and support community theater. Tickets on sale at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Box Office from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
3) The 22nd Annual Avery County Chamber of Commerce Fine art and Master Craft Festival
85 juried artisans showcase their unique handcrafted mediums in the quaint town of Banner Elk, July 18 through the 20. These High Country and international artisans are juried for their unique mediums and talents with each offering wares for the discriminating buyer to others creating whimsical wares for the fun in all of us. Free family event. Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is one fathering of artists you won’t want to miss.
4) Watauga Humane Society $15 Spay/Neuter Summer Special
From July 4 through Labor Day, the Watauga Humane Society will offer an awe inspiring $15 summer special on Spay/Neuter services for dogs and cats both male and female. The goal is to spay/neuter at least 100 pets in need, in the month of July and even more in August. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Humane Society. Anyone can quality who is having trouble affording spay/neuter. No lengthy forms or proof of income required. An honest expression of the need for assistance is all that is asked. Financial support for this wonderful special is provided by the Watauga Humane “SNIPS” committee. SNIPS’ mission is to spread the word that spay/neuter is a positive solution to pet overpopulation and euthanasia. SNIPS sells crafts at craft fairs, holds plant sales and engages in other fundraising activities to raise money for the spay/neuter of animals in our community and neighboring communities. SNIPS works hard to ensure that people who cannot afford this important service receive assistance.
5) Morning Star Gallery Features Paintings by Norma Fowler
Morning Star Gallery invites the public to view paints by new area artist, Norma Fowler, this Friday, July 12 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. This is the first time Ms. Fowler’s paintings have been show in the eastern United States. Her acrylics and watercolors are well known out west for her lively portrayals of mountain landscapes. Norma’s expressionistic style brings alive the Blue Ridge Mountains in this group pf paintings on canvas and panel. Norma’s paintings are well known in the west where she resided for many years. Her work as the Executive Director of the North Tahoe Art Center brought her recognition for her own art as well as for her organization and promotion of art unique to that community. Ms. Fowler comments that “painting for me is putting colors from my heart and soul onto paper and canvas.” Her adventurous and creative spirit is richly expressed in this small collection of new art. Morning Star Gallery is happy to introduce Norma Fowler to the High Country Community. Morning Star Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 1151 So. Main Street in Blowing Rock.
6) Banner House Museum
The 2013 season for the Banner House Museum is June 15-October 18, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the final daily tour beginning at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12. Located at 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Road in Banner Elk. Take a guided tour through time in this home built circa late 1860 by Samuel Banner, one of Banner Elk’s founding families.
7) Classes to be Offered at Caldwell Arts Council in August and September
Tuesdays in August from 7-7:30 p.m. Kaye Warren will teach Beginning Sewing at the Crow’s Nest Antique Mall and Emporium (corner of Mulberry and West Downtown). $30 for four sessions or six hours of instruction, take home a useable, personalized item when you finish this simple beginning class. Basic supplies, pattern and instruction are included. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council is required. Call 828-754-2486. Aug 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one hour lunch break Sharon A. Sharp of Sharp Handmade Books will present a class “Simple Elegance: Making Pamphlet Stitched Books.” If you’d like to create a book ideal for poetry chapbooks or small journals, then a pamphlet stitched book is a simple, elegant option. $60 per person, supplies list to be provided. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council is required. Aug. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Handmade in America presents “Social Media for Beginners” at the Caldwell Arts Council. Do you know what Facebook is or how to tag a photo in Pinterest? If you are just starting out in social media, come find out the basic tricks to make it work for your creative business. Please bring a laptop if you have one. Free to members of the Caldwell Arts Council and $20 for others. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council required. Tuesdays in September Kaye Warren will teach Beginning Embroidery at the Crow’s Nest Antique Mall and Emporium. $30 for four sessions or six hours of instruction, take home a usable personalized handbag when you finish this simple beginning class in the historic art of hand embroidery. Basic supplies, pattern and instruction are included in this four session class. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council is required. September 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a break for lunch, artist/instructor Anne Welch will teach “sailing the 4 C’s of Watercolor” at the Caldwell Arts Council. $50 per class, supplies list to be provided. Learn concept, composition, color and contrast. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council is required.