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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Shows and Events at the Art Cellar in Banner Elk

“Speaking Figuratively: The Figure in Stone, Canvas and Clay” will be on display between July 15-25 featuring artists Jane Jaskevich, Tim Turner and Lisa Joerling.

This week’s Saturday coffee talk will take place on July 18 from 10 a.m. to noon featuring North Carolina artist Tim Turner. Share your morning coffee with him as eh shares insight into his artist’s journey. He will talk about his latest figurative works featured in the current exhibition as well as his abstract paintings and more.

Coming Soon:
Saturday coffee talk with Bill Brown, “Sculpture Words,” July 25

Tony Griffin, “Where Hills Meet Sky,” July 29 – Aug. 8

Learn more about the Art Cellar at www.artcellaronline.com or by calling 828-898-5175.

2) “Telling Stories” Writing Competition, Deadline for Entries: July 20

Ashe County’s On the Same Page Literary Festival’s annual writing competition deadline is July 20. In association with the 2015 Festival, which will take place September 15-19 in Ashe County, NC, the Page Crafter’s Prize recognizes writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with cash awards. Winning writers will be recognized at the On the Same Page concluding luncheon September 19.

The Page Crafter’s competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge emerging writers and to reinforce the On the Same Page Literary Festival’s commitment to celebrating the creation of new literary work.

Page Crafter’s Prizes will be awarded for first and second places in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Prize money totaling $900 will be presented: $200 for first place, $100 for second place, in each category.

Deadline for submissions is July 20, 2015, (postmarked snail mail or email submissions) and winners will be notified by August 31, 2015.  Prose entries are limited to 1,000-words; no more than 50 lines of poetry will be accepted. Entries should focus on the 2015 Festival theme “Telling Stories.” A non-refundable entry fee of $10 (U.S.) per submission is required. There is no limit to the number of entries per person.  Email submissions should be sent to: jane@ashecountyarts.org.

 The Festival’s website, www.onthesamepagefestival.org, provides further details, including format requirements for the blind-copy submission process. Only previously unpublished entries qualify. Authors retain all rights to submitted works. Winners need not be present to win.

3) Events and Programs at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

Visit www.blowingrockmuseum.com to learn more about these and other programs.

For adults:

July 16: Third Thursday with Paul Brown, Musical Crossroads in the Piedmont and Mountain South, 4:30 p.m.

July 17: Trunk Trouble: Preservation Workshop with Heather South, 10-11 a.m.

July 20: Fanciful and Functional Artist Books with Sigrid Hice, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

July 21: Coffee with the Curator, 1923: The Blowing Rock Fire, 11 a.m.

July 23: Scholars and Scones: From Minerals to Mountains with Crystal Wilson

Every Tuesday (excluding July 14): Afternoon Art Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

For children:

July 14-15: Build Your Own Can Dulcimer, ages 7-14, 1-4 p.m.

July 18: Summer Stories: A Hero’s Journey with Sherry Lovett, all ages, 10-11 a.m.

July 22: Nature Weaving with Jane Campbell, ages 6-12, 1-4 p.m.

July 24: Portrait Drawing Demonstration with Tony Griffin, 1-4 p.m.

Every Thursday: Doodlebug Club, ages 3-5, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Featured Exhibit:

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Employee Art. Reception hosted July 23 from 6-8 p.m., free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

4) LMC Dedicates Classroom at Wildlife Center to Ann and John Tickle

On Friday, July 10, more than 90 faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members and friends of the College celebrated the dedication of the Ann and John Tickle Classroom at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The 950 square foot classroom space allows for larger classes and community educational programs to be held.

Due to an increase in student interest, the wildlife rehabilitation program has quickly grown to be one of the most enrolled programs at Lees-McRae. Thanks to generous donations from a few key wildlife supporters, including Ann and John Tickle, the Center can accommodate larger and more productive classes for wildlife biology and wildlife rehabilitation students along with providing a surgical suite for on-site veterinarian, Dr. Amber McNamara.

“This is another historic day in the evolution of Lees-McRae’s wildlife rehabilitation program,” stated President Barry M. Buxton. “We are proud to play a small part in helping animals in need and we are grateful to the May family and to Ann and John Tickle for being champions of wildlife.”

The Dan and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which opened its doors in 2012, is licensed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Center annually cares for more than 1,400 injured or orphaned wild animals. These include animals attacked by cats, hit by cars, gunshot, caught in fences and a myriad of other human-induced causes. This vital wildlife rehabilitation work includes medical assistance, feeding, housing and supportive care. Fully recovered animals are released in appropriate wild habitats.

Lees-McRae College offers two unique academic programs, wildlife biology and wildlife rehabilitation, for students interested in wildlife with an intense, experiential component, either through field or clinical study, or a combination of both. The wildlife biology program has a strong focus on the wildlife and ecology of the Southern Appalachian region and offers numerous courses, such as Mammalogy, Ornithology, Conservation Biology and Appalachian Ecology that are not commonly available to undergraduates.

Both wildlife studies programs at Lees-McRae prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the wildlife and animal care fields, including veterinary science, parks and recreation, forestry, zoos and aquaria, fish hatcheries, natural resources and additional graduate work in wildlife and related disciplines. Students have opportunities for numerous internships with nature centers, fish hatcheries, wildlife rehabilitators and area veterinarians while in school.

For more information about the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, visit lmc.edu/wildlifecenter.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 950 students hailing from 31 states and more than 8 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu or call 828-898-5241.