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ArtsCentered exhibition opens Jan. 9 in Spruce Pine

Article Published: Jan. 7, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The Toe River Arts Council announces an exhibition of student and faculty art from the ArtsCentered School to run from Jan. 9-30 at TRAC's Spruce Pine Gallery.

There will be a reception at the gallery on Jan. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is located at 269 Oak St. in downtown Spruce Pine and is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ArtsCentered director Jann Welch has directed and taught at the Bakersville school for more than six years. Welcoming students from ages five to 85, the school grew out of Welch's perception of the need for a "community-friendly arts facility" in the Blue Ridge, similar to the one at Charleston's Gibbes Museum's Art School, where she'd worked for seven years.

Newcomers to Welch's school are encouraged to take their first baby steps working with clay, paint, papermaking, basketry and journaling. Young and old, children and retirees, competent artists seeking new media or hesitant amateurs all attend to benefit from instruction in an environment of informality, care and acceptance, a gallery spokesperson said. Most of the work on display will be for sale.

For more information on ArtsCentered, call (828) 688-9191. The Spruce Pine Gallery can be reached at (828) 765-0520 during its regular hours of operation. For more information, visist

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