Avery Arts Council cancels gala, plans move to Linville

Article Published: Jul. 22, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Instead of a Big Night Out, the Avery Arts Council is having a Big Move Out.

The organization's annual fundraiser bash was to be held on Saturday, July 17, but when word came down that the council had to vacate the Cheese House in Banner Elk by Aug. 1, the board decided to postpone the party and concentrate on finding a new gallery and office.

"We have been so thankful for the numerous offers of new space," board president Mary Ray said. "It has been exciting to consider all of the possibilities. We have decided to move to a building located just behind the Old Hampton Store in Linville. The close proximity to such a popular business, with its great little cafe and interesting merchandise, will put us in the midst of a fun shopping area.

"And with 87 Ruffin Street Gallery as our next door neighbor, we will be well on the way to making a proper arts district in Linville. We have already had several conversations with Hampton Store and Ruffin Gallery owner Abigail Sheets about co-hosting music and arts events."
The new space is actually an old building that has had many uses.

"We have some renovation to do, but the structure is in excellent shape," Ray said. "It has a great front porch and nice yard, perfect for all sorts of art happenings. There is ample parking for our patrons."

One thing the new location does not have yet is a name. Ray said, "The Cheese House Gallery was a logical choice for our first gallery, but of course there is only one Cheese House, the little red building by the millpond in Banner Elk. We welcome all ideas for a new name, so call 898-4292 and tell us your ideas."

Plans for the council's annual fundraiser remain on hold until the organization settles into the new space. In the meantime, friends and supporters are rallying with donations to help defray renovation expenses. Donors to the "Big Move Out" campaign are entered into a raffle to win a 22-inch flat screen TV donated by Mountain Heritage Systems of Newland.

"We look forward to having a grand opening celebration for all of our patrons," Ray said. "Stay tuned for more Avery Arts Council news soon."

The Avery County Arts Council is a non-profit organization working to enrich the people of Avery County through meaningful arts and cultural experiences. For more than 30 years, the council has helped to support school arts programs and served as a resource for artists and the community. For more information, contact the Avery County Arts Council at (828) 898-4292 or (info@averycountyartscouncil.org)

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