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Article Published: Nov. 23, 2011 | Modified: Feb. 1, 2012

The Avery Arts Council announces its Call to Artists for the 2012 season.

The “call” is an invitation to artists to submit proposals to exhibit with the Arts Council in 2012.

The Arts Council maintains two exhibition spaces: the Avery Gallery, located at 77 Ruffin St. behind the Old Hampton Store in Linville, and the Dickson Gallery, located just up the road inside Cannon Memorial Hospital.

The Avery Gallery is open April through December, while the Dickson Gallery stays open year round. Both spaces are available for High Country art exhibits that will show from four to six weeks. Artists may exhibit in solo shows, with another artist, or collectively as a group.

Additionally, the Avery Gallery also houses the gallery gift shop, and the arts council will be taking applications to display there as a shop artist.

Aiming for a true representation of art in the High Country, the Avery Arts Council has opened its call to residents and part-time residents of the following counties: Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, Madison, Buncombe, Watauga and Ashe.

There is no deadline to apply; proposals will be accepted until all exhibition space is taken.

The Avery Gallery is a light-filled gallery in what was originally the meat-packing house for the Old Hampton Store. The beautiful old hardwood subfloor is all that now remains of that time.

In its new life, the packing house is home to work by exhibiting artists, shop artists and is also the Avery Arts Council offices. It is located in Linville at the base of Grandfather Mountain, two miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Dickson Gallery is a very large space to the left of the entrance to Cannon Hospital. This gallery is perfect for group shows; it annually features the students of Avery County schools in March and April.

To learn more about applying for either gallery or about becoming an Avery gift shop artist, call the Avery Arts Council at (828) 733-0054 or email (

The Avery County Arts Council is a nonprofit 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.

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