Return of the Artfull Palette

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Article Published: Aug. 28, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 28, 2013
Return of the Artfull Palette

From left, Bill Helms, Becca Eggers-Gryder and Randy Pasley perform at a past Artfull Palette fundraiser.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

The Watauga County Arts Council is once again hosting the Artfull Palette, an arts-filled evening benefitting the work of the arts council throughout the community.

“Arts Rock in Blowing Rock” is a new event created to celebrate the arts throughout the community.

Throughout the month of September, the calendar is packed with events, ranging from a major gallery exhibition by the Watercolor Society of North Carolina to musical concerts to theatrical performances. More details on the art-filled festivities can be found at

In order to help celebrate the arts during the month of September, the arts council has decided to move its annual Artfull Palette benefit to the Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The Artfull Palette started in the late 1980s and has continued to be celebrated over the years. This year, because the Green Park Inn is not exactly a theatrical performance venue like those in which the Artfull Palette has been held in past years, the event is being reinvented and will be unlike any Artfull Palette of the past, WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson said.

So, what can you expect?

The tone will be set when the guests begin to arrive, as they are being encouraged to dress “artfully” (and that is to be interpreted as the wearer sees fit, Johnson said).

“We are looking forward to seeing how many different approaches to dressing ‘artfully’ can be dreamed up by patrons,” Johnson said.

Scattered throughout the event will be five diverse performances, featuring artists performing on such artful instruments as piano, flute, violin and guitar, with some dance to round things out.

“There is even an excellent chance of watching a work of art created right before your very eyes,” Johnson said. “In between performances, you will want to browse the silent auction tables to find treasures and bargains you simply can’t live without.”

All the while, attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, which are complemented by a cash bar.

“And then, when you thought the evening was nearly over, the Swing Set will crank up, and there will be dancing into the night to swingin’ tunes from the Rat Pack to now,” Johnson said.

Tickets to the Artfull Palette are now on sale for $50 per person. Tickets are available online at, at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace (377 Shadowline Drive in Boone), at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce or from a board member or volunteer for the Watauga County Arts Council.

About the WCAC

The Watauga County Arts Council works throughout the county toward “making the arts a presence in our community,” Johnson said.

Besides offering grants to assist other organizations and schools in presenting arts-related programming, grants for artists, residencies in the schools, artwork displayed throughout the community and community events and programs, the WCAC recently opened the Blue Ridge ArtSpace.

This community-wide center for the arts is located on 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone and contains four galleries, featuring the work of local artists of all ages, a gift shop filled with treasures created by local artists, six classrooms that offer musical instruction and arts and crafts classes for all ages.

The funds raised through the Artfull Palette are used to make these programs and services possible, and $25 from each ticket is considered a tax-deductible donation.

For more information, contact the Watauga County Arts Council at or (828) 264-1789 or on Facebook.

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