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Watauga County Arts Council ready for 2014

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jan. 23, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 23, 2014
Watauga County Arts Council ready for 2014

Cherry Johnson, executive director of the Watauga County Arts Council, is expecting big things this year for the Blue Ridge ArtSpace.
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The Watauga County Arts Council is beginning to find a groove in its new home at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace.

With a slew of new workshops soon to come and alternating exhibits, the ArtSpace has become the new consolidated center for all things artistic in the High Country.

“It has gone very, very well and has been extremely successful,” said Cherry Johnson, executive director for the WCAC, on the council’s move to the ArtSpace.

After leaving Boones’ Jones House Community Center in May 2012, the WAC operated out of multiple offices before finally finding a permanent home at ArtSpace.

Located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone, the ArtSpace houses the WCAC and Appalachian State University’s Community Music School and Craft Enrichment Program.

Following the successes the WCAC enjoyed the past year, Johnson said 2014 looks even brighter.
“We are ready to release a list of new workshops,” she said. “We are going to start to offer a variety of things for all ages and disciplines.”

Although the list has yet to be finalized, Johnson said drawing for kids, watercolor painting, wood carving, basketry, oil paintings and stained glass are just a few offerings that should be available to the public in the near future.

The WCAC will continue to offer individual music lessons through the Community Music School.
“We have a lot of room here, but we are (also) using a lot of that room,” Johnson said. “We have to be careful with how we utilize our space with only six classrooms.”

The ArtSpace’s gift shop has been another point of emphasis for the fledgling arts center.
“The gift shop has really picked up in speed,” Johnson said. “All through November and December, we had people come in to shop.”

Additionally, Johnson said the center’s Second Saturday events and rotating art exhibits have also done “very well.”

The one thing that the ArtSpace needs, of course, is continued community support, Johnson said.
“We need people’s financial support to get through,” she said. “One way is through donations. We also want people to … (generally) just be involved.”

To make a donation, visit http://www.watauga-arts.org and click on the “Donate/Join the WCAC” tab. You can also visit the ArtSpace’s gift shop to make a donation in person.

The gift shop is open 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “Usually, if there are cars here, we are working,” Johnson said.

For more information, visit http://www.watauga-arts.org.

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