Hiddenite, NC – An exciting day of innovative, hands on arts and heritage activities is planned for the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s 36th Annual Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts. This one-of-a-kind, arts and cultural heritage festival will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 on Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Celebration of the Arts is a free admission street festival that features unique, family friendly arts and cultural heritage activities for all ages.
The Center’s Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts festival has featured diversely talented artists, crafters, and performers since 1981.
Celebration of the Arts offers the opportunity to shop for fine arts, crafts and jewelry, handmade papers and journals, home décor treasures, artisan crafted wooden bowls, fiber arts, regional pottery, and more. The festival also includes commercial vendors, a wide variety of food vendors, and information booths from local businesses and civic organizations.
In the Celebration Folk Life Pavilion, visitors will experience hands on demonstrations in folkways such as butter churning, broom making, blacksmithing, and weaving, just to name a few.
As a special feature of this year’s Celebration, the Folk Life Pavilion will feature a mobile classroom/milking lab set up on site by Southland Dairy Farmers. The lab will be operated by Courtney Bumgarner, a graduate of NC State University. Visitors to the demonstration will see a multi-media educational presentation, which includes cows being milked, and will receive free promotional items from Southland Dairy Farmers.
Returning to Celebration is master craftsman, Eddie Hamrick, who will demonstrate his extraordinary woodworking talents. Hamrick’s demonstration booth will on Hiddenite Church Road just past the corner of Goble Road.
Celebration of the Arts has four live performance stages featuring diverse offerings in music and dance. Performing for the first time at Celebration, the world renowned, Tesla Quartet will entertain audiences at the Lucas Mansion stage beginning at 10:20am.
The festival line up will also include country and bluegrass music, clogging and Irish step dance, folk and gospel music, jazz, and modern dance.
The Center is proud to announce the return of Appalachian State University’s Steely Pan Steel Drum Band, now under the direction of Dr. Steve Barnhart. Steely Pan will perform at 12:00noon on the Baptist Church Stage on Hiddenite Church Road.
Centered on the lawn of the Lucas Mansion, Celebration’s popular Art in Action area will provide hands on activities that include a poetry wall sponsored by Teen Poetry Happens, a free make and take craft station sponsored by ReSource Warehouse of Hickory, and large scale chalk board canvases for public art.
Returning to Art in Action is the popular Living Masterpiece Gallery from the Alexander Central High School Art Department and Art Club. All Art in Action activities are free to enjoy.
The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Historic James Paul Lucas Mansion museum, art gallery, permanent collections, and the Alexander County Visitor Center (housed within the Lucas Mansion) will be open for visitors throughout the day.
The Lucas Mansion Gallery will feature two exhibits during Celebration month. The Gallery will include the work of husband and wife artists Sarah Hedrick and Lawrence Kanipe. Also on exhibit in the gallery will be a traveling exhibit of photography, “Cecil Sharp in Appalachia.”
The collection features photographs taken by Cecil J Sharp, of England during the time period of 1916 to 1918 in the Appalachian Region of the United States. The Center is pleased to present the exhibit, which is on loan from the Country Dance and Song Society, with permission of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Each of these exhibits is free and open to all visitors throughout the day.
Also on the lawn of the Lucas Mansion, Emerging Artists Wall exhibitor, Cor Kardol will demonstrate the process of making his “Material Men” found object sculptures.
Self-guided Lucas Mansion Museum tours will be available at a reduced cost of only $1 per person on Celebration of the Arts day. All other Lucas Mansion exhibits are free and open to the public.
Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, Duke Energy, the Catawba Valley Community Foundation, the Friends of the Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.