August 2020 Newsletter

Like all organizations, non-profit and for-profit that have arts events on their agenda, the Highland County Arts Council seeks to find a way to meet its goals while adhering to the limitations imposed by the pandemic.  Many of our activities have been cancelled or altered since March.  One alteration is moving our performances to spaces that allow for greater flexibility for our participants.  Another is a reduced schedule for workshops.  We look forward to the time when the virus will be conquered and we can once again meet easily and share the arts as we should in community.


August Second Saturday Performances

 Tyler Hughes will reopen the Second Saturdays series that was cancelled in March.  To provide the maximum flexibility for our audience, we have moved the performance to the outdoors.  Hughes will perform on the hillside behind the Monterey Presbyterian Church.  The concert is free, but donations are graciously accepted.  Audience should bring their own chairs or blankets for seating and observe the guidelines.  The performance by the celebrated banjo player is at 7 pm on August 8.

The September performance is scheduled for September 12 and will again be in an outdoors venue.  The Dreaded Blues Lady and Dr. Levine will highlight the American Blues Tradition.  More information will be available on our website. (


The Highland Arts Academy

When the decision was made to cancel the 2020 Workshops in early June, an abbreviated plan was adopted. Workshops that could be held outdoors for a shorter period of time became the focus. Five participants enjoyed Barn Quilt Basics on July 31 & August 1st at Margie Boesch’s studio. The participants selected a design, drafted it on to a prepared board, and then began to paint their creation. According to Margie, “this was an exceptional group of talented people.”


The Ecoprinting Workshop, taught by Theresa Brown on August 6 & 7, filled with eight participants. The outdoor workshop space was graciously provided by Tate Dunn at her fiber studio on Mill Alley in Monterey. Tents were also provided by Kirk Billingsley, Wayne Coleman, and Sarah Collins Simmons. The final workshop will be basketry, taught by Judith Saunders at the Highland Center Pavilion on August 12 – 14. There are only a few openings left in this workshop so anyone interested should register immediately. Unfortunately, the online Cell Phone Photography workshop has been postponed until it can be taught in person. Watch for this in 2021.


Artists Weekend

The decision has been made to cancel this year’s rescheduled Artists’ Weekend. We will miss interacting with the many folks who come each year as well as meeting new folks. While conditions may be more favorable for painters to come to paint in October we would not be able to have our group dinner or our Sunday afternoon show.


It may be possible for some artists to visit Highland and paint in October. We encourage any who do come to let us know and to send photos of work they have produced, and we can post them on our website and FB page.

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