December 2020 Newsletter

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Join the Arts Council on December 12th for a new experience in membership meetings!

While the evening will begin with a short meeting at 6:45 pm, there will be fun and entertainment to follow at 7:00 pm streamed LIVE via Facebook platform. Returning to celebrate the Arts Council’s anniversary, The Boogie Kings will provide their distinctive brand of historical narrative music.

The group features William Hayes on piano and vocals, Richard Adams on saxophone, flugelhorn, trumpet, trombone, bass, tuba, and vocals, and J.T. Fauber on percussion and drums.

Adams will also serve as the evening’s MC for acts as local musicians, story tellers, and visual artists are featured.

The event will be dedicated to a beloved local artist and musician, Susan Blanchard. Susan brought her love of art to the community through her talent and support of the Council where she was a long time member and served as a past President of the organization.

Details can be found on our Facebook Page: Highland County Arts Council


You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to watch the streamed show.

Remembering Susan
Our December 12th concert is presented in memory of Susan Blanchard, who passed away in early March of this year. She was a devoted friend and creative spirit in whatever she did, particularly concerning the arts in Highland County.
Susan served as the Arts Council’s President for several years and was instrumental in starting the Monday art group.

She would deny that she taught the group, but no one could deny that she guided when asked and always provided an interesting subject for people’s creativity.

Spring Season Announced!

With support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Highland County Arts Council has secured an exceptional set of performances for the enjoyment of its audience.

On February 13th, Jazz and Blues pianist Bill Heid will bring romance and music to the stage.April 10th, will showcase two artists from The Crooked Road. On May 8th, the Martha Spencer Trio will bring an evening of country music and on June 12th, the African-American gospel Singers, Larney Starkey and the Spiritual Seven will make their first visit to Highland.

All events will be governed by the pandemic restrictions.

Membership 2020

This is an interesting year to think about investing in a membership to the Arts Council.

So many of the council’s activities involve person-to-person contact whether it’s attending the Outdoor Artists’ Weekend or Highland Arts Academy, stopping by at an artist’s opening in the Mountain View room or enjoying one of the many concerts presented on Second Saturdays.

There were certainly many events that had to be cancelled. But many weren’t.

There were four sessions of the Arts Academy that were small and held outdoors. Our December 12th concert is the fourth one of the season. Tyler Hughes and the Dreaded Blues Lady performed outdoors, and John Bullard played his banjo to a small, masked, well-spaced audience.

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Officer Slate 2020

Please be sure to attend our Virtual December 12th meeting as we consider a slate of new officers for the next term.

Current Officers:

President- Jason Canze

Vice President- Liz Delahoussaye

Secretary- Gretta Sandberg

Treasurer- Caroline Smith


2021 Officers:

President- Donna Bedwell

Vice President- Liz Delahoussaye

Treasurer- Caroline Smith

Secretary- Gretta Sandberg

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