October 2020 Newsletter
Expanded Performance Options: The Highland County Arts Council is about to open a new chapter in its history. With support from the Little Swiss Fund, the Council now has the means to take its performances throughout the County. An enclosed trailer will house the platforms and sound system the Council owns, plus a new portable lighting system. The new resource will allow the council to do performances inside and out throughout Highland. It will also be available at a reasonable fee to other organizations that have goals consistent with those of the Council.
Amazon Smile: Remember if you use Amazon to make purchases of items not readily available in Highland County, you can make a percentage of your purchase a contribution to the Highland County Arts Council by noting the organization. It is a small amount, but it will be added to the total that Amazon will contribute to the Arts Council. It costs nothing to the purchaser.
Art Exhibit: The window in the old Highland County Craft Shop on Main Street in Monterey now features pieces done by members of the Monday Art Group. Although not a project of the Council, it has supported the collection of artists and their art making. The Group is open to anyone who wishes to work on a piece of art in company with fellow artists. The group meets weekly on Monday at 1PM.
Second Saturdays at Seven: The Arts Council will resume with Second Saturday performances in November at the Church of the Oak. John Bullard, banjo artist, will be the performer. The December performance will be a memorial for Susan Blanchard. The Boogie Kings will headline the evening with guest performances by local talent. The evening will include a short Annual Meeting. More about both performances in the next newsletter.
The Highland Arts Academy: An Intro to Appalachian Broom-making. The workshop scheduled for Saturday October 17th from 10am-4pm, at the Monterey Presbyterian Church Pavilion is SOLD OUT! The workshop is an introduction to making Appalachian style brooms out of broomcorn (sorghum vulgare) including a bit of history and the instructions for making both cobweb brooms and turkey wing whisk brooms. The workshop will be taught by Emily Bell, who resides in Asheville, NC but whose family roots are in Pendleton County, WV, has chosen to reclaim her ties to her heritage through a craft of hand tied brooms. She views her work as practical art: one that embodies beauty, simplicity, heritage, and functionality. Because of the popularity of the workshop, a second broom-making workshop will be scheduled in the Spring.