October 2021 Newsletter

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Mark your Calendar
October 9th, 2pm Concert: Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven

Lift your spirits with the soulful sounds of Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven gospel singers coming to The Highland Center, October 9th at 2 p.m.

This highly acclaimed group is performing as part of the Arts Council’s Second Saturdays Series.

Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven have been singing together for over 40 years. Their music, a zestful blend of traditional gospel with a twist of contemporary, showcases the group’s amazing vocal harmonies from the high flying falsettos of the first tenor, to the deep rich sounds of the low bass.

This ensemble has performed for and been loved by people of different races, creeds and origins. Known as the “Gospel Temptations,” this award-winning ensemble has toured across the United States and internationally, performing for audiences of 300 to 30,000.

Continue the fun afterwards by heading to the Highland Center Pavilion for wood-fired pizza, lawn games, s’mores, and more.

Please visit our website or Facebook page for more details. You can purchase tickets at the door. $10/per person


Highland Arts Academy: Eco Printing Workshops

The Highland Arts Academy held a second set of Ecoprinting workshops on Oct. 1,2 & 3.

Instructor Theresa Brown returned for a fall workshop at the request of participants who attended her June 2021 session.

In addition to her Silk &Wool workshop, she also led Ecoprinting enthusiasts in techniques for printing on paper and large scale projects on silk.

Coming in November…

November 13 will mark the end of another busy year for the Highland County Arts Council and the beginning of a new year of performances, workshops, and some added features.

On November 13th, our 2nd Saturdays @ 7p series (at The Highland Center ) will begin with a short annual meeting of the members. A slate of officers and directors will be presented and a vote taken.

The Arts Council’s own “Highland Radio Hour” will follow the Annual meeting. Like the variety programs of old, the Highland Radio Hour will feature The Boogie Kings as the ‘studio band’. They will be augmented by local talents including Lew Freeman with a preview of the February Valentine’s program and Norma Reynolds with a special story for the season.

A new “The Man From Bull Pasture will bring the “yep” man back to solve another crisis in Highland County. Clair Myers will act as host for the evening.

Member Message: Renee Vandevander

My name is Renee Vandevander and I have been a member of the Highland County Arts Council since 2014. I grew up in Highland County, playing in the woods, splashing in the creek and eating wild peppermint whenever I happened to find it. I hunted for morel mushrooms, made hay and helped my parents can vegetables from our garden. It was a fun childhood here in Highland County.

I lived on Jack Mountain for the earliest years of my life and my only playmate was my brother. We lived too far up the Mountain to have a lot of contact with other kids. For that reason, among others, we both had active imaginations. I turned my creativity into drawing, mostly turning to horses as my muse. I also liked to turn books that I read into plays that I then used my dolls to act out.

My family briefly moved to Churchville when I was in 5th grade, where art was my main consolation. I didn’t really fit in with my classmates and I was too introverted to make friends easily. So, I drew.

Horses were still a central theme. Eventually I started taking riding lessons and my love of art and of horses came together. We moved to McDowell when I was a 6th grader, back to Highland and my friends and forests to explore.

My love of art continued all through middle school and after reading The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander, I was inspired to try my hand at writing my own stories. Ginny Neil, my middle school English teacher, encouraged my creative writing. I wrote and drew all through high school and it came as no surprise to my parents when I decided to major in art and creative writing in college. I graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

I moved back to Highland after college and worked several jobs in the community before accepting the position of part time art teacher for Highland County Public Schools. I teach pre-K through high school art and still enjoy writing, drawing and creating in my free time. I’m currently working toward my teaching license and will complete my classes in the winter.

I still enjoy spending time outside in nature, especially in the Autumn. I love the month of October and am so excited for everything it will bring. The Hands and Harvest Festival is October 8-10, and with it comes the Library’s annual book sale (my favorite part of Hands and Harvest). The Arts Council is also presenting Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven on October 9 at 2 pm!

Hands & Harvest with the Arts Council!

The hands of Hands & Harvest will be on display at the Highland Center pavilion on October 9th from 10 am – 4 pm with demonstrations and displays of items made during the 2021 season of the Highland Arts Academy.

If you missed taking one of these workshops, don’t miss the opportunity to find out more about basketry, barn quilt painting, broom making, printmaking, and ecoprinting while participants demonstrate these techniques. Pottery examples will also be on display.

Come early for the 2 pm concert with Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven, visit with the talented area artists and admire their creations.


Would your child like to learn Ukelele?

Do you have a child who wants to learn ukelele? To find out more, contact Rick Hill at rickhill@ricksfolk.com

Special Thanks:

Without the support of the following organizations, the Highland County Arts Council would not be able to provide the programming that is its hallmark. –The Virginia Commission for the Arts –The National Endowment for the Arts- The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge- The Little Swiss Fund- The Charles Pinckney Jones Foundation

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