Foothills Arts Council news and upcoming events

Staff Report

ELKIN — The Annual Meeting of the Foothills Arts Council will be at 7 p.m. on June 20. All members and the community is invited to attend. New board members will be voted on and the new budget approved.

The Foothills Arts Council is appreciative of the support by the town of Elkin, Surry County, the Winston-Salem Foundation and its business and individual sponsors.

“Without that support, the arts council’s programming and presence would diminish greatly,” said Director Leighanne Martin Wright. “If you receive a letter asking you to be a member, we hope you will see the value in our contributions to the community and become a member for this next fiscal year.”

Summertime is right around the corner and the Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St., Elkin, has several events to fill these warm days with art and fun, Wright said.

The annual Summer Eve Garden Gala will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on June 17 with live music by the Easy Street Brothers (the four-piece jazz quartet back by popular demand from last December’s Open Air Art Market!), plenty of food with Elkin Creek Vineyards on hand with its great wine.

“The party is our thank you to our members and the community and is free,” Wright added.

“We will also have a gallery opening that evening of ‘Off’ Main Street. This exhibit will include art and photography of local and regional artists showing us their unique views of small town life. The exhibit is an open call and submissions can be brought to the arts council from 1:30 to 6:30p.m. on Monday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 8. If chosen to hang in the exhibit the art will be on display for four weeks. For more information, see our website,”

“In July, we have plenty of art for the kids starting off with the annual KidsFest on Saturday, July 9. Art activities, live music, food, games, a bouncy house and a water slide all await area children from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And all free of charge! KidsFest is funded in part by a grant from the Yadkin Valley United Fund.

“Also in July we will have a Summer Art Camp from July 18-21 with three sessions per day by age. Rising first and second-graders from 9 to 11 a.m.; third to fifth-graders from 1 to 3 p.m.; and sixth and up from 4 to 6 p.m. Students in the older grades will be working on a Kandinsky-style mural to be displayed in our garden. Tuition for the camp is $65 and will be taught by Jan Gillam, who now teaches our Art Quest and evening art classes.”

To keep up on all the upcoming events and the events of associate members, Foothills Theatre, Reevestock Music Festival, and the Elkin Valley Fiddlers, check out and be sure to like their Facebook pages.

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