Foothills Arts Council News

Foothills Arts Council announces the following upcoming events.

Bandshell Dedication – Aug. 20

There’s a new concert venue in town and it is located in the back garden of the Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St., Elkin, thanks to the hard work of Scout Jacob Bellia. The bandshell, his Eagle Scout project, will be dedicated on Aug. 20, with a special concert by the Elkin Big Band, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission. John Litschke is planning to video some of the concert for a segment on the Big Band he hopes to produce. Grassy Creek Vineyards and Winery will be on hand for pouring. Guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. There also will be light refreshments, but guests can surely bring a cooler with their own snacks, too. The concert will be part of the Intermezzo Music Series, which includes music at the Art in the Garden events, as well as a Bluegrass Night planned for next spring.

Art Quest Classes – Sept. 12

Art teacher Jan Gillam will be back upstairs in the art room of the Foothills Arts Council guiding budding artists through more sessions of Art Quest. Classes will start the week of Sept. 12. For this month, the session will just be three weeks and the tuition will be $30. For the following months, October and November, the sessions will be four weeks for $40. There will not be Art Quest in December.

The classes are divided as follows: Mondays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for fourth grade and up; and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for first, second and third grades.

Art Perspective, the teen/adult art class, will be held on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. with the cost for adults $50 in September and $60 in October and November. The cost for teens still in school follows the same tuition rate as Art Quest, which reflects a partial scholarship thanks to a grant from the United Fund.

Registrations are being taken now. Those interested can mail in the registration form found on the website, under Art Quest; or call 336-835-2025 to have a form sent to them. There is a limit to class size so register early.

The Annual Clifford Morrison Art Competition – Sept. 9

If it’s the end of summer that means the annual art competition is right around the corner. The 27th annual Clifford Morrison Memorial Art Competition will open on Sept. 9 as part of the Elkin Downtown Art Hike with a gallery reception and awards. The competition is open of professionals and amateurs 16 and older. Take-in will be Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cash prizes are awarded in both 2D and photography this year (no 3D category). Artwork must be mounted/framed and ready to hang using our system. Those wishing to price their artwork, FAC will be given 20 percent of the asking price as commission to help with the arts council mission.

The Morrison Show also awards a scholarship prize to a student, 16-21, who enters the competition. Artist must be a student in high school or college at the time of the show. Scholarship winners from previous years are not eligible.

For a complete prospectus and more information, see, under Morrison Competition. Call 336-835-2025 or email with any questions.

Open Mic Poetry Night – Oct. 30

The Foothills Arts Council is teaming up with the Elkin Public Library for an Open Mic Poetry Night for people age 16 and older on Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests are invited to sign up to read or just come enjoy some Brushy Mountain wine and great poetry. To sign up or for more information, email Leighanne at or Kasey at

The Foothills Art Council is grateful to its individual members and business sponsors, as well as the town of Elkin, Surry County, the United Fund, the Winston-Salem Foundation, the NC Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program, and all those who help continue the mission to make art accessible to the community. Contributions help immensely, to become a member, call 336-835-2025.

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