Foothills Arts Council receives grant

Staff Report

The Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St., Elkin, has received a grant from the Winston-Salem Foundation for its Intermezzo Music Series for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

“The music series will not only add entertainment to the arts council’s already established events such as KidsFest and the Open Air Art Market, but will also make use of its new bandshell constructed in the back garden as an Eagle Scout project of Jacob Bellia,” Leighanne Martin Wright, executive director, said.

Musicians booked for this year’s Open Air Art Market include George Smith, who will open the market in the main garden from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Headliners that evening will be the six-piece jazz ensemble The Easy Street Brothers from 7 to 9 p.m. The jazz ensemble has performed twice before at the arts council and never fails to entertain. On Dec. 3, the garden will be filled with music by the arts council’s own Cory Myers beginning at 10 a.m.; His & Hers, acoustic duo of Caleb and Sara Davis from Mocksville from noon to 1:30 p.m.; and singer songwriter Angie Caswell closing out the market from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Inside pianist Keary Reid will be playing at various times throughout the day also.

Plans for the bandshell in the next year include a Bluegrass Blow Out in April and Clash of the Teen Musicians in May. The arts council’s annual Summer Eve Garden Gala will have live music as well the third Friday in June, and KidsFest the second Saturday in July.

“We here at Foothills Arts Council are grateful for the support of The Winston-Salem Foundation in helping the organization provide a venue for local musicians as well as make art accessible to the community,” Wright said. “The arts council is also grateful for the support of the Town of Elkin, Surry County, its individual and business sponsors and the NC Arts Council’s Grassroots program.”

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