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Music & Arts

  • Woodcarving is this family's business

    TROUTDALE — When Wayne Sheets and his siblings were growing up, their father, Jerry Sheets, encouraged them to pick up creative hobbies.

    “Supposedly, hobbies keep you out of trouble,” Jerry says. But not only that, a good hobby leads to feelings of accomplishment, and perhaps a little bit of revenue if they break into the business of selling their crafts; which is exactly what this family does.

  • Keeping good council

    By SHANNON WATKINS, Staff

    Arts and Cultural Council of the Twin Counties Director Laura Romanowski’s office in Galax might not be where the arts are created or performed, but it’s certainly a nerve center that facilitates them locally.

    The name of the organization, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, pops up routinely in various media, and in posters around town, but who exactly are they, what do they do and how do they affect the community?

  • Fries Theatre supporter donates guitar for fundraiser

    INDEPENDENCE — The dramatic renovations to the Fries Theatre over the past year have not gone unnoticed by the community — work that has been coined by many as a full town effort. From concept to today’s status, much of the work has been completed by volunteer efforts and fundraising events, and those who have been involved say the project has come further in a shorter amount of time than they ever expected.

  • Alleghany Quilters celebrate 20 years

    SPARTA, N.C. — The Alleghany Quilter’s Guild will celebrate 20 years of creating quilts and supporting worthy causes during their annual quilt show this year.
    The guild’s “Turning Twenty” event is July 29-30, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Alleghany fairgrounds on Highway 21 N. in Sparta, N.C. Guests will be treated to an exhibit of more than 100 quilts.

  • Rugby Jam launches at General Store

    Dennis Conroy of Grayson Highlands General Store, in partnership with Emily Spencer and Wayne Henderson, has announced the launching of the Rugby Jam.
    Beginning May 15,the jam will take place on the third Sunday of each month at 2 p.m.
    Visitors are invited to enjoy the music, or bring a chair and an instrument and join in the jam.
    The Grayson Highlands General Store is located at 4249 Highlands Parkway.
    The store offers fresh hand scooped ice cream, a full café and deli, organic groceries and a variety of other stock and merchandise.

  • Open studios, specialty studios, and clubs at CCSA Woodworking Studio

    GALAX — Chestnut Creek School of the Arts Woodworking Studio, located at 107 East Oldtown Street in Galax, is open Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for visitors to tour the studio and visit the gallery. The studio also hosts several shop safety classes, open studios, and clubs for people to come use the Studio. They also have an up-to-date list of classes, which can be found at www.chestnutcreekarts.org.

  • Art in detail

    GALAX — Some people see a fallen tree branch or a piece of wood for what it is: a form of kindling or perhaps some building material. Others see potential in what it could be: a bowl, a spoon, a cane, or a decorative piece. With some time, effort, and lots of chipping and smoothing way, anything is possible.

  • Sticking with the Good Stuff

    By D.T. CLARK
    Staff

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, the leading publication for bluegrass musicians and aficionados for more than 50 years, has released its list of top bluegrass songs and CDs for January 2016, and a song by Big Country Bluegrass is number one, while the CD on which it appears is number three.
    “The Bluefield West Virginia Blues” rose from the number three slot to number one for the January listing. The tune has been on the chart for seven months.

  • Light and Dark

    Catherine Gural was pleasantly surprised to find a community of like-minded artists after her move to Independence last year. An artist with a passion in several media, including figure drawing, printmaking and abstract painting, she found a new source of inspiration through Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) in Galax.

  • Spouses play music at 1908 Courthouse concert

    By SARA BLANKENSHIP
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A concert in Independence will feature husband and wife musical acts, making for a very fitting Valentine’s date.
    On Feb. 13, the Baldwin Auditorium at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence will be the host for seven husband and wife teams for an evening of music.