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The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will host a Painted Barn Quilt Class March 7.

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will host a painted barn quilt class with instructor, Carol Mitchell. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center’s Educational Complex, 70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

In this make and take class, Instructor Carol Mitchell will lead students in creating their own 2-by-2-foot painted barn quilt.

Cost for this beginner’s level workshop, with all materials provided by the instructor, is $40 for center members and $45 for the public.

Participants should bring a bag lunch to enjoy while the paint dries. Registration is required by calling 828-632-6966.

Mitchell and her husband Steve are owners & operators of Mountainside Farms in Alexander County. Her popular barn quilt projects are an extension of her lifelong involvement in agriculture.

Regional artist exhibit, competitionThe Regional Artist Exhibit and Competition Youth Division is open to all students in grades K-12. The deadline for entry in the youth division is Feb. 20 by 4 p.m. Work submitted after the designated date and time will not be accepted for the competition.

All work should be submitted to the center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

Interested artists are encouraged to contact the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center at (828) 632-6966 to receive entry forms for participation. Entry forms are also available at www.hiddenitearts.org and at the center’s Lucas Mansion upon request.

Due to the expansion of this series, each participant is able to submit a maximum of two pieces per student. Artists are asked to submit current works completed in March 2019 through February 2020 and are encouraged to designate a priority for presentation of each piece in the event that exhibit space may become limited. All media is accepted for the youth divisions.

Last year’s first place winners in the youth division are encouraged to exhibit but will not be eligible to win again in the same category.

All entries must have a Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center entry form attached to the back of each work, and each piece must be equipped with a sturdy device suitable for hanging.

All works on paper, etc. must be matted or mounted for exhibit. Any framed work must be wired for hanging. Display pedestals for three-dimensional works will be provided.

Where applicable, 3-D works may be displayed on mantles or existing furniture. Any special arrangements regarding display should be discussed with gallery curator prior to entry.

If a work falls due to poor hanging device, the work will not be rehung and will not be eligible for judging.

All competition entries will be viewed by a qualified judge who will select one first-place winner in each category; additional awards may be given at the judge’s discretion. An award will be given to each first place winner. Ribbons will be awarded to first place and honorable mention entries.

A meet the artists reception and awards ceremony will be held on March 1 in honor of all youth division participants.

The reception will be held in the Lucas Mansion Gallery from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Awards will be announced at 3:30 pm. Awards are made possible by the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center and their Friends membership support. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.

African Safari Gallery TalkIn conjunction with their Black History Month programming, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will host an African safari gallery talk and slideshow by Phyllis Bailey. Held in the Lucas Mansion Gallery (316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County) on Feb. 23 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The event is free to enjoy.

In 2018, Bailey of Iredell County took a long-planned trip of a lifetime on an Africa safari. This gallery talk will focus on the wildlife, landscape, weather, people, and customs in the regions of Africa in which she traveled. An avid photographer, Phyllis Bailey brings that interest and skill to a program that will delight and inspire all who attend.

In addition to working as a lifelong educator with Mitchell Community College, Bailey has worked on numerous projects such as the AfricanAmerican Veterans Project, genealogy and family research for Alexander and Iredell counties, and regional quilt research and collection just to name a few. Bailey is currently working on an extensive history of African American schools in Iredell County.

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call 828-632-6966, email info@hiddenitearts.org or visit www.hiddenitearts.org.

These projects were supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org.

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