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WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County artist Whitney Stuart Landwehrmann joined the likes of R.T. Morgan, Stephen Shoemaker and Jack Young when she added a new piece to West Jefferson’s collection of murals.

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Cane Mill Road will be the sixth band performing in the 2019 BackStreet Concert Series on Friday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Should it rain, the concert will move to Ashe Arts Center three blocks to the east. This concert is individually sponsored by the Ashe County Public Library.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Violet Bell, the duo of Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez, performed their blend of roots, soul, psychedelic and classical music to the crowd at the Ashe Arts Council Saturday, July 13. The pair has played more than 300 shows from Montreal to Miami in just over two years.

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The Ashe County Arts Council will present “I Get a Kick Out of You” with Martha Bassett at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. The program repertoire will include music by many classic composers and songwriters such as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole …

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One of the many things to enjoy in Ashe County is the traditional old time music. Passing this musical tradition to the next generation is the purpose of the Ashe County Arts Council sponsored Junior Appalachian Musicians.

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WEST JEFFERSON — When Jeff Fissel replaced Jane Lonon as executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council July 1, he knew there would be quite a bit of on-the-job learning. Fissel said the first few weeks of his tenure have been all about meeting people in Ashe County and its arts communit…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Arts Council is going off the main highway with its new exhibition, “Backroads.” The exhibition, which opened Wednesday, July 10, will run until Saturday, July 27.

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WEST JEFFERSON — High Country muralist John Pipes has painted a blank slate along the west wall of the Ashe Pediatrics building on East Second Street.

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WEST JEFFERSON — When The Band 4Play takes the stage Saturday, July 6 at the Blue Ridge Theater and Events Center, those in attendance will not just be seeing the Florida band’s classic rock, they will be seeing a homecoming for guitarist Jerry Graybeal.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Crooked Road Ramblers played at the Ashe Arts Center Friday, June 28, as part of the Backstreet Concert Series. Originally planned to be outdoors in Backstreet Park, poor weather forced the concert indoors.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County Little Theatre’s ‘Gypsy’ finished after its run from June 20-24. Among the cast were (from left to right) Ava Edgell, Sue Revels, Cynthia Harless, Alex Christophy and Owen Kolseth. Directed by Joe Clark, the musical is loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose L…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Visitors to Backstreet Park were greeted by the classic rock and roll of the King Bees Friday, June 21. The concert was the third of 10 in the 2019 Backstreet Concert series, which runs through the summer. The next scheduled band is the Crooked Road Ramblers on Friday.

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WEST JEFFERSON — When Joe Clark was 16-years-old, he saw a high school from Washington perform a musical, and receive thunderous applause, while at a thespian convention in Indiana. It was called “Gypsy,” and Clark is now directing the Ashe County Little Theatre’s production of it, which wil…

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WEST JEFFERSON — During the Gallery Crawl Friday, June 14, visitors at Bull's Boots and Western Wear could see Burt and Liz Campbell of Liz's Leather out front making handcrafted leather pieces. People who stopped by had the chance to try it for themselves and watch the couple work their magic.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Arts Council’s monthly Gallery Crawl returned Friday, June 14, for the first time since Nov. 30, 2018. The crawl featured 14 galleries around West Jefferson opening their doors and showcasing local art.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Arts Council has found the successor to current and retiring executive director Jane Lonon in Jeff Fissel, they announced Monday, June 10.

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The Ashe County Arts Council announced June 10 its new executive director, Jeff Fissel. Fissel will be taking over from the retiring director of 30 years, Jane Lonon.

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GLENDALE SPRINGS — Blue Ridge Theater and Events Center hosted the band, On The Border — the Ultimate Eagles Tribute Saturday, June 1. The band performed a litany of hits from the Eagles to a packed house. This was the Charlotte-based band’s last stop in North Carolina before heading to Sout…

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Raising fun and funds is the idea behind the Feast for the Arts Wine and Dessert Gala on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. at the Ashe Arts Center. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy delicious desserts, bid on exciting silent auction items and support the Ashe County Arts Council. The proceeds…

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JEFFERSON — The yearly Night of the Spoken Word was held Saturday, May 25, at the Ashe County Arts Center, which celebrated the tradition of oral storytelling as well as the abilities of local writers.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe Community Singers performed a spring choral concert Friday, May 24, at the Ashe Civic Center. The chorus is an all-volunteer group and have been rehearsing once a week since March and was under the direction of Bob Zahner, accompanied by Sylvia Zahner and featured a…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Arts Council unveiled their newest exhibit Wednesday, May 8 at the Arts Center. “Through the Camera’s Eye” highlights the photographic talent of the High County’s artists.

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JEFFERSON — From April 27 to Wednesday, May 1, visitors of Jefferson Landing were treated to an art exhibit like no other in Ashe County. The first exhibition by artist Whitney Stuart Landwehrmann, “Juxtaposition of the High Country” took a look at Landwehrmann’s life in Ashe County through …

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WEST JEFFERSON — Bill ‘Sauce Boss’ Wharton brought his blues and gumbo to the Ashe Civic Center Friday, May 3. Wharton, who’s been profiled by NPR, CNN and the Food Network, played the blues while he cooked his signature gumbo on-stage. After the show, guests had the chance to try the dish.

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Legendary performer Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton brings his Florida slide guitar blues, gumbo and his own hot sauce to every multi-sensory performance. Sauce Boss will be a powerhouse of energy with his one-man band on the stage of the Ashe Civic Center Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. His show inclu…

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Friday, May 3, the Orchard at Altapass will open its barn door for the season and welcomes Randy Flack for the inaugural performance of live traditional music at no cost.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Grammy-nominated and IBMA award-winning band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen play at the Ashe Civic Center Thursday, April 11. The band brought its up-tempo and progressive bluegrass to the Ashe County crowd.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ola Belle Reed Songwriters Retreat was April 12 to 14, bringing some legendary bluegrass artists to Ashe County. In a performance Saturday, April 13, the instructors Cathy Fink (not pictured), Marcy Marxer, Claire Lynch, Alice Gerrard and Sam Gleaves teamed up to show wh…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Spring is here and with it comes an artsy tradition like no other, Spring Fest. For 32 years, the Ashe County Arts Council has hosted the event which lets kids enjoy the arts in a fun, hands-on environment.

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The Ashe County Arts Council will host Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen at the Ashe Civic Center on Thursday, April 11. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton were named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for a second time. Their cri…

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Arts education in North Carolina Schools includes four separate and distinct disciplines: dance, music, theatre arts and visual arts — each with its own body of knowledge and skills. The N.C. School Board of Education and Superintendent jointly issued a proclamation in support of Arts in Our…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Song writing is an art form that puts it all out there: The writer’s fear, loves, regrets and passions all being put to paper and then music can be both liberating and a challenge.

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Ashe County Arts Council welcomes the Raleigh Flute Choir to the Gallery of the Ashe Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday March, 23. The concert will include selections “Simple Gifts,” “Appalachian Suite,” “Memories of East Tennessee” and more.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Award-winning musician Molly Tuttle (center) performs at the Ashe Civic Center Friday, March 15, playing her heartfelt mix of folk and bluegrass in a concert sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council. Tuttle is the only woman to have won the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, w…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Coffee House Live! returned Saturday, March 9 at West Jefferson United Methodist Church. Performers such as Rob Falvo and Scott Kallestad (pictured) serenaded guests with soothing melodies and a calming atmosphere.

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WEST JEFFERSON — When people file into the Ashe Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, they won’t be there to see a raucous bluegrass band or a wild stage production. Sitting up on the stage will just be a woman named Molly Tuttle and her guitar.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Canadian artist and storyteller Stephanie Morin-Robert performed her one-woman show ‘Blindside’ at the Ashe Civic Center Friday, Feb. 22. Morin-Robert recounted her life of living with a glass eye and how it went from something she was ashamed of to something she considers a…

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There is a lot going on at the Arts Center this month, but to be more specific, “Anything” is going on. The newest exhibit from the Ashe County Arts Council, “Anything Goes” eschews a tight theme that is featured by most exhibits at the Arts Center and lets the artists go wild with imagination.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe Civic Center will be playing host to the homecoming of bluegrass band Hillbilly Fever at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

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WEST JEFFERSON — In 1981, a young music teacher named Jane Lonon and her husband, Grady, had a six-month-old son, and were looking to leave Los Angeles in search of somewhere to raise their young child. Remembering their time in college working as singing servers in a Blowing Rock restaurant…

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Ashe County Arts Council will present “Blindside” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the Ashe Civic Center. In a feat of riveting comedy, one-eyed storytelling champion and cancer survivor Stephanie Morin-Roberts recounts her life as a feisty 7 year-old who wields her glass-eye as a superpower.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Award-winning duo of Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Californian cellist Natalie Haas performed at the Ashe Civic Center Thursday, Feb. 7. The duo played a mix of new music with old Gaelic tunes.

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The Ashe County Little Theare has announced its four-production 2019 schedule of shows. The ACLT is an all-volunteer community based theatre group which makes its home in the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson. Since 1972, ACLT has produced three to four plays a year.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Grammy-award-winning bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley II performs with the Clinch Mountain Boys at the Ashe Civic Center Saturday, Jan. 19. The band’s self-titled album has regularly appeared in the Top 15 of the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart since its 2017 release. From l…