Conventional wisdom is that it takes anywhere from six to 10 years to become an expert at a craft or career. If so, retiring Ashe County Arts Council Executive Director Jane Lonon is such a master multiple times over.

Lonon will retire at the end of June from her current post with the arts council after nearly four decades. With her, she will take 38 years of experience that will be missed and difficult to replace.

During those years, Lonon has helped guide and turn Ashe County, and especially West Jefferson, into an arts destination. Indeed, it is difficult to view almost any portion of our arts community — from festivals to murals — and not see some form of her stamp upon it.

As such, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners was right to proclaim June 30, 2019, as Jane Lonon Day.

Undoubtedly, this is not something that Lonon would have asked for or sought, but it is a rightful honor given to the few who make a true and lasting impact on our community.

We at Ashe Post & Times join the rest of our community in thanking Lonon for a job well done. Ashe County is a better place for your service.

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