The Ashe County Arts Council celebrates the season with the annual holiday exhibit in the gallery of the Ashe Arts Center with beautifully decorated trees, handmade ornaments and miniature paintings. Tree Fest exhibit will be on display starting Monday, November 19 and will continue through December 27. The Ashe Arts Center will be open Monday through Friday 9-4 and Saturday 10-4.
My Favorite Things: The Ashe County Arts Council tree with handcrafted holiday ornmanents,
from local artists Linda Bruce, Jennie Bush, Evalynn Halsey, Ronnie Hughes,
Betsy Isaacs, Theresa McGrath, Judy Mitchell, Pat Morrison, Cathey Purvey, Cheryl Roberts, Ellen Sinford,
Lyn Soeder, Richard Watson, Meg Wiles and others. The original
ornaments by these artists include wood, glass, clay, metal, paper and fabric
A Christmas Whimsey : Julie Landry and Mert Burgess have decorated their tree with a light-hearted mystical feeling of Christmas for young and old alike. Colorful decorations that will make your smile!
All Creatures Great and Small: RDR Kennels in Warrensville honors the many fascinating and beautiful creatures found here in Ashe County. Dawn Zachery has created a tree filled with photo images of the subjects in their nautral environments and favorite ornaments her family has collected over the years. More than two-dozen different animals are found on the tree including dogs, cats, hens, geese, raccoons, opossums, ducks, deer and a few surprises!
Snowflakes and Birds Tree: The gift of crocheted snowflakes from a friend thirty-five years ago is the basis of Jane Johnson's beautiful tree. Crocheted baskets add to the decor creating a white winter wonderful. Jane has added in birds for a splash of color and to reflect her love of nature and being outdoors.
Poet-Tree: The Ashe County Public Library's tree celebrates poetry, aka the Poet-Tree! Library staff, patrons, and children have contributed handcrafted, one of a kind ornaments that are centered on a favorite poem. Some of the poetry is original; others are perennial favorites. "....lovely visions you will see, displayed upon our poet tree".
The Bells are Ringing: The Ding-a-Lings Handbell Choir from Bethany Church showcases music of the season with a variety of ornaments from its members. Gold music-themed ribbon threads through the tree and hundreds of bells can be found symbolizing the joyous music that is such a beautiful and special part of Christmas.
Angels Are Making Their Rounds: A collection of porcelain angels grace the tree decorated by Theresa Curd and Vicki Mincey. The collectable angels are the creation of artist and designer Margaret Furlong. More than two hundred different designs of the angels have been created since the first one in 1980. The angels are accented with colors of white and aqua and they "make their rounds" on this elegant tree.
Miniature Paintings by Joan Bell, Lea Booth, Doug Butler, Kelly Clampitt, Theresa Early Curd, Evalynn Halsey, Susan Jesperson, Sharon Kasel, Diane LaBonte, Kathy Leahy, Lib McRimmon, Judy Mitchell, Scot Pope, Priscilla Popper, Cher Shaffer, Nancy Shoemaker, Stephen Shoemaker, Linda Dease Smith, Lyn Soeder, LaMae Strange, Susan Van Wyk and Loretta Weaver.