This year, we have collaborated with Horton's Supermarket and created a new awards category, The People's Choice Awards.  On Saturday, July 19th, beginning at 3:00 PM, the general public will be able to sample Barbecue from all the competitors.  For a minimal donation, guests can vote for their favorite Barbecue.  The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony.

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Nominations are now being sought for the Governor's Awards for the Arts 2008 which will be presented by Governor Timothy M. Kaine in September. The Awards, which have been presented only three times in Virginia, recognize outstanding lifetime achievement by Virginia artists, arts organization and those who support and encourage the arts. Nominated by the Arts Council of the Twin Counties, one of nine statewide awards was presented to the Galax Moose Lodge/Old Fiddler's Convention in 2000.

Penelope Moseley of the Big Blue Magazine and former director of the Arts Council of the Twin Counties will serve as Area Coordinator for Carroll, Grayson and Wythe Counties and the City of Galax.

The Governor's Awards are administered by the Virginians for the Arts Foundation and former First Lady of Virginia Jeannie Baliles is serving as the State Chair.  "While the Governor's Awards spotlight the creative spirit throughout the Commonwealth, they also provide an opportunity to demonstrate how the arts contribute to the quality of life in our individual communities," said Penelope.  Our area is rich in the cultural arts, and I am honored to be asked to serve on this important program that recognizes their significance."

Nominations may be made by anyone in the Commonwealth and must be sent or e-mailed to the Virginia Commission for the Arts no later than May 15, 2008. Forms are available online at http://www.arts.virginia.gov or at penny@bigbluemag.com
151 S. Main Street, Hillsville.  Nominees must be native Virginians or current residents; businesses and organizations must currently operate in the state.

A blue ribbon panel of judges will select 10 Award winners based upon the nomination materials.  The panel will be asked to have diversity among the winners in artistic discipline and region of the state, and the winners will be announced August 1.  An awards ceremony will be held at the Capitol in Richmond in September. 

No public funds are involved in the Governor's Awards which are made possible through generous support from corporate sponsors including Dominion, Exxon/Mobil, Norfolk Southern, Philip Morris USA and Virginia Natural Gas.

For Additional information, contact Penelope Moseley, 276-728-9704 or June Britt, State Coordinator of the Governor's Awards for the Arts, 434-385-0600 or june@brittmarketing.com

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Kathy and Chuck Steffes of Bearly a Memory approached us to help with a project for the Steiff on the Mountain Festival which will take place the weekend of October 13-14, 2007, at the Galax Recreation Center.  Kathy and Chuck were so impressed with the children’s painted chairs for this year’s Chair-ity Auction they asked if we could interest our local artists to paint, sculpt, draw, etc. art works with a bear motif  to auction at their Stieff on the Mountain Festival.  Kathy told me that she had many objects (which she would donate) in storage at her store that would be suitable for painting with a bear theme.  They are not interested in making money on the auction, but would just like to have it as an extra attraction at their festival.  They told me that many “bear” collectors attend this event and spend large amounts on bear collectibles.  

Bearly A Memory is closed until September 11th so if you wanted to paint one of their objects you would have to wait until they return.  The phone number at their store is 276-238-0555.  I would also like your thought s on whether or not each artist should set an opening bid minimum.

Once the Steffes return from vacation I will set up a meeting with them to determine when the arts works would need to be delivered, etc.  I look forward to hearing from you and please feel free to forward this email to any friends or colleagues you think might be interested in participating.

 

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The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre presents the light-hearted comedy ballet Coppélia, Saturday, April 28 at 7pm and Sunday, April 29 at 4pm at the Galax High School Auditorium, Galax, Virginia.

Coppélia is one of the 19th century's bounciest ballets. Conservatory artistic director and former professional ballerina, Barbara Johnson presents a world of quarrelling lovers, of toys prancing into life, of cheery peasants who proudly perform their national dances. Delibes' musical score lilts and sparkles, carrying the story along. With additional choreography by Johnson the production is full of bright steps and mischief.

Like The Nutcracker, Coppélia is drawn from an ETA Hoffmann tale and is a lighter, sunnier ballet. Coppélia is perfect for children.

This ballet will be the final Conservatory performance for high school seniors Jenna Jackson and Kristen Wood.

Tickets are adults $10 and students $5. For more information contact the Conservatory of Dance & Theatre 276-236-2710.

Submitted by:
Susan Trogdon-Gleason
Seven Springs Farm
1804 Taylors Chapel Rd
Fries VA 24330-3804
276-744-7434 if busy 7222
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The Arts Council is undergoing many changes! Due to growth in the community the Arts Council is losing it's home and after April 1 will be located at the former Galax library, 608 W. Stuart Dr., Galax. Effectively immediately our new email address is info@artsculturalcouncil.org. We are in the process of upgrading the website, but that address will not change, www.artsculturalcouncil.org. Please make a note of the new email address! My personal new email address is penny@bigbluemag.com. Keep in touch!

Penelope Moseley
Executive Director
Arts Council of the Twin Counties

www.artsculturalcouncil.org
(276)238-1217

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Kathy James was named as the new Executive Director of the Arts Council of the Twin Counties on March 5 by Council President, Carol Morris. She succeeds Penny Moseley, who is leaving the Arts Council to pursue a new adventure in magazine publishing. A native of Georgia, Kathy was educated at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and Georgia State University in Atlanta. She lived in Missouri before moving to Washington, D.C. and Maryland. "I'm delighted to be back in the real South," she says. "Galax has long been a favorite place for my husband and me."

Kathy's previous work has involved conceptualizing, organizing, and presenting public programs. In St. Louis she was one of the founders of the Frontier Folklife Festival, presented on the grounds of the Gateway Arch. In Washington she organized international tours by performing artists to Asia, Africa, the South Pacific, and the Near East for the Arts America Program of the United States Information Agency. Also in Washington, she directed a continuing education program for adults with a focus on arts and the humanities, wellness, and travel. Her most recent work was with the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies as an academic and special events program planner. She organized seminars for members of the diplomatic community and military and civilian leaders from nations in the NESA region.

The Arts Council of the Twin Counties was established in 1987 serving Carroll and Grayson Counties and the City of Galax. The Arts Council believes that art is important to the life of a community and nourishes human development. The oganization's purpose is to promote communication, cooperation and mutual support of the arts in the Twin Counties, serve as a liaison between the arts and businesses, government and educational institutions and provide educational services for and about the arts.

The Arts Council is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts , the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the City of Galax, the Town of Hillsville, Carroll and Grayson Counties. For more information you may call (276) 238-1217 or go online to www.artsculturalcouncil.org

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A Craft Apprenticeship/Mentoring Program will begin on April 15 in the eighteen county area served by the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild, which is based in Elkin, NC. The Guild seeks apprentice candidates in six craft media, and master artisans to serve as their mentors over a six to twelve month period. The areas of study will be clay, fiber, glass, metal (including precious metal jewelry), photography and wood (including instrument making).

The field-based apprenticeship training will take place in the private studios of Guild exhibiting members. There is no cost to join the program, but candidates will be screened for aptitude, commitment and entrepreneurial spirit.

The Guild anticipates that the apprentice will spend thirty hours per week in the studio of the mentor, with twenty of these devoted to instruction and ten to practice. In addition, the Guild plans to sponsor seminars, workshops and lectures relating to owning and operating a craft business.

The watershed of the Yadkin River defines the boundaries of the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild's serving area. Those counties are Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin in North Carolina, and the counties of Carroll, Grayson and Patrick in Virginia

Interested candidates for apprenticeship or mentoring positions should contact Mary Mascenik, the program's coordinator, by April 1 at
craft_mentor@triad.rr.com or 336-414-7749.

The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild is a non-profit membership organization that promotes craft training, education, production and marketing. Its gallery, office and demonstration clay studio are located at 122 West Main Street, Elkin. It joins other North Carolina craft groups, such as the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in Asheville and the Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. in Winston-Salem, in a $14 billion nationwide handmade craft industry.

North Carolina ranks second in the United States for production and sales of fine crafts, with $580 million in annual sales. More than 6000 Tarheels make their living as craft artisans of the approximately 120,000 craftspeople working in the US today. The average income of a full-time craft artisan is $50,000, 26% above the national median of $39,657.

The design industry, including arts and crafts, industrial design and software, were recommended in a 2003 study as economic development targets for the entire northwest region of the state. The Angelou Economics "Comprehensive Economic Development Study for Northwest North Carolina" urged the creation of a vibrant and growing network of small businesses. These, they reported, should focus on crafts and cultural tourism to replace the lost textile, furniture and tobacco industries.

Penelope Moseley
Executive Director
Arts Council of the Twin Counties

www.artsculturalcouncil.org
(276)238-1217

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A brand new magazine, The BIG Blue is accepting submissions from writers, artists and photographers.

This full color, slick and glossy magazine, will absolutely be chocked full of content about OUR area in southwest Virginia, the arts, music, businesses, festivals and fun. There is no other magazine specifically about this area with this kind of focus on our tourist-destination businesses! The inaugural issue will be in print by May 15.

If you are an artist and would like to have your art featured along with an interview, a freelance photographer looking for a home for some of your photos, or a writer interested in having a by-line, send samples of your work with an introductory letter to The Big Blue Magazine.

Artists and photographers please direct your response to Penelope Moseley, PO Box 1058, Hillsville, VA 24343 or email to penny@bigbluemag.com. We will be featuring work by artists on our covers, as well as sprinkled throughout the pages. We need photos of the area: Patrick County, Floyd County, Carroll County, Grayson County, City of Galax, Hillsville, Fries, Floyd, Stuart, Wytheville, Mount Airy, and Sparta. Mountain scenes, people scenes...anything interesting and artistic. If you have a story with the photo, that is even better.

Writers please submit samples to Mitoné Griffith at mitone@bigbluemag.com with "Interested Writer" in the subject line. Please send us examples of your published or unpublished work. We will be writing stories on our business associates. These articles will need to be assigned to talented local writers. Unpublished writers are welcome! Unagented writers are welcome!

Compensation will be a contributor's copy, byline and author's resource box. You will have the satisfaction of having published clips! Growth in the magazine may bring paying opportunities for consistent contributors.

We are looking for articles and stories that cover a variety of topics of interest to visitors and residents of our region. Writers wanting to cover events or submit creative stories should submit a brief query pitching the story idea first. We do not accept articles about businesses (even non-profit businesses) under this category since articles are related to our businesses through an Associate Membership. Word length should be no more than 1500 words per article, without prior approval. Photos with work are preferred.

Topics we are looking for are festival coverage, art shows, museum exhibits, musical performances, theatrical presentations, family history stories, mountain fiction/folk tales, recipes with stories and people profiles.

For more information about The Big Blue you may go online to http://www.bigbluemag.com/ or call 800-431-3407.

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