Mini-facelift for art council

By Anthony Gonzalez

December 16, 2013

The Foothills Arts Council is getting a much needed mini-facelift to its interior floors.

“We will be using the down time of January to redo the gallery hardwood floors and pull up that old carpet. We are so excited,” said Leighanne Martin Wright, executive director for the Foothills Arts Council.

“The Chatham Foundation has graciously approved some grant money for the project,” she said.

The upgrade will be done inside the main gallery of the Foothills Arts Council located at 129 Church Street.

Construction will begin soon and the gallery is scheduled to reopen on Jan. 31.

The art organization just came off its Open Air Art Market, a third annual event. The venue showcased a two-day array of activities.

The event was free.

In the side and rear of the property, the garden was filled with drapes separating vendors under soft market lights to create a new world spin on an old market.

“We could not have asked for a better night Friday,” continued Wright. “The rain cooperated and waited until 10:30 before the deluge. It was great fun. Saturday was disappointing crowd-wise, though. We are still trying to figure out the way to get regional shoppers to come into Elkin for this.”

Wright said she and volunteers were pleased with all the kindergarten students and all the fifth-graders from Elkin Elementary School who walked down to tour the “Found Art Collective” exhibit that was in the gallery before the Open Air Art Market.

“I had written riddles for the fifth-graders and the k students had a scavenger hunt. It was great fun. With the STEAM initiative at the schools, we welcome visits from the classes to help broaden their exposure to different kinds of art,” Wright concluded.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or agonzalez@civitasmedia.com