Arts Council hosts Tree Fest through Dec. 27

Wil Petty Staff Writer

November 27, 2013

The Ashe County Arts Council is bringing in the Christmas season by hosting its Tree Fest exhibit from Nov. 25 through Dec.31 at the Arts Council Center in West Jefferson.

Miniature paintings will line the walls of the gallery, alongside seven trees that were donated by Hudler Carolina Tree Farms located in Ashe County.

“The paintings are all miniatures, 12x12 image size or smaller. They are priced appropriately for Christmas gifts,” said Linda Dreyer, director of operations for the Arts Council. “(The paintings) can be purchased right off the wall and you don’t have to leave them until the end of the exhibit like we usually do.”

The paintings are done with different mediums including acrylic, watercolor and fiber.

Dreyer said the trees were decorated by different members of the community with special themes.

“Grandma’s Tree” will promote a family theme of love and nostalgia for the holidays while “Navidad en España” will focus on the culture of Spain. Other trees will focus on reading, the outdoors, the birth of Jesus, “Up on the Rooftop,” and handcrafted decorations.

All of the trees were used to represent the community’s involvement with the arts.

The gallery will be the centerpiece for the other holiday events including Saturday with Santa, Holiday Open House and the official reception.

“The reception is actually going to be during the Christmas Crawl,” Dreyer said. “That is just like our Gallery Crawl only it’s focused on Christmas.”

The Christmas Crawl will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 6.

The Arts Council will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for holiday shopping.