Arts Council presents dulcimer player Neal Hellman

WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Arts Council presents a concert on Saturday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. featuring nationally acclaimed performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer, Neal Hellman. The concert will be in the Gallery of the Ashe Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students.

The concert will feature music from old traditional fiddle tunes from early American history along with music from the Irish coast and Scotland highlands. Local musician Michael Bell will be joining Mr. Hellman on stage for a couple of tunes.

Hellman has been performing, writing, teaching and recording acoustic music for the past 30 years. Neal’s latest recording, Emma’s Waltz, is a colorful dance through traditional and contemporary acoustic music styles, featuring 17 different musicians playing compositions from Ireland, Scotland, Finland, America and France.

His previous albums include “Autumn in the Valley”, “Dream of the Manatee” and “Oktober County” and his music was described by the Santa Cruz Sentinel as “just plain beautiful music, all lilting guitars and dulcimers and songs that are precise and perfectly arranged”.

He is the author of many books on the Appalachian dulcimer including the Dulcimer Chord Book, The Hal Leonard Dulcimer Method, Celtic Song and Slow Airs for Mountain Dulcimer and more.

Call 336-846-2787 for tickets and workshop reservations.

July 10 Gallery Crawl

On Friday, July 10 from 5-8 p.m., the “arts district” of downtown West Jefferson will come alive with folks strolling the streets. Gallery Crawl provides ongoing opportunities to see new, creative and innovative works by Ashe County’s leading artists. Crawlers are invited to stroll the streets, visit the galleries, view the downtown murals and take advantage of the downtown restaurants.

Crawlers will enjoy an eclectic group of shops, galleries and studios representing a large and varied group of artists who will be displaying their latest creations. Participating in the crawl will be: Acorn Gallery, Ashe Arts Center, Ashe Custom Framing and Gallery, Backstreet Beads and Handmade Jewelry, Bohemia Gallery, Catch Light Gallery, Dawg Lot, Everything Has a Story, Florence Thomas Art School, Foxfire Holler Fiber Art, French’s Art Gallery, Originals Only Gallery, Quilt Square Girls, RT Morgan Art Gallery, Stephen Shoemaker Studio, The Artists’ Theatre and the West Jefferson Coffee Shop.

For the July Crawl, Florence Thomas Art School and Gallery is featuring an exhibition of works by George Kosinski. Kosinski was born in Scotland, raised on the coast of the Irish Sea, on the edge of the English Lake District, where he practiced architecture from 1978-91, before embarking on a full-time career as a watercolor artist based in Jerusalem from 1991-2000. A sojourner at heart, he traveled throughout Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Sinai and Egypt.

The Quilt Square Girls would like to announce that the Ashe County Car Tags are now available for the front of your car. Also Leek Forge has new mini “Pocket Survivor” knives. Syndi and Renee invite you to check out their new inventory of barn quilt squares.

Raney Rogers of the Acorn Gallery invites you to see her new paintings. Crawlers can sign up for “Paint with Raney” parties. Raney leads the way in a fun, easy step-by-step method to create a painting that reflects your own personal signature.

Ashe Arts Center new art exhibit

The Gallery of the Ashe Arts Center will feature “Through the Camera’s Eye”, a new exhibit that will feature over 30 local and regional photographers. The opening reception will be Friday, July 10 during Gallery Crawl from 5-8 p.m. Join the Arts Council for this exhibit, meet the artist and enjoy refreshments. The exhibit will be on display until Aug. 8.

For more information about the Ashe County Arts Council, call 336-846-ARTS or visit

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