The Art Council of Henderson County
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The Art Council of Henderson County Gallery
The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina.

Additionally, The Arts Council:

  • is the Designated County Partner for the North Carolina Arts Council and administers state funds for local arts organizations and regional artists;
  • presents Arts-in-Education programming, with major funding provided by Henderson County government;
  • produces popular events such as Art on Main, Open Studio Tour, and performance and lecture series; and,
  • actively seeks new partnerships and collaborations to better serve the residents of and visitors to Henderson County.
Exhibitions and Events
Over the years, The Council has presented national, international, southern regional, Western Carolina regional and local artists representing all media. Retrospective shows have featured Ansel Adams, Dali and Picasso; recent shows include the annual Bring Us Your Best, The Appalachian Pastel Society, Watercolor Society Show, Masters of Southern Folk Art, WOOD!, and Asheville’s River District Artists. The Council also presents annually Art of Our Children, which includes two separate shows – one featuring secondary students (Artists of Tomorrow) and primary students (Elementary Art Exhibit), and in 2010 introduced Art Teachers Create as part of the Mentors and Students trilogy. View our Calendar of Events
Art Work
Grants and Educational Resources

As the Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council, The Arts Council of Henderson County administers two state grant programs: Grassroots Grant Program and Regional Artist Project Grants.

The Grassroots Grant Program helps fund a variety of arts activities, projects and events. Recipients have included the the After-School Arts Program of the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County, Blue Ridge BookFest, Do Tell Storyfest, Carolina Concert Choir, Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Hands On! - A Child’s Gallery, Hendersonville Chamber Music, Hendersonville Children’s Choir, Hendersonville Choral, Hendersonville Film Society, Hendersonville Little Theatre, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Latino Advocacy Coalition of Henderson County, and Yahyah Rasheedi.

The Arts Council administers the Regional Artist Project Grants for several western North Carolina counties, supporting professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers. Some of the past projects funded have included equipment purchases, creation of new work, advanced training and the development or upgrading of professional marketing materials.

The Board of County Commissioners of Henderson County government provides funding for Arts in Education/Artists in the Schools programming (Artists in the Schools and Summer Arts) that have placed professional artists in classrooms covering Cherokee history and crafts, visual and advance art techniques, theatre performance, story telling, and music. Since the summer of 2009 this program has funded artists for Henderson County Parks & Recreation Department.

Touring companies may be presented as part of the North Carolina cARTwheels program. Past projects have included The African American Dance Ensemble and The Carolina Ballet, which performed before 2700 Henderson and Polk county students during 2008. Funding was provided by the NC Arts Council, which covered the costs of the performers, venue and student transportation.

Community Events/Community Partnerships
Art on Main is a two-day art fair showcasing the fine art and fine crafts of some of the best artists in the southeastern U.S. Artists apply and are juried for quality in their body of work and professionalism in the presentation of their work. Art on Main celebrated its 50th year in 2009.
Art Work
Art Work
Art Work

The Open Studio Tour is a self-guided tour of Henderson County artist studios and several of the county’s finest art galleries.

The Arts Council introduced its performing arts series in 2008 with Hallow’d Is The Time, a special one-hour holiday performance at St. James Episcopal Church. Since then the series has included Heaven in Your Pocket, a concert performance of a musical theatre production previously presented at the 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival (Arts Council Board member Francis Cullinan is one of the writers), and Three Viewings, a one act play featuring three monologues and set in a midwestern funeral parlor. In Fall 2010 the Arts Council presents An Enchanted Evening, a cabaret featuring love songs from the American Musical Theatre from the 1920s through the 1970s.

Please see our Calendar of Events for the 2012 schedule of events.
The Arts Council of Henderson County gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

For more information call: 828-693-8504 or email:
Located 401 N. Main Street, 3rd floor, Hendersonville, NC 28792 (Community Foundation entrance on 4th Ave. West.)

Board of Directors

Sharon Ashe
Kermit Breen
Judith Bettendorf
Joan Covell
Francis Cullinan
Shirley Frisbee
Linda E. Hendricks
Nancy Holmes
John Patrick McAfee
Cindy Perry
Elise Pratt
Cindy Shapiro
Erin Shope
Harry Edward Sparshott
Carol G. Walters


Managing Director- Patty Smyers
Arts in Schools Manager – Patricia James
Accountant – Nancy Waddell

North Carolina Arts Council The Arts Council of Henderson County is supported, in part, by funds from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the NC Dept, of Cultural Affairs (Mary B. Regan, Executive Director); several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County government, and the Henderson County Travel and Tourism Bureau; and from support from Henderson County residents, visitors and businesses.
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