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Art on Main celebrates its 57th year!
October 1 and 2, 2016
10am-5pm both days
Historic Downtown Hendersonville NC

2016 AOM Applications

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Art on Main celebrates its 56th year!
October 3 and 4, 2015
10am-5pm both days
Historic Downtown Hendersonville NC
2015 Brochure Front
2015 Brochure Inside (Map)

Reds in the Morning, fingerpainting by Amy Perrier, 2015 
Autumn in the Western North Carolina Mountains finds thousands of visitors traveling to the region to enjoy its amazing fall foliage. We celebrate fine art and fine craft on the first full weekend of October each year by bringing artists (not only from Henderson County but from counties and states far and wide)  to Historic Downtown Hendersonville in order to show and talk about their work with art-lovers who come from distances near and far.

The Pond, pastel by Brian Kuehn, 2014

Sunflower Field, acrylic by Marie Scott, 2013

Marketing Image for 2012


                                           PEI Poppy Celebration, acrylic by Diane S. Dean, 2012 
Winter Red Holly

Blue Fall 
by Artist Angela Van Every Johnston, acrylic on canvas. (Marketing image chosen for 2011.)

Winter Red Holly

Winter Red Holly
by Artist Harry Jarman. Artwork utilized for advertising for Art on Main, 2010.

The Art League of Henderson County created Art on Main in 1959 to provide local artists the opportunity to show their work in a relaxed atmosphere while meeting the public to sell their paintings. The original show was two-dimensional work only. Artists casually displayed their art on park benches and planters on Main Street in Hendersonville, while the public strolled the sidewalks. Eventually, artists from outside the region were invited to participate as well. The show still enjoys the involvement of several artists who have been participating for years, and we always welcome new artists who bring exciting new artwork for sale to our area art lovers.
Farm on Miller Road, by artist Ed Fadool. Artwork utilized for advertising for Art on Main , 2008.

Fall Forest, by artist Ben Freeman. Artwork used for Art on Main, 2009.


Since 2004 Art on Main has been produced by The Arts Council, which introduced several changes. The media parameters have been expanded to include fine art and fine craft. Artists apply and are juried for quality in their body of work and professionalism in their presentation. The festival draws around 75 to 85 talented exhibitors who share their art with the community.

Farm on Miller Road, by artist Ed Fadool. Artwork utilized for advertising for Art on Main , 2008.

Farm on Miller Road, by artist Ed Fadool. Artwork utilized for advertising for Art on Main, 2008.


Art on Main is the premier celebration of the arts and culture in Henderson County . The developing vision for Art on Main is to embrace all of the arts (two & three dimensions, music, storytelling, and other performances) in order to draw a larger segment of the community downtown – to involve, expose and educate them to the many facets of the arts, while maintaining exceptional quality.

Fresh from the Garden by artist Robin Swalby Miltner, Art on Main 2007.


Fresh from the Garden 
by artist Robin Swalby Miltner,
Art on Main 2007.


The inclusion of several Southern Highland Craft members augments the show with their excellence and unique flavors. Guild member participants have included Susan Barrett (clay), Paula Marksbury (fused glass), and Jim McGie (wood), and many others. "The Art on Main Committee is very pleased to have these artists participating in the show" says Kim Adams, Event Coordinator. "The fact they are Guild members means their work has already been deemed exceptional in craftsmanship and design."  

Chair by Jim McGie
Luna by Susan Barrett
Towering Inferno by Paula Marksbury
Chair by Jim McGie Luna by Susan Barrett Towering Inferno by Paula Marksbury
Live Art Demonstrations
Live art demonstrations are offered for the public to see how an artist “goes to work” in their media. 2015 demonstrations will include blacksmithing, basket making, stone cutting lapidary, copper and brass art, wire wrapping, raku pottery firing, painting, weaving, painting with fiber and a caricature artist!  A changing and wide range of artists display their techniques each year. 

 Major Sponsor

Please visit our Grant Partner:
Henderson County Visitors Center
Hendersonville, NC



The Arts Council of Henderson County is making a call for artists to enter Bring Us Your Best XII, an all media visual art exhibition, which will open with an awards reception on Friday, August 14 from 5-7pm. Regional visual artists from across the spectrum, from part-time hobbyists to full-time professionals, are called to enter their work in Bring Us Your Best, now in its twelfth year. The popular exhibition will be hosted by Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building. Entries will be received on Monday, August 10, and Tuesday, August 11, from 10am to 4pm. No late entries will be allowed. There are no geographic restrictions for entrants.

A juried and judged competition, Bring Us Your Best XII offers more than $3,000 in cash prizes and gift certificates.  First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded in each of four categories:  two-dimensional work, three-dimensional work, fine craft, and photography. In addition, the Artist’s Choice Award of $300 will be announced during the opening reception; this award is being presented by two sponsoring artists, and will be selected by the artists who have work in the show.

Our judges this year are:  Cheryl Keefer for 2-Dimensional work, Susannah Zucker for 3-Dimensional work, Don Crow for Photography, and Katie Poterela for the Fine Craft category.

The winner of the One Planet, One World award will be announced at the opening reception. Sponsored and selected by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, the $250 cash prize will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings; and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

All gallery visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show, and the “People’s Choice” award winner will be announced at the end of the show. The winning artist will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Art Supply and Framing Shop.

Bring Us Your Best XII will be on display from Monday, August 17, through Friday, August 28, 10am-4pm weekdays. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public, and accessible to all. All artwork is for sale during the exhibition.

Artists can find the prospectus HERE.

 Contact the Arts Council at or 828-693-8504 for more information.

Bring Us Your Best XII is sponsored in part by the Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.



Art of Our Children - Opens Friday, February 13, 2015, 5-6:30pm
Art Teachers Create - Opens Friday, March 6, 2015, 5:30-7pm
Artists of Tomorrow - Opens Friday, March 27, 2015, 5:30-7pm


The Arts Council of Henderson County will be presenting a series of exhibitions as a thematic unit entitled Mentors & Students, at First Citizens Bank, 539 N. Main Street, in downtown Hendersonville. Designed to celebrate the importance of art in a child’s life, the three exhibitions will feature the work of Henderson County elementary students, secondary students, and their art mentors.

 The Art of Our Children elementary student exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, February 13, from 5pm to 6:30pm, and will close Friday, February 27. The Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Choir, under the direction of Kristen Walter, will perform during the opening reception.

 The second show in the series will feature Henderson County’s art teachers in the sixth annual Art Teachers Create, which will open Friday, March 6, with an opening reception from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, and will close Friday, March 20. Artwork will be for sale during the Mentors exhibition.

 Secondary students will be featured in the third show of the series, Artists of Tomorrow, opening Friday, March 27, and closing on Friday, April 10. The opening will include the announcement of awards, which will include a Best of Show Award of $150, sponsored and presented by the Art League of Henderson County. Musical and/or theatrical performances by Henderson County students are planned for each of the opening receptions.

 Exhibitions will be accessible to all at First Citizens Bank, 539 N. Main Street, in downtown Hendersonville. Gallery hours will be 9am to 5pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 6pm on Fridays. All opening receptions and shows are free and open to the public.

Mentors & Students is open to all public, private, parochial and home school students and teachers in Henderson County. Teachers, students and parents looking for more information should contact the Arts Council at or 828-693-8504.

 Mentors & Students is sponsored by First Citizens Bank, and the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County.


Jazz Master Sheila Jordan to visit WNC
January 21-26, 2015

to perform and give workshops
The Arts Council of Henderson County is co-sponsoring a Sheila Jordan Concert on Thursday, January 22, 7pm
at Cummings Memorial United Methodist Church in Horse Shoe, NC
Sheila in concert with Bill Bares, Mike Holstein and Sonny Thornton

Sheila Jordan received the highest honor for her outstanding contribution to America's art form, jazz:  The Jazz Master Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2012. She has just turned 86 years of age and she continues to tour the world touching thousands of souls with her music and teaching. A golden opportunity for singers and instrumentalists alike, Ms. Jordan will present the following performances and workshops: Sheila Jordan Schedule, January 21 – 26, 2015:

Wednesday, January 21
Private lessons available, $100 per hour

Thursday, January 22
Sheila in concert with Bill Bares, Mike Holstein and Sonny Thornton
Cummings Memorial United Methodist Church in Horse Shoe, NC
co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Henderson County

Friday, January 23
Western Carolina University
3:30 Workshop
7:30 Sheila in concert with Pavel Wlosok and Mike Holstein
Saturday, January 24
10:00 til 4:00 workshop, $125 per person

Sunday, January 25
Isis Restaurant and Music Hall
Sheila inconcert with Bill Bares, Mike Holstein, and Sonny Thornton

Monday, January 26
10:00 workshop at UNCA
6:30 Workshop at Asheville Music School, $50 per person

Contact Sharon LaMotte, 828-280-3770, to reserve space and make advance deposit for the Saturday workshop and/or Monday evening workshops. Contact Elise Pratt, 828-891-9433, for more information.

Sheila Jordan is known as one of the pioneers in vocal jazz education and her influence has touch musicians around the world...she says there's a "scat virus going around." Sheila is known as the innovator of the bass and voice duets and these recordings and performances have contributed to the evolution of jazz and jazz vocals...Sheila views her duo relationships with the bass like a marriage.

Elise Pratt, Jazz Events Coordinator for the Arts Council of Henderson County says "It can be a life transforming opportunity when you experience Sheila's performance as well as her workshops and lessons." She continues "we are indeed fortunate to have her coming here to our growing jazz scene in WNC."

Born Sheila Jeanette Dawson on November 18, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan, she was singing in Detroit Clubs at an early age. In the 1940s, Sheila Jordan dropped a nickel in the jukebox of a Detroit diner and heard "Now's the Time" by Charlie Parker, she was instantly hooked - and so began a seventy-year jazz journey. In 1962, she emerged as the first jazz singer to record on the prestigious Blue Note label with her dubet album Portrait of Sheila.

Exploding on the jazz scene, this classic work set the bar for her career as an iconic jazz vocalist and mentor to other promising female vocalists. As the New York Times then announced, "Her ballad performances are simply beyond the emotional and expressive capabilities of most other vocalists." Ms. Jordan has worked as a recording artist and performer under the influence of, and in performance with, such luminaries as Charlie Parker, George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonius Monk. She was married to Duke Jordan, pianist with Charlie Parker.

Sposors for the various events include:  Arts Council of Henderson County, Cummings Memorial United Methodist Church, Western Carolina University, ISIS Restaurant and Music Hall in West Asheville, University of NC Asheville and Asheville Music School.

For more information please contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828.693.8504 or



3rd Annual

The Arts Council of Henderson County is planning its third annual YART Sale to be held Saturday, November 15 from 9am to 3pm. Area artists will be cleaning their studios of paintings, pottery, older works, unsold artwork (framed and unframed), and unneeded art supplies. Art lovers will also bring art and vintage items to sell. This wide variety of items will be made available to the public at yard sale prices. The YART Sale will take place at the First Congregational Church Hall, at the corner of White Pine Drive and 5th Avenue West in Hendersonville (1735 5th Avenue West).

Let's Fall in Love
A Benefit Concert

The Arts Council of Henderson County will present its fall benefit concert, Let’s Fall in Love, an original musical revue of Broadway’s great love songs, on Saturday, November 8, starting at 7:30pm, at Calvary Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Fletcher, NC. Tickets are $40 and include wine, coffee and Viennese desserts.This special evening features soprano Jacquelyn Culpepper, baritone Daniel Boye, and music director, DeWitt Tipton. Culpepper and Boye have been performing together since they were opera students at the Brevard Music Center over 30 years ago. Both singers are well known to regional opera and symphony companies. Mr. Tipton has extensive performance credits throughout the country.

"This will be a very unique and enchanting evening,” said Francis Cullinan, Arts Council Board Chairman, “when the artists and the audience will examine the many aspects of love and romance in musical terms.”

For further information about tickets and reservations, contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at or by calling 828.693.8504. Reservations are strongly suggested. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Arts Council’s programs. 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.




55th Annual
Art on Main

Fine Art/Fine Craft Festival
October 4 & 5, 2014

The Arts Council of Henderson County presents the 55th annual Art on Main fine art/fine craft festival along Hendersonville's historic Main Street, October 4 and 5, 2014. Festival hours will be 10am-5pm both days.

One of the region's most popular outdoor arts festivals, Art on Main will feature fine arts and fine crafts from local and regional artists, as well as many artists from states beyond the southeast region. More than 70 artists will participate in this juried and judged festival.

Among new artists for this year is jeweler Ivy Solomon. Ivy comes to Art on Main from Oak Park, MI, where she creates her silver and resin jewelry. She has won recognition for her colorful pieces from publications and art fairs across the country. Keith Berner uses upcycled materials to create his metal art. His work includes wall pieces and wrist cuffs that make an unusual and visual statement. Keith is a recent Regional Artist Project Grant awardee. Amy Perrier, new to Western North Carolina, brings her acrylic paintings of nature to us from Michigan. Brian Kuehn, local pastel artist, has had one of his images chosen as our marketing image for 2014. "The Pond" will be seen on postcards, posters and t-shirts promoting this year's show. Nancy Strailey, of Columbia, SC, will return to Art on Main with her wildlife drawings. Nancy uses colored pencils on exotic handmade papers to achieve the visual richness of her drawings.

The Art on Main committee has also gathered a diverse group of artists for live arts demonstrations which will be interspersed throughout historic Main Street this year. Demonstrations will include pottery, journal crafting, calligraphy, blacksmithing, basket making, pastels, and painting. Artists will take time to explain their processes and motivation and many will have finished work for sale.

The Art on Main committee is honored to have three distinguished judges for the 55th Art on Main. Stephanie Moore is the Executive Director of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, a nationally recognized nonprofit based in Asheville, NC. Joel Smeltzer is School Programs Coordinator for the Mint Museums. Susan Buser is currently the Director of the Tryon Arts and Crafts School, where she is working to provide a strong new direction for the school as it developes into a regional school for teaching of traditional and contemporary craft.

Art on Main is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. Support is also received from two grant partners:  Henderson County Visitors Information Center, Hendersonville, NC, 800-828-4244 (, and the City of Hendersonville. Other sponsors include the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Mast General Store, and Bold Life Magazine.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is also supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

2014 AOM Application
2014 AOM Demonstrators App


Bring Us Your Best XI
Opens August 8, 2014
2014 Prospectus

The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held Friday, August 8th, from 5pm to 7pm, for the eleventh annual Bring Us Your Best exhibition. This all-media visual art exhibition will be held at Blue RidgeCommunity College, inthe Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building in Flat Rock, NC. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

First ($250), second ($150), and third ($100) place awards will be presented in four categories:  2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, fine craft, and photography. Judges for the four categories include:  Drew Deane, artist and owner of the Drew Deane Gallery in Brevard for 2-dimensional work; sculptor Dale McEntire ( will judge 3-dimensional work; and Susan Buser, Executive Director of Tryon Fine Arts & Crafts School, will judge the fine craft category. Fine art photographer and educator, Les Saucier, will be judging the photography category (

In addition, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville is sponsoring and selecting the "One Planet, One World" award for the artist whose work best exemplifies respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part. Selected by members of the UUFH, this award of $250 will be presented by UUFH Board Past President, Barbara Eck. The Starving Artist Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop is sponsoring ten Honorable Mentions from across all four categories in the form of $25 gift certificates.

For a second year, an Artist's Choice award will be presented, sponsored and selected by artists who have artwork in the show. The Artist's Choice award winner will receive $300.

A People's Choice award will be announced on Friday, August 29, the last day of the exhibit. This award winner will be determined by the votes of all gallery visitors who will be encouraged to cast votes for their favorite piece inthe show. The winner of this award will receive a $250 gift certificate from Starving Artist Art Supply and Custom Framing.

Regular hours for Bring Us Your Best XI will begin Monday, August 11, and run through Friday, August 29. The gallery will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, August 18 and 19. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. All artwork will be for sale.

The exhibition is sponsored by The Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the Starving Artist Fine Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at, or 828-693-8504



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