This month the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center’s Emerging Artists Wall exhibit space features the work of Elizabeth Renee Ferry. The exhibit is on display at the Center’s Lucas Mansion, located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

A native of Alexander County and a former student of Joe Cornwell at Alexander Central High School, Ferry graduated from Newton-Conover High School in 2019 and is currently enrolled at Appalachian State University, majoring in graphic design.

“The inspiration for my work is pulled from my emotions,” she said in a news release. “My preference of art mediums is pencil and paper. My goal after my college education is to use my artistic talent and make it a career.”

All Emerging Artists Wall exhibits are free and open to the public Monday — Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call (828) 632-6966, email or visit

Gala setOn Friday, Oct. 11, the center will hold its annual fundraising event with all proceeds benefiting the ongoing efforts to provide arts and cultural opportunities for all ages.

The Fall Arts Gala will feature live music by the Todd Wright Jazz Quartet, dancing, a silent auction filled with items from regional artists and local businesses, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a cash wine bar.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the gala will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Center’s Educational Complex, located at 70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

Tickets are $25 each or $40 for two. Tickets are on sale by calling (828) 632-6966 or email karen@hiddenitearts.orgThe Todd Wright Jazz Quartet will perform a variety of music from the Great American Songbook to more contemporary styles including waltzes, light rock, R&B, and beach. Wright’s groups have played thousands of social and private events and has been actively performing in the Carolinas and elsewhere for many years.

Brush and palette exhibit

Throughout October, the center will feature the work of the Brush and Palette Art Guild.

The Guild features numerous artists working in diverse mediums including: painting, drawing and mixed media, sculpture, and print making. Based out of the Cedar Rock Country Club in Lenoir, membership includes artists from Caldwell and surrounding counties.

Located on the second floor of the center’s Lucas Mansion, the gallery is free to visit Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 29.

A Meet the Artists reception will honor exhibitors on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Lucas Mansion Gallery. The event will feature light refreshments and is free to attend.

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