Art Matters


Art Matters is a new weekly column which highlights some of the upcoming performance art, display art, and similar events in the greater Mount Airy area.

June 18 – June 21

Arts Alive: Discover Mount Airy, Ages 3-5. Andy Griffith Playhouse, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $35 for Surry Arts Council members, $45 for non-members. Participants will be discovering Mount Airy through dance, art, and theatre. Ages 3-5 meet June 18-June 21; ages 6-11 meet June 25-28. All groups will parade through downtown to the Andy Griffith Playhouse for the Arts Alive Festival and Performance on Thursday, June 28. Instructors are Madi Chitty, Shelby Coleman, and Kayla Ellis.

Tuesday, June 19

Mount Airy Photography Club. Siamese Twins Exhibit (lower level of the Andy Griffith Playhouse), 7 p.m., free. Join Kenny Hooker and Hobart Jones as they explore topics of interest in digital photography. All experience levels are welcome. For inclusion on the email list, send email address to

Wednesday, June 20

Free Monthly Movie: Toy Story (G). Historic Earle Theatre, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Woody, a cowboy doll, is profoundly threatened and jealous when Buzz Lightyear, a new spaceman figure, supplants him as top toy in Andy’s room. But unfolding events take all the toys on an adventure that none of them could have ever expected.

Thursday, June 21

Brews & Brushes. Thirsty Souls Community Brewing at 238 Market Street, 6:30 p.m., $30. Come create your own masterpiece! This session features a colorful, palm flanked beach scene for you to paint. Leader Madi Chitty provides complete step-by-step instructions and all materials are provided. Beer, wine, pizza, and other refreshments available for purchase.

Friday, June 22

Youth Acting Ca.m.p: One Act Performance. Andy Griffith Museum Theatre, 2:30 p.m., free. Actors ages 12-18 have been hard at work for two weeks on blocking, characterization, and memorizing all their lines to present “Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother” by Ed Monk. What if, when Cinderella had called on her Fairy Godmother, all the Fairy Godmothers had food poisoning? What if she got a substitute Fairy Godmother, instead? Directed by Shelby Coleman, suitable for all ages, approximate running time 45 minutes.


The Catalinas performing at the Blackmon amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $15 or an summer series annual pass.

Saturday, June 23

Summerdaze Band will take the stage at the Blackmon amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $15 or annual pass

Movies this week:

Book Club (PG-13) Historic Earle Theatre, $7, Sunday, June 17 at 4 and 7 p.m.; Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. Four lifelong friends (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen) have their lives forever changed after reading “50 Shades of Grey” in their monthly book club. Also starring Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, and Don Johnson.

Zoo (PG) Historic Earle Theatre, $7, Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 at 4 and 7 p.m. Young Tom and his misfit friends fight to save Buster, a baby elephant, during the German air raid bombings of Belfast in 1941. Based on a true story.


And don’t forget our on-going programs:

Golden Notes (Community Chorus), Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Andy Griffith Museum Theatre, Free for Surry Arts Council members (an annual membership costs $10). This recreational singing group welcomes visitors to listen or sing old favorites with them each week. They serve as ambassadors for the Arts Council singing in nursing homes, retirement centers, and the local hospital. Led by Sylvia Lowry, a performer and retired music educator.

Free TAPS (Traditional Arts Programs) youth music lessons, Thursdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Fiddle and Mandolin; 6:15-6:45 p.m. Guitar and Banjo, Historic Earle Theatre. Award-winning musician and teacher Jim Vipperman instructs and instruments are provided. Come learn fiddle, mandolin, guitar or banjo! This program is sponsored in part by a TAPS grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Free Jam Session, Thursdays, 7 p.m., Historic Earle Theatre. Local and visiting musicians are welcome! Music ranges from bluegrass and old-time to gospel and country. Musicians take turns playing, singing, and backing up others. Many come just to sit and listen or dance. This program is supported in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

WPAQ Merry-Go-Round. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Historic Earle Theatre, $8 (includes admission to Andy Griffith Museum). WPAQ Merry-Go-Round is the second longest continuously running live radio broadcast in the nation (second only to the Grand Ole Opry). Radio station WPAQ, 740 a.m., produces this weekly live broadcast of local, regional, and national performers.

For additional information or to purchase tickets contact the Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998 or visit the website at Follow us on Facebook at