Art Matters

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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 25 – June 28

Arts Alive: Discover Mount Airy, ages 6-11, Andy Griffith Playhouse, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $35 for Surry Arts Council members, $45 for non-members. This year, participants will be discovering Mount Airy through dance, art, and theatre. All participants 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.

June 25-June 29

Kids Visual Arts Camp, ages 8 and older, lower level of Andy Griffith Playhouse, 1 – 3:30 p.m., $50. Students will explore famous artists and learn painting and drawing basics while creating works each day including their own Jackson Pollock inspired tee shirt. An exhibit of student art and reception will be held on Friday, June 29. Led by Madi Chitty.

Tuesday, June 26

Clogging Classes begin, Andy Griffith Museum Theatre, 5-8:30 p.m. Clogging is one of the most versatile and fastest growing dance forms in the nation, allowing any idea to develop its expression. Led by Samantha Wilhelmi of Rhythmic Expressions, sections include Beginner, Expressions, Rhythm I, Rhythm II, and Refined. For information or to register, contact Samantha at 540-392-5257.

Thursday, June 28

The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, Blackmon Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $15 or annual pass.

Friday, June 29

The Tonez, Blackmon Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $15 or annual pass.

Saturday, June 23

The Tim Clark Band, Blackmon Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $15 or annual pass.

Movies this week:

Zoo (PG)

Historic Earle Theatre, $7

Sunday, June 24 at 4 & 7 p.m.; Monday, June 25 at 4 & 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 27 at 4 & 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.

Movies this week:

Zoo (PG), Historic Earle Theatre, $7, Sunday, June 24 at 4 and 7 p.m.; Monday, June 25 at 4 and 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 27 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.

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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 www.surrryarts.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/surryartscouncil/.

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