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Upcoming artists exhibition featuring work by Newland

The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center Lucas Mansion Gallery welcomes Britton Newland for an exhibition of emerging artists.

Britton is a 17-year-old Native American from Alexander County. She has been dancing at All That Dance Studio in Taylorsville since she was 4 years old and has been on the competition team since she was 5 years old.

The only thing Newland has been doing longer than dancing is drawing. She has been drawing since she could pick up everything that would shape something. Whether on walls, on book pages or in notebooks, she always found something to draw.

Newland began taking drawing more seriously when she was in middle school. It was then that she decided that art, especially animation, was her future. As a senior at Alexander County High School, she thoroughly enjoys her art classes and is grateful for the lessons she received from her art teachers there.

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“I’ve always had a creative mind,” she said. “There were so many characters and stories that I had in mind and wanted to bring to life, and what better way to bring them to life than by drawing them.

“There is no particular emotion I want people to feel when they see my art. I want people to be able to tell what emotions the characters are feeling in the pieces, even if certain features like mouths aren’t visible on the character.

“I am very honored that my art is being exhibited here. I never thought there would be an opportunity to show my art to so many people.”

This free exhibition is on view at the second floor gallery of the Lucas Mansion at 316 Hiddenite Church Road, Hiddenite until September. The gallery is open from 10am to 4:30pm on weekdays and from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays.

For information or to learn more about the Hiddenite Center, call 828-632-6966, email, or visit

The Shake Down Band performs in Taylorsville

The Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center is presenting The Shake Down Band on August 12 at 7:00 p.m. rain or shine on the Rotary Performance Stage at Alexander County Courthouse Park at 101 W. Main Ave. in downtown Taylorsville.

Shake Down is a band from the North Carolina foothills featuring Matt Schrum, Meredith Schrum, Harry Schrum, Roger Icenhour, Billy Rose and Randy Bumgarner. Their music combines a blend of past and present by performing a wide variety including Beach, Shag, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Funk, Motown, Country and Top 40. The band performs covers of songs by artists such as Jimmy Buffett, The Blues brothers, Michael Buble, Brooks and Dunn, The Drifters and Stevie Wonder.

General manager Donna Latham expressed her admiration for the band and the park.

“Come and make it a great night out for family and friends,” she said. “Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy the great music from this talented band. Bring the kids too. The splash pool and playground are open, and food trucks are available for food and snacks. We encourage our citizens to use this wonderful entertainment space to come together and say goodbye to the summer of 2022 with good food and good music.”

Listen to B86 or visit the Center’s Facebook page for weather-related information on the day of the event.

Dancing Under the Stars is scheduled for Saturday

The Hiddenite Center is hosting a “Dancing Under the Stars” community dance party on Saturday from 7pm to 10pm at its educational complex at 70 Hiddenite Church Road.

Admission is $10 per person at the door. Dirk Myers II provides DJ music and the dance floor is available for line dancing, shag dancing, ballroom dancing, freestyle or just to the music.

Myers is the instructor for the center’s line of ballroom dancing classes. His charisma and enthusiasm for music and dance awakens the dance star in everyone.

“Bring your friends, let loose and have fun with this cute summer dance like you did in elementary school. It promises to be a lot of fun,” said Latham.

Concessions will be available and all proceeds will go to the Hiddenite Center.

Two painting programs are coming in August

On August 23, there will be a Back To School Painting Party for ages 6 and up from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a Girl’s Night Out Painting Party for ages 21 and up from 6:30 p.m. to 25 .

Bethlehem Church artist Abby Moretz will host both parties. The center provides all materials.

Both classes are held in the educational complex.

To register for either or both courses, visit or call 828-632-6966.

A light snack will be served while students paint an 8 by 10 canvas at the Back to School Kids Painting Party. The cost of the workshop is $20.

“Bring the little ones to end the summer with a night of creativity and making new friends,” Latham said. “Abby has experience teaching all ages how to complete a painting in under three hours… Make friends and try something new and creative. We are very fortunate to have her on our artistic team.”

At the Girls Night Out Painting Party, participants are guided to create their own 11 by 14 canvas creation. The cost of the three-hour painting party is $25. Participants are invited to bring snacks and drinks while the paint dries between steps.

“Plan a girls date with friends and family for a night of fun and laughter while creating your own masterpiece. No prior knowledge required. Have fun and work off the stress of the day,” Latham said.

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