Hiddenite, NC – The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will present the 41st Annual Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, September 24, 2022, Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County from 9:00am until 4:00pm. The Center’s street festival of unique, family friendly arts and cultural heritage activities for all ages has featured diversely talented artists, crafters, and performers since 1981 with four performance stages.
Registration is now open to vendors interested in showcasing talents, fine arts and crafts, performing, or applying for food vending. Applications may be accessed online at hiddenitearts.org, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 828-632-6966. Cost for a 10’x10’ vendor space is $45 per space if purchased prior to August 15 th and $50 each after August 15th. More information and details can be found on the application. Public information booths available for non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals at $15 each.
The 2022 theme for the festival is “An Out of This World Celebration”, a take off of the artwork of the exhibiting artist Chris Parsons who will be featured in the Lucas Mansion Art Gallery and present during Celebration to meet visitors. Admission to the Gallery is Free. The Historic James Paul Lucas Mansion is the hub for the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center and the nucleus of the festival and home to the 1914’s House Museum, the Alexander County Visitor Center, gemstone display, 3rd Floor Antique Toy & Doll Museum, and Gazebo where dance troops and other performances will take place during Celebration.
The FolkLife Pavilion is a step back in time where hands-on demonstrations in traditional folkways and folk art are presented by Heritage artists at the cabin area of the Center’s Educational Complex. Performances on the FolkLife stage will include old time music and multicultural performances provided with funding by South Arts.
The Children’s Art In Action area will feature the App State GeoBago and Art Bus with make and take crafts and hands-on activities made possible by funding from Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University. The ever popular Appalachian State Steely Pan Band and Appalachian Young People’s Theatre will perform at the Hiddenite Baptist Church stage and is provided with funding by Sharpe Chair at Appalachian State.
Gospel performances will take place on the front porch of Hiddenite Methodist Church.
This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org, with generous funding from the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts, Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, South Arts, the Unifour Foundation, and the Friends of the Center membership program. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.