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Arts Council to celebrate 25 years

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The Arts Council of the Twin Counties’ 25th anniversary celebration and auction is a reminder of what the organization is about, as the money raised will fund scholarships and art programs in schools.
The celebration will be held Saturday and will include jazz, dinner and a silent auction.
The Arts Council regularly sponsors area arts organizations and in 2011 merged with the Galax Theatre Guild to ensure the continued production of live community theater.
Since the Arts Council of the Twin Counties began in 1986, more than 125,000 children have benefited from the Arts in the Schools programs and about 275,000 people have attended public performances sponsored by the council.
“The Arts Council has done so much in the Twin Counties, whether it’s bringing programs such as ballet, opera or popular music,” said Laura Romanowski, director of the Arts Council. “It’s time to celebrate that and raise money for art programs.”
The Carmichael Scholarship, established in 1998, has awarded 48 scholarships totaling $22,150.
Proceeds from the Nov. 5 event go towards the Carmichael Scholarship Program and to provide free Arts in the Schools events.
The Arts Council presents an annual slate of events includes exhibits, workshops and performances for adults and children, and disseminates event information for other local arts organizations, artists and venues.
The Carmichael Scholarship is presented annually to graduating seniors from each of the local high schools who are pursuing further studies in the visual or performing arts. This year, four scholarships will be awarded, totaling $2,000.
“Sometimes the world is so concrete in its ideas, we forget to be creative in our thought process...,” said Romanowski. “It’s so important we appreciate the beauty around us, and for 25 years, that’s what the council has been about.
Saturday’s entertainment features jazz band, JUST JAZZ, with guest Dave Morgan. Catering will be done by Chestnut Creek Coffee House & Bistro.
Auction items from local, regional and national donors include vacations in Russellville, Arkansas, Myrtle Beach and Edisto Island, S.C.; goodies from Cabot Creamery of Vermont; Walt Disney World trips; items from The Clubs of Olde Mill, Draper Valley Golf Club, Lemons’ Jewelry, Roy’s Diamond Center, Willard Gayheart, Morris Schlesinger, Hoffman Pottery and Chapter’s Book Shop; and various gift baskets.
“It has evolved into an event with great music, great food and a great way to do your Christmas shopping,” said Romanowski. “We’ll have lots of food and wine, and it’s a time to go out with friends. If you’re new to the area, it’s a great way to see what the Arts Council is about and meet those that support us.”

This annual fundraiser has become a hot ticket in the Twin Counties and is expected to sell out this year. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and can be purchased online at www.artsculturalcouncil.org. Or, mail a check to The Arts Council, P.O. Box 492, Galax, Va. 24333. Tickets will also be available at the door.