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Open mic season four begins at the Arts Center

Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

The fourth season of performing arts and open mic shows at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Arts Center will premiere on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

These shows are free and open to the public. Anyone who enjoys music and art is invited to attend.

Each performing artist is given 15 minutes for his or her performance.

“While we do get a lot of musical acts, the show is open to all performing arts,” said host Taylor Hoch. Jugglers, poets, comedians, magicians and other performing artists seeking to perform for a public audience are welcome. Sign up in person at the Arts Center before the show. A limited number of advance signups are available on the Arts Center website, FLC-ArtsCenter.com.

“This is a great place for the first-time performer,” said President Ron Hackett, who co-hosts the show with Hoch. “Our audience is friendly and encourages first-time performers, and seasoned performers will find it to be a fun and relaxing experience.”

“We’ve added an electric piano and a small drum kit to our stage,” said Robert Foster, who also helps host the shows. “We hope this will encourage artists who hesitate because of the logistics of moving and setting up a piano or drum kit for a 15-minute set.”

The Yamaha electric piano has weighted keys and feels just like a real piano.

The gallery will open before the show at 4 p.m. to allow visitors to view the collection of art from local artists. Most of the art is available for sale, so if you see something you like, you can take it home with you.

The gallery walls have been reconfigured to give the gallery a more open feel while retaining the available wall space for hanging artwork. Area artists can display and sell their work in the gallery by joining the Arts Center. Annual memberships are only $35 for an individual or $50 for a family. Visit the Arts Center website for more information.

Local artist Melanie Laten will be teaching a class called, “Let’s Go Dutch” in the Arts Center classroom beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

“We will execute a Dutch-style landscape painting using acrylic on canvas in the style of the Delft painters who were well known for their blue monochromatic tiles and other products,” said Laten.

The $30 cost includes all supplies and some Dutch treats to eat. All ages welcome. You do not have to be a member of the Art League to attend this class. The class will end in time for participants to attend the performing arts and open mic fourth season premiere upstairs in the gallery.

The Arts Center is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization with a mission of enhancing the quality of life in the community through the presentation, education, and promotion of all types of art. Anyone who would like to support the mission is welcome to join the organization. You do not have to be an artist to join and support the arts.

The performing arts and open mic shows occur twice a month on the first and third Saturdays of each month from October through April of each year. The show is free, but donations are appreciated.