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Theatre and the Arts in Madison County, North Carolina
Performing arts are alive and well in these Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Just a few minutes from Asheville, you will find talented actors at the summer repertory theatre in Mars Hill (SART) in plays from comedies to dramas to musicals. For visual arts there are several galleries in the communities of Madison County whether associated with Mars Hill University, the Madison County Arts Council or an individual or group of local artists.
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART)
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) was founded on the Mars Hill University campus in 1975. Its goal is to present the highest quality professional productions, with a special emphasis on “plays concerning Appalachia that portray the rich culture and heritage of its people.” Plays range from Broadway musicals to world-premiers celebrating the local heritage. Each summer from early June to late August, plays are offered with theatre professionals from all over the US and locally-based professionals flock to Mars Hill from Asheville and surrounding areas. Plays are staged in the historic Owen Theatre.
Mars Hill Radio Theatre
Mars Hill Radio Theatre on Main Street in downtown Mars Hill is a restored theatre built in 1947. Every effort has been made to restore it to its original condition. So, take a step back 50 years and enjoy the atmosphere. It was closed from 1992 until recently and now serves as a venue for weekend open mic nights and movies. It is also a venue for live performances and private events. Owner Pete Blackshaw and Lakehouse Music hope to provide a location for talented individuals who need help in getting started in the music business.
Mars Hill University Drama Department
Mars Hill University drama students stage plays during the school year on varying topics–ranging from musicals to drama. Take this opportunity to see future stars in an intimate venue and watch them blossom. Plays are staged both in the historic Owen Theatre and in the Thomas Black Box Theater in Day Hall.
Creek View Studio & Gallery
Bill Weldner, a local artist, displays his work along with his wife’s jewelry. Bill works both with painting and mixed media. His studio is set in a beautiful area in the Spring Creek community outside of Hot Springs, just a few short miles from the Appalachian Trail. And, so, the drive to reach the Gallery is a beautiful one. At times, you will find work of other local painters who attend Bill’s twice-a-month artist discussions to improve their skills. Open by appointment.
Madison County Arts Center
The home for the Madison County Arts Council also serves as gallery space for changing exhibits. The themes range from media to topic and always highlight the talent of our many local artists. Gallery hours coincide with the hours of the Arts Council office which are 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
Walnut Creek Gallery
Dennis Ruane operates Walnut Creek Gallery here in Madison County in the Walnut area. His work is displayed here showing his woodworking skills in his spoons and other items. His style is currently in the contemporary form. Dennis has also written two novels, Wooden Spoons and Cataloochee Man. Dennis and his wife welcome visitors to his gallery by appointment.
The primary function of the Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University is to educate through art. The Weizenblatt Gallery hosts exhibitions of work in a variety of styles and mediums by artists of local and national prominence. The gallery’s operational hours are Monday through Friday 9AM – 5PM during the academic spring and fall semester. The general public, school classes, and other groups are welcome. Call 828 689-1209 to check on exhibits or schedule visits.