During the month of February, the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center will display the oils of African wildlife on loan by artist Grant Hacking and Borden Hanes. Also, on exhibit are the nature photographs by Sierra Club enthusiast Rod Hunter. While you’re there, you’ll want to explore the newly built Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville (226 East Main Street). Make sure you make time to stop by the café, browse through the galleries, and spend time in the courtyard plaza that is surrounded with fountains and mosaics. The center is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday through Sunday. The exhibit will be on display until March 24. For info, call (336) 679-2941 or visit www.yadkinarts.org.
Located just seven miles north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Germanton rests in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and so does this charming winery and gallery. The winery got started in 1981 when it began processing the locally grown grapes that grew there. Recently, they have also started an organic field. Over the years they have acquired several award winning wines, such as their Chambourcin in 2004. Along with the fabulous winey, Germanton also offers a collection of fine art pieces where they stock many originals from internationally known artists. Also, many of the wine labels actually feature the work of select artists. And another treat: the tasting room is actually located inside the gallery, so you can admire the work as you sample Germanton’s fine wines. The Germanton Winery and Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 to 5:00.
After four years of fundraising, the grand opening of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center will be on Sept. 18 in conjunction with the annual Harvest Festival in downtown Yadkinville. The center will provide much-needed space for Yadkin County’s art community and students. It will also be a hub of economic activity for the community.
The center will house a gallery, classrooms, a café, a bay of working artist studios, and a courtyard plaza with fountains and mosaics. During phase II of the project, an additional $800,000 is being raised for the development of a 192-seat theater.
In conjunction with the grand opening is the Harvest Festival from 9 am until 4:30 pm. The festival will be a great way to celebrate the harvest season with vendors, artisans and craftsmen, farmers market, quilt exhibits, blue ribbon food competitions, and music. For info, call (336) 679-2941 or visit www.yadkinarts.org.
Reynolds Homestead is the birthplace and boyhood home of R.J. Reynolds, and now it’s an Education Center and a Forest Resources Research Center. The two story brick house shows all the characteristics that it used to back in the nineteenth century which include furniture and of course an incredible amount of history. If you are interested in the history of the United States this is truly a place that you should visit. The house is open for tours Tuesday through Friday 9 to 4 p.m. During the months of April through October and on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m.