Visual Arts Workshop: Painting Still-Life

September 10th, 11amzinnia still life by john

Come away with your own beautiful work of art! Join local artist, John Vanderheyden for this Acrylic [water base] painting class for beginners to intermediate level, ages 10 and older. Instruction will be on composition, color theory and paint mixing. Click HERE for more information. This class is FREE and open to the public. Donations are appreciated but not necessary. Register HERE.

Special Concert with Alice Gerrard & Friends

Saturday, September 17th at 7pm

Simply put, Alice Gerrard is a talent of legendary status. In a career spanning some 50 years, she has known, learned from, and performed with many of the old-time and bluegrass greats and has in turn earned worldwide respect for her own important contributions to the music.

alice poignantShakori Hills is delighted and honored to present this special Saturday evening concert on Carson’s Grove Stage, featuring Alice and some friends. The evening’s event is part of our 10th Annual Hoppin’ John Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention.

Alice is particularly known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s. The duo produced four classic LPs (recently reissued by Rounder on CD) and influenced scores of young women singers.

Alice’s four solo albums were released to critical acclaim in Billboard, Bluegrass Unlimited, New Country, and other publications. These superb recordings showcase Alice’s many talents: her compelling, eclectic songwriting; her powerful, hard-edged vocals; and her instrumental mastery on rhythm guitar, banjo, and old-time fiddle. Her most recent album, Follow the Music was nominated for a 2015 Grammy.

Alice has appeared on more than 20 recordings, including projects with many
traditional musicians such as Tommy Jarrell, Enoch Rutherford, Otis Burris, Luther
Davis and Matokie Slaughter. With her in-depth knowledge of mountain
music, she has produced or written liner notes for a dozen more. She also co-produced
and appeared in two documentary films. A tireless advocate of traditional music, Alice has won numerous honors, including an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Distinguished AchievemTBA-home-imageent Award, a Virginia Arts Commission Award, the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Tommy Jarrell Award, and an Indy Award.

We hope you will join us for this special event. Tickets are $12/advance and $14 day of show. The admission price also gets you in for the full day’s activities at Hoppin’ John, including showcases, workshops, dances, cook-off and much more! Purchase tickets HERE.

Shakori Hills: Why It Matters…

Roots in the Schools


We’ll be continuing and expanding this program of bringing musicians, artists and dancers into local schools to help supplement the curriculum. If you are a teacher, parent or school administrator interested in bringing this program to your school, get in touch at

 Community Garden

Want to grow your own food but don’t have the space or time commitment for your own20160620_125037 garden? Community garden workers get a share of everything harvested and excess is donated to the CORA Food Pantry. You can contribute as much or as little as meets your schedule and energy level. Everyone is welcome to participate in the garden, from the early planning stages like deciding what crops to grow, ordering seeds and tilling the ground to planting, weeding, mulching and harvesting. No previous gardening experience is necessary.

Cheryl is also offers free monthly gardening workshops this summer in a variety of topics for those who have their own gardens or just want to swap knowledge and experience!

The garden occupies approximately 8800 square feet, with three crop rotation areas to keep the harvest on a year-round cycle. The project is coordinated by Cheryl McNeill, an instructor with CCCC’s Sustainable Agriculture program. We also offer garden tours and workshops at no cost to local schools and community groups. If you’d like to get involved, or are interested in a garden workshop, drop us a line at or call the office at 919-542-1746.

Thank you for all your support! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Your contributions will help us reach our vision of giving back to our community by making the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center a place for everyone to enjoy now and for decades to come! Click here to make a donation.

Slideshow Photo Credits: Todd E. Gaul, Kevin James, Paul Kerr, Matthew Coburn, Allison Springer, Sara Waters, Dwayne Ritchie

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