By Max Hrenda
If a painter makes a critical error, he or she may simply throw their canvas away and start from scratch.
It appears, as Oscar Wilde once said, that “life imitates art.”
On Monday night, local artists, lovers of the arts, and members of local government met in the Carter County Courthouse to lay the foundation for a local arts council.
Though similar attempts have previously been made, organizer Scott Snell expressed optimism that this group may finally become a permanent fixture in the community.
“I want to thank you all for coming out,” Snell said. “We began a few months ago. Then we got snowed out last time. This time, I hope we will be able to figure out how to take this to the next level.”
The first issue in taking it “to the next level” dealt with the term “arts” itself.
David Kramer, president of the Watauga Valley Art League, suggested expanding the term so no artists would feel excluded from the council.
“One of the things that I find confusing for people, when you talk about artists, is they think only in visual arts,” Kramer said. “I think it ought include both performing and visual arts.”
After the verbiage of the proposed bylaws was discussed, the group began to address the main hurdles an art council might face.