Blue Ridge Art Stream was a series of virtual concerts designed to help showcase the talent of the High Country Artists while helping to raise money for our Artist Relief Fund. Thank you to all those who made this happen.
The Story: Like everyone else, artists in the High Country are struggling since COVID-19 has literally shut us all down. Artists who relied upon revenue from "gigs", sales of their artwork, etc. suddenly are finding themselves at a standstill. Artists do not qualify for traditional unemployment, so unless they have some other resource for paying their bills and putting food on the table then they are in dire need.
Recently Lucas Triba, a local musician, contacted the Watauga County Arts Council with the idea of creating a benefit virtual concert series aimed not only at helping musicians, but artists of all disciplines. From this idea emerged the concept of Blue Ridge ArtStream - a weekly virtual event showcasing the vast talents of some of our many local artists. And while we are sharing their talents, you are invited to share back by donating to help local artists who are struggling.
The High Country is so richly blessed with artists of all descriptions, from the many musicians of all genres to visual artists varying from fine arts to craftsmen, to a varied and talented array of local authors creating everything from poetry to novels to documentaries and even some writing screen plays. So this concert series will feature a collage of artists, whether it is listening to a musician sharing their own tunes, or watching a painter create a painting from a blank canvas right in front of your eyes, or listening to an author's poetry transporting you to another place and time.
Each artist is invited to provide their own Venmo link so you can elect to donate directly to that artist, or you may also choose to donate directly to a designated fund to support local artists who apply through the Watauga County Arts Council. Those designated funds will then be awarded by a panel of representatives of the ArtStream organizing team and representatives of the Watauga County Arts Council.
Blue Ridge ArtStream is co-sponsored by the following community partners.