It’s a beauty

Published 6:55 am Thursday, October 18, 2007

By Staff
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Well, get ready to behold some beautiful things when the Beaufort County Arts Council’s 43rd-annual Fine Arts Show comes to the Washington Civic Center next week. The show is one of the best of its kind in the state. It’s become one of Beaufort County’s signature events.
Joey Toler, executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council, has the unenviable task of producing a show that must meet the standards set by former executive directors of the Arts Council. If anything, it’s extremely likely Toler can take the Fine Arts Show to a higher level.
The community has come to expect that over the years. Toler has the knowledge and drive to make it happen. With his track record of getting things done, look for the Fine Arts Show to gain more acclaim in coming years.
If there’s a key ingredient for the Fine Arts Show, it would be the artists who enter their creations in the show. No artists, no art. The Fine Arts Show does not suffer from lack of participation, which speaks well of the annual event. Artists want to be a part of a show with such a fine reputation.
This year’s show is expected to feature about 400 works of art created by about 200 artists.
The Beaufort County Arts Council does more than just present its annual arts show. As artists use different mediums in producing their work, the Beaufort County Arts Council uses different mediums to produce its work.
The Beaufort County Arts Council enhances educational opportunities for Beaufort County children by presenting programs that focus on the performing, visual and literary arts. The Beaufort County Arts Council provides or helps provide concerts, workshops and grants for arts-related projects for thousands of young people each year.
The Beaufort County Arts Council, Beaufort County Choral Society, Pamlico Writers’ Group, Washington Area Historic Foundation, Pamlico River Quilters’ Guild, community theater groups and area festivals such as Smoke on the Water and Music in the Streets receive support from the Beaufort County Arts Council.
It also provides an annual art camp for young people, a series of free public concerts for all ages, lectures and organized trips to attend cultural events.
Want to know the title of this year’s best-in-show entry at the Fine Arts Show? It should come as no surprise.
It’s the Beaufort County Arts Council.
When one beholds the Beaufort County Arts Council, that’s a beautiful thing.
Be sure to vote
With one-stop voting beginning today, area voters have opportunities to get a jump on marking their ballots for municipal elections.
Early voting was implemented to provide voters more flexibility when it comes to voting for their candidates of choice. The procedure makes it easier for voters to participate in the elections process. Going to the polls on Election Day, which is Nov. 6 this year, doesn’t always work for all voters. Some voters don’t want to stand in line and wait to mark their ballots, which happens sometimes on Election Day.
Now that the time for early voting has arrived, it’s time for voters to take advantage of it. They have until 1 p.m. Nov. 3 to do just that.
If you are registered to vote, when you vote is not that important. It’s more important to have your say in how you will be governed by taking time to vote.