Arts Council Pulls off Two Events in One Week

Art Stroll and Christmas at Home Show

By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council

The highlight of Franklin County Arts Council’s Art Stroll last Thursday night was the announcing of their 2015 Artist of the Year Award which was presented to Everett Mayo. Mayo has been an exhibiting artist for fifty years. He is a Professor of Art at NC Wesleyan College and Gallery Director at the Four Sisters Gallery, Mims and Civic Galleries, founder and curator of the Four Sisters Gallery of Self-Taught Visionary Art of the Coastal Plain. Mayo has been an active member of the Franklin County Arts Council for three years since moving to Louisburg, volunteering in many capacities.

The Art Stroll also included story telling by Gale Buck, and caroling by the FCAC Student Arts Council and members of the Franklinton Area Community Theater. The Winter Show in the front gallery will continue to be on display through the winter months.

The Annual Christmas at Home Show on Saturday took place at the John and Shelia Allers home on Main Street in Franklinton on Saturday. The public enjoyed refreshments as they shopped for one-of-a-kind gifts which included paintings, jewelry, scarves, greeting cards and ornaments while enjoying the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the house.

Dawn Lancaster said, “I had an amazing and wonderful time today at the Christmas at Home Show. I met a lot of wonderful people. This was my first show ever selling my Eco printed scarves.  Everyone was super and made me feel very welcome. I am excited to have joined the Arts Council.”

Danney Dailey, Coordinator of AIG and Fine Arts, Franklin County Schools, also joined Franklin County Arts Council while volunteering at the event. He commented, “Christmas at Home at the Allers’ home was festive, in a beautiful setting with even more beautiful art by Franklin County talented artists, with gracious, hospitable hosts. I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering, joining the FCAC today, and buying unique Christmas gifts.”

Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) thanks all of the volunteers and artists who work hard to bring these events to the community. To volunteer and join FCAC call 919.497.6910 or email Or, find FCAC online at


Dawn Lancaster at the FCAC Christmas at Home Show
Dawn Lancaster at the FCAC Christmas at Home Show
Everett Mayo receives Artist of the Year plaque from Billy Farmer.
Everett Mayo receives Artist of the Year plaque from Billy Farmer.
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Donna Campbell Smith, an author based in Franklinton NC, worked in the horse industry for over thirty years as an instructor, trainer, breeder, and writer. She has an AAS Degree in Equine Technology from Martin Community College and is a certified riding instructor. Smith has written four non-fiction books on equine management: The Book of Donkeys, (The Lyons Press 2016) The Book of Miniature Horses (The Lyons Press 2005), The Book of Draft Horses (The Lyons Press 2007), and The Book of Mules (The Lyons Press 2009). All her books are available at or ask for them at a bookstore near you. Donna is a member of Franklin County Arts Council. Visit her website at