Franklin County NC Arts Council to Hold Open Mic and Arts Workshops

Franklin County Arts Council is based in Franklinton, North Carolina.
Franklin County Arts Council is based in Franklinton, North Carolina.

Franklin County Arts Council, based in Franklinton NC, plans arts-oriented events year-round. Coming up are an Open Mic night, photography workshop, and — for FCAC members, free painting classes.

The FCAC is a nonprofit community organization “which is passionate about developing all areas of arts within our diverse community.” The group holds a variety of classes and public events, and oversees both a Writers’ Guild and a Photography Guild. Community arts events cover literary, visual, dance, theater, music, and culinary arts.

Individual memberships are $25 per year, for students/seniors $15 per year, and for a family $40 per year. Note that while many events are open to the public, some are free or lower-feed for FCAC members.

With any questions related to the events below, email or call 919.497.6910.


Black History Month Celebration: Open Mic Event

Open Mic. Source: Franklin County Arts Council
Open Mic. Source: Franklin County Arts Council

The Franklin County Arts Council’s Diversity Team will host its second-annual “Open Mic” in celebration of Black History Month.

This year’s theme is “Embracing the Dream” — each Artist or group will have 5 minutes to sing, recite, read, or play pieces related to having, living, and longing for or pursuing a dream.

This free event will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, starting at 3pm, at the Arts Council headquarters (The Pottery) at 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC.

To book a spot at the mic, email Jackie Dove-Miller.


FCAC Photography Workshop: “Seeing the Light” with Bob Ringham

Bob Ringham, photographer. Source: Dawn Herrin, FCAC
Bob Ringham, photographer. Source: Dawn Herrin, FCAC

Bob Ringham will present a photographers’ workshop “Seeing the Light” on Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10am-5:30pm. This day-long workshop will include: Understanding your camera’s settings, Composition, Shooting in raw vs jpg format, Adobe RGB or sRGB and Being a Seeker of Light.

Cost for FCAC Members is $30; non-members $40. Class size is limited, so email or call 919.497.6910 to register as soon as possible. Acceptance will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Bob earned a degree in photojournalism from Southern Illinois University and has more than twenty-five years of photojournalism experience.  Bob’s photos have been published in Chicago MagazineNewsweekPeopleThe New York Times, The Seattle TimesThe Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

The workshop will begin at 10am at the FCAC Up-Front Gallery, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC. At noon, attendees will go out into the field for hands-on experience, instruction, and lunch. (Bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.)

Tammy Winkel, pet photographer, will join Bob and share what makes a good pet photographer.

Workshop attendees will return to the gallery at 4:30pm for photo viewing and critiquing.


For FCAC Members Only

Free painting classes for FCAC Members and taught By Clina Polloni — FCAC’s “2017 Artist of the Year” — will be held on the second Saturday of each month in 2018, 1-4pm.

Members of the Franklin County Art Council are invited to attend, and all classes are being held in the FCAC Up-Front Gallery, 22 S. Main Street, Franklinton NC.

See the FCAC website,, for further details on upcoming painting classes in 2018.


Source: Dawn Herrin, FCAC

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