By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council
Tai Miles will perform at the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Gallery during the upcoming Art Stroll in downtown Franklinton on August 6, 2015. Silent Night, her one-woman short play, sheds light on the epidemic of bullying. It entails spoken word and singing. The character Miles will portray is Nyah, the big sister to Jasmine, a teenager who commits suicide after being subjected to continuous bullying in school. The performance will begin at 6:30pm and is a free event. Miles is the creator of Tai Miles Productions, which produces inspirational stage plays, comedy shows, info-dramas, and gospel events, as well as implementing an outreach program for at-risk youth to involve them in the dramatic arts.
FCAC will also be featuring two art shows that evening. In the front gallery will be a Miniature Art Show – all works are 24 square inches or less. Miniature art as a genre is a very small, finely executed work of art and has been popular since the 1500s. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry and then the People’s Choice Award will be presented at 7pm. In the back gallery, FCAC is featuring folk art by Linda Wade of Bunn. Linda, a long time member of FCAC, is also a popular blues singer and jewelry designer, and has served on the arts council board of directors. Wade’s and the Miniature Art Shows will continue through August and September.
The Art Stroll begins at 5:30pm and runs through 7:30pm. Various downtown businesses will be participating. The FCAC Writers Guild will celebrate the literary arts with Poetry on the Street. Their poems will be displayed in the downtown store windows. At Amariah Calligraphy and Gift Shop, a lucky person will win a “back to school” gift basket stuffed with school supplies. Johnny’s on Main will be offering coupon specials which can be picked up at the FCAC Gallery that night.
The Gallery, located at 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC, in the Lesley Martin Pottery Studio, is open Thursday through Saturday from 10:30am until 5pm.
For more information about FCAC call 919.497.6910 or email FCACARTS @gmail.com. Visit their website for activities and events: www.fcacarts.org.