The Stokes County Arts Council will host an exhibit “Art for Vade Mecum” in the Apple Gallery June 21st through July 25th. An opening reception is planned for Friday, June 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina. The public is invited to attend the opening reception. This event is being organized by Janis Henderson-Hunsucker.
Mrs. Henderson-Hunsucker is a mixed media artist. She received her Master in Fine Arts Degree from Arizona State University in 2000. She acquired her BFA from East Carolina University. Janis studied for one year at the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education in Cardiff, Wales. In 2000, she relocated to New York City to work at Christie’s Auction House in the Digital Photo Studio as an image processor. After working in the “Big Apple” Janis was tapped to work at Sertoma 4-H Educational Center and relocated to Stokes County. Presently, Henderson-Hunsucker is the Visual Arts Teacher at North Stokes High School, having previously taught at Hill Arts Magnet Middle School in Winston-Salem. Additionally, she is a member of the Friends of the Sauratown Mountains and can be found leading historic tours at Vade Mecum the first Saturday of each month. Mrs. Henderson-Hunsucker serves on the board of the Stokes County Arts Council and is Visual Arts Co-Chair of the SCAC Visual Arts Committee.
Janis Henderson-Hunsucker worked tirelessly with many local residents to Save Sertoma when NCSU tried to sell the camp property in 2013. Henderson says, “I worked at Camp Sertoma for over 10 summers and Vade Mecum is near and dear to my heart. I am so excited we won the fight to save the property and it is now part of Hanging Rock State Park. Many of the buildings on the property are in need of repairs because they have sat dormant for four years. My goal is to raise money so that the cabins can be rented, the Olympic sized swimming pool can be reopened and folks can rent the chapel and gym for weddings. I would like to see the hotel cafeteria renovated into a café that could serve meals to folks riding horses, mountain biking, and hiking on the property. I know the art show, classes and concert I am organizing are only part of the solution, but anything will help.” Henderson went on to thank the artist’s who have donated work for the art show. “Stacy Buck donated a wallet she made, Kay McHenry gave us four fabric bags, Kitty Ray Brown donated a beautiful photograph of stacked rocks on the Dan River. In addition local painter Angela Degraff Torrey donated a painting of Stokes County, and former camp staffer Chris Stafford gave us a painting. This show would not have been possible without their help. My husband Greg Hunsucker took many photographs of Vade Mecum and I created quilts, prints, and paintings for the show.”
A series of events will support fundraising efforts for Vade Mecum. Mrs. Henderson-Hunsucker has organized summer visual art classes at the Hanging Rock Visitor’s Center, 1790 Hanging Rock Road, Danbury, North Carolina. Classes are created for students ages 8-13 at a cost of $10 per student per class. Pre-registration is available by calling the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit stokesarts.org/events/summer-
art-camps. Classes are as follows: Thursday, July 6th, 9 am – noon, “Sock Dolls and Friendship Bracelets; Thursday, July 13th “Low-Tech Animation; and Thursday, July 20th “Monsters, Robots & Spiders.” In addition to the classes, Hunsucker is organizing a “Music for Vade Mecum” program scheduled for Saturday, July 15th beginning at 7:00 p.m. at The Arts Place of Stokes, 502 N Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina. General Admission $5.00 per person. Everyone is invited.
For more information, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit us at www.stokesarts.org. The viewing of this exhibit and opening reception is free and open to the public.