The Yadkin Arts Council was founded in 1975 as a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation in Yadkin County.
The Council and Center’s mission statement reads: To enrich the lives of every citizen of Yadkin County through a broad variety of arts programs that touch, inspire and involve creative spirits of all ages and all backgrounds.
The YCAC offers artists an opportunity to showcase their works in a unique setting which allows for viewing by not only art enthusiasts, but school children and tourists of the wine region as well.
The Yadkin Arts Council believes that art is transformational. Arts open minds, frees imagination, and helps people see the world from different perspectives.
The Yadkin Arts Council hosts community events, festivals, and workshops in the visual arts, writing, photography and more. Artist exhibitions open bi-monthly at our two galleries: the Welborn Gallery at the Cultural Center and the gallery next door at Uptown Wine & Gallery.
The YCAC also co-sponsors with the Yadkinville Downtown Business Association Arts on Main.
Every third Friday of the month beginning in April the Yadkin Arts Council hosts “Arts on Main.”
Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, a farmer’s market, food items and the shops on Main Street. The artists of the YARD studios will be working in their studios and the Welborn Gallery at the Center will be open.for viewing.
Enjoy dinner at the Third Branch Cafe, now serving beer and wine. Visit Uptown Wine and Gallery across the plaza to taste wines from Surry Community College’s enology department and River de Vine Vineyards.
The events continue on August 19 - Fri Oct 21. Main Street is closed from 6 - 8:30 p. m., in front of the Cultural Center to host the event.
Third Friday dates through the summer are August 19, Sept. 9 (Harvest Festival is Sept. 17th).
Another welcome event in downtown Yadkinville is Music at the Third Branch every Friday night.
The Third Branch Cafe, 226 East Main Street, Yadkinville, provides live music every Friday night along with dinner specials. The cafe is open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. - 8 p m. Thursday and Friday. and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday’s. 336 - 677 - 1053.
Music on Friday’s at The Third Branch through the summer is as follows:
29th – Steve Hodge and Brad Bennett
5th – Kara Dunn and Matt Swaim
12th – Shades of Blue
19th – Luau Night! DJ w/beach music, Arts on Main
26th – Steve Hodge and Brad Bennett
2nd – Open Mic
9th – Jamie Carroll
16th – Rockford Express
Events for the YCAC through the summer include the following:
July 15, August 19 – Arts on Main- Third Fridays
Arts, crafts, live music, food, artist demonstrations, carriage rides and more!
The YARD studios will be open; enjoy wine tasting at Uptown Wine & Gallery and a special dinner in the Third Branch Cafe
Location: Main Street around the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, 6:00 to 8:30 pm(before the movie at the park)
August 12: Opening Reception for Surry Community College Faculty Art Show. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Uptown Wine & Gallery. Exhibit runs from August 12 - September 30th.
September 15th: Opening presentation and reception for Exquisite Miniatures Traveling Exhibition at Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, with artist Wes Siegrist
Thursday, 7 p.m. Exhibit runs from September 15 thru October 16.
September 16th: 35th Annual Harvest Festival
The Granddaddy of All Festivals. Live music on two stages, food, art and craft vendors, carriage rides, old-time blue ribbon competitions, relay races and petting zoo for the kids. Quilts and miniature art exhibits in the Cultural Center, artist studios open.
Location: in and around the cultural center on Main, Jackson and Elm Streets, downtown Yadkinville.
To contact the center call 336-679-2941.