TC Arts Council’s Annual Programs

Our Mission:
To enhance the quality of life in Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals throughout the County. We will accomplish this mission by:

  • Promoting all visual and performing arts in the County
  • Educating our youth
  • Educating adults, both locals and visitors
  • Providing art opportunities for all
  • Enhancing Economic Development through the arts

Our Vision:
To be a vibrant arts destination and resource center that is financially secure so that we are able to carry out all our programs and help other organizations with their arts endeavors.

Because we believe arts are relevant to everybody, TC Arts offers programs that meet the needs of many segments of the community.

Here’s a list of some of our regularly scheduled programs. As we receive funds this list will evolve.

Every student in the Transylvania County School system—almost 3,500 in all—receives curriculum-related performances or artist in residency programs. Professional artists/educators provide week long Artists-in-Residencies in public school classrooms, providing students with in-depth, hands-on learning experiences. Take Art to Heart volunteers teach visual arts, art history and critical thinking skills to third, fourth and fifth grade students. Every Spring TC Arts plays host to the Transylvania County Student Art Show for students K-12. TC Arts makes more than 12,000 student contacts annually.

TC Arts Center Gallery
The TC Arts gallery space in the Transylvania Community Arts Center hosts up to twelve exhibitions a year featuring local and regional artists. Exhibits include fine and folk arts, paintings, photography, sculpture, wood and mixed media. November brings the annual Art Mart, a sale of fine arts and crafts at significantly discounted prices. This gallery space gives local and regional artists the opportunity to display and sell their artwork.

Art Classes
Introductory arts, craft and pottery classes have been offered to adults and children since 1998. In 2016 the TC Arts Council opened its Transylvania Ceramic Arts Pottery Studio led by Philippa Hackett.  TC Arts also plays host to Summer Art Camps, Pottery Camps and a Photography Camp for kids. Classes this past year included: Irish Music, Coffee & Clay, Introduction to Pottery, Open Studio Time, as well as Drawing and Painting Classes.

Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase – 4th of July Celebration
An event with a 46th year-history, our annual Showcase features excellent arts and crafts from throughout the region. The event takes place on Main Street in downtown Brevard, in conjunction with the Heart of Brevard’s July 4th Celebration and the Transylvania Region AACA Classic Car Show. This is a juried fine arts and crafts show. Art vendors may email to get an application. Art vendors must have their own tent, tables and chairs.

Special Events
Arts & Culture Celebration, Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walks, Duck Race, Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase, Transylvania County Student Art Show, Summer Art Camp, Pottery Camps, and the Art Spark Art Auction.

Number 7 Arts Gallery
A retail operation run by a cooperative of 38 local Transylvania County artists, located in the former White Squirrel Shoppe on the corner of West Main Street and Broad Street.  This arts business venture gives 38+ local artists the opportunity to learn how to run an arts business and a chance to showcase locally made arts and crafts.

All County ARTS Website
TC Arts maintains a website for all Transylvania County artists, arts businesses and arts organizations. The site has a list of Art Events and Art Classes as well. The website allows you to plan your trip by printing out brochures of the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walks, Sculpture Tour, the Scenic 276 Studio Tour and an arts itinerary.

Filming in Brevard & Transylvania County Tammy Hopkins has served as the Film Liaison for the area for the last 18 years. She helps film, TV and photo crews with locations, permits, and extras casting.



1. How long has TC Arts been in existence?
We were incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1985.


2. Where are you located?
The Transylvania Community Arts Council is located at 349 South Caldwell Street (directly behind the Cardinal Drive-In). What once was the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, has been our home since mid-1999. You’re very welcome to stop by: The gallery is open to the public weekdays, Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. TC Arts also operates a cooperative of Transylvania County Artists at the #7 Arts Gallery located at 2 West Main Street across from the Courthouse.


3. Who is on our staff?  Executive Director Tammy Hopkins oversees operations, programming, Arts-In-Schools, promoting all ARTS in the county, marketing, grants and community relations and partnerships as well as serving as the Film Liaison for the Brevard area; Financial Director Paula Wesley oversees TC Arts finances as well as Number 7 Arts finances, and takes care of   Kay Anderson is the new TC Arts Council Gallery Manager. Number 7 Arts has a Steering Committee that oversees operations.


4. What about your Board?
As a non-profit organization we have a Board of Directors, consisting of county residents from a range of backgrounds. Our current board of directors: President – Dori Miller, Vice President – Lynne Joyce,  Recording Secretary – Sue Hershey, Treasurer – Kim Green. Other members are Heath Seymour, Nita Porter, Billy Smith, Sandy Hemmer, Courtney Mason, Philippa Hackett, Jack Christfield, Mary Waldroff, Cynthia Rehm, and Chris Pace.


5. Do you have volunteer opportunities?
Yes, yes, yes! In fact, we couldn’t exist without the hard work and dedication of hundreds of volunteers. With tasks ranging from volunteers for mass mailings, special events, building and grounds, receptions, art camps, Love Chefs for receptions and events, substitute docents for the gallery. . . well, you get the point … we have plenty of opportunities for everybody to become involved! If you’re interested, please contact us .


6. How are you funded?
Annual contributions by individuals in our community are our largest source of funds. Arts Council members receive benefits such as discounts on performances and classes, depending on their level of giving. The Arts Council also receives partial funding for programs through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Duke Energy, City of Brevard, Transylvania County, Pisgah Forest Rotary, Lake Toxaway Charities, Transylvania County School District and local businesses. We also seek sponsorships for specific programs and projects and earn some income from our programs and gallery sales.


To become a member of the TC Arts Council or to learn about us, please contact Tammy Hopkins or Paula Wesley.