The Art Center is home for many community events ranging from concerts and plays to rotating art exhibits. Below is a list of upcoming events. 


If you would like to talk to someone about a event listed below or to schedule something at the Arts Center plese call 606.783.9857 or email 


Cecily Howell: Kinfolk
May - Stop by during the month of May to see the exhibit Kinfolk by studio artist Cecily Howell. Cecily describes her series as an exploration in creating unique prints that visually represents the manipulation
of memories. She used photographs and other time-based materials such as VHS tapes to recreate scenes from past experiences with family members to generate positive feelings for herself and her audience. This exhibit even features an interactive piece so come check out this very unique gallery experience!


Art Class: Paper Folding 

May 14 – 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Iris Folding originated in Holland in the 1700’s. Join instructor Donna Lemley-Jordan to learn this unique technique for creating exquisite designs from folded strips of paper. We will make greeting cards and see how these designs can be used to make book covers, scrapbook pages, and framed art work. The cost is $20 and all supplies are included. Returning students receive $5 off the class fee.

Art Workshop: Hand Painted Gourd Birdhouse
May 16 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Join us for an afternoon workshop taught by artist Jennifer Reis! The cost of the class is $30 which includes all supplies (including artist-grown gourds - local and organic!) to make your very own personally designed gourd house for feathered friends. Each participant will have at least two gourds to paint and decorate. For more information or to reserve your spot call 606.783.9857 or email


Art Class: Hammered Copper Earrings #3

February 27, 5:30pm - 8:00pm - Join instructor Luann Parkansky for an evening of creativity and jewelry making. The cost is $30 and all supplies are included. Space is limited, reserve early by calling 606.783.9857 or emailing

September 13, 10am-4p.m. Spend a Saturday exploring the infinite possibilities of using fabric, thread, beads and other embellishments to create your own Mini Art Quilt. Textile artist Jennifer A. Reis will lead a workshop on basic and advanced hand-worked art quilting techniques, teaching non-traditional methods of quilting, appliqué, embroidery and embellishing. Using techniques like raw appliqué, thread embroidery and quilting, and embellishing with shi-sha mirrors, beads and found objects, students will create an individually designed embellished textile artwork.  All techniques are hand-worked, emphasizing non-traditional sewing and quilting, and is open to sewing novices and experts alike.  All supplies will be provided, although participants are encouraged to bring special embellishments and mementos toincorporate into their work. The cost of the class is $30 and is limited to 10 students. You don't want to miss out on this unique class. Reserve a spot today, call 606.783.9857 or email

Morehead Arts & Eats Festival 
September 20, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join us in downtown Morehead for a day of family fun. There will be children's art activities and art demonstrations on the Arts Center lawn. Arts & craft vendors, music, food and lots of fun will also be a part of the festivities. For more information go to or call 606.783.9857,  email









First Friday -- Rowan County Crafted, Art, Produce, and More
June 5 -  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Join us on the lawn of the Rowan County Arts Center the first Friday of April, May, June, September & October. The event will include items crafted or produced in Rowan County and surrounding counties including food, produce, arts and crafts, soap, candles, music, books and more. Vendor spaces are limited and available for ten dollars each. In the event of bad weather this event will be moved into the Art Center's auditorium. There is no charge for admission and the community is welcome. Additional information available from the Rowan County Arts Center at 783-9857 or

Art Workshop: Paper-making 

June 13 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (1 hour lunch break) Learn the ancient art of paper-making with instructor Donna L. Lemley-Jordan. You will learn to hog water and pull, couch, press and dry paper from abaca, cotton and recycled paper pulp. Take home a stack of paper to use for writing, making cards, book covers and other art projects. The cost is $35 and all supplies are included.