Young actors on red carpet tonight

Arts Council sponsors film showing, reception
Jun. 27, 2014 @ 04:18 AM

Rutherford County Arts Council will present the premiere of a short —eight-minutes — film and a youth art exhibit today at 6 p.m. in the Maple Street Theater (old Rutherfordton Elementary School).

The public is cordially invited to attend. There is no charge, and a reception will follow the movie showing.

The film, “Three Goats Gruff,” was produced during the Summer Movie Camp, part of the Arts Council’s and Rutherford County Schools’ Playing for Keeps 21st Century Learning Center program.

At 6:15, the actors will arrive for a red carpet photo opportunity, followed by the premiere of the film at 6:30. The showing will be followed by celebrity interviews and comments by the cast.

Participants in the Movie Camp include Dylan Clark-Gordon, Clayt Cilone, Zaida Cilone, Odina Corbin, Autumn Corbin, Emma Corbin and Chelsea Carpenter.

The Art Exhibit features the work of participants in two Summer Art Camps, made possible in part by support from the Grassroots Arts Program of the NC Arts Council, a state agency.

The workshops were led by artist Roscoe Conn of Rutherfordton, who focused the childrens’ efforts on three-dimensional art. Examples of their sculpture will be exhibited at the Friday event, beginning at 6 p.m.

Young author holding book singing today

LAKE LURE — Tessa Emily Hall,20, will appear at Carolina Moon Coffee Shop to sign copies of her inspirational Young Adult (YA) novel, Purple Moon, from 2 to 4 p.m. today.

Purple Moon is a contemporary story of Selena Taylor, a 16-year-old who comes to Lake Lure in search of a new beginning. But staying with her snobby cousin while waiting for her mom to get out of rehab was not how she was planning on spending her summer and she soon regrets giving up her “bad habits” for this.

“Debut YA author Hall has struck a perfect balance in Purple Moon between showing role models and being realistic,” says author Laura Anderson Kurk. “This story shows a gentleness and gracefulness rarely found in contemporary YA these days—offering a behind the scenes look at the heart of a girl who has lived life believing one thing about her family only to find out nothing is as it seems.”

Hall was first contracted with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas at 16-years-old. She also writes a teen column for Whole Magazine, serves as a Teen Advisory Board member for DevoZine, and writes an award-winning blog, Christ is Write, which can be found through her website at