Entertainment by Local Folk Musician Richard Johnson May 20, 2016 5 to 8 p.m.

Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC, continues it’s “Front Porch Evening” season on May 20, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. with music on the front porch provided by Richard Johnson! Richard will play guitar and sing during this delightful spring evening FREE event.

You never know what you might hear on the front porch with singer-songwriter Richard Johnson, probably because what with his nearly thousand song repertoire, neither does he. Each day brings a new perspective; each song shines a different light. He’ll be joined by a few musical friends including Clay James (the Living Jukebox), Renette Cranford and Norman Gray.

Come out and enjoy a fantastic evening with this very talented local musician on our front porch!!!!


Local Author Book Signing Event Featuring Chip Womick May 20, 2016 5 to 8 p.m.

On May 20, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m., local author, Chip Womick, will be greeting visitors and selling copies of his new children’s book, “Mrs. McGillicutty’s Last Sunflower” at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC. Chip recently shared this about himself: I have been writing, mostly for newspapers, and mostly for The Courier-Tribune, for more than 30 years. I wrote “Remembering Randolph County: Tales from the Center of the Tar Heel State” and helped the late John Pugh Jr. with his memoirs, “What’s Next: 100 Years Of Inspired Living By A Man With An Unseen Handicap,” but have always wanted to see some of the stories I have written for children on the printed page. I hope “Mrs. McGillicutty’s Last Sunflower” is the first of many children’s picture books (as well as books in other genres) that will be published by my new publishing company, PeaceLight Press. It is available in paperback ($10.95) or hardcover ($22.95).

About the book: “Mrs. McGillicutty’s Last Sunflower” is built around a basic idea: An old woman grows too frail to plant her always-lovely flower garden. Without it, the balance in the world shifts from beauty to ugliness. What happens? This story was written many years ago and submitted to a laundry list of big-time book publishers. I still have a fistful of rejection letters. Over time, I polished and shortened the tale and held the thought in the back of my mind that I would send it on the publishing rounds again. But I never did. Eventually I decided to find an artist to illustrate it and publish it myself. It took several years to find the right one. Marina Saumell, who illustrated the book, was working as an architect when her first child was born. She opted to stay home and pursue work as a freelance artist and has illustrated some 20 books since then. Marina lives in Argentina. I found her via an online marketplace that connects freelancers from around the world with clients. I viewed hundreds of resumes before coming across hers. She captured the story perfectly with beautiful pictures.


Renowned Herbalist Henrietta Cummings is back at Brightside Gallery May 20, 2016 5 to 8 pm

Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC, is hosting the incredibly knowledgeable herbalist, Henrietta Cummings, for another visit on May 20, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. Henrietta will bring her tinctures and salves and make time to visit with folks who have natural remedy health questions. Working with herbs is definitely an art. Henrietta just happens to be the best at what she does! Come out to show her plenty of support!

About the artist: Henrietta Cummings is an herbalist and teacher in eastern Randolph county where she grows many of the herbs that go into her tinctures, elixirs, salves and creams. She has been studying herbs for over 30 years.


Carriage House Tea: FREE Raspberry Green Tea Tasting May 20, 2016 5 to 8 p.m.

Carriage House Tea will be holding a FREE tea tasting on May 20, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC. This tea tasting will be featuring their scrumptious Raspberry Green Tea–an exquisite tea combination from China. This is a FREE event and the public is invited. About the tea: Ooh-la-la the refreshing raspberry flavor is delicate, sweet and mouth-watering, combined with smooth green tea notes. This tea is high in antioxidants and medium in caffeine content. It makes an absolutely tremendous iced tea or a heavenly hot tea. Carriage House Tea will be serving this selection as a chilled tea.

Please join them for this tasty event!