We are governed by a 13 - 18 member volunteer Board of Directors who are elected for three-year terms.

Meet Our Board of Directors and Staff:







Adrienne began her work with the Caldwell Arts Council in 2011 as the Volunteer  Coordinator, shortly after she became the Director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians program and finally, Executive Director July 1, 2016. She has had a lifetime love of the arts in all forms and she is truly honored to share this love through her work.  

Adrienne sees the arts as a tool for driving change and growth. She believes that the arts better our quality of life and instill a sense of pride for our community. She wants to continue and expand work to create partnerships that bring the arts to more places throughout Caldwell County.




Kim Greene McClure


Kim’s art focus has primarily been in the performing arts. She played clarinet in the Happy Valley School band, before switching to bassoon in 9th grade at Hibriten High School. Kim continued playing bassoon at Appalachian State University, as a member of the Wind Ensemble. She currently plays in the Harper Band, part of the James C. Harper School for the Performing Arts. Kim has been on the board of directors for the Caldwell Arts Council since January 2012, and also serves on the board of directors for the Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention.






A native of Caldwell County, Eddie Kent Tallent attended the Governor’s School of North Carolina for the Gifted and Talented, and earned his BFA with honors in fine arts/painting from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. After graduating, he began a career in higher education administration serving as assistant director of admissions at Ringling, assistant dean of student affairs at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and most recently as assistant dean and executive director of admissions at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he was instrumental in assisting Mason’s School of Art gain accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and served on the advisory boards for the university’s Honors College and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. 

He currently dedicates full-time to his art and conducts workshops and private classes for adults and teens. His artwork, executed in a variety of media, is included in private and public collections nationwide and is represented by the Carlton Gallery in Banner Elk, N.C. and Art and Artifacts Gallery in Blowing Rock, N.C.






John Francis serves as the Executive Director of Helping Hands Clinic in Lenoir. John is particularly interested in local art as a community asset and economic development tool.






Originally born and raised in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Jimmie Griffith attended Appalachian State University and moved to Lenoir, NC in 2004 where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He currently works at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute as an instructor and amongst other things coordinates the College’s Brazilian educational partnerships and co-chairs the CCC&TI Global Diversity Committee. Jimmie is also a musician/composer that has participated in several different musical projects (
Banana da TerraMaisCéu and UNC- Chapel Hill’s Viva Cackalacky – Latin Music in the New South) promoting Brazilian music in NC since 2000. As an educator, artist and Caldwell County resident, Jimmie is delighted to be a board member of the Caldwell Arts Council in order continue to bring cultures and people closer together through the arts, education, and business.






Sam is a native Texan who with her husband, Don, has found a wonderful home and community in Lenoir. She was introduced to the world of arts and crafts as a child by her grandmother. As an adult she has explored a wide variety of mediums, from pottery to stained glass, but has found her true passion lies in the fiber arts. Samantha is a knitter, crocheter and most of all a weaver and felter. An active participant in Lenoir’s vibrant fiber arts community, she occasionally teaches fiber arts classes and contributes annually to public street art projects. She enjoys volunteering with the Caldwell Arts Council and is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community by serving on the Caldwell Arts Council Board.






MAKENZIE HELMS - Junior Advocate on the Board

Makenzie is a senior at West Caldwell High School and served over 235 hours of volunteer time with us in 2016!  She loves the arts, and will serve as our Youth Advocate on our Board of Directors until time to go to college.





Bill Karr is originally from Westchester and Dutchess Counties in New York and now lives at The Coves at Round Mountain in Collettsville. As a retired guidance counselor for 6th-8th grade students, Bill believes the Arts, in all its forms, are some of the best influences kids and adults can have in their lives. 

 Pete Lupo



My wife, Sheree and I are native North Carolinians. We currently live in the Kings Creek area of Caldwell County. My wife and I love the outdoors and try to spend as much of our free time there as possible. I have been a practicing artist for 30 years and recently my wife has become involved more with her passions of pottery and photography.Becoming involved with the Caldwell Arts Council has introduced us to like minded people who share the love of small town living and an appreciation of the incredible amount of artistic talent that the area has to offer. 




Andrew grew up in Burlington NC and moved to Lenoir his senior year at Appalachian State. While working at the restaurant Sweet T's (now Cafe 1841) he met his wife and Lenoir native, Anna Bruton. He is active in the arts community through his job at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center as well as an accomplished local musician and songwriter. Andrew is excited to be part of the Caldwell Arts Council and the future of the arts in Caldwell County.





Allison is an event planner, soul singer, guitar and ukulele player, cat lover, graphic designer, beer drinker, day dreamer, mountain biker, hiker, dancer and avid craft maker. Allison has been a musician, dancer and arts enthusiast for her entire life, from singing in the church choir as a child, to studying at Appalachian State University where she received a B.S. in Music Industry Studies with a concentration in Opera performance and Minor in Business. She, her partner, Jeff, and their cat, Squirrel, moved from Asheville to Lenoir in 2014, and are happy to call Western NC home





I’m a native of Lenoir and a US Navy Gulf War veteran. Many of you may recognize me from several local festivals that I’ve put on or helped others build. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Caldwell Pathways as well, and have a strong passion for working on the completion of the Overmountain Victory Trail.

 I am an independent insurance representative and my hobbies are cooking, trout fishing, and making this little corner of the earth a better place!









Erik and Kourtney have been Lenoir residents since 2005. Although careers brought them here, the aesthetic of the Appalachian Mountains, its culture, and its art forms were a definite draw. While here their family grew with the birth of their two girls. Kourtney is an English teacher at Hibriten High School, and Erik is an Associate Professor and Area Director of the Recreation Management Program at Appalachian State University. Originally, Erik is from Virginia and Kourtney from the midwest. While from diverse backgrounds, both Erik and Kourtney were exposed to the arts throughout their whole lives and their appreciation for art, in all of its forms, has blossomed. The Rabinowitz family is proud to be new Caldwell Arts Council board members.




Bryan has a personal history grounded in art via his family. From an early age, he was surrounded with photographers, designers and his endearing grandfather - Bill Barnes - a world renowned painter. His love for art now extends past his family into today where he enjoys the interpretation of pieces he is able to view in museums in various cities.  Falon has a strong commitment to volunteering. Having grown up in Caldwell County, her community ties have allowed her to help influence positive change where needed. Falon's "get it done and get it done right" mentality is an asset to the Caldwell Arts Council within the facets of ensuring continuous improvement, forward thinking progress and idea conceptualization.









Tom is the director of CCC&TI's art program and a regular instructor at Hickory Museum of Art and beyond.  





Matt is Network Systems Engineer at Siemens Healthcare for Caldwell Memorial Hospital, and is also owner/operator of the famous Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock, NC.  Matt served as President of our Board in 2013 & 2014. 


















Lindsay Barrick is an artist and long-time fan of the Caldwell Arts Council. She serves as our social media manager. You can find her at the office most Saturdays. Lindsay also works as the Director of Programs and New Media for a church in Hickory and teaches printmaking at Hickory Museum of Art. She recently moved to Lenoir to be closer to her adopted community of friends and artists.