Johnston Arts Council fund-raiser set March 15

The Johnston County Arts Council is preparing to host its Ninth Annual Art and Food Festival Gala at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the campus of Johnston Community College in Smithfield.

The fundraiser will generate monies to assist the Arts Council with funding for the 2018 Artists-in-the-Schools program, in providing scholarships for Johnston Community College students studying Fine Arts and free community programming.

Tickets are $40 each or two for $75 and attendees will be treated to sample dishes from Johnston County’s finest restaurants.  Participating restaurants will be vying for Best Entrée, Best Dessert, Best Presentation, Best Side Dish, Most Original Dish and Best Appetizer.  Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for ‘People’s Choice Award’ of Best Restaurant.

The results of the Johnston County Arts Council juried art show featuring local artists will also be announced at the Art and Food Festival.  Local artwork will be on display and available for purchase from Johnston County’s most talented visual artists.

A silent auction of collaborative and individual art work will be one of the highlights of the evening.   Music will also be provided.

To attend the event or to request additional information on the Johnston County Arts Council Art and Food Festival, contact Darlene Williford at 919.738.9622 or

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