The drawing is in January. We will announce a winner in our newsletter and will alert the winner personally via email.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 / 1pm -  5pm

Feeling overwhelmed? Too busy? Exhausted? Stressed? Hopeless? Longing for meaningful connections with yourself and others? Join us for a powerful, yet fun and invigorating rhythm workshop. In this workshop, we will use movement, dancing and drumming to ground ourselves and connect deeply with others.

Azule lost a dear friend last October when Ned Kelly passed away. Ned, his wife Carolyn Lewellen, and stepson Dylan moved to Madison County from Pittsboro , NC in 1976. They moved when Hawk Littlejohn was working at the Hot Springs Medical Program and "conjured" Ned as the Medical Director. In the spring of 1977, he moved to the Spring Creek area where he purchased property to start a home. Two of his children, Joshua and Zoe were born while living there.

We are excited to welcome Lacy Nance to Azule's team, where she is already makeing herself an invaluable asset.

We are happy and proud to welcome Sue Gurnee to Azule's board of directors! 

Sue Gurnee is founder of Growing Wheel, a sanctuary and retreat center in the Boone area. Sue brings a singular vision to all she undertakes, whether this is presiding over an arts nonprofit board, crafting exquisitely true to life marine landscapes for films and museums, or planning and executing the architecture of a concrete and mosaic village that provides exiles of high-paced environments a safe space to restore their minds and souls.

Sue’s experience with arts nonprofit boards, respect for place and architecture, and decades of dedication to the arts brings a powerful ingredient to the Azule board mix.

A fundraising event that has for the past four years brought the community together for the sake of our public library system is valiantly going forward, in spite of lockdowns, pandemics, and any number of odd things that 2020 has thrown our way. This community’s commitment to its library system is symbolized by the fact that the Madison County Library System was named Library Journal’s 2018 Best Small Library in America, in spite of the realities of having a working library system in a rural area such as this. In the little town of Hot Springs itself, the Library has suffered housing challenges and the threat of being shut down. The story of how the local residents prevented this, which included this very fundraiser continuing, is a testament to what a community in solidarity can accomplish. Mary Dixon, co-creator of the fundraiser and Secretary of the Friends of Hot Springs Library for the past 9th years was kind enough to answer some questions about the library generally and this fundraiser in particular.

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Jeremy Smith is a friend and repeat resident at Azule. He is currently in his last year of graduate school at Middle Tennessee State University, where he is pursuing a Masters in Music Theory and Composition.

These are the journals I wrote the Summer of 2016 (my first Summer at Azule). I was writing the music for a ballet which premiered in Florence in April 2017. I also attached a poster for the event. The second long stay I had I was working on a musical which was finished, but did not receive the funding it needed to be performed.

A recent composition by Jeremy Smith

Thoughts from Lynda Wheelock, Azule President, as to what winter in the Bluff region is about. Lynda has lived and worked in Spring Creek NC for over 28 years. She retired in 2006 from Headstart, after teaching for 21 years. She now pursues full time her old passion for drawing and painting.
Photos by Alicia Araya