GWBA offers support for Williamston arts program


By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, GWBA members heard an update on the fall golf tournament and other projects and heard from guest speaker Mary Catherine Smith. Smith is a local artist who is working with Williamston Mayor Mack Durham, The Town of Williamston and others to make a Cultural Arts Center in Williamston a reality. Smith said they are working on getting tax exempt status for the organization and are seeking donations and investors for the proposed arts program.

Smith said she is working with art teacher Thomas Addison on a PAL program which encourages artistic talent in local artists who may not have other opportunities.

She said there is a lot of local talent and she and others hope to encourage and showcase local artists.

She said that the organization has plans for art shows, a possible Art in the Park event and other projects and fundraisers.

Smith said she is also looking for a house or building for budding artists to use to work on art projects and to “earn the right” to display in and use the cultural arts center.

The Town of Williamston recently approved a resolution in support of promoting a cultural arts center which will be housed in the armory building the town recently acquired.

Following the presentation, GWBA members approved a $200 donation to the effort.

In other business, the GWBA recently purchased a computer and printer to keep up with accounting and financial statements for the organization.

The group also recently approved paying a part-time person to enter data and perform secretarial duties.

A nominating committee for new officers was appointed by GWBA president Chris Trotter.

Committee members include Faye Meares, Mike Simpson, Rockey Burgess, Tammie Pitt, Jim Simpson and Robin Tucker.

The GWBA is planning a Christmas Party for members on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at Sullivan’s in Anderson.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 19 with location to be announced by email and on the GWBA website at

All area businesses are invited and encouraged to become a part of the area’s fastest growing business organization and help promote the greater Williamston area and local businesses.