About Franklin County Arts Council



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The Franklin County Arts Council is a nonprofit community organization passionate about Arts and Arts education in our diverse community.

The mission of Franklin County Arts Council is to promote and encourage the development and advancement of the arts; to cultivate an appreciation of the arts; and to promote funding and coordination of arts activities county-wide



The Franklin County Arts Council was incorporated in1979 and had its beginning in the International Whistlers Convention. In 2014, the Whistlers Convention moved to other venues and The Franklin County Arts Council focused on encouraging, not only the appreciation of arts in Franklin County, but also to provide a public facility where artists would have a venue to showcase their artistry.

The Quilt Trails of the Tar and Roanoke Rivers is an outreach program of the Franklin County Arts Council designed to capture the history of our community through the display of quilt blocks on historic buildings and structures in Franklin and surrounding counties.

While navigating the Quilt Trails in Central and Eastern North Carolina, travelers can enjoy the area’s art, history, agriculture, and scenic byways. What began as a local endeavor has spread from Franklin County to 7 additional counties and is still growing.

The plan is to follow the Rivers to the coast and include all Eastern North Carolina.


Board Of Directors

 Diana Johnson
Board Chaiperson

Diana retired to North Carolina 11 years ago to pursue her dream of living near the mountains and seashore. That dream has become a reality and inspiration for her art. Diana is active in the community and Wake Forest Guild of Artist, Franklin County Arts Council, The Joel Fund's Operation Art for which she is a instructor, as well as being an Application Coordinator for Triangle Beagle Rescue.  In 2019 she was Franklin County Artist of the Year.   

Diana's art has evolved over the past few years focusing on graphite pencil of many subjects but especially pet portraits.  To capture the spirit and expressions of animals in a black and white format takes many hours and practice.  Diana also enjoys watercolor painting and combining that with pen and ink sometimes. 


Linda Carlisle

Linda is a retired Aerospace Manager having moved to North Carolina from Venice Beach, California. Linda is a quilter. Since Linda started quilting, she has won 4 ribbons at the NC State Fair- one 1st, one 2nd, and two 4th place. Linda has been in a quilting bee in Henderson for about 10 years and enjoys the bonds of friendship that she has formed with the wonderful women in that group.

Peggy Harris


Peggy Harris is an experienced artist in several genres.   She started performing in musical arts as a vocalist at age 5 and later in her early teens as a guitarist. She continues to perform musically to date. She has vast experience in the performing stage arts as well including involvement and performance in several musicals, monologues, and dramatic arts. Peggy owns and operates a fiber arts business since 2008, has been in the fiber arts industry for over 47 years with crochet arts as her focus and has taught this art form for over 14 years.  In addition, she owns and operates a computer graphic design business.  Peggy has vast experience with nonprofits serving on the board of several arts councils including secretary of the Rose Hill Arts Center resident artist facility in Aiken, South Carolina. 




Gauri Singh
Board Member

Gauri Singh is an award-winning filmmaker, poet, photographer, and the founder of three NC film festivals which includes the Franklin Flicks Film Festival.   She has been a film artist since 2010, poet since childhood, and written many screenplays for films, acted, produced, and directed.  Her films celebrate her South Asian American heritage and diverse American stories, The poems depict the scenes from the American South and the lovely rural landscape and life.  She is known for award winning films, "Yadvi-The Dignified Princess", "Welcome to North Carolina", "Crossing Borders: An American Story”, and other films.  Her photography includes nature, capturing the scenic side of the American backroads, and views of the countryside.  She has also participated in the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County Cultural Art Grant Review Panel for five (5) years. 


Dr. Rev. Sally Dolch


Pamela Andrejev
Board Member

Pamela Andrejev is an award-winning photographer and gallerist with parallel careers in business and arts administration. She has been an exhibiting artist since the 80’s, prior to dedicating herself to photography, she originally focused on mixed media artworks celebrating her Oklahoma Cherokee heritage. Since moving to NC in 1993, she has been photographing the southern environs and taking prizes for her photography.
Pamela is a licensed real-estate broker with 20+ years representing historic and new properties. She is also a board member of Franklin County Community Foundation.


Leslie “Jan” Lydon
Board Member

Leslie “Jan” Lydon moved to Louisburg, NC from Wilmington, NC in 12/2020. A longtime mortgage and banking manager, she is currently managing the Touchstone Bank, in downtown Louisburg.

Jan was originally from Buffalo, NY where she attended SUNY Fredonia, an art and music college, where she studied music and voice.


99 South Bickett Blvd.
Louisburg NC 27549
919-497-6910 fcac.arts@fcacarts.org



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