As the torch is passed to the next director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County, area art instructor Laurie Bostian will try her hand at further developing and expanding the local organization, in hopes of bringing to light the importance of the arts.
The group’s new leader has her eyes set on growing the organization, helping area residents and visitors to know what the Arts Council is, and how to utilize it as a resource. In the past, she said, there was little to no work with social media — something she hopes to change and rely on more as a way of communicating with those in the county who aren’t too familiar with the organization.
Born in South Carolina, Bostian has lived in North Carolina most of her life, moving to the state when she was a child. An education major at Appalachian State, she decided to write a children’s book that was published in 2010 called Appalachian State A to Z, that she hoped would help alumni of the school share their experience at the university with their children, and to show “their love for Boone, N.C.”
Prior to releasing her version of homage to her school, in 2007, Bostian opened an art studio and gallery on Main Street. An out-of-the-area venture, however, took her away for other opportunities, but not for long. Feeling homesick for Lincolnton and missing the community, the artist found herself back in county limits earlier this year and has even been renting out the same apartment she lived in in 2007, she laughed.
“Coming back here in October was like coming home, ironically,” Bostian told the Times-News last week. “I didn’t know anyone when I came here in 2007, but this community, more than anywhere I’ve lived, has a way of wrapping its arms around you and making you feel at home; it feels like I was supposed to come back.”
While at ASU, she was involved in the Teaching Fellows Program — a state program for students who were studying to be teachers, which got her “on fire for teaching.” Extra classes that were required and other activities were designed to push the participants further in their desire to become educators — teaching Bostian tools she says she still uses, even though she doesn’t teach in a classroom today.
After working for four years in the public school system, Bostian decided to teach private painting and drawing lessons instead, which she continues to do currently. Wanting to stress the value of developing the right side of the brain — what she thinks truly makes a person whole — is something she’s passionate about and hopes to instill in her students, ranging in age from four to more than 70 years old.
When she isn’t looking for ways to get more involved in the community, or teaching an art class, Bostian prefers to spend her time with her sons Jackson,14, and Judge, 11, and her dog Copper — a familiar face at the local fire department. A therapy dog, the Britney Spaniel frequents county schools, nursing homes and has a home at the fire department; he was also the greeter at Bostian’s studio.
Interim Director Kae Wright worked with Bostian last week to show her the ropes and help the mother-of-two get settled into her new role. Wright was working as a fill-in for less than a year, until the next director was chosen. She said she is confident Bostian is a good choice and looks forward to working with her in the future.
After her introduction with Wright, Bostian will now take the reins and move toward spreading the word about her organization, online and in person.
“For me, I guess what I’d like everybody to wrap their brains around and understand, is that the arts shouldn’t just be considered something extra; they’re an essential part of development,” Bostian said.