September 28, 2016

Singing a cappella in the old way of her Mamaw, or honky tonkin’ with her guitar, award winning storyteller and songwriter Anndrena Belcher captivates with a style all her own! 'Dancing in the Wilderness' is a performance that blends visual art, stories, songs, poems and folklore, kindling the home fires through images remembered and passed on through the generations of her family. “My Granny used to call stories of the elders "Old Folkses Tales," says Anndrena, “whether the...y were personal stories of life, love, work, raising children, death, school, or folktales, riddles, songs and skills handed down through the ages. I am so lucky to have had many beloved teachers in my family who managed to create beauty, whether out of the necessity of poverty, or the wealth of imagination! This creativity and innovative spirit, I believe, is the essence of Appalachian culture. To ‘dance in the wilderness’ is to step into the "wilds” of the unknown, trusting instinct to lead the way.” Come immer...

September 16, 2016

On Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00p.m, Appalachian Arts Center will host award winning poet and essayist Dana Wildsmith for a public reading of her works. Like Eudora Welty, Wildsmith says “it was living that made me write.” The daughter of a Methodist minister and a Navy-career wife, her life and writing has been shaped by the experiences of moving from place to place. In 1999, she returned to the Appalachian foothills of north Georgia to work with extended family to preserve her family's farm in the midst of encroaching development. Her life on the farm is the inspiration for her book of essays, Back to Abnormal: Surviving With An Old Farm in the New South, of which Jeff Biggers writes, "Dana Wildsmith's poetic essays are as rare and indispensable as golden seal. Her tales of modern life on an old family farm are refreshing, poignant and timely. Wildsmith's writing, like her 40 acres and a lot of hope, is not simply rooted among the woods and pastoral ways; her beautiful stories are a t...

September 2, 2016

Come get into the autumn spirit at Appalachian Arts Center!

On Tuesday, September 20th from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Barbara Sadler will be teaching an 'Indian Corn' basket weaving workshop. The class is a beginner level class, and no prior experience with basket weaving is required. The cost of the class is $35 per person, and includes all materials. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have completed three woven 'cobs' of Indian Corn, gathered with ribbon and topped off with festive embellishments. Ready to be used a centerpiece, on the mantle or hung upon a door for fall flair, this craft is fun to create, and will be enjoyed for years to come! Instructor Barbara Sadler learned basket weaving from her paternal grandmother, who learned it from her mother. Barbara has passed it down to her daughters, keeping it in the family for over 100 years; she loves to teach and make baskets for people.

Space is limited to 20 participants, so register early! Payment must be received in advance...

September 1, 2016

Congratulations to Julie Powell, whose quilt won the People's Choice prize in our " Let There Be Light!" quilt challenge! The $100 prize, sponsored by Friends of Jane Adair, is awarded to the quilter whose quilt gets the most votes throughout the exhibit by visitors to the gallery. Her meticulous craftsmanship really paid off, as Ms. Powell's quilt also won the $150 'Best in Show' prize, sponso

red by Mary Lawson, which was judged by quilter Jean Condon, last year's 'Best in Show' winner.

      

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