May 17, 2017

Appalachian Arts Center, a part of Southwest Virginia Community College, will host its inaugural Mary Sue Dean Spring Poet on May 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  This year’s poet is Rob Merritt, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and letters at Bluefield College.  He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and the University of Kentucky where he earned a PhD.  Dr. Merritt has published in a number of journals and anthologies.  He has also published the poetry collections Landscape Architects and The Language of Longing as well as the critical study Early Music and the Aesthetics of Ezra Pound.  He lived and taught in Nanjing, China where he visited Pearl Buck’s house.  Fittingly, he is now a board member of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation in West Virginia.

This spring poetry reading is aimed at bringing established poets to the AAC for our education and enjoyment.  The spring series is named in honor of Mary Sue Dean, a retired a...

May 3, 2017

On Tuesday May, 23rd and Tuesday, May 30th, from 4-6 p.m., elementary school students are invited to attend a basic quilting workshop. Each child will make a 12 inch 'Americana' quilt square from start to finish, using red, white and blue fabrics. Skills learned will include sewing with a machine, hand sewing, hand quilting, design, and assembling the batting, quilt top and backing. Completed squares will be displayed in the gallery through the summer as part of Appalachian Arts Center's annual community quilt challenge. Quilter Jean Condon will teach the class. Sewing since since she was a child, Mrs. Condon learned to sew by watching her mother sew clothes and housewares for the family. She began quilting 12 years ago and has been prolific ever since. The cost for the class is $28 per student, and all materials are included. There is room in the workshop for 10 students.  Please call the Arts Center at 276-596-9188 to reserve a space for your child with a credit card....


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