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Art & Fork Celebrates Appalachian Culture

The Appalachian Artisan Center held it’s inaugural celebration of Appalachian culture, “Art & Fork” on Thursday, June 26, 2015.

Attendees were invited to join in on the fun with food, music, and art exhibits.

Executive Director Josh Mullins said it is to encourage people to buy locally.

Mullins added, “We’re really trying to make Hindman a place that’s a music friendly, art friendly town. We have an NEA grant to really do some creative placemaking and reinvent Hindman as this cultural destination for musical heritage”.

The event featured Jenn Noble’s art and music from Brett Ratliff. About 30 people took part in the food and entertainment.


Jenn Noble: Local Artist Exhibit

Jenn Noble, an artist from Hazard, Kentucky, explores the use of various mixed media techniques to bring landscapes, people, and vivid scenes alive in her current exhibition.

The exhibit will be on display through August 27, 2015.

Closing Reception
Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 6:00pm
Appalachian Artisan Center Cafe
16 W Main Street – Hindman, KY 41822

“‘Of Hollers & Highlands” Exhibit

From realism to abstract and paint on canvas to found object assemblage, this exhibit features the art of these talented Appalachian women:

Anita Bentley
Angelyn DeBord
Carrie Carter
Lacy Hale
Marge Barber Fulton
Pam Oldfield Meade
Martha Risner
Patricia Brown Shelton
Judith Vermillion
Peggy Wells
Donna Williams

This exhibition is on display in the Artisan Center Cafe Gallery from May 1-June 30, 2015.

Closing Reception
Friday, June 19, 2015 – 5:00pm
Appalachian Artisan Center Cafe
16 W Main Street – Hindman, KY 41822

“Odyssey of a Lifetime” Exhibit

From Boston to Bodie Island and McHargue’s Mill to Malibu, photographer Stephanie McVay brings us along with her on a photo journey across America as seen through her Nikon lens.

This exhibition is on display in the Cody Studios Gallery from May 1-June 27, 2015. Read an excerpt from her travel memoirs below.

Closing Reception
Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 1:00pm
Appalachian Artisan Center’s Cody Studios
28 W Main Street – Hindman, KY 41822


Brief Excerpts from Stephanie’s Memoirs

The following June of 2009, a 17 year career with the Columbia Gas System ended as a Measurement and Regulation Mechanic when Chesapeake Energy acquired Columbia Natural Resources. Devastated, I thought there has to be a reason, but I just don’t see it yet. “Walk through the forest to the other side.” It took months for me to see the dream I had forgotten, the dream of riding coast-to-coast. The more I rode, the more I could see the bigger picture and never in my young years would I ever have enough vacation time for this adventure. An adventure to explore America, to travel into the dust of those seeking before me.

Reaching for the map, thumbing through the states and finally returning to the entire map of the United States. Kentucky, just ride westward and enjoy the ride, to Montana and back in five weeks. What to see and experience! To travel the forgotten paths of the Trail of Tears. Fascinated with the transformation of America and the rugged ways of the West, I readied my pen to navigate my adventure.

In the mean time, fall is here. Leaves have fallen and few remain on the tips of tree limbs. Restless to ride into the last two states of the lower 48 states, I feel that this ride is something that I have to do before the change of the year, my American flag resting on top of my bungie tied dry-bag as a reminder of my journey and the freedom to meander across America solo. I am loved, I am blessed; what else is there to fuel a journey but passion?

Nobody defines your life but you. You live your passion. The sands of time tend to twist the fibers of our being into some thing unrecognizable even to ourselves. Passion defines you, fuels the creative birth rights unique only to you and I wanted to share for the first time to the public the beauty and verity of places that I have been blessed to interact on my, Stephanie McVay’s, Odyssey of a Lifetime.

Annual Spring Celebration Held

The ninth annual Spring Celebration was held on May 8, 2015 in the May Stone Building on the campus of Hindman Settlement School. Before dinner began, more than 100 attendees enjoyed witnessed live painting by artists Lacy Hale and MonaRae, ceramic hand building by potter Mike Ware, and woodcarving by Terry Ratliff. Additionally, author Debbie Hodson, artist John Marcum, master luthier Doug Naselroad, and his apprentices, staff and students from the Kentucky School of Craft, and soap makers N&S Farms were on hand to exhibit their work. Entertainment for the evening was provided by musicians Brett Ratliff, Shawn Stamper, and John Haywood.

Following a keynote on creative placemaking in the community by Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director Lori Meadows, participants were able to bid on an array of items including unique local art and donations from area businesses. More than $7,500 was raised to support the operations and programs of the Center!


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