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“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!

 

NEA Chair Visits Center

Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts visited Eastern Kentucky Tuesday following a visit to Lexington Monday.

“We’ve been eager to get over on this trip because we know some of the great work that’s going on in the Eastern Kentucky area,” said Chu.

Chu began her tour at the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman, before moving to the center’s workshop where dulcimers and other stringed instruments are made.

“It’s a tremendous validation of our programs here,” said Doug Naselroad, master artist in residence at the center.

Chu also tried her hand at the dulcimer before seeing a performance by local dulcimer players.

She then had lunch with local artistic leaders at the Appalshop.

“We really wanted to show her the enthusiasm and the energy that’s happening in Kentucky around the arts right now,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.

Click here for video interview with Chairman Chu.

Source: WYMT.com

New Executive Director Appointed

On March 19, the Appalachian Artisan Center Board of Directors appointed Josh Mullins as the Center’s next Executive Director. Josh, a Hazard, Kentucky-native, earned both his bachelor’s in communications and master’s in education from Morehead State University in 2009 and 2014 respectively.

Prior to joining the staff at the Appalachian Artisan Center, Josh served as a Telegiving Program Manager for Morehead State University’s Office of Development and a 4-H Youth Development Agent for the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. In these roles, he grew donor support for the organizations, organized educational and awareness events, and collaborated with community agencies to build unique and dynamic partnerships. At the Center, Josh hopes to expand on the Center’s outreach initiatives in community art education and better support artist entrepreneurs through workshops and one-on-one assistance.

 

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