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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 1:35 pm | Updated: 11:12 pm, Thu May 15, 2014.


APPALACHIAN ARTS CENTER: Richlands, Va., Route 19 in the Old Archie Helton Store – 2.5 miles south of Claypool Hill, Fourth Annual Quilt Challenge packets are currently available for pick up at the center or Helen’s Fabric Shop. $10 includes three fat quarters which must be used in the quilt. The theme for this year’s challenge is Star Light, Star Bright. All quilts will be judged. 276-596-9188 or appaartsinfo@sw.edu. Center hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 12-6 p.m.; Thursday 12-8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 276-596-9188 or appartsinfo@sw.edu.

APPALACHIAN SPIRIT GALLERY: Marion, 144 W. Main St., Spirit Railroad Express open Saturday’s 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Other times by appointment or whim. 276-782-0545, 276-759-3890 or www.appalachianspiritgallery.com.

ARTS DEPOT: Abingdon, Va., Every second Friday (workshop) and last Friday (Open Mic), Appalachian Poets & Writers (ACPW) Workshops & Open Mic Nights; Fall Art Classes/Free Lecture: Acrylic Landscape Design; through June 7, Outdoor photographer, Kaylynn Wilster, The Birds, The Bees and Intricacies; Depot’s Members Gallery: through May 24, artists displaying their works are Joe Burnette, Katie Commender, Ellen Myatt and Virgil Wimmer. 276-628-9091 or abingdonartsdepot@eva.org; Studio Space available. Deadline noon, June 5.

BOOTH CENTER GALLERY: Grundy, Va., through May 19, Discovery through ReCreation: Drawing and Paintings by Eric Beavers. 276-596-9188 or Rhonda.whited@sw.edu.

CREEPER VAPOR ART GALLERY: Abingdon, Va., 301 W. Main St., Nationally acclaimed Glade Spring artist, Jarata. Other artists with work at the gallery will be outsider folk artist, Eric Cunningham; iPhoneagrapher, The HipstaChick; photographer, Malcolm J. Wilson; through May 24, exhibition by Bristol, Tenn., artist, Eric Cunningham at the First Thursday Art Walk. Open noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

DEERY INN MUSEUM AND GROUNDS: Blountville, Tenn. Early stage stop with permanent displays of 18th and 19th century antiques, period paintings, quilts, grand piano and more. 423-323-4660 or www.historicsullivan.com.

EDITH BOLLING WILSON BIRTHPLACE FOUNDATION AND MUSEUM: Wytheville, Va., On display: Exhibit of The Electric Past and the Future Come Together, Edith Bolling Wilson’s Electric Car. 276-223-3484, www.edithbollingwilson.org.

FIELDS-PENN HOUSE 1860 MUSEUM: Abingdon, Va., Cummings and Main Streets, New museum hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Donations are accepted. 276-676-0216 or www.fieldspennhouse.com.

HANDS ON! REGIONAL MUSEUM: Johnson City, 315 E. Main St., May Art studio schedule: Mother’s Day and Teacher Cards; Las Flores; Spin; Owl Pellet Dissection; May 26, closed for Memorial Day holiday. 423-434-HAND.

JOHNSON CITY AREA ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY: 300 East Main St., through May 30, 6-8 p.m. Exhibit of Valerie Renee Pitts: The Pursuit of Balance. Gallery open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 423-928-8229 or www.arts.org.

MUSEUM OF THE MIDDLE APPALACHIANS: Saltville, Va. Exhibits in main hall include: Geology, The Ice Age, Native Americans, Pioneer Settlement, Early Salt and Gypsum Industry, War-Between-the-States, Industrialization, Company Town Life and Wetlands. 276-496-3633 or www.museum-mid-app.org.

NYUMBA YA TAUSI-PEACOCK MUSEUM: Bristol, Va., 412 Clinton Ave. Two permanent exhibits: African artifacts, handmade toys, musical instruments, jewelry, etc.; African American collectibles, black memorabilia, i.e., dolls, quilts, photos, etc. $5 adults/$3 for children under 12. Museum hours: 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and weekdays by appointment. W. Banks, 276-669-4596.

SLOCUMB GALLERIES: Johnson City, ETSU, Ball Hall, June 2-27, The Watauga Valley Art League members exhibit Art From the Valley. Meet the artists, June 12, 5-7 p.m. Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 423-282-3029 or www.wataugavalleyartleague.com.

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER: Abingdon, Va., Exit 14, I-81, Lobby: On permanent display, works by Kyle Buckland. 276-619-4300.

STUDENT ARTWORK: Downtown Bristol, Hayes Furniture building, through June 2, art work of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Van Pelt, Stonewall Jackson, Highland View and Washington Lee Elementary Schools. 276-644-9700, rrodgers@believeinbristol.org. or www.believeinbristol.org.

THE GALLERY@BARR PHOTOGRAPHICS: Abingdon, Va., 152 E. Main St., May 31, My Backyard: Interpretations of Natural Beauty Watercolor by Catherine S. Poole. Gallery hours: 10-6 Monday-Saturday. 276-628-1486 for information or visit http://barrphotographics.com.

WHITE'S MILL & MERCANTILE: Abingdon. Restoration of the 1790's grist mill is complete and free tours are being given to the public. Schools call for an appointment. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also seeking new board members, whitesmill.abingdon@gmail.com or 276-628-2960.

WILLIAM KING MUSEUM OF ART: Abingdon, Va., 415 Academy Drive, May 24, 2 p.m. Superhero Saturday. Explore the history of censorship in comics with the CBLDF, an organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of comics and the comic industry. Activities include comic artist/author, Brett Marcus Cook crafting mutant portraits, food and blood drive for the Marsh Regional Blood Center; through Aug. 17, Artist by Trade: Independent Projects by Barter Theatre Creatives; through June 15, There/Here: Architectural Research Practices in Urban and Rural Virginia; through June 29, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: The Comic Art Collection of Shelton Drum. 276-628-5005 or www.williamkingmusem.org .


BUECHNERFEST: Charlotte, N.C., Queens University and Myers Park Baptist Church, Buechner Institute at King University will host 3rd annual BuechnerFest, May 29-31. The event will feature the work of the award-winning writer and Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner. Registration is $125, $75 for senior citizens (65 and over), and $50 for students. For information and event itinerary visit http:///beuchnerfest.king.edu or contact Dale Brown at 423-652-4156 or wdbrown@king.edu.


CAVERS: Marion, Va., Main St., Center Square Building, The Walker Mountain Grotto of the NSS meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Cavers and all others who may be interested are invited to free meetings. 276-228-7357.


ARTS, CRAFTS FESTIVAL/FLEA MARKET: Richlands, Va., Wal-Mart’s lower end parking lot, May 17, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donate your items to the Chamber of Commerce, 276-963-3385. $20 donation to Chamber; gives opportunity to set up a space for the flea market and festival. Call or visit richlandschamber@roadrunner.com.

KID POWER: EMPOWERING KIDS OR SUCCESS: Gray, Tenn., Appalachian Fairgrounds, May 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you or your agency provides needed services, health care, critical information, support or assistance to children and families, this event is for you. Kids are eligible for dozens of prizes, have access to indoor and outdoor games and activities from inflatables, adventure challenges and hands-on activities at each booth. Registration is $25 for indoor agency exhibitors in lieu of the door prize donated in past years. Public service groups are exempt from the registration fee. 423-467-3600 or email fhinfo@frontierhealth.org.

CHRISTMAS CONNECTION: Kingsport, Tenn., calling all potters and weavers, craftspeople and artists. Accepting applications for the 35th year of Christmas Connection – Arts & Crafts Fair. Application deadline: June 1. 423-392-8415 or bethesep@kingsporttn.gov.

CRAFTERS BAZAAR: Tazewell, Va., 8925 Thompson Valley Road, Thompson Valley Community Center, June 7, Crafters interested in participating should call Tammy Allison 276-200-4179 or www.thompsonvalleycc.com to print registration form; rental fee $10 for 2 tables inside or unlimited space available outside. Must bring own tables and tents for outside.

GREEN COVE STATION: Damascus, Va., 41259 Green Cove Road, Virginia Creeper Trail, is seeking artists and photographers to exhibit their works for public viewing. A Southwest Virginia theme is preferred. Bluegrass or mountain music bands are also being sought for volunteer performances. 800-628-7202 or dbthompson@fs.fed.us.

STITCH IN TIME QUILT SHOW: Big Stone Gap, Va., The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park is holding Quilt show viewing through May 31 at the museum.

THE ART PLACE: Chilhowie, Va. Offering space for studios, gallery shop, classroom for artists, craft people in Smyth County and neighboring communities. 276-496-3734.

DOWNTOWN KINGSPORT ASSOCIATION: Kingsport, Tenn., Main Arts Center and DKA seeking artists interested in showing work. 423-246-6550.

THE GALLERY @ BARR PHOTOGRAPHICS: Abingdon, Va., 152 E. Main St. Call for artists. Dean at the Gallery, the gallery@barrphotographics.com or 276-628-1486.

606 STATE STREET GALLERY: Bristol, Va., seeking exhibition artists of all media and genres, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, glass jewelry, pottery, photography, prints, cards, textiles and fine art crafts; Watercolor and ink workshop: Flowers, $35 with registration by May 31 at gallery or on Facebook. All supplies included, except for .25mm Micron 01 pens, available at $3 each. 423-573-2438 or www.606statestreetgallery.com.

JONESBOROUGH OPEN JURIED ART EXHIBITION: Jonesborough, Tenn., McKinney Center, Booker T. Washington School, accepting entries. Exhibit open to the public June 6-July 5. All forms of art from mixed media to paintings, including photography, sculptures, etc. will be accepted. 423-753-0562, theresah@jonesboroughtn.org or www.jonesboroughtn.org.

ARTS DEPOT: Abingdon, Va. Accepting proposals for Juried Spotlight Gallery exhibits during 2015. Deadline for submission is noon on May 24; Shared studio available. Must be a member or join Depot Artists Association. Year’s lease required and residency should occur no later than July 1. Deadline for proposal receipt is noon on June 5. Guidelines at www.abingdonartsdepot.org, or by calling 276-628-9091.

JONESBOROUGH DAYS PARADE: Entries being accepted for parade July 5, 10 a.m. Entries should be designed and decorated to focus on the patriotic and storytelling heritage of Jonesborough. Entry fees include $50 for commercial and political entries and $25 for non-commercial entries. Mandatory safety meeting July 1, 6 p.m. at Jonesborough Visitors Center. Application deadline June 30. Matt Townsend, 423-791-3732, mtownsend@jonesboroughtn.org. or www.jonesboroughtn.org.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Mendota, Va., Community Center, (old school), Sept. 13, 11 a.m. Vendors needed. No yard sales. 276-466-9533.


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