A Cultural Experience during The Crooked Road’s 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming.
“Keepers of the Tradition” is collaboration between artist, Leslie Gregg & writer, Michael Abraham. The award winning project is a compilation of fine art portraits of contemporary Southwest Virginia Appalachians who are following the paths of those who came before them. It was first unveiled in 2015 at the Historic Alexander Black House in Blacksburg, VA and has since traveled to multiple locations including The History Museum of Western VA. The show includes original portraits of a Moonshiner, Coal Miner, Gospel Singer, Father‐ Daughter Guitar Makers, Presbyterian Minister, Quilter, Farmer, Herbalist/Midwife, Millstone Preservationist, Violin Maker, Restorative Forester and Woodworker. The accompanying hard bound book tells their heartwarming stories. The book and portrait name plates are interactive‐QR codes can be accessed to hear the “Keepers” speak, play music, and sing. Their goal, from the birth of this project, has been to share and celebrate the unique and talented Appalachian individuals and traditions of Southwest Virginia.
The Exhibit’s official opening reception and book signing will be held on Saturday, June 17th from 2‐4pm at the Arts Depot located at 314 Depot Square, Abingdon, VA. “Keeper” Edwin Lacy will perform. Edwin is a world‐class claw‐hammer banjoist with a golden voice. Edwin was born & raised in Wytheville, VA. After graduating from Virginia Tech. Edwin played music professionally and semi‐professionally until entering seminary in 1997. He currently leads the Wild Goose Christian Community in Floyd County, VA. The artist and author will be available throughout the day on to share information about the project and will be accompanied by some of the “Keepers”. The exhibit and reception are scheduled as a Cultural Experience during the Crooked Road’s 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming. This exhibit is sponsored by Abingdon Olive Oil Company who will offer a special tasting during the reception. Seven Resident Artists studios will also be open from 10am‐4pm.
For further information about the exhibits, classes, or other offerings and activities of the Arts Depot, Abingdon, VA, call 276- 628-9091 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their facebook place page or their web site at www.abingdonartsdepot.org.