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Clay & Naturals * Fiber Arts * Two & Three Dimensional Paintings

Wood * Music & Books * Jewelry * Glass & Metal


CLAY & NATURALS

Peach Bottom Pottery .

Peach Bottom Pottery is owned and operated by Holly Hood.  She has worked in pottery for ten years.  The journey began in Yellowstone National Park working for the resident potter. Holly is a native of Wythe County, Virginia, and has returned to  the area, deciding to settle in Independence, in Grayson County.  She has been  fortunate over the past ten years to work alongside of the established potters of Grayson and Alleghany Counties.  All of Holly’s work is wheel- thrown or hand-built, carved and decorated with hand mixed glazes.  Holly’s pottery is displayed for sale in the Carroll County Tourism Office, 231 Farmers’ Market Drive, Hillsville, Virginia.

Mildred P. Bullins

Mildred P. Bullins is a native of Galax, Virginia.  Mildred (Millie) also resided in Roanoke,Virginia, and worked at Brandon Oaks (activities), decorating bulletin boards and also made seasonal crafts. Millie has enjoyed making crafts in excess of four or more years.  She and her husband have retired and now call Galax home.    Millie’s items are on display for sale in the Carroll County Touism Office, 231 Farmers’ Market Drive, Hillsville, Virginia.             540/797-1191           gandmbullins1940@gmail.com

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Justin & Kathy Garziano

Welcome to Mountain Meadow Soy Candles, makers of natural soy candles and melters right here in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. A natural vegetable product, soy is environmentally friendly and grown by American Farmers. Find out for yourself what our customers say. Our hand poured natural soy candles are the best — plain and simple. Step up to Mountain Meadow Soy Candles. You will be glad you did.

Shop at:
The Floyd Country Store, Floyd VA
Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center

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Crystal Gillan
Mule Hell Trading Co.

Email: crystalgillan@embarqmail.com
Phone: (276) 621-4741
Mule Hell Trading Co.
102 Mule Hell Rd.
Wytheville, VA 24382

Hours of Operation
Mon – Fri: 9AM – 5PM
Sat: 10AM – 5PM
Sun: Closed

http://mulehelltradingco.com

Making soap just over the hill from Cripple Creek…
in Mule Hell!

Now, how’d they get a name like that?

This ‘ole mule’s a been makin’ soap for a long time and just keepin’ it to myself, but I guess it’s time to start sharin’ with others. I hope you enjoy!

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Debra Grayson

Debbie was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and now spends her time in her studios both in Fancy Gap, Virginia and Parrish, Florida.
Debbie has studied at the Dunedin Art Center, Manatee Art Center and St. Petersburg Clay Company, along with extra study in Spectrum glazes at the Highwater Clay Company.
She has created some beautiful pieces of pottery with her unique style.
Debbie’s quilting reflects her capable gifts as she transforms her ideas into lovely pieces of art to be enjoyed in the comfort of your home. Recently she encouraged her husband, Stephen, to become a long arm quilter. Together they have created some lovely quilts.
For custom work, please contact Debbie at either of her studios or by calling 276/730-0555 or 727/460-2951.

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Loretta Heathcox

Loretta Hethcox was born in Milleville, NJ. She moved to Jamestown, NC and resided there with her husband for forty-nine years. In 2008, she moved to Hillsville, Virginia. Loretta has a degree in commercial art and has worked in advertising, silk screening and sales. She began rubber stamping before retiring about ten years ago. Loretta likes to create original cards and very seldom are there two cards alike. One stamp, ten options, different colors and embellishments and you have ten different cards. Other than stamping, she enjoys reading and photography. Loretta’s cards are displayed at the Carroll County Office of Tourism in Hillsville, Virginia.

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Sandra Farris Horton

Sandra Farris Horton was a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, but spent her summers in Carroll County, Virginia. She taught herself to sew when she was in second grade and made most of her school clothes. She was always active in school art classes. Later, she sewed clothes for her family and also quilted. Sandra has an associates degree in drafting and design with architectural specialization and also an associates degree in registered nursing. She was employed at Pulaski Community Hospital as a Labor Nurse in the birthing center, and later at Joy Ranch until budget cuts removed the nurse’s position. At this time, her direction lay in pottery. She began Quilt House Pottery in 2008. Sandra’s pottery is on display at Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville, Virginia

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Priscilla Melesco

Website:
http://www.HandmadeGalax.Blogspot.com
Wheel thrown, functional pottery.

MEDIA:
Clay
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Old Town Pottery.
Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, Galax VA.
Pear Tree, Independence VA.

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Penelope Moseley

Address:
151 South Main St.
Galax
VA
24343
Phone:
276-733-9704
Email:
makingconnections@penelopesart.com
Website:

My style goes from abstract expressionism, to impressionism, even surrealist. My work at this period in my life is all about that pent up artistic expression. In addition to painting, I create flame-worked glass beaded jewelry and pottery pieces, both slab-worked and wheel thrown.

WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Arts Council of the Twin Countie

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Bridgette Payseur

Address:
1101 Woodlawn Road
Woodlawn
VA
24381
Phone:
276-238-8237
Email:
payseurdesigns@yahoo.com
Website:
http://MySpace/Payseurdesigns
David & Brigette Payseur teach in their studio in Woodlawn, Va. The classes are $25/2 1/2-hr. class or $15/1-hr class, incl. supplies.

Mon.-Sat.
Lessons are formed to the student and their needs. Age ranges from 5 to 100.

Acrylics, ceramics, gourds, clay, glass, 3-D projects, fabric paints, Art-related field trips. The Gingerbread Art Show is created by the classes & displayed at the Galax Public Library.

MEDIA:
Mixed Media–MURALS
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Payseur Designs.
Winterberry Gallery.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Twi

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Sharon Puckett

Sharon Puckett has been weaving baskets for fourteen years, beginning after taking classes at a local church in 1998. She has also taken classes at Surry Community College and has also attend NCBA conventions.

Sharon is a member of the Surry County Basket Guild, teaches at a local guild and demonstrates basket weaving to children at Matthews Living History Farm.

Sharon enjoys weaving baskets and learning new techniques. Her hope is to pass the art of basket weaving on to the next generation.

Sharon’s baskets are displayed at Pines and Needles Art Studio at Fancy Gap, Virginia and at the Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virginia.

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Linda Rae Russo
Natural Elements

Art has always been a way for Linda Rae to connect with nature, and this has never been more evident than in her nature collages. Bark from a fallen tree, twigs, grasses, and pressed leaves all serve to enhance her paintings of birds, butterflies, and wildflowers. She is grateful to find all of this right in her own backyard and in the woods she loves to explore. Each piece is lovingly and meticulously crafted and made to endure for many years.
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA., Twigs and Leaves, Waynesville, NC, Clapboard House, Wise, VA, Bell Gallery, Floyd, VA and
Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville, VA – lindara329@msn.comhttp://www.artbylindarae.com

 

 

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Brad Smith

10668 Danville Pike
Laurel Fork
VA
24352
Phone:
276-398-3433
Email:
treasurepotts2@yahoo.com
MEDIA:
Wood
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Treasure Pots, Fancy Gap VA.
Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.
Over the Moon Gallery, Floyd VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.
The Chestnut Creek School, Galax VA.

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Beverly Stepp

About
–I create fine hand-crafted Polymer Clay Jewelry, and artful expressions through Photography. https://www.facebook.com/Cassnbellcreations
Mission
To bring attention and appreciation to things perhaps, overlooked, through artistic Jewelry design, and Photography.
Description
Cass-N-Bell Creations is an outlet for my desire to use my hands, and eyes in creative expression. These artistic venues allow me to use my love of nature, color and creation to express my view of the beauty in the simplest and smallest forms. I use many earth tone colors, and sometimes, whimsical figurines to create a unique expression and celebration of life in the form of Jewelry.

My Photography is an on-going learning process, as everyday a new subject is revealed through the Lens of my Camera. I have learned that the Camera sees what I see, and does me the honor of capturing a picture so that I may pass along the beauty I find everyday in Nature.
Basic Info
Founded 2005
Location Galax, Virginia 24333
Products
Fine Hand-crafted Polymer Clay Jewelry.
Nature at its best Photography on blank note cards, calendars and post cards.
Contact Info
Email cassbell-creations@hotmail.com

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Donna Patricia Tully

After spending 17 years working in the veterinary field as a regular vet tech, Donna decided to make a career change. She had always dabbled in art through painting, weaving and aboriginal skills. She apprenticed with Robin Mangum of Mangum Pottery in Turkey Knob from 2011 until 2014 and gained a vast experience in high-fire decorative and functional pottery; working on the potter’s wheel, hand-building and slab work. She assisted in the reduction as well as oxidation firings.


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FIBER ARTS

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Amanda Boyd

Amanda Boyd is a North Carolina native, moving to Carroll County, Virginia at age three. She never could find hair barrettes she liked for her two daughters ages six and three, so she began creating them. Now, her daughters are older and have begun helping create designs using different color combinations. An added bonus is they can sell them and go shopping for new ribbons and have a fun mother/daughter day.

Frances M Boyer

Frances Boyer is a resident of Independence, Virginia.  She is married and has three daughters.   Frances loves to create crafts and is  now displaying crocheted items in Carroll County Tourism office in Hillsville, Virginia.     276/773-2086

Frances W. Brown

Frances Brown was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, moving to Hillsville, Virginia five years ago.  She loves to sew and embroider as well as repurpose all types of items.  Frances currently makes “In The Hoop” embroidery items, quilts, cuff bracelets from old  belts and vintage jewelry.  Frances has a  new item called “sassy sandals”.  They are made from pieces of lace sewn together  to fit around your ankle and top of your foot and can be worn with low profile sandals or barefoot.  Frances has also appeared on several crafts shows on PBS.   Her items are on display for sale at the Carroll County Tourism Office located on Farmers’ Market Drive, Hillsville, Virginia.    –      307 Current Loop, Hillaville, Va   –   704/996-7135  (cell)   –    fwbrown20@gmail.com

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Lola F. Bryant

Lola is a native of Elk Creek, Virginia, and after marriage moved to Hampton, Virginia, where she was employed as a bank manager and assistant vice president. After retirement, she moved back to area and began quilting , sewing handbags, and crafts. She also enjoys gardening, canning and preserving the vegetables she grows. Her handbags sare displayed in Carroll County Office of Tourism in Hillsville, Virginia.

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Madeleine Choquette

I reside in Woodlawn, Virginia, with my husband, Ron, having relocated from Vermont about twelve years ago. We have three children, and eight grandchildren. I worked as a RN for forty-two years and am now retired. I have been knitting since I was ten, helping my mom knit mittens for my siblings. As I am self-taught, I have begun knitting more advanced items. My lastest accomplishment is teaching a knitting class at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts on how to knit two socks at once. In addition to knitting, I have a small business (Maddy Sews) doing alterations, quilting, and machine embroidery. Teaching these skills is very rewarding and gives me great pleasure. I can be reached at 276/238-9059.

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Bertha Conner

Bertha is a quilter, having been hand quilting since 1980 She loves working with quilts. Her son, Bud is a wood turner. He began working with wood in 2005 and makes cutting boards, rolling pens, bowls, wine stoppers, and pens. They reside in Woolwine, Virginia. Their work is displayed at Carroll County Tourisim Office, Hillsville, Virginia, Arts On Main, Stuart, Virginia, Granny’s Attic, Stuart, Virginia, Mountain Meadows, Meadows of Dan, Virginia.

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Laura Frazier

My work celebrates the lives of animals (wildlife, barn yard, companion animals). A finished sculpture represents a relationship of love, respect and gratitude between human and animal; for me, the maker, and for those who commission or purchase the pieces.

When I begin a companion animal commission, I enjoy hearing about the animal: its personality, habits, activities and special physical characteristics. But what really motivates me is the love and caring that the person expresses in their description of their pet. When I sculpt, my intention is to communicate that love and the relationship in the finished piece.

Occasionally, I have the opportunity to sculpt an animal I choose, like the Elephant, Black Bear and Deer in my portfolio. These are animals I admire and with whom I feel a connection.

My own love of nature and all animals is part of the energy involved in the transformation of wool into portrait, from the care of my sheep and preparation of the wool to the needle felting process.

Please visit my web site and blog: http://farmgirlarts.com/

Rebecca Gammon

Rebecca Gammon is a retired lady who is paralyzed and in a wheelchair.  She is an avid animal lover, presently sharing a home with three birds, a cat and a dog.  She loves crafts and is now making “parachute cord” bracelets.  They are displayed at Carroll County Tourism Office.      276/235-2888

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Jerry Ann Hall

Jerry Ann Hall spent her childhood in Buchanan and Tazewell Counties in Virginia, where she began making dolls as a very small child. She was given one doll at Christmas which needed to last until the following Christmas. Because she was such a lover of dolls, the doll soon wore out. So, it became necessary to make them. When Jerry Ann’s daughter, Mary, entered college, she began making dolls for shops and craft shows as a means for meeting college expenses. Over the past thirty years of doll-making, Jerry Ann has developed her own patterns and designs. One of her favorites is the mouse because it is so much fun painting the face and watching the expressions emerge. Currently Jerry Ann resides in Fancy Gap with her husband, both of whom have retired. rosebay@embarqmail.com

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Frances L Hampton

Flags With A Message was founded in 2004 to provide owner Frances Hampton with a way to spread her personal message and give back to her community. These vivid garden flags feature original art and lines of scripture and the flags, printed in America, enable the business to give work to companies here. Flags With A Message really are “messages to leave behind”. When you give one as a gift, you share the message and your support for American workers. Frances’ flags are displayed in Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virginia.

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Felicia Rhudy Hash

Felicia Rhudy Hash is a native of Grayson County, residing in Independence, VA. Being a wife of a beef farmer, gives Felicia lots of night time to be creative. Her mother and two grandmothers passed on to her many talents. Her mother knew what it was to wear dresses made from feed sacks and sleep under quilts made by her grandmother from what was left of clothing that was worn by the family. Now Felicia’s passion is designing and making by hand cloth pottery bowls. Each bowl is unique and it is impossible to make any two bowls exactly alike. She makes bowls in all different colors and sizes. Felicia’s bowls are on display in the following places: Carroll County Tourism, Hillsville, Va; Produce & Provisions, Blowing Rock, NC; The Country Market, Elk Creek, Va; New River Realty 1, Independence, Va; The Farmers Daughter, Wytheville, Va; Wytheville Welcome Center, Wytheville, Va; Rooftop of Virginia, Galax, Va; The Treasury in Independence, Va; and Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, NC.

Jeanie Hill

Jeanie Hill is owner of Carolyne’s Crafts & Gifts, located at 8065 Fancy Gap Highway, Fancy Gap, Virginia.  She was born and grew up in Carroll County, Virginia, now residing in Fancy Gap, Virginia with her husband and four Chihuahuas.  When she was five, her mother gave her as needle and thread and began to teach her how to sew.  From then on, she has been working on some type of craft usually sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting and embroidering.  Jeanie’s mother has always been her inspiration and  even now, when she gets stuck on something and does not know how to proceed, she calls her mother and asks for help.  The craft  shop is open Sunday through Friday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.    Her work is displayed in her shop and the Carroll County Tourism office in Hillsville, Virginia.    276/728-2730  –  276/733-6955

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Joe Logan

Joe and his wife Mariah operates Logan Survival Gear out of their home. They make bracelets, belts, dog collars, dog leashes, key chains, watch bands and more. Logan Survival Gear is displayed at Carroll County Tourism Office located in Hillsville, Virginia. Check out Logan Survival Gear on Facebook! Thanks for looking!
http://logansurvivalgear.com

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Peggy Mabe

Peggy Mabe is a Carroll County native and was taught to knit, crochet, embroider and quilt by her mother. All her quilts are pieced and quilted by hand. Her sister and she grew up wearing dresses made out of “feed sack” material with left over material being used in quilts. Her mother would use lace, buttons, rick-rack and embroidery so they would look as pretty as “ones you could purchase in town”. That is why these items show up in her quilts today. All her pillowcases were embroidered with lace being sewn on edge. Growing up, she did these things because she had to, now she does them because she loves the finished item

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Rosemary McPeak

Rosemary McPeak learned to sew at her grandmother’s knee and has spent the last 40 years perfecting her craft while retaining the craftsmanship and integrity passed down to her. She currently resides in Galax, Virginia, and spends her day creating one-of-a-kind costumes, wedding, christening gowns, and special occasion dresses. She loves to make children’s clothing, baby quilts and creative accessories. She has recently created the costumes for a production at the  Rex Theater in Galax, Virginia, and The Wythe Heritage Society. Her work can be found at the Carroll County Tourism Office 276/238-8579  –  rosemary@embarqmail.com

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Penelope Moseley

Address:
151 South Main St.
Galax
VA
24343
Phone:
276-733-9704
Email:
makingconnections@penelopesart.com
Website:

My style goes from abstract expressionism, to impressionism, even surrealist. My work at this period in my life is all about that pent up artistic expression. In addition to painting, I create flame-worked glass beaded jewelry and pottery pieces, both slab-worked and wheel thrown.

WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Arts Council of the Twin Countie

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Charlotte Pollard

Charlotte Pollard was born in Grayson County and worked in the garment industry for 45 years, retiring in 2001.  Since retiring, she has devoted her free time to crafts including crocheting, knitting, sewing and quilting.  She taught herself to do free-motion quilting and has won many ribbons for her quilts, crocheting and handbags.  In addition to her sewing, Charlotte cans produce from her garden and is the primary caregiver for her mother.  Charlotte’s work is displayed at the Carroll County Tourism office.   276/236-5774

Darlene Romero

Darlene Romero is a native of West Virginia. She moved to  Mount Airy approximately 30 years ago from where she was residing in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She has two sons and two grandsons. Darlene has worked in Carroll County for the last 9 years.  Darlene began to knit items for family and friends and states “it brings me joy and happiness to see how people appreciate her items”.   Her items are on display for sale at Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville, Virginia  336/786-6293

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Karen Simpson

Address:
1770 Little Fox Creek Rd
Independence
VA
24348
Phone:
276-579-9801
Email:
karen@kstylestudios.com
Website:
http://www.kstylestudios.com
I create unique felted products with alpaca, wool and other fibers such as unique hats, purses, vest, jackets, jewelry, scarves and art work. They are one of a kind creations.

I have a BS degree in Fashion Design and worked as a costume designer in Atlanta, GA. I have been felting for over 25 years and love the medium.

I teach at the Chestnut Creek of Arts in Galax, VA. and Peaceful Heart Alpaca Farm.

MEDIA:
Fiber
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
City Gallery, Galax, VA.
Treasure Pots Gallery, Fancy Gap, VA.
Peaceful Hearts Alpaca Farm.
Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, Galax, VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
I have been featured in the wearable art magazine…Belle Armoire in the fall issue.

I am a teacher at the Chestnut Creek School of Art and Peaceful Heart Alpaca Farm.

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Shirley Welch
Welch Haven Fabrics

Address:
622 Coleman Lane
Galax
VA
24333
Phone:
276-236-8277
Email:
welchaven@yahoo.com
Theorem painting – A specialized overlay stenciling.

MEDIA:
Two Dimensional
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Welch Haven Fabrics, Mt. Airy NC.
Shoney”s, Hillsville VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Chestnut Creek School of Art, Galax VA.

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Sharla Willis

Address:
1563 Misty Trail
Fancy Gap
VA
24328
Phone:
276-728-4950
Email:
info@peacefulheartalpacas.com
Website:
http://www.peacefulheartalpacas.com

Patricia Wright

Patricia Wright resides in Carroll County, Virginia.  She is employed, but in spare time, she enjoys weaving baskets, crocheting and quilting.  Her main emphasis is basket weaving as she has been weaving them for 20 years.  Patricia also enjoys gardening and is very involved with her church.  Patricias baskets are displayed at Carroll County Tourism office in Hillsville, Virginia  –    276/236-9450  –  becca09@embarwmail.com


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TWO & THREE DIMENSIONAL PAINTINGS

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Bonnie Appleby

Bonnie and husband moved to Spring Valley, Virginia some thirty years ago. They are both nature lovers and are enjoying Virginia. Bonnie began pressing and drying flowers, with wildflowers being some of her best picks. She loves bringing flowers indoors whey they cannot exist outside. Her flower cards can also be framed and makes a wonderful gift. She also creates various size pictures, bookmarks and invitations. Her work can be seen at Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Va and also the City Gallery in Galax, VA.

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Janice Axelson

I, Janice Axelson, enjoy decorative painting, which means I typically paint on nontraditional surfaces. Rather than painting on canvas or paper to be framed, I often paint on rugs, furniture, kitchenware, tiles, glassware, wood boxes, or murals on walls. I was trained as an educator and taught high school biology for several years. My love of biology shows up in my work, as I prefer painting plants and animals to inanimate objects. Since leaving public education, I have taught decorative painting for the Virginia Tech Learning Center in Critz, VA and for Patrick Henry Community College. I am a demonstrating member of the North Carolina State Fair Village of Yesteryear, Bull Mountain Arts and Arts on Main in Stuart, VA. I am a member of the International Society of Decorative Painters and the Triad Decorative Painters in Winston-Salem, NC.
My work can be seen at the Arts On Main store, Mayberry Antique Hideway in Mount Airy, NC, Jacksonville Center in Floyd, Va and the Carroll County Tourism office, as well as in my home in Claudiville, Virginia.

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Jane Blevins

Teaching high school art for the past 30 year in southwest Virginia has given me many opportunities to expose students to art and teach them to create their own. I have always considered myself an art teacher, not an artist.

As tribute to the various colleges and the students who will be attending them, I began painting wine bottles and putting college scenes on the labels. I have always had a facination with light reflecting on glass, and painting bottles allows me the opportunity to experiment.

Education has been my life’s career and to reflect a former students success through a painting is rewarding. Now as an educator who is also an artist, I am finding great pleasure in providing students with unique keepsakes of their college experiences.

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Ethan Choate

Ethan Choate is a Carroll County native and took private art lessons for six years while still attending school. He enjoys painting landscapes, animals and portraits using acrylics and has received multiple art awards in school art shows and in agricultural fairs throughout Carroll County. He has also participated in the “Gingerbread House” contest held each year at the Galax Library in Galax, Virginia winning several ribbons, including a first placing. Ethan also enjoys watching and playing soccer. His work can be seen at the Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virginia.

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Gayle Cooley

Gayle Cooley grew up in Carroll County, Virginia on a family farm located along the Blue Ridge Parkway. She began her art career at the age of thirteen when she began experimenting with some oil paints left over from a paint-by-number kit. In the mid-60’s, she worked as a copy artist for Galax Mirror, Galax, Virginia, duplicating works of art for them. After an extended break from painting, she returned to her art in 2003, painting local scenes from the Blue Ridge. She is presently enjoying working on portraits, which opens a new field of interest. She exhibits her work at her home studio and also at “Something Different” in Mount Airy, North Carolina. She may be reached at 276/237-0720.

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Lona Cox

Intrigued by the play of light and shadow, Lona Cox uses egg-tempera and watercolor for her style of realism, She has exhibited widely in Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Purchase Award by Miller Brewing Company in the “Miller Plus 60 Exhibition”. Her paintings are included in many private and corporate collections, including Wachovia Bank and Trust Co. of Greensboro and Winston-Salem, N. C., Workmen’s Federal Savings & Loan of Mount Airy, Wachovia Bank and First Citizens Bank of Galax, Wytheville Community College, Wytheville Community Hospital, Radford University and Virginia Tech., High Point College, Virginia Western Community College and R. L. Persinger & Company of Galax, Va. Miss Cox was among the nominees for the “2nd Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Virginia 1985″. She is a member of the Galax Art Guild, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, N. C. and is also a member of “Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway”. She has an Associate degree in Business Administration from Radford University in Virginia and has a studio and gallery in her home at 202 W. Washington Street, Galax, Virginia.

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Willard Gayheart
Front Porch Gallery & Frame Shop

58 Cherry Blossom Lane
Galax VA 24333
Phone:
276-236-5890
Email:
wgayheart@embarqmail.com
Website:
http://www.willardgayheart.com
Detailed pencil drawings, mainly Appalachian life style, including music, work and other aspects of the culture. Theme – “Nostalgic Glimpses of the Appalachian.”

MEDIA:
Two Dimensional

WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Blue Ridge Music Center.
Shoney’s, Hillsville VA.
Shoney’s, Dublin VA.
Shoney’s, Wytheville VA.
Shoney’s Kingsport TN.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
McFarland Press Inc, Book: :Willard Gayheart, Appalachian Artist.”

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Loretta Heathcox

Loretta Hethcox was born in Milleville, NJ. She moved to Jamestown, NC and resided there with her husband for forty-nine years. In 2008, she moved to Hillsville, Virginia. Loretta has a degree in commercial art and has worked in advertising, silk screening and sales. She began rubber stamping before retiring about ten years ago. Loretta likes to create original cards and very seldom are there two cards alike. One stamp, ten options, different colors and embellishments and you have ten different cards. Other than stamping, she enjoys reading and photography. Loretta’s cards are displayed at the Carroll County Office of Tourism in Hillsville, Virginia.

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Paula Melton

Paula has been honing her skills in watercolor since childhood developing a realistic style all her own. Growing up in Carroll County, Virginia, she spent many days with both sets of grandparents on their farms learning a true appreciation for the beauty of an old barn, canning jar, abandoned truck or wildflowers, as well as the landscapes of the mountains. Paula continues to live in the mountain home built by her grandfather keeping her close to family memories and nature. Her original watercolors, acrylics, and limited edition prints can be found a the following locations: Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville, Virginia, City Gallery,Galax, Virginia, Floyd Artist’s Association, Floyd, Virginia, Heartwood, Abingdon, Virginia, Hale-Wilkinson – Carter Building, Hillsville, Virginia and Shoney’s located in Hillsville, Wytheville, Dublin, Virginia.

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Penelope Moseley

Address:
151 South Main St.
Galax
VA
24343
Phone:
276-733-9704
Email:
makingconnections@penelopesart.com
Website:

My style goes from abstract expressionism, to impressionism, even surrealist. My work at this period in my life is all about that pent up artistic expression. In addition to painting, I create flame-worked glass beaded jewelry and pottery pieces, both slab-worked and wheel thrown.

WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Arts Council of the Twin Countie

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Bridgette Payseur

Address:
1101 Woodlawn Road
Woodlawn
VA
24381
Phone:
276-238-8237
Email:
payseurdesigns@yahoo.com
Website:
http://MySpace/Payseurdesigns
David & Brigette Payseur teach in their studio in Woodlawn, Va. The classes are $25/2 1/2-hr. class or $15/1-hr class, incl. supplies.

Mon.-Sat.
Lessons are formed to the student and their needs. Age ranges from 5 to 100.

Acrylics, ceramics, gourds, clay, glass, 3-D projects, fabric paints, Art-related field trips. The Gingerbread Art Show is created by the classes & displayed at the Galax Public Library.

MEDIA:
Mixed Media–MURALS
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Payseur Designs.
Winterberry Gallery.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Twi

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Wayne Ross

Wayne Ross is a Carroll County native.  He is a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the Navy.  Wayne began art in grade school and was called upon to prepare the holiday scenes on blackboards.  He attended New River Community College, Virginian Western Community College and Radford University, but is mostly self-taught.  Wayne is a life member of VFW and DAV, Chapter 23.  He sings with a local Gospel Group and plays the harmonica, autoharp, guitar and mandolin.   His work is displayed at Carroll County Tourism in Hillsville, Virginia.

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Linda Rae Russo
Natural Elements

Art has always been a way for Linda Rae to connect with nature, and this has never been more evident than in her nature collages. Bark from a fallen tree, twigs, grasses, and pressed leaves all serve to enhance her paintings of birds, butterflies, and wildflowers. She is grateful to find all of this right in her own backyard and in the woods she loves to explore. Each piece is lovingly and meticulously crafted and made to endure for many years.
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA., Twigs and Leaves, Waynesville, NC, Clapboard House, Wise, VA, Bell Gallery, Floyd, VA and
Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville, VA – lindara329@msn.comhttp://www.artbylindarae.com

 

 

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Karen Sewell

Address:
2045 Duncans Chapel Road NW
Willis
VA
24380
Phone:
540-763-2862
Email:
artsit@swva.net
Website:
http://www.ksewell.com
All my life, I have had a need to create by sketching the small dramas being played out in nature. In painting the subjects that I am familiar with from growing up in the rural mountains of Southwest Virginia, I have diligently developed my own style which I feel is still evolving and growing. I feel that the past intermingles with the present and influences the future. The vignettes of everyday life are nostalgic reminders of where we came from and hints of where we are going.

MEDIA:
Mixed Media
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Woodberry Inn.
Bogeys Restaurant.
Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
Lynwood Artists.
Floyd Artists Association LLC.

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Brad Smith

10668 Danville Pike
Laurel Fork
VA
24352
Phone:
276-398-3433
Email:
treasurepotts2@yahoo.com
MEDIA:
Wood
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Treasure Pots, Fancy Gap VA.
Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.
Over the Moon Gallery, Floyd VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.
The Chestnut Creek School, Galax VA.

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Shirley Welch
Welch Haven Fabrics

Address:
622 Coleman Lane
Galax
VA
24333
Phone:
276-236-8277
Email:
welchaven@yahoo.com
Theorem painting – A specialized overlay stenciling.

MEDIA:
Two Dimensional
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Welch Haven Fabrics, Mt. Airy NC.
Shoney”s, Hillsville VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Chestnut Creek School of Art, Galax VA.


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WOOD

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Harold Bledsoe

Harold Bledsoe was born in Thomasville, North Carolina. He attended Gray High school in Winston Salem. North Carolina. Harold retired from R. J. Reynolds tobacco Company and enjoys wood working and listening to music.

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Teresa Bowman

Teresa Bowman resides in Fancy Gap, VA. She began working with wood about 12 years ago. A friend gave her a woodworking magazine and she was intrigued with pictures of scroll saw items. She purchased a scroll saw and began learning how to use it. Being largely self-taught, there has been a huge and very interesting learning curve. She owns many pieces of “designer firewood”. Teresa states the challenge is in the creation. She enjoys taking a plain piece of wood and turning it into something that is useful and beautiful. She derives great satisfaction from making “art” from a “plain ‘ol board”. Most of her items are made from solid hardwoods. She primarily works with oak, aspen, black walnut, aromatic red cedar, and poplar. Her hope is that her creations bring as much joy to the public and they do to her.

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George T Brooks

I started drawing in the 3rd grade. Now at 73, I have experimented with many Art forms. I specialize in shaping wood. While living on Emerald Isle, in NC, I sketched many shore birds,fish,dolphins,etc. I then shaped the wood for my patterns from those drawings. My art work is in several galleries in NC and VA. I make over 850 items from 5” to 5′ tall. Prices range from $10 to $3,000. I also make one of a kind walking sticks and canes. New items are eagles, deer, horses, bear and buffalo.

Shows at:
Heartwood, Abingdon VA
Visitors Center, I77, Hillsville VA
VAArt and Things, Morehead City NC

William Clower

William Clower is a native of Michigan.  He moved to West Virginia and was an over-the-road truck driver.  This gave him the opportunity to see many beautiful sites in various states he traveled.  Fancy Gap, Virginia was a favorite and it was there he met his wife, a native of Fancy Gap.  Hillsville, Virginia is where they now reside.  He decided that it was time he begain to use his God-given talent and now works as a reclaimed wood artist.  His work is displayed  at Shoney’s, 2042 Carrollton Pike, Hillsville; Cana Mall, 14350 Fancy Gap Highway, Cana; Treasurer Potts, 7975 Fancy Gap Highway, Fancy Gap; Carroll County Tourism, 231 Farmers’ Market Drive, Suite 5, Hillsville, Virginia.  276/730-4546  –  walhammer@gmail.com

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Bertha Conner

Bertha is a quilter, having been hand quilting since 1980 She loves working with quilts. Her son, Bud is a wood turner. He began working with wood in 2005 and makes cutting boards, rolling pens, bowls, wine stoppers, and pens. They reside in Woolwine, Virginia. Their work is displayed at Carroll County Tourisim Office, Hillsville, Virginia, Arts On Main, Stuart, Virginia, Granny’s Attic, Stuart, Virginia, Mountain Meadows, Meadows of Dan, Virginia.

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Jo Ann Easter

Joann is a chainsaw wood carver and has been carving for eight years She carved a totem pole for house she and her husband were building. They contacted Ron and Debbie Clark to build rustic cedar furniture to furnish their home. After they saw her carvings, they asked her to carve for their Carolina Log Furniture Store located in Fancy Gap, Virginia. Her carvings are displayed at Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville,Virginia, Carolina Log Furniture, Fancy Gap, Virginia, and Fancy Gap Garden Center, Fancy Gap, Virginia.

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Larry Fulk

Larry Fulk is a native of Mount Airy, North Carolina. After high school, he was trained as a Medical Laboratory Technologist and spent several years working in a hospital laboratory setting. He returned to school and received training and worked for remainder of professional years as a Nurse Anesthetist, retiring from Moses Cone Hospital. After my retirement my wife and I moved to Fancy Gap, Virginia and I was left with ample time to follow my life-long love of woodworking. I have always appreciated the look of fine cabinet woods and the craftsmanship it demands. My favorite woods are black walnut, mahogany and other domestic and exotic hardwoods with interesting patterns and colors and most of my enjoyment in woodworking comes with making furniture for my family. I have a special interest in the early American and Shaker style of furniture.

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Carroll Hill

Carroll Hill is a local Carroll County craftsman. His wood products are crafted fom local wood and his vases are finished with a hand rubbed varnish. His bowls are finished and hand rubbed with a food safe butcher block oil that allows washing with a mild soap and water. His work is on display at Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virginia.
carrbink@embarqmail.com (276)238-1668

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Tim Nester

Bear Creek Dough Bowls creates unique one of a kind dough bowls . Check out http://bearcreekdoughbowls.com

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Each dough bowl is handmade and no two will ever be the same.

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These spoons and ladles are also all handmade.  Each one is unique. They come in several different shapes and sizes, and are made from different kinds of wood.  The sizes listed are measured at the largest point.

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Morris Schlesinger

Morris Schlesinger
VA
MEDIA:
Wood
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA

After reading about the craft of wood turning in a magazine in the early ‘80’s, Morris Schlesinger bought himself a lathe and tools and began “giving wood a second chance” as he says.
Morris is one of a small group of wood turners in Virginia and of the less than 8,000 worldwide, from a craft that began in the Middle Ages.
And while Morris considers himself a technician rather than an artist, he has studied with some of the premiere wood turners in the world at various symposiums as well as week long classes at John C. Campbell Folk School.
As a full time U.S. Postal Service employee and Vietnam War veteran, Morris jumped at the chance to join the Freedom Pens Project, a nationwide effort to provide custom hand-crafted pens to American servicemen and women in Iraq. Morris’ contribution was 100 of the 20,000 pen goal.
Schlesinger also plants thousands of trees each year. He says, “Wood is grown for a reason, whether it is for houses, heating or bowls. This is a way to keep the cycle going.”

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B. Todd Shaw

Todd Shaw has over twenty-five years of experience in residential construction and fine woodworking. He is also an author, professional speaker and the maker of Foggy Top Turkey Calls. Todd is an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster of Troop 424 in Galax, Virginia. He has also authored “A Scout Is …” Todd and his wife reside on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Galax, Virginia and have a son and daughter. He enjoys racing, watching re-runs of the Andy Griffith Show, drinking coffee, telling stories and riding his motorcycle. You can find his book at Online Retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, etc and also Carroll County Tourism in Hillsville, Virginia

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Brad Smith

10668 Danville Pike
Laurel Fork
VA
24352
Phone:
276-398-3433
Email:
treasurepotts2@yahoo.com
MEDIA:
Wood
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Treasure Pots, Fancy Gap VA.
Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.
Over the Moon Gallery, Floyd VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.
The Chestnut Creek School, Galax VA.

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Glen J Swinney

Glenn Swinney, a native of Carroll County, Virginia, is married with three children. Glenn retired from Webb Furniture as a Product Engineer. He has played the fiddle for ten years or more and has made 29 fiddles along with other crafts made from wood. His hobby is jamming with local groups. Glenn has a fiddle on display at the Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virginia ,which is made of European-tone wood, with oil varnish – hand rubbed.

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Terry Revon Young

Terry Young is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, relocating to Carroll County in 1982. He is a graduate of Gardner Webb College in North Carolina, married with one son and two granddaughters. Terry Was in construction, building houses and creating whimsical furniture and also a professional wallpaper hanger. He likes to recycle items that have been discarded. His motto is “don’t look to find yourself in other people’s trips- with a little imagination you can make a whole new resource out of what other people throw away”.


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MUSIC & BOOKS

Michael Abraham

Michael Abraham is an author residing in Blacksburg, Virginia.  He specializes in Fiction and non-Fiction books about Appalachia and Virginia.  His books are on display in the Carroll County Tourisim Office, Hillsville, Virginia.    540/392-1119    bikemike@nrvunwired.net

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William (Bill) Anderson

Bill and wife, Maggie, bring to you a traditional music duet with guitar and dobro, story songs, bluegrass, gospel and recently written music in the accoustic tradition. They have years of experience performing in a variety of venues from festivals, coffee houses, churches and Council of the Arts concerts. They have been part of live radio shows and TV programs and have taken their music abroad with concerts at the European World of Bluegrass and a variety of venues in the Netherlands., Switzerland and Nova Scotia. They have appeared at the Birthplace of Country Music Pickin Porch in Bristol, at the Carter Fold, and on the PBS “Song of the Mountains” at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia. They have performed from 12:00 to 4:00 on Wednesdays at the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They also perform regularly on WPAQ, WBRF WCYN and at the Floyd Country Store. They have seven CD’s and are available through Country Sales in Floyd, Virginia and Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virginia. Bill can present a “Guitar Care and Repair Seminar” (he’s a certified Martin Warranty Repairman) and Maggie and present a “Dobro for Beginners” and a “Kids Bluegrass Jam” workshops.

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C. David Gelly

C. David Gelly has authored numerous essays and short stories on global travel, athletic accomplishments and life experiences.A raconteur and oenophile of note, he is an avid marathoner and cyclist who explores unusual places in his travels on domestic as well as international assignments. He has plied his trade in government agencies as well as in the corporate ranks of many significant entities taking him through the streets and alleys of concrete canyons as well as the twists and turns of the Silk Road to the wheat fields of America’s heartland. He is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and currently resides in North Carolina as well as the mountains of southwest Virginia. His books are displayed at Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virginia.

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Velma Kaye Hatfield

Velma moved to Wytheville, Virginia in 2008 from southern West Virginia. She has one daughter, Whitney, still living in West Virginia, and also has one sister and three brothers. Velma is the great great granddaughter of the infamous Devil Anse Hatfield, leader of the Hatfield clan in the feud between Hatfields and McCoys. Her father was a coal miner in West Virginia and she states that it makes her a ” coal miners daughter”. Velma’s CD are displayed at Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virginia.

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Jerry Hayes

Local Appalachian writer, Jerry L. Haynes, grew up in the Brush Creek section of Carroll County. After graduating from Fries High School, he attended VA Tech where he graduated with a Civil engineering degree after serving four years in the US Navy.

Although he always enjoyed writing, he didn’t pen his first novel until 2006 when he self-published “A Cotton Mill Christmas” followed by “The Cotton Mill”. Both were loosely based upon growing up in Fries and are 1/3 fact, 1/3 fiction and 1/3 just plain fantasy.

Next came two historical fictions “The Saga of Caty Sage” which is the epic true story of five-year old Caty Sage who disappeared from Elk Creek in 1792, and her family’s fifty year search for her. “Mountain Justice” is based upon the aftermath of Hillsville courthouse tragedy when a Richmond journalist, after the execution of Floyd and Clyde Allen, travels to southwest Virginia to follow Floyd’s final wish for him to “find the truth”.

Haynes has also written a program entitled “The All New, & Improved, You” which he presents as a motivational seminar. The author lives with his wife in Dublin, Virginia and can be reached at 540/994-9829 or at handh_services@hotmail.com.

Midhael Jennings

Mike and Reida Jennings are members of a seven member group of a southern gospel ministry called “Wings of Hope”.  They are lifelong residents of Carroll County and the Galax area.  Musical influences of the members include tradition gospel, country and western and even marching  band experiences.  The group was formed by  Mike and Reida along with their son-in-law, Jim Shockley, about a year after their only child went home to be with Jesus.  It is the desire of Wings of Hope that others will hear about Jesus and be comforted end encouraged through the songs and testimonies of their music.   Their CD is available for sale at Carroll County Tourism office in Hillsville, Virginia.     mikeandreida@embarqmail.com  –  276/236-4417  –  276/733-1312  –  276/233-8890

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Ellie Kirby

Address:
729 Hazelwood Road
Troutdale
VA
24378
Phone:
276 579-4011
Email:
foxcreekpress@yahoo.com
Website:
http://www.elliekirby.com
I like to design notecards, books and woodcuts that are inspired by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

MEDIA:
Two Dimensional
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Folk Art Center Asheville NC.
John Campbell Folk School, Brasstown NC.
Arrowcraft, Gatlinburg TN.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Southern Highlands Craft Guild.
Holston Mountain Artisans, Abingdon VA.

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Aaron McAlexander

Aaron McAlexander is a native of Patrick County, Virginia, where he attended both elementary and high school at Meadows of Dan. His higher education was at Appalachian State, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, and Texas A&M. Most of his working career was spent teaching physics in Charlotte, NC, during which he taught at Central Piedmont Community College, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Queens University. During his teaching career he authored two physics texts and several laboratory manuals. Upon his retirement from full-time teaching, he decided to try his hand at creative (as opposed to technical) writing. He currently divides his time between part-time teaching in Charlotte, NC and writing in Mayberry, VA. His most recent books are “The Last One Leaving Mayberry” (2011) and So Much To Learn” (2012) Both books are collections of (mostly) humorous short stories set in the Blue Ridge Mountain

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Dari Newman

After graduating with an Associates Degree in Applied Science, Dari became a published author, her book “Free Of Me’, pursued her passion in painting using oil and acrylic as her main median, and manages Carolina Beach R and R (vacation rentals) with her husband, She hopes to continue to use her talents that she has been blessed with. While not being creative in the arts, Dari loves to travel while taking lots of pictures along her way, enjoys walks, maintains good health by eating the right foods, volunteering, and lo ves to find her “deals” shopping at trift stores and yard sales. Her quote “through a pen I can write feeling, emotions, thoughts and sights – through a lens I can capture views, a moment, God’s creations – through a brush I can paint the world.” Dari’s book can be found at Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville, Virginia.

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Wayne Ross

Wayne Ross is a Carroll County native.  He is a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the Navy.  Wayne began art in grade school and was called upon to prepare the holiday scenes on blackboards.  He attended New River Community College, Virginian Western Community College and Radford University, but is mostly self-taught.  Wayne is a life member of VFW and DAV, Chapter 23.  He sings with a local Gospel Group and plays the harmonica, autoharp, guitar and mandolin.   His work is displayed at Carroll County Tourism in Hillsville, Virginia.

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Martha Scott

Martha loves God, family, friends, books, and nature. She has a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and has taught in the Virginia public school system for sixteen years. Martha believes that if children are to appreciate and respect nature, they need to fall in love with it at a young age. She lives with her husband, David, and a menagerie of animals in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Martha’s books are on display at Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virginia.

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B. Todd Shaw

Todd Shaw has over twenty-five years of experience in residential construction and fine woodworking. He is also an author, professional speaker and the maker of Foggy Top Turkey Calls. Todd is an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster of Troop 424 in Galax, Virginia. He has also authored “A Scout Is …” Todd and his wife reside on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Galax, Virginia and have a son and daughter. He enjoys racing, watching re-runs of the Andy Griffith Show, drinking coffee, telling stories and riding his motorcycle. You can find his book at Online Retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, etc and also Carroll County Tourism in Hillsville, Virginia

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Sherry Spence

Sherry was born on Chanute AFB in Rantoul Illinois where her father served as a member of the United States Air Force. Throughout her father’s 20 years of service, they lived in Japan, Okinawa, and upstate New York. She states that she would not trade those life experiences for anything. However, her fondest memories were spent visiting family in Southwest Virginia where she helped her Grandma can and make jellies, picking blackberries, stringing green beans, etc. Since coming to Galax, Virginia, she has had an opportunity to meet some of the most wonderful and talented people where music truly is the heart and soul. Her CD contains original songs about life, love and hope – some bluegrass, some country and some inspirational. Through the making of this CD she has learned a very important truth – and that is – that life is a wonderful journey and not a destination. With many twists and turns and peaks and valleys. we learn many valuable lessons. So for this wonderful journey, she thanks God and gives Him all the praise and glory.

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Phyllis Stump

After teaching English in North Carolina high schools for over thirty years, Phyllis found a new career as playwright and actor. She brings her one-woman show “They Call Me Aunt Orlene”, the story of a Virginia midwife, to schools, retirement homes, museums, theaters and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Phyllis is also an award-winning author of two books of poetry “The Heart Knows” and “Walking The Gunnysack Trail”; a Mountain journey in Poetry. She has a master’s degree from Wake Forest University and her thesis was a novel entitled “Pictures From The Past Imperfect”. She and her husband divide their time between Lexington, North Carolina and Hillsville, Virginia. Their hobbies include nature study, travel, reading, gardening and crafts. Her books are located in the Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virgin

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Glen J Swinney

Glenn Swinney, a native of Carroll County, Virginia, is married with three children. Glenn retired from Webb Furniture as a Product Engineer. He has played the fiddle for ten years or more and has made 29 fiddles along with other crafts made from wood. His hobby is jamming with local groups. Glenn has a fiddle on display at the Carroll County Tourism Office in Hillsville, Virginia ,which is made of European-tone wood, with oil varnish – hand rubbed.

Joe B Tennis

Joe Tennis moved to Southwest Virginia in 1990 to finish a degree in journalism at Radford University.  Since then, the Virginia Beach native has contributed articles and photos on Southwest Virginia to major daily newspapers, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Roanoke Times, The Virginian-Pilot, and the Bristol Herald Courier. He is the author of books called  “Southwest Virginia Crossroads” and”Haunts of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands”,  Joe writes for Blue Ridge Country magazine and is also known for his “Beach to Bluegrass” book about Route 58.  joetennis.author@gmail.  276/791-0704 and 276/466-0654.

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Connie E. Wohlford

Connie Wohlford is a native of Radford, Virginia. Her parents are from Grayson and Carroll County. She enjoyed reading books and telling stories to her two sons when they were small. Now, for the past several years, to her eight grandchildren, as well. The telling of stories to the grands has evolved into enlisting their help in creating new stories, especially tales of strange and one-of-a kind creatures, a rhinoceros. Her hope is that other children as well as grown-ups will likewise come to enjoy these yarns. Connie and her husband, Guy, live in the New River Valley of Virginia, nestled in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Connie’s books are displayed in the Carroll County Tourism office and Log Home Trading, Farmers’ Market Drive, Hillsville, Virginia, Chapters Book Shop in Galax, Virginia and Miller’s Deli & Catering, Woodlawn, Virginia.


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