Including Atkins, Chilhowie, Marion, Saltville, and Whitetop

Smyth County

VIRGINIA

July 2016

 

“Glenn Body and the Blues Cruzers” to play at Spirit Gallery opening for photographer Lindsey Smith during July 8

 

Appalachian Spirit Gallery, 144 W. Main Street in Marion, Virginia kicks off its July 8 Second Friday Art Walk and Alive after Five with a free performance by Marion’s own “Glenn Body and the Blues Cruzers”. The gallery also hosts an opening andn reception from five until eight for photographer Lindsey Smith. Music on the Porch begins at six. Listeners are urged to put on their dancing shoes and bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating. The concert will be moved inside in the case

of inclement weather. The Spirit Railroad Express model train exhibit in the lower level of the gallery will also be open.

 

Glenn Body the Blues Cruzers, based out of Marion, VA, consist of three high energy musicians who belt out favorites from the 50's, 60's, 70's including Funk, Motown, Blues, R&B, Golden Soul, Classic Rock, and Original Music.

 

Lindsay Smith was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1993. Her interests in art pushed her to attend Emory & Henry College where she concentrated on a variety of things from painting to photography. “Made in Virginia” was first shown as a collection of works for her senior exhibition in the fall of 2015. Lindsay graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors of Art in Studio Art and a Master's of Education. In August she will begin an adventure in teaching art at the elementary level! She currently lives in Bristol with her sister and their two dogs Bailey and Champ.

 

Work on display by member artists include paintings that range from

traditional to abstract, landscapes to landmarks, oils, watercolor, acrylics, digital giclée and mixed media. Other works include jewelry design, wood items, fabric art, stained glass, fused glass jewels, mosaics, photography, and “green” crafts. Appalachian Spirit Artists Association is a non-profit organization composed of artisans who share jobs to fulfill the group’s mission to celebrate the arts, traditions, lore, and spirit of the Appalachian Mountains and to showcase the work of local talent.

 

The Spirit Railroad Express model trains in the lower level of the Gallery will be open from 5-8pm. The ArtWalk provides a great opportunity to enjoy great music, view beautiful art, browse the crafts, and for kids of all ages watching the trains run through beautiful and animated landscapes.

 

The 2nd Friday “Alive after Five” Art Walk runs from one end of downtown Marion to the other—art, crafts, music, jewelry, special events, exhibits, and more. The Art Walk begins at Appalachian Spirit Gallery and meanders through downtown shops and restaurant with each venue featuring their own activities and ArtWalk specials. The 8 PM free concert at the Farmers Market features the fabulous Church Sisters and is part of the Marion Summer Concert Series. For more information check us out on Facebook, www.appalachianspiritgallery.com , or call 276-782-0545 or 276.759.3890.

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