Marion, Virginia

Alive After Five ArtWalk at Appalachian Spirit Gallery

The Appalachian Spirit Gallery will hold it's Second Friday Artwalk on October 13 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Gallery will feature fiber art by Tina Graham, poetry by Tony Graham and music by Jim Lloyd. Light refreshments will be served. All events are free and open to the public. 

Stitch upon Stitch
Square upon square
Colors Flowing brightly
Marching across the canvas
Separate but entwined.

Life fits this pattern
Swirling with Intensity …

Tina and Tony Graham team up to present an exhibit of quilted fiber art and poetry. Tina’s wallhangings serve as the inspiration for Tony’s poetry. The pairing of poem and textile art are symbiotic, adding context and texture, one to the other. Tina uses hand-dyed, hand-painted fabric either exclusively in her pieces or combined with commercial fabrics.  Tony uses his poetry as a means of capturing moments of life and art with word images.

Jim Lloyd has been dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Old Time Music through teaching, storytelling and entertaining.  Old Time Music is original American Music and was created in the mountains of Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky.  It is the foundation of our Bluegrass music and Bluegrass is the foundation of our American Country Music.

This music is a source of regional pride and Jim Lloyd is preserving the tunes and through his banjo museum, preserving the instruments that play it for our future generations. He is teaching our youth and demonstrating the music in many venues, festivals and music conventions.  He is active in creating and driving these music venues to success.  Some examples are the music performed at the Crooked Road venue of the BW Country Store (a program he mentored and helped establish), the Rural Retreat Fiddler’s Convention (he is mentoring and helping establish) and his own Black Friday Music Jam that he has held for over 10 years in his Rural Retreat Barber Shop.  Jim has taught in the Augusta Program, Davis & Elkins College located in Elkins, West Virginia,  the Swannanoa Gathering at  Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC and the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.  Jim has held music workshops at Virginia Tech, Appalachian State University, Wytheville Heritage Preservation Center, the Foaotmad Festival in England and in many other educational venues.  Jim has performed all over the United States from the Galax fiddler’s Convention, Fiddlers Grove Festival in Union Grove, NC to Nice, France.  He has performed at the Mardi Gras at Bangor, Maine, Mountain Stage for PBS,  for the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA), at the DuPont Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE, the Carpenter Theater in Richmond VA and the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Berea College in Berea, KY just to name a few.

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