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Acoustic music in the parlor Ron Ireland Appalachian Spirit Gallery opening for Carolyn  Dameron and  Michelle Call at the November 13th Second Friday Art Walk and Alive after Five.


Appalachian Spirit Gallery, 144 West Main Street in Marion, Virginia hosts “Music in the Parlor” by Ron Ireland to compliment the November 13th Art Walk reception for Bristol artist Carolyn Dameron and Michelle Call. The event runs from five until eight PM with the music starting at six.

Bland County musician and song writer Ron Ireland performs unadorned music straight from the heart, his voice a gentle time worn instrument with hop and cynicism coexisting in every note. Ireland’s style mixes traditional, country, folk, blues, and gospel.

Carolyn Dameron’s passion for art began in her first year at Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Virginia where she was introduced to water color painting by master artist Ellen Elmes. Elmes inspired Dameron to pursue her passion for art. After graduation she earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts at Virginia Intermont College and now works at Carl Jessee’s Art and Frame Shop in Bristol, VA. She accepts commission on a regular basis especially for pet portraits.

Dameron and Call met in printmaking class under Perry Johnson at Virginia Intermont College and remained best friends ever since.They haven't had a show together in years and are excited about this one.

The gallery welcomes its newest member, Bepe Boatright Kafka who will be the featured artist in December. Work on display by other member artists 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 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 throughout shops and eateries. Spirit Railroad Express, the model railroad exhibit in the gallery’s lower level, will be open on Saturday mornings from 10am until noon.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 PM, other times by appointment or whim.  For more information go to or call 276-782-0545or 276.759.3890.

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