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Smyth County, Virginia Regional Visitor Center 408 Whitetop Road, Chilhowie, VA, I-81, Exit 35

Marion, Virginia

RE: Appalachian Spirit Gallery August ArtWalk Events

Contact: Suzy Sukle (276-759-3890)

Gallery opening and artist reception, August 10th Second Friday ArtWalk.

True Grass enlivens the porch at Appalachian Spirit Gallery, 144 W. Main Street in Marion, Virginia as they hammer out traditional bluegrass ranging from hard-driving tunes to slow ballads and gospel songs during the August 10th Second Friday ArtWalk and artist reception for Trey Snyder and new members Cyndie Parkin and Lisa Thomas, from 5-8 p.m. Music begins at six.

True Grass with an emphasis on harmony plays throughout southwestern Virginia, East Tennessee, North Carolina and Maryland. Visitors are invited 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 trains in the lower level of the gallery will also be open during the ArtWalk hours.

Farm Spun Fiber Arts is the creation of cousins Parkin and Thomas. Parkin owns an alpaca farm in Smyth County and Thomas, a farmer from Glouchester, Virginia, keeps bees. Together they quilt, weave, crochet, knit, felt and s and sew during what they affectionately call “craft weeks” to produce quality, functional, and decorative products.

"Trey" Snyder, a native of Princeton, West Virginia, claims to have been creating art from the time he could hold a pencil or knead playdough, He began his formal art career with a solo show entitled "Nuclear Family" in the fall of 2001 at the Arthur Butcher Gallery at Concord College in Athens, West Virginia. "Nuclear Family" then made the cover of "The Medley", a TV guide publication distributed by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph Group. Snyder graduated from Concord College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002. He has exhibited at the "Appalachian Allied Artist Annual Show", the Sunrise Museum where he placed Best of Show for a sculpture entitled "Rubble," and participated in a group exhibit, "Eclectic," at the Tamarack Art Gallery, in Beckley, WV.

Work on display by member artists include paintings ranging from traditional to abstract, landscapes to landmarks, oils, watercolor, acrylics, digital giclée and mixed media. Other works include jewelry design, wood items, fabric art, photography, stained glass, fused glass jewels, mosaics, and “green” crafts. Gallery hours run Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12:15 to 1:15pm, Wednesday from noon until 4p, and other times by appointment or as volunteers are available.

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 restaurants to Gallery on 16 with each venue featuring their own activities and ArtWalk specials. For more information check us out on Facebook, or call 276-782-0545 or 276.759.3890.

FREE VISITOR GUIDES: • 1-877-255-9928 • (276) 646-3306

Smyth County, Virginia Regional Visitor Center 408 Whitetop Road, Chilhowie, VA, I-81, Exit 35


1-877-255-9928 • (276) 646-3306


Smyth County



Visitor Center

408 Whitetop Rd,

Chilhowie, VA,

I-81, Exit 35