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Appalachian Master Artist Series

Appalachian Master Artist Series

December 9-13, 2019

Join us for a week-long celebration of Helen Gibson, an internationally known master carver and a John C. Campbell Folk School Brasstown Carver. Helen is a native of Murphy and has been the Resident Artist in Woodcarving at the Folk School since 1990. She is co-author of several carving instructional books, most recently Carving Moses with Helen Gibson.

Helen will spend the week of December 9-13 at the Folk School demonstrating carving for students and visitors in the Craft Shop and the History Center. She will join other carvers and enthusiasts in A Celebration of Brasstown Carving, a free event for students, staff and community to come together and learn about the history and future of the Brasstown Carvers, held at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 9 in the Keith House Community Room. She will demonstrate for students at Tri County Early College and The Learning Center and join the Folk School community carving night. Helen will join other Brasstown Carvers for a family-friendly holiday event at the Valleytown Cultural Arts Center in Andrews, where kids of all ages can learn to make their own carvings on soap, enjoy cookies and holiday beverages and meet Santa.

Helen Gibson and Richard Carter will participate in a video interview with Tim Radford of WKRK, broadcasting live from the Keith House Community Room at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10th. This will be a closed event, but you can tune in on WKRK's Facebook page or watch it afterward. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

All events are free and open to the public. We encourage community members to bring their own Brasstown carvings, carving stories or questions to share at any of these public events.

Monday, December 9, 7-8 p.m.
A Celebration of Carving
Keith House Community Room

Tuesday, December 10 & Thursday, December 12, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
Carving Demonstration
Folk School Craft Shop

Tuesday, December 10, 5 p.m. -7 p.m.
Holiday Carving for Kids
Valleytown Cultural Arts Center, Andrews

Monday, December 9, Wednesday, December 11 & Friday, December 13, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.
Carving Demonstration
Folk School History Center


About the Appalachian Master Artist Series

As part of a grant-funded initiative to preserve and promote traditional Appalachian craft, music and dance, the Folk School will be hosting four master artists for a week of demonstrations and performances celebrating their craft. During each week, we will offer free activities and opportunities for our students and local community to learn from and share with these visiting artists. Sign up for our Local eNews and follow us on Facebook for updates.

Riley Baugus was Master Artist for the week of October 14-18. Riley celebrated old-time music at the Folk School and several locations in Cherokee and Clay counties including area schools.


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