Betsy K. White take the audience down the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road on a cultural heritage discovery tour through Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee with a slide-illustrated lecture, “Backcountry Makers: An Artisan History of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.”
Presented by Pro-Art Association, the program will begin at 2 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the Slemp Center’s Rhododendron Room at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Admission is free for everyone.
White will share the friendly country forms of pie safes, crazy quilts, colorful pottery, splashes of cobalt blue flowers, high-style furniture, and beautiful wool and linen coverlets woven at home on large barn looms.
This was the frontier which witnessed a great migration of new Americans from Europe and the British Isles who poured down the Valley of Virginia in the last half of the 18th and first years of the 19th centuries.
Artisans followed settlers, and tradition combined with evolving market preference to create a lively mix of decorative arts which became Great Road Style.
The program is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information or assistance for persons with special needs, visit www.pro-art-va.org or call 276-376-4520.