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Volume 26, Number 1 — January 2019


Vess brings shared vision to 'Earthsea'

How do you work with someone whose work you love, but around whom you’ve always been shy? That’s a question that Charles Vess had to answer when he was offered the opportunity to illustrate “Tales from Earthsea” by Ursula K. Le Guin.

New art scholarship created by McKinney Center faculty member Beverly Thomas Jenkins to honor mother

Beverly Thomas Jenkins is know for her artistry.

'Earthsea' artwork on display at William King Museum of Art

Beginning Jan. 17 all the illustrations from “Tales of Earthsea” go on exhibit at William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia. This is the last time they will be on display before they are donated to their permanent home at the University of Oregon.

'Earthsea' prints available

There are five Charles Vess "Earthsea" prints available from Out of Step Arts, Bristol, Virginia.

What's next for Vess

Charles Vess is known for his fantasy illustrations, although he calls it mythic fiction. “I really respond to mythic fiction that’s not dungeons and dragons, or giant armies fighting other giant armies until there’s just pools of blood. I don’t like reading that, and I don’t like drawing it. I like other things,” he says.

New center opens at William King

A new project is in development at William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia. The former Washington County Administrative Building located on the museum campus will soon experience an extensive renovation to create The Center for Studio Art & Education.

Arts for Youth Spotlight: Aisling Ringrose

Aisling Ringrose has loved to write for as long as she can remember.

AAME Arts Achievement Awards seek nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the fourth annual Arts Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire. The awards are designed to recognize living individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the region.

Burn's Night Dinner benefits ETSU's Thomas G. Burton Scholarship

East Tennessee State University’s Appalachian, Scottish and Irish Studies Program hosts a Burns Night Dinner to benefit the Thomas G. Burton Scholarship Fund Friday, Jan. 25, from 7-9 p.m. in the Grand Soldiers Ballroom at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City.

Annual literary series begins in Abingdon

The Friends of the Washington County Public Library celebrate the beginning of the annual Sunday with Friends literary series.

January Jams is on stage in Abingdon

Abingdon Music Experience presents the seventh annual January Jams at Barter Theatre, Abingdon, Virginia. The music series runs three weekends during January.

AAME presents Nick Koesters in 'Side Effects May Include'

Barter Theatre resident actor Nick Koesters presents a special production of “Side Effects May Include” Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. The show is performed in the Performance Theatre at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol, Virginia. Arts Alliance Mountain Empire is the sponsor of the performance.

Arts Array film schedule announced

Virginia Highlands Community College kicks off the Winter 2019 Arts Array Film Series.

Tusculum graduate wins National Book Award

A Tusculum University alumnus has won the National Book Award for poetry.

Barter Theatre's 2019 season announced

Barter Theatre announced its 2019 season lineup during an event highlighting from various upcoming productions. The season’s theme is “Love, Laughter, and Passion.”

Mary B. Martin School of the Arts announces spring line-up

Rock stars of musical innovation, a quirky Quaker comedian and independent documentaries brimming with whimsy, skateboards and insights into the human condition populate the budding spring season at Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Bristol Music Club fundraiser report

The Bristol Music Club held its annual scholarship benefit fundraiser in November at Central Presbyterian Church. Members of the Highlands Youth Ensemble and previous scholarship winners Amy Shi, Emily Cai, and Natalie Lugo performed musical selections.

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