The Yadkin Arts Council will kick off the New Year by displaying the Appalachian Photographs of Cecil Sharp – 1916 to 1918, in the Welborn Gallery January and February, 2020
(Yadkinville, NC) – The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center will ring in 2020 by displaying the works of the prolific photographer and historian, Cecil Sharp, taken from 1916 to 1918. The Appalachian Photographs of Cecil Sharp exhibit, which will be presented from Jan. 6-Feb. 21, takes the viewer back in time to the world of the mountain musicians Sharp worked so hard to capture. This exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Yadkin Arts Council’s and Blue Ridge Music Center’s January “Sounds of the Mountains” music series which is happening on January 11th, 18th, and 25th.
Join us for a reception and exhibit talk on January 16 at 5pm: this event is free and open to the public
During the period of 1916 through 1918, Cecil Sharp and his assistant Maud Karpeles, from England, spent 46 weeks traveling through the mountain regions of five Appalachian States in search of what Sharp believed to be surviving traditional English folk ballads. He had collected these songs as well as dances in north and west England during the start of the folk-revival period. In America they collected 500 songs from 281 providers. Sharp felt these traditions were fading away and he sought to capture this piece of culture before it was gone or overtaken by modern influences. During other parts of the years here in America, he taught and lectured in numerous cities.
During his mountain travels, he documented many of his sources for ballads in photographs. He visited with these people many times, often stayed at their homes, and developed an appreciation and fondness for the mountain life. The photographs are a stunning record of the people and the times.
Exhibit Runs: January 6 – February 21, 2020
Artist Opening Reception: January 16, 2020, 5pm
Where: The Welborn Gallery, 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville
Additional information: YadkinArts.org
About the Welborn Gallery
The Welborn Gallery is located just outside the Willingham Theater in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. We feature a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art from local and regional artists alike. Prepare yourself to be transformed by the remarkable artwork featured here for every exhibit
About the Yadkin Arts Council
The Yadkin Arts Council and Cultural Arts Center’s mission is to enrich the lives of every citizen of Yadkin County through a broad variety of arts programs that touch, inspire and involve creative spirits of all ages and all backgrounds. We believe art is transformational. Arts open minds, frees imagination, and helps people see the world from different perspectives.
The Yadkin Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization. In September, 2010, the council opened the new Yadkin Cultural Center, providing a home for the arts in Yadkin County. It encompasses the Welborn Gallery, the Willingham Theater, the Center Bistro, classrooms and meeting rooms, staff offices and working artist studios. The Yadkin Arts Council website at yadkinarts.org provides up-to-date information about existing and upcoming exhibits, events and programs, and offers forms and rules for artists wishing to submit artwork for future exhibits and juried shows.
About the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center
The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center is an arts campus located in downtown Yadkinville and is home to the Willingham Theater, Welborn Gallery, the Center Bistro, the Willingham Performing Arts Academy, Spark Costume Shop, the Front Yard private event space, and The YARD artist studios.
The Willingham Theater which is state of the art, seats 193 people and showcases performances in music, dance, drama, and film.
Located directly outside of the theater is the Welborn Gallery, which has exhibits that change every two months and feature wide varieties of mediums of 2D and 3D art.
In 2018 the Arts Center also became home to the the Willingham Performing Arts Academy; a facility that provides a place to enrich, educate, create, entertain, and collaborate with the community through professional quality productions and training in the arts.
Also located within the Arts Center, is the town renowned Center Bistro, which offers an eclectic mix of breakfast items, deli sandwiches, wraps, soups, fresh salads, and more all of which can be enjoyed inside or outside on the plaza. The Bistro also serves dinner on select evenings and for special events and offers catering. To make reservations or to order catering call 336.677.6006.
This Project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org.