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Watauga Valley Art League to present annual members show

Hannah Swayze • Jun 24, 2018 at 4:30 AM

The Summer Art Show at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site will kick off in July with two art shows, both presented by the Watauga Valley Art League.

The art show will begin on July 8 and will be on display in the park’s visitors center until July 28 at Sycamore Shoals State Park.

Barabara Jernigan, treasurer and member of the Watauga Valley Art League, said the show is actually two shows in one. One is the league’s 15th annual Judged Art Show and the other is the 23rd Annual Watauga Valley Art League Member Show.

The show will feature art by many of the more than 60 league members. The multi-media show will include art in a variety of mediums and subjects from flowers to portraits to animals to landscapes. Artists who will be showing, and in some cases selling their original works, include June Simmons, Angie Joyner Shepherd, David Kramer along with many others.

For the public, the league will hold an opening reception on July 8 from 1:30-4 p.m. The event will give the public a chance to come see the art and meet the artists. The awards for the judged aspect of the show will also be announced at this time.

In addition to the displays, Jernigan says that almost every day of the exhibit, an artist from the league will be at Sycamore Shoals to talk to visitors and make art.

But this year, members of the Art League are hoping that the show will encourage more people to join.

"One thing I think we need to work on is more membership in our league, which hopefully would increase more people in the area participating in art and enjoying art. In this area, you don’t have that many people who like art shows," said Jernigan.

June Simmons, the publicity chair for the Art League, said she’s hoping the show will help get the word out, especially to young people in the area.

“What all art organizations need is younger members,” Simmons said.

The Watauga Valley Art League meets the second Sunday of every month at Sycamore Shoals. At the meeting, they critique art, have demonstrations and workshops and sometimes guest speakers.

"You don't have to be an artist — you just have to like art," said Simmons.

The two shows will be on display July 8-28 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site at 1651 W Elk Ave, in Elizabethton. For more information on this event or the art league itself, visit http://www.wataugavalleyartleague.com/

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