“Keepers of the Tradition” Art Exhibit & Book Signing

June 17th


The Arts Depot

314 Depot Square
Abingdon, VA 24210

Visual or Performing Arts


Exhibition 10 am-4 pm, Edwin Lacy performs live Claw-Hammer banjo concert 2-4 pm

"Keepers of the Tradition" is a collaboration between artist, Leslie Gregg & writer, Michael Abraham. The award winning project is a compilation of fine art portraits of contemporary Southwest Virginia Appalachians who are following the paths of those who came before them. It was first unveiled in 2015 at the Historic Alexander Black House in Blacksburg, VA and has since traveled to multiple locations including The History Museum of Western VA. The show includes original portraits of a Moonshiner, Coal Miner, Gospel Singer, Father- Daughter Guitar Makers, Presbyterian Minister, Quilter, Farmer, Herbalist/Midwife, Millstone Perservationist, Violin Maker, Restorative Forester and Woodworker. The accompanying hard bound book tells their heartwarming stories. The book and portrait name plates are interactive-QR codes can be accessed to hear the "Keepers" speak, play music, and sing. The artist and author will be available throughout the day to share information about the project and will be accompanied by some of the "Keepers". Their goal, from the birth of this project, has been to share and celebrate the unique and talented Appalachian individuals and traditions of Southwest Virginia.
"Keeper" Edwin Lacy will perform 2-4pm. Edwin is a world-class claw-hammer banjoist with a golden voice. Edwin was born & raised in Wytheville, VA. After graduating from Virginia Tech. Edwin played music professionally and semi-professionally until entering seminary in 1997. He currently leads the Wild Goose Christian Community in Floyd County, VA.
7 Resident Artists studios will be open June 17-10 am-4pm offering demonstrations and arts & craft sales.