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17 Dec 2013
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Join us Memorial Day Weekend 2014 for the 4th annual celebration of ArtSpring—a High Mountain Arts Festival—in Tucker County, WV.

In the high mountain towns of Tucker County, WV, there has long been a network of vibrant communities tied and connected to its rich landscape. From its early 20th-century, coal and timber boom years to a steady move back to the land and a more recent influx of outdoor enthusiasts and artists, Tucker County has great and varied collection of natural and cultural assets that tell a unique story.

In 2010, gallery owners, artists and musicians identified a need to come together to strengthen this network of communities and continue the dialogue between residents and visitors alike in their love for this special place. The outcome was ArtSpring, a creative development group for Tucker County; and the goal was simple: draw greater connectivity between the people, businesses and organizations in the area to help highlight the arts in the communities of the county.

One of the ways to do this included holding a county-wide arts festival to highlight the arts community as a whole. Held on memorial-day weekend, this “tour of Tucker County” has brought together and celebrated the best of the arts community and has included such event as:

  • Fine art and craft demonstrations, open studio tours, gallery exhibits and gala
  • Live music at the Purple Fiddle and Mountain State Brew Pub and street musicians at dozens of outdoor locations
  • A community theatre radio show performance in Thomas’ historic opera house and  traditional square dance
  • A series of nature photography walks in Canaan Valley
  • Kids crafting, window painting, hair decorations, dance recital, and a student mural project
  • Artisan foods and drinks at local restaurants, including an Appalachian farm-to-table tapas and craft cocktail tasting; outdoor farmer/artisan market
  • A silent auction of local art to benefit art education in Tucker County schools and the restoration of Cottrill’s Opera House slated to return as an arts center and community hub once complete

Through the annual festival and other community engagement efforts ArtSpring seeks to assist in the shaping of the physical and social character of our rural towns around the arts and other cultural activities. It brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire and be inspired by capitalizing on existing assets and activating the community. And as its expands its reach in mapping the creative landscape of Tucker County and serving as platform for arts and cultural programming, ArtSpring hopes to keep telling and imagining the story of this unique community.

This event is featured on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. For more information on the Year of the Rural Arts, visit www.artoftherural.org

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