True Grass will perform its traditional bluegrass, ranging from hard-driving tunes to slow ballads and gospel songs, at Appalachian Spirit Gallery, 144 West Main Street in Marion, during the Aug. 10 Second Friday ArtWalk and artist reception for Trey Snyder and new members Cyndie Parkin and Lisa Thomas, from 5-8 p.m. Music begins at 6 p.m.
True Grass, with an emphasis on harmony, plays throughout southwestern Virginia, East Tennessee, North Carolina and Maryland. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating. The concert will be moved inside in the case of inclement weather.
The Spirit Railroad Express model trains in the lower level of the gallery will also be open during the ArtWalk hours.
Farm Spun Fiber Arts is the creation of cousins Parkin and Thomas. Parkin owns an alpaca farm in Smyth County and Thomas, a farmer from Glouchester, keeps bees. Together they quilt, weave, crochet, knit, felt and sew during what they affectionately call “craft weeks” to produce quality, functional and decorative products.
Snyder, a native of Princeton, W.Va., claims to have been creating art from the time he could hold a pencil or knead playdough. He began his formal art career with a solo show titled "Nuclear Family" in the fall of 2001 at the Arthur Butcher Gallery at Concord College in Athens, W.Va. "Nuclear Family" then made the cover of The Medley, a TV guide publication distributed by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph Group. Snyder graduated from Concord College with a bachelor of arts degree in 2002. He has exhibited at the Appalachian Allied Artist Annual Show, the Sunrise Museum, where he earned Best of Show for a sculpture titled Rubble and participated in a group exhibit, Eclectic, at the Tamarack Art Gallery, in Beckley, W.Va.
Work on display by member artists includes paintings ranging from traditional to abstract, landscapes to landmarks, oils, watercolor, acrylics, digital giclée and mixed media. Other works include jewelry design, wood items, fabric art, photography, stained glass, fused glass jewels, mosaics and “green” crafts. Gallery hours run Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 12:15-1:15 p.m., Wednesday from noon until 4 p.m. and other times by appointment or as volunteers are available.
The Second Friday Alive after Five ArtWalk runs from one end of downtown Marion to the other with art, crafts, music, jewelry, special events, exhibits and more. The Art Walk begins at Appalachian Spirit Gallery and meanders through downtown shops and restaurants to the Art on 16 gallery with each venue featuring its own activities and ArtWalk specials. For more information, check out Facebook, or call 276-782-0545 or 276-759-3890.