The public is invited to Family & Community Day at the Art Museum of WVU, on Saturday, July 30, in celebration of the current exhibition “Independent Vision: Self-taught Artists from Appalachia.”

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Art Museum and Museum Education Center.

Activities will include: juggling by Jamie Whoolery; face painting by Lisa Howell; Appalachian music by WVU School of Music students Tristan Dennis, Judith Meyers, Hillary Kay and Brandon Morgan; a visit by the WVU Mountaineer; and art projects for kids and adults. There will be light refreshments and visitors are welcome to bring a lunch.

Museum staff and docents will provide guided tours of the Appalachian exhibition currently on view in the John and Ruth McGee Gallery on the lower level.

The exhibition presents works by artists who had no formal training in art, but were guided by their own independent vision and a strong urge to create, using readily available materials such as wood, clay, house paint and found objects.

Their artworks express their Appalachian heritage and their values – love of nature, family and community ties, and faith in God.

For more information about Family and Community Day, contact the Art Museum of WVU at 304.293.7790 or see the website at


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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