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Contemporary Saturday

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It was a great day to take in some southern Appalachian contemporary art and well worth a trip to the big city on a Saturday. We got drawn to the William King museum to see some big names like Matisse and Picasso, but I think the local collection had more style and flavor. It was curated by Ray Kass, a painter and writer who bi locates between Blacksburg and Manhattan.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Oh good lord... are we going to be referring to Abingdon as "the big city" soon too? What have we gotten ourselves into? ;-P
Comment by Everett Mon Feb 15 10:30:47 2010

:-) Well, you might actually be closer to Roanoke, which is much, much bigger! (Or not --- I can't remember exactly where your farm is....)

Abingdon's about all I can handle. We could go to Johnson City, but it's just out of my league... :-)

Comment by anna Mon Feb 15 10:53:05 2010
We are in Hillsville, which is halfway between Roanoke and Winston Salem. The closest towns outside of Hillsville would be Galax (about the size of Abingdon I think) and Mount Airy, which is supposedly where Andry Griffith's Mayberry is based on. Either way, it looks like we'll have a few options. I've been to Roanoke and it's a very nice city. I haven't been to Winston Salem or Mount Airy yet though.
Comment by Everett Mon Feb 15 16:12:25 2010
I've been through all of those places, but don't really know them. Mt. Airy does have Pilot Mountain, though, which I've been to. :-)
Comment by anna Mon Feb 15 16:34:59 2010

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