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Greeted by Bigfoot

William King art

I keep telling Kayla she needs to become a travel agent. Every local attraction she hooks me up with is 100% fun and the William King Art Museum was no exception. I'd been there before, but there was something special about the company this time around. Mom, Kayla, baby Bigfoot, who turned his head to greet us at the door.

How the yellow jacket came to beMy favorite exhibit didn't really photograph well, unfortunately. Witches and Wild Things by Lillian Trettin consists of stunningly intricate and magical prints and collages that detail both real and imagined Native American/Appalachian folklore.

If you go (and I highly recommend it), you'll want to walk through this series twice. First, just look with your eyes --- the images are labeled only by number, so you can use your own imagination to guess what each one portrays. Then pick up the laminated key to learn what the artist intended each image to represent. The one shown here is "How the Yellowjacket Came to Be."

(Yes, I really did make my aged mother and a six-month-old baby go through the exhibit twice. They're never going anywhere with me again.)

As one final side note --- I asked at the desk before going in and they said I could take photos. I hope the artists don't mind! My notes aren't perfect, but I'm pretty sure the artists in the collage (clockwise from upper left) are: ???, Mark Cline (creator of Foamhenge), Susana Esrequis, and Delia Flores.

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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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Love the one with the calla lilies!

BTW, ETSU's Reece museum is holding an exhibit of Salvador DalĂ­ & the Divine Comedy Part I: Inferno Exhibit from April 7 through May 27. Opening show from 5-7pm on April 14th. For more info:

Comment by NaYan Sat Apr 9 13:21:54 2016
Thanks so much for this review, and I'm glad you enjoyed the exhibit! Exhibiting at the William King Museum is a real treat for me since I grew up in East Tennessee and remember coming to Abingdon and the Barter Theater as a school kid. I'm really impressed with the offerings at this museum, something new and interesting every time I come by.
Comment by Lillian Trettin Sun Apr 10 19:37:27 2016
Lillian --- Thanks for dropping by (and for not minding me using a photo of your beautiful piece on the blog). I've been really loving the William King Museum too. Clearly I need to go there more often!
Comment by anna Mon Apr 11 19:42:24 2016

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