Virginia Folklife Program

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Virginia Folklife Announces New Master Artists and Apprentices

Posted: 2012-08-29 | Categories: Uncategorized |

The Virginia Folklife Program announces the tenth class of Master Artists and Apprentices in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program.

Please join us in welcoming the 2012-2013 class at the Apprenticeship Showcase on Sunday, September 16 from 1 to 5pm at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

  • Master Guitar Maker Wayne Henderson of Grayson County and apprentice Jayne Henderson
  • Master Blues Singer Gaye Adegbalola of Fredericksburg and apprentice Lorie Strother of Waynesboro
  • Master Chickahominy Dancer Jessica Stewart and apprentice Vanessa Adkins of Charles City County
  • Master Dulcimer Maker Walter Messick of Grayson County and apprentice Chris Testerman
  • Master of Job-shop Letterpress Printing Garrett Queen of Charlottesville and apprentice Lana Lambert
  • Master Instrument Contest Emcee Harold Mitchell of Galax and apprentice Dale Morris of Grayson County
  • Master Stone Mason David Conroy of Montgomery County and apprentice Mark Smith of Pulaski County
  • Master of Clawhammer Banjo and Moonshine Stories Jimmy Boyd of Franklin County and apprentice Jared Boyd of Carroll County
  • Master Gunsmith Wallace Gusler of Williamsburg and apprentice Bruce Larson

The Apprenticeship Showcase also will recognize the graduating class of master artists and their apprentices:

  • Master Banjo player Sammy Shelor of Patrick County and apprentice Ashley Nale of Galax
  • Master Cobbler David Young and apprentice Yvonne Young of Waynesboro
  • Master of Oyster Aquaculture Dudley Biddlecomb of Northumberland County and apprentice Peter Hedlund of Charlottesville
  • Master Cheesemaker Gail Hobbs-Page of Albemarle County and apprentice Kyle Kilduff
  • Master Shape Note Singers John del Re and Kelly Macklin of Clarke County and apprentices John Alexander and Diane Ober of Charlottesville
  • Master Autoharp maker and player John Hollandsworth of  Montgomery County and apprentice Sam Gleaves
  • Master Mongolian Mask Maker Gankhuyag Natsag and apprentice Zanabazar Gankhuyag of Arlington County
  • Master Caribbean Carnival Costume Maker Earl Blake and apprentice Scottie Blake of Hampton Roads

Please join us for this free festival featuring the music, food, and crafts of the Commonwealth. This year’s Showcase also sees the return of Frances Davis, the “fried apple pie lady,” and the Brunswick Stewmasters. The stewmasters will make 380 quarts of their delicious Brunswick stew on site, and will offer take-home quarts for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Virginia Folklife Program.

The event is free and open to the public. Children and families are welcome. RSVPs are encouraged.

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is located next to the Boar’s Head Inn, 145 Ednam Drive, off Route 250 West in Charlottesville. For more information, call 434-924-3296.

The Folklife Apprenticeship Program is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Apprenticeship Showcase also receives support from Virginia is for Lovers and the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF).

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