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Johnson County Art Show features local talent in abundance

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By Paula Walter

The Johnson County Art Show is currently being held in the Johnson County Library through the entire month of September.  The show began in conjunction with The Long Journey Home celebration last week.
There are approximately 13 local artists, including Cristy Dunn, Temple Reece, Tia Thomas, Amber Icenhour and Buddy Vaiden, among others, who have some of their works available to view and purchase. This is an opportunity for local artists to showcase their many talents. Some of the items are for sale, and include prints, calendars, photographs, post cards, oil paintings, pen and ink artwork, tee shirts and bags, among other creations, that draw upon Appalachian Mountain heritage.  According to Johnson County Librarian, Linda Icenhour, all items that are for sale will be tagged and marked.
The Johnson County Quilt Guild has once again donated a stunning queen-sized quilt that can be viewed at the Johnson County Art Show until the end of September. The members of the quilt guild work together to create a quilt that will be donated to a local group of their choice.
This year the quilt will be donated to St. Anthony’s Bread, an outreach program at St. Anthony’s Church in Mountain City. Twice a month, the food pantry at the church provides food for over 1,000 individuals and approximately 450 families.  Recipients are allowed to pick up grocery items once a month, including meats and fresh produce donated by local producers.  Beginning in October, you can take a look at the quilt at St. Anthony’s Church at noon every Sunday until the local craft fair is held on November 19 and purchase tickets.  The drawing will be November 20th. Tickets are $1 for one ticket, or $5 for six tickets.