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Create Appalachia announces free interactive online events for botanical art exhibit

Create Appalachia announces free interactive online events for botanical art exhibit

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Create Appalachia is pleased to announce three free interactive online events designed to complement the “Leaf & Root & Berry” exhibit currently on display in Erwin, Tennessee. “Leaf & Root & Berry” is an exhibit comprised of botanically themed art. It features work from artists across the Appalachian Highlands. Hung in the shop windows of downtown Erwin, it is also available for view online at

In keeping with the botanical theme of “Leaf & Root & Berry,” Create Appalachia will offer three interactive programs, each with a focus on Appalachian flora. Award-winning poet and author Rita Sims Quillen will kick the series off with a poetry reading focused on her latest book, “Some Notes You Hold.” A Q&A and discussion session will follow the reading. River Bryant will lead the second session, “Taking an Oracle Walk,” a “how-to” for a calming nature meditation practice. Bryant has a background in horticulture and teaches for the HERBalachia school of herbalism. The third session will be led by Christy Shivell of Shy Valley Farm Studio and Garden. The topic will be “Landscaping with Herbs and Edibles.” Shy Valley has long been known for its expertise in garden design and its focus on native Appalachian varieties

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Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.: Reading and Discussion with Rita Sims Quillen

A reading from one of the region’s most beloved poets, followed by Q&A and discussion. Create Appalachia has a limited number of copies of “Some Notes You Hold” for sale at a discounted price of $15. Please email for more information regarding books (regular price $16.95).

Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.: Taking an Oracle Walk, led by River Bryant

This interactive online workshop will introduce attendees to River’s “Oracle Walk” practice, in which trees form the center of a guided nature mediation. Perfect for those who seek effective methods of relaxation, introspection and connection to nature. Registrants will receive a handout ahead of time.

Sunday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m.: Landscaping with Herbs and Edibles, led by Christy Shivell of Shy Valley Farm, Studios, & Garden

Learn to transform your landscape with fresh, nutrient-packed food and flavorful herbs without sacrificing ornamental value. Christy will share a list of her favorite plants for edible landscaping, with an emphasis on beauty and versatility. Native plants will be featured.

All events are free and open to the public. Spaces are limited, so registration is required. To reserve a seat for any of the sessions, please email Katie Hoffman:

Create Appalachia is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the integration of arts and business and striving to showcase the region’s creative work and to provide substantive professional development opportunities for artists and artisans, who are vital to regional economic development.

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