Art of our Appalachian Woods

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Art of Our Appalachian Woods & Visiting Artist Workshops

Athens, Ohio –– The Dairy Barn Arts Center announces Art of Our Appalachian Woods exhibition, which opens to the public Saturday, June 30 at 12 p.m. This exhibition is devoted to the creativity and artisanship of artists working with wood found in the Appalachian region. Art of Our Appalachian Woods will feature 90 sculptural and functional works by 38 artists creating with materials sourced from local woods.


“It’s exciting to have a woodworking exhibition return to the Dairy Barn, which will feature works by master instrument makers, furniture builders and fine wood artists,” says Holly Ittel, Quilt National and Exhibition Director.  “Our committee has worked for months to assemble a variety of wood workers representing the artistry and woods of our region.”


The opening reception of Art if Our Appalachian Woods will be held on Friday, June 29 from 5-8 p.m. at The Dairy Barn Arts Center. The show will run through September 3 with gallery hours Tuesday-Sunday 12-5 p.m. Admission is $5, free for members. Free admission for all every Wednesday.


The sponsors of the exhibition are Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ohio Forestry Association, Southeast Ohio Woodturners, Stewart McDonald, Rural Action and Woodcraft.  These sponsors will have displays, hold workshops and contribute to the overall success of the exhibition.


The Dairy Barn Arts Center will also host several visiting artist lectures, demonstrations, and workshops from June to August. These workshops will include artists Elizabeth Runyon, Don MacRostie, Doug Unger, and Mike West of the Southeast Ohio Woodturners.  In addition, Pete Woyer of the Ohio Forestry Association and Holly Ittel will lead a gallery walk for members and volunteers.


For more information on Art of Our Appalachian Woods and any of our visiting artist workshops and lectures, please visit or email




Exhibition Info:


Art of Our Appalachian Woods is Sponsored by:

Athens County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ohio Forestry Association

Rural Action Forestry

Stewart MacDonald

Southeast Ohio Woodturners




Friday, June 29 5:00-8:00pm

Opening Reception for artists, members and sponsors



Summer Music Series Opens with Boys of the Hock (see below for complete schedule)


Saturday, June 30 1:00-3:00pm

Weave a Napkin Basket with Elizabeth Runyon.

Fee: $40.00

To register visit


Thursday, July 19 11:00am-12:00pm

Gallery Walk for Members and Volunteers

With Holly Ittel, Exhibitions Manager (DBAC) and Pete Woyer of the Ohio Forestry Association

RSVP by contacting Claire White at 740-592-4981 or


Saturday, July 28 1:00-4:00pm

Pen, Honey Dipper, Spinning Top – wood turning workshop with Mike West and the Southeast Ohio Wood Turners.

Fee: $20.00

To register visit


Thursday, August 23, 6:00pm-8:00pm

The Art of Instrument Making: Banjos and Mandolins

With Don MacRostie and Doug Unger. Lecture, demo and audience questions

FREE for all


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