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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Chroma-Extraordinaire a 3-act biography

If Truman Capone’s life were a 3-act play, Act One would open in an elementary school in Pittsburgh. His artistic talent was recognized at a young age when he won contests for kids like drawing a poster for the humane society or a mural at school. “I don’t remember a time in my entire life

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Small Town with a Big Heart . . . for the Arts

This year marks the Floyd Center for the Arts’ 25th year. Throughout two and a half decades, the Center has been an advocate for Floyd artists by providing studio space, fostering art sales and creating learning opportunities....

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Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Moss Arts Center ~ 6 years later

The arts can change people’s hearts, change their minds, and change their lives.  – P. Buckley Moss, artist and philanthropist   Famous American composer and pianist Philip Glass was the opening performer in the Moss Arts Center...

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Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em

Fiber artist Fran Stafford of Newport has called herself many things in her career – spinner, knitter, crocheter, but the Livestock Conservancy would subsume all of those under one title, Sheep Employment Specialist. In a world where...

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

Virginia’s Crooked Road Prepares for Annual Festival

We’ve all driven by the green and orange signs with the iconic banjo. Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, designated as such by the Virginia General Assembly, is a 330-mile driving route that winds across 19 counties in the...

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

A Colonial Era Man … Plying A Bronze Age Skill … in a Digital Age

He’s not under a spreading chestnut tree, but Joshua Langfitt IS making a living these days as a blacksmith. He is the lead blacksmith at Smithfield Plantation, which means he has trained apprentices, manages the forge and...

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Local father/son artists create connections through painting

More often than not, a monumental moment in time isn’t marked with bells, whistles or a hallelujah chorus. When a destined life path is discovered, sometimes it’s something more subtle or simple like, say, crayons. “My mother...

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Tuning in to People local musician uses harp music to heal

Pop-culturally, harp music tends to cue up an upcoming dream sequence. The lights soften, the visuals swirl, and we’re transported to fantasyland. When Kirsti Kaldro of Bridge Kaldro Music in Christiansburg first encountered a harp, it was,...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

Holding Tight to a Dream

Powell’s exact words may not have rung loudly in Carol Ann Lawrence’s ears, but she knew them in her heart. And, it was Walt Disney who quipped: If you can dream it, you can do it. Disney...

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Handmade Gateways to Magic . . . Little Free Library’s story sharing mission

Text by Nancy S. Moseley   Chances are you’ve probably seen one, because … they’re everywhere: a random neighborhood street corner, a shelf at your local coffee shop, a box at your favorite park, a basket at...

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