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Mr. Willard Gayheart

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Local Address:  North Carolina , United States
frontporch gallery and frame shop

Employment History


  • Cordia High School
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BCMA to Host Book Signing | Birthplace of Country Music, 15 Mar 2009 [cached]
BCMA Hosts Book Signing by Willard Gayheart, Appalachian ArtistBCMA to Host Book Signing | Birthplace of Country Music
Bristol, VA-TN (February 10, 2004) The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance (BCMA) will host a book signing by Willard Gayheart of his new book Willard Gayheart, Appalachian Artist (McFarland and Company Publishers, 2003).The signing will take place on Saturday, February 21 from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM, at the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum, located on the lower level of the Bristol Mall, exit 1, Interstate 81.
The works of Willard Gayheart, considered one of the best pencil artists in the area, are positive images of the Appalachian culture, presenting the region as a place alive with interesting personalities.A story lies behind almost every piece of art Willard creates, and each person portrayed has played a part in some way in the history or culture of Appalachia.The book, Willard Gayheart, Appalachian Artist, combines a biography of Gayheart with a portfolio of his work, along with his comments on his inspirations and techniques.
Hartley added that many visitors to the museum who have seen Gayheart's drawings on display have commented on the life-like detail.
Willard Gayheart's "In the Beginning" commemorates the 1927 Bristol Sessions Originally from Eastern Kentucky, Gayheart now lives in the community of Woodlawn, Virginia, near the border of Virginia and North Carolina.Keeping the tradition of the mountains alive seems to be a mission to Willard and those closest to him.Willard's presentations of the region's history, people, occupations, pleasures, religion, and celebration are drawn from his own experiences as a native Appalachian.According to the preface to his new book, "Willard's art is not an attempt to analyze a culture, nor is it an attempt to romanticize a region … his art is not about change, but about preservation."
The wonderful artwork is only the beginning of what is Willard Gayheart.He first heard his mother tune a guitar at the age of six, and his fascination with music began.Not long after he was the owner of his own guitar.His mother taught him the first three or four guitar chords and another facet of Willard Gayheart was created.Now, many years later, Willard has been in several bands and is now a member of Alternate Roots, an acoustic band whose music cannot be defined by the narrow confines of today's labeled genres.
Gayheart will also be signing copies of the band's latest CD, Branching Out.Alternate Roots will be performing as part of the Second Annual Cabin Fever Fest at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson, NC on Saturday, February 28.For more information, call (336) 246-3275 or visit the band's website at
For more information about Gayheart and his art, visit his website at
willard gayheart - appalachian pencil artist - blue ridge mountain artist, 25 June 2013 [cached]
Welcome to the website of Willard Gayheart. Willard is a pencil artist from Southwest, Virginia. Originally from Eastern, Kentucky, working mostly from the theme "Nostalgic Glimpses of the Appalachians".
© 2005- 2008- Willard Gayheart • 99 Coulson Church Road • PO Box 65 • Woodlawn, VA 24381 Toll Free Phone: 800-646-3034 • Telephone: 276-236-3034 • Email: • Website Designed and Hosted by Professional Networks, Inc.
A Few Quick links to Willard Gayheart's pencil drawings and pencil artwork:
Jobs in Southwest Virginia | Return to Roots Blog [cached]
There's pencil artist Willard Gayheart, apple butter, carvers, quilters, blacksmithers, bee keepers and more.
You can see everything from legendary pencil artist Willard Gayheart to Brad Smith's carved Roosters andDanny Wingate's leather working, all while listening to some of the best bluegrass and old time bands in the area.
News Archive 2004 | Birthplace of Country Music, 15 Mar 2009 [cached]
BCMA Hosts Book Signing by Willard Gayheart, Appalachian Artist
Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Present A Special Series of Musical Heritage Programs and Workshops | Birthplace of Country Music, 30 Jan 2009 [cached]
Large copies of Willard Gayheart's drawings decorate the theater of the Blue Ridge Music Center. These are drawings of musicians of the regionâ€"some are pictures of well-known artists and others are of neighbors and family enjoying informal jam sessions. Gayheart will talk about each drawing and tell the stories of the people and tunes they each depict.
Willard Gayheart was born near Hazard, Kentucky in 1932 and developed a love for both drawing and music as a young child. He moved to Galax with his family over 40 years ago where he shows his art at the Front Porch Gallery and plays music with the Highlanders.
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