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Mr. Willard Gayheart

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

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Alternate Roots


  • Cordia High School
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Web References
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 does pencil portraits and portrait drawings, 25 June 2013 [cached]
Willard Gayheart 99 Coulson Church Road PO Box 65 · Woodlawn, VA 24381
© 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.
Legendary local pencil artist and ..., 9 Feb 2014 [cached]
Legendary local pencil artist and musician Willard Gayheart, displaying his prints.
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.
Virginia bluegrass music concerts, blue ridge parkway, bluegrass music history, 12 Feb 2008 [cached]
Willard Gayheart
Willard Gayheart has a background steeped in the county and western standards of the 1940s and 1950s.His original songs about life in rural eastern Kentucky are crowd favorites wherever they are heard.Ric-O-Chet's cover of Willard's "My Last Run" stayed on the bluegrass charts for several weeks in 1994.Willard was also a founding member of Galax, Virginia's legendary Highlanders, and he has been designated a Kentucky Colonel by his home state.He is a member of The Alternate Roots, a bluegrass band.
Willard is also a pencil artist from Southwest, Virginia.Originally from Eastern, Kentucky, working mostly from the theme "Nostalgic Glimpses of the Appalachians".
His works are positive images of Appalachian Culture, presenting the region as a place alive with interesting personalities.
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