ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- When the leaves begin to change as October rolls around, the Office of Personal and Professional Development at Ohio University Zanesville Campus kicks into high gear in anticipation of an event that provides another of the cultural opportunities for which Zanesville seems to be famous of late.
The fifth annual national conference, The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments, provides an opportunity not just for our region, but also for our nation as a whole to be aware of the misunderstood and underrepresented culture of Appalachian America.
Two conference events that are "a must" for those enjoying Zanesville's cultural renaissance include The Appalachian Art Exhibit and a book signing and reception for the authors involved in this year's conference. Both events are free and open to the public.
At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Zanesville Campus Library in Herrold Hall, the 4th Annual Appalachian Juried Art Exhibit opens with an hors d'oeuvre reception. At 6:15, awards will be presented to artists with the winning piece in 6 different categories, including jewelry and weaving, wood, sculpture, and photography in addition to traditional painting and drawing.
Open to female artists from the Appalachian counties in Ohio, all entries in the exhibit are originals completed within the last three years.
This celebration of Appalachian arts runs through Nov. 15 and can be viewed in the library Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Plan to round out your Thursday evening on campus after the art exhibit with a concert and performance by musician Hank Arbaugh and flatfoot dancer Christine Ballengee-Morris. Free and open to the public, this event begins at 7 p.m. in the Elson Hall Auditorium.
Make a return trip to campus from 5:15 p.m. through 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, to meet featured authors Kiki Delancey and Joyce Dyer at a reception and book-signing event, also located in the Zanesville Campus Library.
After the reception, continue your campus visit by enjoying pizza, music and more flatfoot dancing with Ballengee-Morris and musician Dave Morris. This event, free and open to the public, begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Elson Hall Auditorium.
Though the title of this national conference celebrates the legacy and achievement of women, participation is open to all. For a complete schedule of all conference events or for registration information, visit www.zanesville.ohiou.edu/ce/wac/default.asp.
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