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Art exhibition to honor local legend

From Erin Alise Conley
Salyersville Renaissance Art Guild

From Erin Alise Conley Salyersville Renaissance Art Guild

SALYERSVILLE – An art exhibition celebrating the life and work of Salyersville native Thomas J. Whitaker will be open to the public at the Salyersville Renaissance on Main from August 30th through September 4th. “We wanted to do this show because Tom was such a symbol of what Appalachia represents in contrast to the negative stereotypes our area often receives in the media,” says Jessica Salyer, director and curator of Mainstreet Art Studios and Salyersville Renaissance Art Guild member, “He is a symbol of everything we can be”.

The art guild has been working closely with the family collecting photos and memories to create what is much more than an art show – this will be a celebration of the artist and the mark he made on our area. Guild members raised funds to make the show possible.

During the showing, all recommended COVID-19 precautions will be followed.

The Salyersville Renaissance Art Guild is a collective of artists and art lovers once led by Thomas Whitaker himself. Members are excited to commemorate our late friend who was a strong influence on all artists in our area.

For more information on the Salyersville Renaissance on Main, you can find them online at
Mainstreet Art Studios is working to bring accessible arts to Magoffin County, find their Facebook page at

Mask are required
Limited number at one time
Sanitization Stations and Mask Available

Dates and Times
Monday & Tuesday 10am to 5pm
Wednesday to Saturday
10am to 8pm

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