Appalachian Art

W.Va. Fiction Competition Open For Submissions

Submissions for the West Virginia Fiction Competition are open until May 1. The statewide writing contest is held annually by the Shepherd University Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities.

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Folkways Highlights Of 2023, Inside Appalachia

Since 2019, Inside Appalachia has brought you stories from our Folkways Reporting Project. Folkways was created to boost awareness of Appalachian folk traditions and how they’re passed between people. In 2023, we added 25 stories to our growing archive that explore diverse arts, culture, food and people of Appalachia. This week, look back at some of the past year’s Folkways highlights.

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‘Matriarch Of Appalachian Folk Art’ Minnie Adkins Going Strong At 89

Some call it primitive, but perhaps it’s better to call folk art “unpretentious.” People call 89-year-old Minnie Adkins the Matriarch of Appalachian Folk Art. She says she’s just a whittler.

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Wassailing, Folk Art And Grandma's Potato Candy, Inside Appalachia

This week on Inside Appalachia, we go a-wassailing in Asheville, North Carolina. We also visit Kentucky’s Minnie Adkins. She’s had a long career as a folk artist, which began with a pocket knife. And, family recipes bring generations together. But what happens when you’ve got grandma’s potato candy recipe, and it doesn’t have exact measurements?

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