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Traveling Exhibit Opens at Earl Scruggs Center
The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge and Piedmont, a traveling exhibit from the Mount Airy Regional History museum in Mount Airy, NC will open to the public Saturday, June 28, 2014 in the rotating gallery on the second floor of the Earl Scruggs Center. The Luthier’s Craft offers guests an experiential exploration of the traditional art of stringed instrument making as it still exists in Southern Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains with a focus on guitar and banjo.  
The Earl Scruggs Center is pleased to present this exhibit to its visitors and is honored to have its first traveling exhibit from another museum. The exhibit will also include stories of local and regional luthiers and will be complemented by related programming including demonstrations by instrument makers as well as classes where participants can build their own instruments.  Tommy Forney, member of the Earl Scruggs Center’s collection committee, said, “We have so much talent locally producing quality products. It’s going to be fascinating to hear the stories of these craftsmen.” The exhibit will be on display until the end of the year.
Opening day will be a celebration with Chris Testerman, luthier, on hand from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm doing demonstrations in the Great Hall and talking with guests about his craft.  That evening, from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm will be the first of three Earl Scruggs Center Pickin’ On the Square events.  This is a summer series of informal pickin’/jamsessions on the lawn at the Center.  The pickin’ series is co-presented by the Scruggs Center and Shelby Music Center. 
The Center is free to Cleveland County residents on Wednesdays. Regular hours of operation are Wednesday 10 am-6 pm, Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm.  Learn more about the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South and upcoming events and programs by calling 704-487-6233 or visiting www.earlscruggscenter.org.

The Earls Scruggs Center is pleased to present the Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge and Piedmont, exhibit, which will be open to the public on Saturday, June 28, 2014.  Luthier, Chris Testerman will be onsite, from 10 am - 4 pm doing demonstrations and speaking with guests.
Provided by Emily Epley

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