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Members and Lenders Prevue

June 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Wednesday, June 26, 2024 5:30PM – 7:30PM
William King Museum of Art, Abingdon VA
Reception is FREE and open to Members and Lenders and Special Guests



75 years ago, Robert Porterfield began a cultural experience unparalleled to our region. The Virginia Highlands Festival has continued to grow in size and scope to become a destination for tourists and a beloved regional cultural resource for the arts, history and culture of Southwest Virginia.


“The Virginia Highlands Festival of the Arts and Crafts” (as it was first called) began as a dream of Robert Porterfield, who founded Barter Theatre in 1933. He joined with various organizations in Abingdon “to establish in the Highlands a center for the arts.” From its beginnings the programming was always dual: to bring arts activities and lecturers to Abingdon as well as celebrating Appalachian folk traditions.

“The Virginia Highlands Festival: Celebrating 75 Years of Appalachia” is a William King Museum of Art original exhibition and is part of the McGlothlin Exhibition Series.


June 26
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Virginia Highlands Festival: Celebrating 75 Years of Appalachia

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