Craft Revival Project to be addressed as lunchtime series begins

Anna Fariello, project leader for the Craft Revival Project headquartered at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, will be the featured presenter as the fall 2006 Appalachian Cultural Lunchtime Series begins at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Fariello’s presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m. and will address the craft revival movement and the project that aims to document it. The project focuses on the 1895 to 1945 time period in Western North Carolina, when mountain crafts-makers were encouraged to preserve traditional crafts and produce works for sale.

Fariello is the visual art editor for the “Encyclopedia of Appalachia,” a former Fulbright fellow to Latin America, and a former research fellow for the Smithsonian Institution. Before joining WCU’s faculty, she was an associate professor at Virginia Tech.

The Mountain Heritage Center and Ron Rash, WCU’s Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies, sponsor the lunchtime series. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch. The event includes a 30-minute talk or performance, followed by a chance for guests to meet with the presenter.

Fariello’s presentation also will be offered at the Mountain Heritage Center at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

For more information, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at (828) 227-7129.