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The Appalachian Photographs of Cecil Sharp 1916 to 1918


January 6 - February 21, 2020

During the period of 1916 through 1918, Cecil Sharp and his assistant Maud Karpeles, from England, spent 46 weeks traveling through the mountain regions of five Appalachian States in search of what Sharp believed to be surviving traditional English folk ballads.  He had collected these songs as well as dances in north and west England during the start of the folk-revival period.  In America they collected 500 songs from 281 providers. Sharp felt these traditions were fading away and he sought to capture this piece of culture before it was gone or overtaken by modern influences.  During other parts of the years here in America, he taught and lectured in numerous cities.

During his mountain travels, he documented many of his sources for ballads in photographs.  He visited with these people many times, often stayed at their homes, and developed an appreciation and fondness for the mountain life.  The photographs are a stunning record of the people and the times.

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*Join us for a reception and exhibit talk on January 16 at 5pm: this event is free and open to the public

Children from the Ondeida School
Hannah, Becky, and Effie Mitchell
Woman on a ferry, Sandy Bottom Pool

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February 26 - May 2, 2020

Amazing, captivating, thrilling and simply “out-of-this-world” are some of the words people use to describe pieces from Affee’s Vicker’s amazing works of art. In an industry of artists who are educated through design school or use design applications and computers to hone their craft, Affee is self-taught. Affee’s long standing career in fabrication, construction and music are reflected in each note of these concept-to-reality designs. He began creating small works of art as a boy and built on that foundation in the 1970’s.

Affee Vickers’ ingenuity in the areas of glass, acrylic, stainless steel, titanium, abstract art, oil paintings, sculptures and the newly innovative “Blue Copper Series” and “Onyx Series” are uniquely created for those with a discerning eye and deep appreciation for artistic value. 

*Join us for the opening reception at 5pm on February 28: this event is free and open to the public

On the Schedule for 2020…

History of the Gallery

The Welborn Gallery was named after Marion and Jewell Welborn of Boonville for the generous lead gift they made to the Center’s capital campaign. The Welborns gifted the final funds needed to close the campaign and make possible the opening of the center.  

About The Gallery

Our Welborn Gallery warmly greets every visitor to the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center as soon as you walk in the building. Our Welborn Gallery is designed to expose residents and visitors to continual and varied 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces of art. You can always find something to inspire and challenge you with every visit. The Welborn Gallery operates on the same business hours as the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center: Monday thru Friday (9am-5pm) & during special events. We are closed on major federal holidays.

Guidelines For The Welborn Gallery

Portfolio Submission Guidelines for Exhibitions (2020/2021):

Please send 5 – 7 good quality .jpeg digital images of your work. These images should be a fair representation of the work you wish to exhibit at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, or similar to work you intend to create for the exhibit. Each image should be labeled with the size of the piece, medium, and title.

In addition to providing examples of your work, we request that you provide us with your website with specific instructions to guide us to the selections of art you wish to exhibit.

Other information we require includes a brief description of your exhibition idea. How many art objects? Is there a theme? You’ll also be required to provide information about yourself, your exhibition experience, and your training, if any.

If you are accepted to exhibit with us, you will need approximately 25 to 30 pieces of art at various sizes. All work must be wired for hanging.

For questions about submitting artwork to exhibit in our gallery please email