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Cumberland event pays tribute to Appalachian artisans

April 7, 2014

Photos by Chris Jones|Daily Enterprise


A fair featuring arts and crafts and entertainment was held Saturday in Cumberland and held in conjunction with the annual National Hall of Fame for Mountain Artisans induction ceremony held at the Main Street Auditorium.Three artisans and artists from the Appalachian region were honored in a ceremony. Honored for 2014: John D. Brock Sr., Pineville, wood turning craftsman; Jeri Landers, Rutledge,Tenn., author, artist and illustrator and Dolly Parton, Nashville, renowned entertainer and country music icon. Along West Main Street in Cumberland, various craftsmen sold and demonstrated their crafts. Melba Yates, left, gave a sample of her jelly to Brooklyn Couch while the girl’s mother Kimberly Shepherd looked on. Prior to the ceremony, Deric Jeffers, a junior at Harlan County High School, performed on stage in the auditorium; honorees displayed their plaques, and from left: Brock, Rosezelle Boggs-Qualls, hall of fame founder who accepted on behalf of Parton and Landers