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March 2011

Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Offers Exhibit Focused on Yadkin River

The Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC, is presenting the exhibit, The Yadkin River Story: A River of the People, on view in Eleanor and Egbert Davis Gallery through Mar. 26, 2011.

The Yadkin River Story is a traveling photography and multimedia exhibit about the human story of a North Carolina River. With still images and audio recordings, the project tells stories of farming families who have survived floods, of church communities that find renewal in the swift waters of the river and immigrant communities who come down to the river because it reminds them of home - all stories that reveal the river’s soul.

The exhibition is the results of a project about the people who have made the river a part of their lives. The Yadkin has its source beside a resort hotel in Blowing Rock, NC, then flows east for nearly 100 miles before turning south at the East Bend. This project focuses on the region near the East Bend and tells the river’s human story - of fishermen and farmers, immigrants and worshippers, mothers and sons - of people whose lives are defined one way or another by the river. Their stories are meant to be seen and heard.

Produced by an award-winning team of local journalists, the project includes photographs by Christine Rucker, a freelance photographer and photojournalist; audio edited by Michelle Johnson, the on-line editor at the Winston-Salem Journal and freelance journalist; and essays and interviews by Phoebe Zerwick, a freelance journalist and lecturer in the English Department at Wake Forest University, where she teaches writing and journalism.

The Yadkin Riverkeeper sponsored the project with grants from the North Carolina Humanities Council, the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem Forsyth County. For further info about the river visit ( ) or (

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the School at 336/723-7395 or visit (

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