State park mu­seum to host artist open house

Live leather­work de­mon­stra­tions, work­shops will be fea­tured

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CH­ESTER­FIELD — The CCC Mu­seum at Poc­a­hon­tas State Park an­nounces the sec­ond in a se­ries of art ex­hi­bi­tions and work­shops cel­e­brat­ing con­tri­bu­tions the CCC made to Vir­ginia State Parks. The mu­seum is housed in the orig­i­nal Swift Creek Recre­ational Demon­stra­tion Area craft build­ing laid out by CCC in the post-De­pres­sion 1930s.

Doc­u­ments show that the most pop­u­lar crafts made there in 1939 in­cluded pot­tery, leather craft and bas­ket-weav­ing. To honor these tra­di­tions, park vis­i­tors and lo­cal res­i­dents are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a week­end open house Feb. 2-3, fea­tur­ing live leather­work de­mon­stra­tions and work­shops by Patrick Black­burn of Tandy Leather.

“We are proud to part­ner with lo­cal artists and crafts­men to high­light this amaz­ing and vir­tu­ally un­known piece of Vir­ginia his­tory,” said CCC Mu­seum Cu­ra­tor AaronPaula Thomp­son.

The mis­sion of the CCC Mu­seum is to pre­serve and to pro­mote the legacy of the Civil­ian Con­ser­va­tion Corps in Vir­ginia State Parks and to in­spire cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions through ex­hibits, ex­pe­ri­ences and part­ner­ships. Thomp­son says par­tic­i­pants, both adult and chil­dren, will have the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate their own leather projects.

Re­becca Whalen, chief ranger vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence at Poc­a­hon­tas State Park, said the pro­gram pro­vides “a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for park vis­i­tors and com­mu­nity mem­bers to learn more about the rich his­tory of Civil­ian Con­ser­va­tion Corps and to meet lo­cal artists and crafts­man.”

The work­shops are geared for adults 16 and older, but chil­dren’s pro­grams are also avail­able.

Call 804-796-4472 to re­serve a spot for the adult work­shop. If space al­lows, walk-up reg­is­tra­tion will be al­lowed the day of the event. Reg­is­tra­tion is $12 and cov­ers ma­te­rial cost.

Fu­ture ex­hibits in the spring of 2019 will fo­cus on weav­ing and bas­ketry.

Vir­ginia State Parks are man­aged by the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Recre­ation. For more in­for­ma­tion about Vir­ginia State Parks’ ac­tiv­i­ties and ameni­ties or to re­serve a camp­site or cabin, call the Vir­ginia State Parks Reser­va­tion Cen­ter at 800-933-PARK or visit www.vir­gini­as­tateparks.gov.

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