Scenes of Liberty


An exhibition of original artwork by Mike Hill inspired by the Liberty! outdoor drama

Opening Reception – Saturday, June 16th at 2 pm in the Gathering Place in the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Shows closes Sunday, July 1st.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals, local Illustrator, Friends of Sycamore Shoals board member and County Commissioner Mike Hill is releasing “Scenes of Liberty”, a coloring book featuring illustrations inspired by the Liberty! Outdoor Drama.

This 24 page coloring book features Hill’s brush and ink drawings which portray of many of the resident actors and living history re-enactors who provide entertainment and programming at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, combined with excerpts taken directly from the script of the drama. The illustrations depict the Carter Family’s initial arrival at Watauga, The Transylvania Purchase, The Watauga Compact, Reverend Doak’s powerful Sword of the Lord and Gideon prayer, and the historic march of the Overmountain Men that is credited with turning the tide of the American Revolutionary War. The historical panels are interspersed with illustrations of the Fife and Drum Corps, The Sons of Liberty performers and even Rio, one of the longest running Liberty! Cast members.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site will be hosting an exhibition of Hill’s Liberty-inspired original brush and ink drawings, along with hand-colored mechanical reproductions and large scale hand-embellished Giclee reproductions on canvas of the artwork from the coloring book opening on June 16 and running through July 1. A release party for the coloring book and reception for the artist will be held on July 16 at 2 pm at the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site. All original and reproduction artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds to benefit the Friends of Sycamore Shoals, the organization that produces the Liberty drama each year. Mike Hill will be autographing copies of the coloring book as well as custom-signing off on any works purchased at the event.

For more details, contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808

 

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