Award Ceremony for Eddie Hamrick
Saturday, November 18th, 2017
2-4pm at the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center
316 Hiddenite Church Rd, Hiddenite, North Carolina 28636
Hosted by the North Carolina Folklore Society and the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center
Join the North Carolina Folklore Society in honoring craftsman and woodwright Eddie Hamrick with the society's 2017 Brown-Hudson award.
The society annually gives awards to people who help maintain the traditions of our state. The award presentation to Hamrick, of Hickory, in Catawba County, will take place at The Hiddenite Arts and Heritage in Hiddenite, North Carolina. The award ceremony will take place at 2:30 pm; the event will also feature a sampling of Eddie's work against the backdrop of the annual exhibit by the Brushy Mountain Quilter's Guild of Alexander County as well as traditional music by the Junior Appalachian Musicians, and recognition of the artist by Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center's Board of Directors. The Hiddenite Center nominated Eddie Hamrick for the award.
Eddie Hamrick inherited an long tradition of utilitarian craft as the son of a furniture maker and grandson of a cabinet maker. He also received the influence of several other great craftsmen, including Stanley Hicks and Willard Watson, themselves both past recipients of the Brown-Hudson Award. While upholding this historic legacy, Hamrick's carving and sculpture has branched out into almost every imaginable subject matter in wood.
Hamrick is also passionate about passing on North Carolina's folk traditions, both through his gifts to seven presidents and four North Carolina governors, and through his work with young people. In the classroom, he brings wood and tools for children to experience firsthand, even teaching students to use a cross-cut saw in teams to cut their own stepping stones!
The Brown-Hudson award was established in 1970 to honor those who have contributed in a special way to the appreciation of North Carolina folklife. Previous winners have included musicians Doc and Merle Watson, playwright Paul Green and potter Neil Cole Graves.
Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center http://www.hiddenitearts.org/
North Carolina Folklore Society https://ncfolkloresociety.org/
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