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            Share with

     Ellen Elmes


    in celebrating her years of

     painting and living in the

      Appalachian Mountains of

      Virginia and West Virginia.

       In her book, through

        imagery and narrative, she

         weaves the story of how

          her life, her art, and living

           in the mountains have

            become so appreciatively


  • Common Ground Traditions Week 2 Gallery Talk by Ellen and Don Elmes:"Painting During the Pandemic"
    Jul 09, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    A discussion of how Ellen's new work during 2020 came from a deep place of reflection and caring.
  • Common Ground Traditions Week 3 daily course: "The Artwork Speaks! What do You See?"
    Jul 12, 1:00 PM – Jul 16, 2:15 PM
    This art appreciation course will challenge participants with cultural, ethnic, gender-based or age-related expressions in artworks that might offer a different perspective from the viewer’s own.
  • Common Ground Traditions Week 3 Keynote Address
    Jul 12, 8:00 PM
    Saying the Mexican Names in Word & Image--David Carrasco discusses his essay response to the killings of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in El Paso in August 2019 and artist Ellen Elmes describes her response of painting portraits of the 23 victims killed by gun violence on that tragic day.

Scheduled Book Signings and Other Art Events:

In keeping with pandemic protocols, Ellen will not have any book signings until gathering in groups is deemed safe again. In the meantime, books are available at several locations in Southwest Virginia for in-person purchases:


  • Historic Crab Orchard Museum, Tazewell, VA

  • The Artists Depot, Abingdon, VA

  • The Tazewell County Mercantile, Richlands, VA

  • Between Friends, Tazewell, VA

  • Kingsport Carousel, Kingsport, TN