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Slappin' Paint, BCMA/VI Art Project

May 28, 2012

It's a collaboration of art and music as Birthplace of Country Music Alliance and Virginia Intermont College began work this week on the massive mini-billboards that will soon hang in the boarded up windows of the Birthplace of Country Music Cultural Heritage Center site. V.I. art professor Sam Morrow, former banjo player for The Dixie Bee-Liners, is over-seeing art students who have taken over the third floor of the school's library as a studio.

"When you drive the by the Cultural Heritage Center now, you see an empty building," says Jessica Turner, a BCMA board member who is also on staff at Virginia Intermont. "While preparations are being made to start construction, we wanted to passers-by to get a glimpse of Bristol's future."

Godsey Supply and Woods Paint, both of Bristol, graciously supplied paint and materials for the project.

The Bristol Herald Courier's Dave McGee paid a visit to the studio and talked to organizers and one of the young artists while he worked. Read his article by clicking here.

Follow progress on the project by loggin on and "Liking" the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/birthplaceofcountrymusic