The Olive Hill Center for Arts and Education is proud present the Trail Town Arts Project, a program that will provide FREE classes in Traditional Appalachian Arts for all ages.


Quilting: Loyd Eden is a retired Air Force veteran and a very active 86-year-old who has been quilting for 20 years. Students will learn the basic skills to make a quilt and operate a sewing machine.

Class starts Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m.

Canning: Students will learn basic skills in food
canning. Students will learn to make canned jams, jellies, preserves, and canned garden products. The goal is to pass on a longstanding foodway tradition by teaching young people about food independence. Alisa Messer, a supervisor at Commercial Bank of Grayson, has been canning garden produce, jams, jellies, and preserves for over 20 years.

Class starts Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.

Pottery: Learn how to build cups, bowls, and
plates with a local artist and art educator Caleb Burchett. Mr. Burchett attended EKU and earned a bachelor’s in Studio Art.

Class starts Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Songwriting: Students will learn songwriting techniques and learn how to perform on stage to a live audience. This course is open to everyone at all skill levels. Students will have a group and individual mentoring.

Matt Parsons is also our local librarian and
a traditional musician. He has years of
experience in songwriting, performing,
and teaching.

Class starts Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

Stringed Instrument Building & Repair: Carter County’s William Parsons is a luthier specializing in mandolins who lives and works in Olive Hill, Ky. Luthiery is the craft of making stringed instruments, including guitars and banjos, and in Appalachia, the artists who make the instruments are praised as highly as the artists who play them.

Class starts Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.

Stringed Instrument Lessons: Megan Gregory, an accomplished Bluegrass musician, is a certified Mark O’Conner Method instructor. She serves on faculty at the Morehead State University School of Traditional Music. Bring your own instrument or just yourself; all levels of skills are welcome.

Class starts Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.


On the first day of the class you’re interested in,
meet your instructor in the gym to sign in.

Schedules will be given at the first meeting.

Gym is located at 120 Comet Drive, Olive Hill, Ky. 41164

Ages 6 and above are welcome. Children under 6 will need an adult present.
Please contact us if you have a disability and need accommodations.

For more information, contact Caleb Burchett at arts@ohcae.org.


This Project is Sponsored by:
South Art’s “In These Mountains” Project

with advertising assistance from Carter County Tourism.