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In recognizing and highlighting African American works of art during Black History Month, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center is thrilled to feature paintings by artist Ann Miller Woodford during the month of February. Inspired by her Appalachian African American heritage, Ann works to bring awareness to social injustices through her paintings and written works. Her works of art, open to interpretation, speak to the heart and the mind and work to make the invisible visible. Ann is from the small community of Andrews, North Carolina. Like many in Appalachia, Ann’s family did not possess many material things. In fact, her earliest training as an artist came from a Saturday morning television program called “Learn to Draw with Jon Gnagy.” Ann graduated from the one-roomed Andrews Colored School and then went to Allen High School in Asheville. While there, several people noticed Ann’s artistic gifts and helped her advance her skills. The Hiddenite Center wishes to thank the Mountain Heritage Museum in Cullowhee for loaning the extraordinary works in this exhibit. To learn more about the artist, visit www.annstree.com. The works by Ann Miller Woodford will be on display in the South Gallery of the Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion. As always, all art exhibits are free and open to the public during the hours of 10 am – 4:30 pm on weekdays and 10 am – 3 pm on Saturdays.