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Deyerle Lecture Programming Announced

Massanutten Regional Main Library has announced its speakers for the annual Deyerle Lecture Series in October.   

The 2013 theme of the yearly lecture series is “Artisans of the Shenandoah Valley.”  Held every Thursday from October 3-24, the presentations will evolve around the art history in the Shenandoah Valley.   The lecture series is free and open to the public.  Presentations begin at 7 PM. 

Dr. Scott Suter, Chair and Professor of English and American Studies, Bridgewater College, will kick-off the Deyerle Lecture Series with “A History of Art in the Valley” on October 3.   Dr. Suter received his Ph.D. in American Civilization from George Washington University and holds an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He received his B.A. in English from James Madison University. 

Dr. Suter is a Senior Fulbright Scholar and has taught abroad in Slovak Republic.  His teaching experience has also included James Madison.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Suter was curator of the Shenandoah Valley Folk Art & Heritage Center, and has served as a consultant to museums including the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, the Blue Ridge Institute, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. 

A noted author, Dr. Suter published Shenandoah Valley Folklife in 1999 and is currently completing a book-length study of the life and work of the nineteenth-century Shenandoah Valley folk potter Emanuel Suter.
The second presentation in the Deyerle Series will be “Heritage Quilts” on October 10.  Meegan Carr, Executive Director of the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, will discuss quiltmaking and show heritage quilts.  Quiltmaking is always a popular presentation and topic in the Shenandoah Valley. 
Rudy Tucker, local potter of 38 years in the Shenandoah Valley, will discuss “American Salt Glazed Ware,” on October 17.

 “From the beginning of my potting career, my work in clay has been primarily concerned with making functional stoneware vessels.  The concept of taking such an ignoble, naturally occurring material as clay straight from the earth and transforming it into an object of usefulness, beauty and permanence has always intrigued me,”  says Tucker. 

Tucker has familiarized himself with Japanese, Chinese, and Korean pots of 600 years ago and has studied American salt glazed ware of 200 years. 

“Muzzleloading Rifles” will be the final topic and presentation for the Deyerle Lecture Series on October 24.  Mark Thomas, artisan specializing in hand engraving, wood carving, silversmithing, and stocking of muzzleloading rifles in the traditional 18th and 19th century manner, will delight the crowd with his many talents. 

One of his proudest art forms was a powder horn created for the Contemporary Longrifle Association in 2005 which was presented to the late actor Fess Parker, who played “Davey Crockett” in the television series of that name.

“I believe that the work I do helps to preserve and promote some of the beautiful artistic treasures of our past, and that I am creating the heirlooms and collectibles of tomorrow for discerning collectors today,” states Thomas.
The Deyerle Lecture Series is funded through the generosity of the Deyerle family and in memory of the late Dr. and Mrs. Henry Deyerle, Shenandoah Valley residents and collectors of American antiques.

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