Collectors widely seek the work of contemporary Valley folk artist John Heatwole. This carving took sixty hours to complete, and was made for this museum. It depicts a man in walking clothes, notebook at the ready to gather stories about the Valley and its people. The subject is appropriate, for this artist was also a folklorist, historian, and author. He conducted hundreds of interviews with people throughout the Valley to tell this region’s stories.
Medium: Wood (Linden), Polychrome Paint
Inscriptions: Marked (carved) “J.L. Heatwole, Va. ‘04” / “The Word Gatherer”
Place: Augusta County, Virginia
Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection
Category: Folk Art
Purchased in 2004.