This outdoor photography exhibition represents the first time the MSV has presented an exhibition intended for the indoor galleries outside on its grounds. On view in the lawn just south of the formal gardens now through December 31, 2020, Give Me Shelter: Scenic Views of the Appalachian Trail by Sarah Jones Decker includes 15 photographs of the Appalachian Trail. One of the most popular hiking trails in the world, the Appalachian Trail has more than 275 backcountry shelters on its 2,192-mile route. Sarah Jones Decker thru-hiked the AT in 2008 and re-hiked it again in 2018 and 2019, often joined by her infant daughter, for a documentary project that resulted in the new book The Appalachian Trail: Backcountry Shelter, Lean-Tos, and Huts. Released in April of 2020, the 304-page publication chronicles the history of the AT’s shelters with photos, information, and detailed maps. Celebrate the beauty of the Appalachian Trail and the future Trails at the MSV with a visit to this unique exhibition. Decker's publication is available for purchase in the Museum Store ($27.50).
Sarah and her husband own and operate an organic farm in Marshall, North Carolina near the AT trail town of Hot Springs. She teaches photography and graphic design at nearby Mars Hill University. Sarah continues to be connected to the trail and its community. Her work can be found at sarahjonesdecker.com and rootbottomfarm.com.