“Mentors and Heroes” Photography by David Holt Opening at the NCDNCR Western Office March 27


“Mentors and Heroes,” a photography exhibit by David Holt, will be on exhibit at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in Asheville from March 27 to May 6. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit includes over 30 framed black and white portraits of Holt’s many musical mentors and heroes from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Among those featured in the exhibit are Madison County ballad singers Dellie Norton, Cas Wallin, Berzilla Wallin and Sheila Kay Adams, who Holt met when he first came to western North Carolina in the 1970s.

Also in the exhibit are portraits of Doc Watson, with whom Holt traveled and performed for many years. Holt calls Watson his “musical father” and most important mentor. In addition, the exhibit includes several musical instruments from Holt’s person collection. The “Tree of Life” open back banjo custom made by Bud Soesby and Wade Mainer’s 1953 Gibson are among those on display.

David Holt is a four-time GRAMMY Award winner who, in addition to being a musician, story-teller, radio and television host, has done important work documenting and sharing the stories and images of many significant American musicians. In Holt’s words, “These folks have a power and wisdom that you just don’t see in the modern world. They grew up before self-doubt was invented.”

The Western Office of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is located at 176 Riceville Road, Asheville, N.C. For additional information about the exhibition please call (828) 296-7230, email jeff.futch@ncdcr.gov, or visit http://www.ncdcr.gov/westernoffice.

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