Overmountain Shelter

“Overmountain Shelter” (24″x16″, 2017) is a felted rendering of an unusual Appalachian Trail shelter on Overmountain, a grassy peak in southern Virginia. In the Revolutionary War, the barn served as a rendezvous point for soldiers; now, it provides a place for weary hikers to come in out of the storm, as I did in 2012. I was grateful for a refuge from the thunderstorm and for the good company and guitar playing I found under its roof.

In “Overmountain Shelter,” a trail lined with twisting sumac leads to the two-story barn near a grove of mature trees. The shelter’s open doors and stepladder greet hikers. An American flag hangs across a tarp in a window.

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