Hickory – Meet Boone, NC, folk artist Arlee Mains during a reception and book signing 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at Hickory Museum of Art (HMA), 243 Third Ave. The reception is sponsored by Friends of Arlee Mains.

Memories of Appalachia: Paintings by Arlee Mains will be on exhibit through July 24, 2016 in HMA’s Regal and Gifford Galleries. The exhibition, which showcases the memory paintings of Arlee Mains, was made possible by The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk, NC, and local collectors.

Copies of the book Memories of Appalachia: Paintings by Arlee Mains will be available

for sale and signing by the artist. The 128-page book by The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk includes memory paintings by Mains and stories she wrote about the paintings. A limited number of copies will also be for sale in HMA’s Galleria shop. Books can also be ordered online at http://www.blurb.com/b/7083924-memories-of-appalachia.

Cost to attend the reception is free for HMA members and a $5 suggested donation for nonmembers. Call 828-327-8576 to make reservations.

Prior to the opening reception, HMA members and the public are invited to attend the Museum’s Annual Members’ Meeting at 5 p.m. in Coe Gallery. The meeting will include committee reports, a presentation and election of new board members. For more information about the annual meeting, call 828-327-8576.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 Third Ave NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.

Painting: Arlee Mains, Old Water Mill and 50 Acres, acrylic on watercolor paper.