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Billy Roper featured at Meet the Artist event


This Billy Roper painting will be raffled off at the Sunday, Oct. 25 “Meet the Artist” event at Junktiques. 

Submitted by Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance

Billy Roper was selected as the PACA Featured Artist for the Fall Quarter 2015.  Known for his amazing folk art with written descriptions on the back of the canvas, his work has reached art lovers throughout the world.  His work can be found in art collections throughout the United States and more than 30 countries. He was North Georgia College & State University's first artist-in-residence in 2007 and the book, "Billy Roper: Visual Storyteller," was the first work published by the University Press of North Georgia.  Another book by Pickens County's Jean Curran titled In My Dreams I Ride Wild Horses: Biographical Sketches, Art, and Poetry of Appalachian Artist Billy Roper was published in 2011.  Billy also works with wood and marble sculpting. 

See Shooting the Breeze Profile with Billy Roper From the Progress Archive


Described as an Appalachian Folk Artist, his local roots influenced him greatly.  "I was born blessedly poor. We lived back in the hills where life was 50 years behind times. We didn't have much growing up, but what we had was more –– an honest, hardworking family."

Billy has graciously donated an original work that will be raffled off with proceeds supporting PACA's mission to support the art and culture of Pickens County - both of which are important to this amazing artist.  Raffle tickets can be purchased at Junktiques, Talking Rock Pottery, Ed B's Studio 54, Shadow Creek Antiques and Artisans, or from any PACA Board of Directors member.  Tickets are $5 per ticket or 5 for $20.  The winner will be announced at the Meet the Artist event.

So join us as we celebrate one of our own on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Junktiques, located at 35 Hidden Creek Road, Jasper (north of Jasper on Highway 515 on the left, watch for Hidden Creek Road sign).  Complimentary refreshments are provided by Junktiuqes and Coast to Coast Catering.