The state's premier historical artist is Sanford native Jerry Miller, whose pen-and-ink drawings and watercolors have preserved the state's scenery and architecture. His large output includes 10,000 house plans and 900 prints.
Peter Geiger, a unique artist, moved to Cary in 1997. What makes his work unique is that he recycles old license plates, using them to build custom guitars that he sells to celebrities and the public. He makes about two a week.
The history and livelihoods of North Carolinians who live in the Appalachian Mountains is discussed. The economic struggles of those who live in the area are described. The history of the craft movement, Vanderbilt’s construction of the Biltmore Estate, the types of crops grown, and tourism in the area are all detailed. Floyd Wilson of Yancey County and Red Alderman of Avery County share how they make a living in the mountains crafting jewelry and farming primrose.