Diane McPhail will be the guest speaker at The Literacy Council’s Celebration of Education on June 23. McPhail is a local writer, artist, art therapist, retreat leader, teacher, and minister. She holds an M.A. in clinical art therapy, an M.F.A. in studio art, and a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus on creativity and spirituality.
McPhail’s art, primarily comprised of paintings and sculptures, reflects the spiritual nature of art and creativity. Colorful and sometimes abstract, her stunning pieces can be viewed on her Facebook page HERE.
McPhail recently published her debut novel The Abolitionist’s Daughter. Based on true events, McPhail’s historical fiction novel takes place in the deep south during the antebellum period and follows the story of the Matthews family. The Matthews family are abolitionists, and they illegally educate slaves in a secret school. Soon, the Civil War begins, and the family is thrown into a difficult and confusing world that is eventually torn apart by conflict.
“We are looking forward to Diane joining us for the event, and we are so grateful that she agreed to speak for us,” says Bonnie Potts, Executive Director of The Literacy Council.
This year, A Celebration of Education will be held on Sunday, June 23 at Highlands Country Club and will begin at 6 p.m. There will be a delicious plated dinner, an open bar, and a live auction. Diane McPhail will be featured as the keynote speaker. Dress code will be Cocktail attire.
To purchase tickets click HERE or call 828-526-0863. You can purchase an individual ticket for $150 each or you can purchase a table, which includes eight tickets, for $1,200.
By Natalie Davis, Community Writer Intern at The Literacy Council