The Saga Of Ed Stilley

Faith becomes art becomes music becomes more


Photographs by Courtesy photo

Ed Stilley, who spent his life building handmade instruments for children near Hogscald Holler in Madison County, poses with one of his guitars late in his body of work. Stilley is the subject of Kelly Mulhollan’s book, “True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley,” and an exhibit at the Old State House Museum.

It was around the middle of December 2015 when folklorist and author Robert Cochran of the University of Arkansas was having lunch at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock with Bill Gatewood, Gail Stevens and Jo Ellen Maack of the Old State House Museum.


‘True Faith, True Light:

The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley’

WHEN — Through March

WHERE — Old State House Museum, 300 West Markham St., Little Rock

COST — Free

INFO — 501-324-9685; oldstatehouse.com

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