Ann Miller Woodford is a native of Andrews where she attended the one room- one teacher, Andrews Colored/Negro Elementary School through 8th grade. She graduated with honors from Allen High School, a Women’s Division of Christian Service sponsored Methodist girls’ boarding school in Asheville, NC. Ann graduated cum laude in 1969, with a bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where she was a member of Mortar Board honor society. She is currently working on a Master of Arts Degree from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina and an Associates of Art Degree from Tri County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina. She is a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Andrews, North Carolina and holds the office of Sunday School Treasurer.
Having lived in Andrews, Asheville, Athens, Pittsburgh, New York, Columbus, Los Angeles, and Atlanta; Ann has developed a love for people and public relations. As an artist/designer, she has created works of art and crafts which have been marketed locally, nationally, and internationally. In the 1980s she partnered with the actress, Esther Rolle who played "Florida Evans" on the TV series "Good Times” in a company called E & A Global Enterprises in Los Angeles, CA.
Ann is an artist who loves community development. She is the Founder of One Dozen Who Care, Inc., whose vision is to create leadership capacity and build community unity in the far western region of North Carolina through training, supporting community, collaborating with other community groups, and organizing economic development, social, cultural and educational activities. She is also the Founder of Chautauqua AVE! (Andrews Valley Experience!), a Chautauqua festival that has been held each spring and fall since 2001, in Andrews, North Carolina, featuring local and national speakers.
One of Ann’s personal goals is to bring about more understanding between races, religions, and youth with adults. Her current work is making presentations on regional African American history and helping to build self-worth in young people in far western North Carolina with her book, When All God’s Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African American People in Far Western North Carolina and her All God’s Children presentations.
ABOUT Ann's Tree
Ann’s Tree provides artistic products for art lovers, collectors and those who seek unique Black- oriented art items and fine art. Because some of these art products are related to rural people and African American country folks, Ann’s Tree satisfies a need for a very unique group of people who have nostalgia for the “good ole days”. The dolls, playing cards and fine art answer a desire to see products that reflect African American culture and heritage.
The products appeal to a broad community of individuals who appreciate ethnic art products. Ann’s Tree founder, Ann Miller Woodford, has over 40 years of experience in the creation of products and the exhibition, sales and marketing of her Black-oriented artwork. Using her experience and networking through both for-profit and non-profit entities, Ann Woodford is confident about opening and operating Ann’s Tree and building a business that is profitable from its inception.