The Arts Center Event: Christmas Brown Bag Concert
Happy Holidays! This Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 12 noon, The Arts Center will premier a virtual Brown Bag Concert here on its Facebook page for our community, featuring Deacon Raymond Godwin performing all of your favorite holiday music! This show will also begin airing on WETV Channel 3 next week! This very special show will be available until after the New Year! https://youtu.be/qMHpAKHEWB4
Don’t Forget: Artists are Small Business Owners
Please consider giving works of art for Christmas. No matter the day, it’s important that you support your local artists, especially in this time of COVID. Visit the the following MAD members to support local businesses and local artisans: Elkins Artists at Work Delmonte Market Marlinton Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op Richwood Mill Whistle Arts Co-op Buckhannon Artistry on Main Thomas Creature Buxton and Landstreet Green Bank Art in Green Bank Watch for special sales at these Mountain Arts District member locations on the MAD Facebook page.
Augusta Event: Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia
Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia Presented by Christopher Wilkinson Tuesday, October 20 @ 7 pm by The Augusta Heritage Center on Facebook Live, Zoom The coal fields of West Virginia would seem an unlikely market for big band jazz during the Great Depression. However, a prosperous African American audience of coal-industry workers created a robust audience for jazz tours. Black Mountaineers flocked to dances by the hundreds to hear bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Andy Kirk, Jimmie Lunceford, and Chick Webb.
Enter the MAD Pumpkin Patch Virtual Carving Contest!
Carve a pumpkin to enter into the Mountain Arts District Great “Community Pumpkin Patch Virtual Carving Contest”! Pumpkin enthusiasts! Submit your pumpkin carving masterpiece for prizes! Submission will be accepted from October 9th -25th. Prizes will be awarded at the end of October. Follow our Facebook page to view all of the pumpkin images and to stay up to date with what our area artists are up to this fall! Donate $3 per Pumpkin to Support this Event. The Mountain Arts District is a 501c3 organization. Please consider donating to the Mountain Arts District to help support our programs, events and marketing the arts in our community. Interested in being a yearly sponsor? Take a look at the benefits for you, for MAD and for our community.
Augusta Heritage Center Event: Wet Plate Photography
Wet Plate Photography: History & Resurgence in the 21st Century Presented by Lisa Elmaleh Tuesday, October 6 @7pm Augusta Heritage Center on Facebook Live, Zoom This discussion focuses on the history of wet plate technique and its resurgence and place in modern photography. Explore this stunning photography style as Lisa presents projects that have taken her around the country, from Hampshire County, West Virginia, and back again. This presentation is presented with generous support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
RESCHEDULED: MAD “Creating During COVID” Networking Meeting
Marketing Rountable Featuring Christine Keller of CHRIZART September 29, 2020 7:30 to 8:30 pm Join us for this ZOOM EVENT Log In Information: 304-591-3345; PW: 3345 Join with Mountain Arts District, regional artists, and community organizers to network and collaborate on regional arts-related projects. Christine Keller will join this roundtable event on the topic of Marketing During Covid. Christine is well known for her marketing expertise and uses a variety of platforms to sell her lovely jewelry. The above topic arose during the course of the last ZOOM meeting, but the discussion goes where the participants take it. Find out more about this event on the MAD Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MountainArtsDistrict
The Arts Center’s Fall Juried Exhibition
The Fall Exhibit opens Wednesday, September 30th from 6 – 8 pm and runs thru November 13th, 2020 at The Arts Center.
Augusta Event: Arts Across America
This performance of Arts Across America: West Virginia Voices featues performances by Lady D, Bob Thompson, Ginny Hawker, and Emily Miller. It is a collaboration between The Augusta Heritage Center, The Kennedy Center, and Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia and will focus on the rich and diverse soundscapes found within the Mountain State. Tune in to hear a live performance by noted culture-bearers of West Virginia’s musical heritage. Tune in Tuesday, September 22 @ 4 pm on Facebook Live
The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking Webinars
The The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking is holding monthly webinars on Creative Placemaking. Creative Placemaking is the next big idea in leading communities through healing and recovery. Get the foundation now to forge resilience. Creative placemaking is sustained collaboration among people of diverse professional and personal backgrounds who enhance the places they live, work, and play through art and creative process. The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking is a pioneer in this field and is now offering interactive, engaging webinars to introduce foundational concepts. NCCP webinars help community leaders engage their own creativity to drive healing, recovery and resilience. Check out our 2020-2021 lineup of affordable, monthly webinars. Every webinar is from 2 pm to 3 pm EASTERN, unless otherwise stated. All webinars will be submitted for AICP certification maintenance credits. All webinars are recorded for registrants in case you cannot attend in real time. The $20/webinar fee supports the work of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, a 501 c (3) nonprofit organization that offers expertise and peer learning to leaders who seek creative placemaking knowledge and skills to foster more just, equitable, and livable communities through art and creative process. If you have any questions, please reach […]
Augusta Announces Fall Events Schedule
All events are free and open to the public and will be streamed live on the Augusta Facebook page. Some sessions will also be accessible via Zoom to allow interaction between attendees and the presenter. Full Fall Schedule Tuesday, September 8 (7 pm)—Sloss Furnaces: Still Warming a Community presented by Jennifer Lackey (FB, Zoom). This discussion focuses on the revitalization and the repurposing of the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. An industrial center that fell into decay, the Sloss Furnaces stand as a testimonial to reclaiming community vibrancy through the arts. Tuesday, September 22 (4 pm) Arts Across America: West Virginia Voices with performances by Lady D, Bob Thompson, Ginny Hawker, and Emily Miller (FB, Youtube). This performance, a collaboration between The Augusta Heritage Center, The Kennedy Center, and Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, will focus on the rich and diverse soundscapes found within the Mountain State. Tune in to hear a live performance by noted culture-bearers of West Virginia’s musical heritage. Tuesday, October 6 (7 pm) Wet plate photography: History & Resurgence in the 21st Century presented by Lisa Elmaleh (FB, Zoom). This discussion focuses on the history of wet plate technique and its resurgence and place in modern photography. […]
Follow your heART to the mountains of West Virginia where there are some of the finest artists in the Appalachian highlands.
MAD was founded to be an artist-driven initiative to strengthen the arts economy in north-central West Virginia with the goal of making this whole region a destination for art lovers.
After several public meetings, the priorities were set to begin forming the infrastructure needed to make this goal a reality. The first priority is to grow a directory/showcase of artists and venues so that tourists and residents can have better access to the arts. The online calendar was added and then a public art gallery, all available to you on this fine website designed by Lisa Armstrong.
This website is a cooperative marketing effort of artists, art venues and art supporters. It is open to showcase art in ALL its forms, from visual art to performing artists like musicians and actors, to writers and chefs. It was created with the thought in mind, that many artists do not have a web presence and those that do, often do not tend to their site. MAD wants to lift up all the artists that are inspired by the mountains, and the peace and joy they instill in the hearts of all who live here.
Our all-volunteer team is also active planning workshops for artist entrepreneurs, organizing public art projects and hosting networking meetings of artists and the public twice a month. This is live-streamed onto our Facebook page.
So, please explore the artists and venues on this site. Find out where the artists are selling their work. Click on News/Events to find the Arts Calendar for information on the multitude of performances, classes and gallery exhibits available in this region. Learn more about the artists by looking at our blog, videos and music clips on artist pages. Welcome to the Mountain Arts District. We are glad you are here!
As an artist, my goal is to set up systems of logic. I hold that painting and drawing are, unlike other forms, some of the purest repositories of simulation. The viewer, in seeing the image, accepts the rules, problems, etc. of the image, and submits to a sort of tyranny in the process, a temporary aesthetic domination (if you will). Using this position, I use the logic of the picture plane in order to disassemble the logic of the simulations and narratives that surround us, and rebuild them in order to produce syzygys, paradoxes, and contradictions, snipping away the fabric of the veneer surrounding us, and making paper dolls. Find Patrick Facemire’s work at: PatrickFacemire.wixsite.com Tamarack, Beckley, WV
My roots are deep in West Virginia soil. Born and raised near Wheeling I now live just off the map in Monongalia County and keep a cabin in Randolph County. Ever since being a child, I love the wild green of nature and the texture of all things. Making art, printmaking in particular, is a natural continuation of my creative journey after retiring from a career in landscape architecture. My works on paper are monotypes with additions of pen and ink, sometimes watercolor pencils, sometimes stencils and spray paint. The printing process that is used involves pressing inked images between the drums of a printing press, forcing ink into paper. Unlike other printmaking styles, there are no duplicates – no multiple runs of a piece, hence the ‘mono’ of monotype. There is just one image, which is then layered under more images, which create the pieces’ complexities.
Madalyn Humphrey was born and raised in Elkins, WV. She is a D&E graduate and former VISTA worker. Madalyn is currently the Director of Elkins Main Street, where she uses her skills to build community and develop the downtown economy. Her passion has been dance, more specifically, Irish dancing, since she was a child. Currently, she, along with Lori Goux, is a Dance Director for the Appalachian Ensemble. She also has been the choreographer for performances at the Old Brick Playhouse.
ArtSpring is a 501c (3) non profit organization that operates year-round in Tucker County to connect artists, businesses, visitors, and community members. The organization was first founded as a committee of Alpine Heritage Preservation in 2010 and is headquartered at Cottrill’s Opera House in Thomas. It is ArtSpring’s mission to be a steward of Tucker County arts. We support learning, emerging, and established artists across the spectrum of contemporary and traditional creative arts. We offer direct support to artists, promote Tucker County as an arts destination, act as the gateway to the arts of Tucker County and facilitate the engagement between the creative community and the public. Each year during memorial day weekend, ArtSpring presents ArtSpring Festival–A Tour of Tucker County Arts. The Festival aims to encourage arts-based tourism through county-wide programming and events. ArtSpring Festival has grown each year and has most recently been enjoyed by approximately 2,000 participants – good for the arts, good for business and good for Tucker County.
Michael and Carrie Kline weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar.
Chrizart Creations is Christine Keller, a jewelry maker from the heart of Appalachia, located in Buckhannon, West Virginia. Christine strives to create one-of-a-kind pieces of unique design and color, appealing to women of all ages, with an inclination toward whimsical, fun and edgier pieces that make a bold statement. Christine began expressing her creativity as a woodcarver in 1995. In 2008, she took up pottery, leading to experiments with jewel-like cabochons of melted glass and clay, which she calls ‘glass geodes’. Having a lifelong love of jewelry, she began wire wrapping in 2009, incorporating the cabochons into pendants. She has since expanded the line to include earrings, rings, and bracelets. In addition, she is now a metalsmith, working in mixed metals using several different techniques including enameling, patination, hammering, and soldering. Where to buy: www.chrizart.com Artistry on Main, Buckhannon, WV Tamarack, Beckley, WV Greenbrier and Stonewall resorts
Liz is a jeweler and a photographer in Pocahontas County. She also creates soaps, candles, and herbal creations.
Certified Professional Photographer Master Photographer Photographic Craftsman Past President Professional Photographers of West Virginia
Welcome to Elkins, a lively, arts-oriented community in West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands. Within the town are three National Register Historic Districts, several National Historic Landmarks, and a variety of unique shops and restaurants. Elkins has been identified as one of the 100 best small art towns in the United States and it is a West Virginia Certified Arts Community. The internationally known, Augusta Heritage Center, makes its home in Elkins on the campus of Davis and Elkins College. The “gateway” to the Monongahela National Forest, Elkins is a hub of outdoor recreation and has easy access to state parks, forests and natural landmarks. Visit the Elkins Depot Welcome Center to learn more about Randolph County and the Mountain State! Located in the heart of downtown Elkins the Welcome Center carries informational brochures on the music and arts, food and lodging options, train excursions, and West Virginia states parks. Come in and talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers to find out how to spend your time in Elkins.
The Old Brick Playhouse offers entertaining theatre and educational arts programs locally, throughout the mid-Atlantic, and overseas.
Alice-Gervais was born in Miami, and raised in Fla., NYC, and WV. After finishing high school in Clarksburg, she attended oil pastel classes by WV Artist Beth Crowder, then went on to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1983 and transferred to the Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale in 1985. Due to family obligations, she moved to St. Petersburg and attended Pinellas County Community College studying commercial and fine art. While in Florida, she began working as a grade school Art Teacher in St. Petersburg, then on to a private grade school in Ashville, NC. Once back in West Virginia she attended master oil painting classes at Glenville State College and held a two-man show at the Clarksburg Library. Alice-Gervais has worked as an artist and teacher for over 35 years, and has worked as a freelance sign painter, logo designer, and brochure artist. Many of her independent pieces are in private collections and have been published in magazines such as the Galactic Crossroads and Easy Riders. Alice-Gervais illustrated “The Pioneer Index of Randolph County” with 24 pen and Ink drawings of places of interest in the Randolph County area. In 1996, she won best of show in the […]
Each basket gives me the opportunity to do something totally different than the last project and the detail in each basket or tray brings me much joy.
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Promoting and presenting the traditional music, dance, and folkways of the Allegheny Mountain region.
The purpose of the Mountain Weavers Guild is to: 1) promote friendship and understanding among its members, 2) assist members in the pursuit of spinning, weaving, dyeing, and basket making through education, discussion and programs, and 3) to share our crafts through demonstration in the community. If you are interested in fiber arts, we invite you to join the guild or to attend one of our programs. The guild meets the third Saturday in January, February, March, April, June, July, September, and November, with a Christmas gathering in December. You can find us demonstrating at the Augusta Heritage Festival in August and the Mountain State Forest Festival in October. You can also attend one of our classes, taught by experienced textile weavers and guild members, and learn the craft of weaving for yourself! To learn more about the guild, to see our program schedule and recent events like us on Facebook at Mountain Weavers Guild. The Mountain Weavers Guild is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of West Virginia.
Elkins Sewing Center has been providing quilting and sewing enthusiasts in the Elkins, WV, area with a wide variety of premium fabrics, high quality quilting products, and innovative sewing equipment since 1982. Located in the center of historic downtown Elkins, we offer a range of classes for quilters and sewists of all ages and skill levels, taught in a casual, no-pressure atmosphere where learning and creativity thrive, and new friendships blossom. We are an authorized dealer for Husqvarna Viking, and carry a full line of sewing machines, sergers, and embroidery machines, from basic models and compact portables, to top of the line computerized models. Stop by and visit us for inspiration, education, and supplies for any number of sewing, quilting, fiber arts, and garment construction projects!
The RCDA is the lead economic development organization for Randolph County. Our purpose is to promote, develop, and advance business prosperity and economic welfare in Randolph County, support existing business, and provide maximum opportunities for employment to our citizens. The RCDA also operates the WV Wood Technology Center which provides workforce development training, opportunities to entrepreneurs through affordable access to industrial equipment and incubation, and computer, woodworker, and safety training to private individuals and hobbyists. Find the RCDA at: 10 Eleventh Street, Elkins, WV 26241 Contact RCDA at: 304-637-0803 or email@example.com To learn more visit: randolphwv.com or wvwoodtech.com
David “Woody” Harman is an Artist Blacksmith. His wife, Brenda, is the resident Broom Maker of hand-tied Appalachian brooms and brushes.
The Arts Center hosts art exhibits, concerts and performances, art education and a variety of community activities and events.