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.
Alice-Gervais Sabatino is a painter and painting instructor who focuses primarily on landscape paintings, executed in a loose and colorful style, with an emphasis on moments of celestial transcendence seen through the lens of a night sky or a group of trees. She grew up in Clarksburg, WV, and is currently living and working in Elkins, 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.
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.
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 Face Book at Mountain Weavers Guild. The Mountain Weavers Guild is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of West Virginia.
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.
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 11th Street, Elkins, WV 26241 Contact RCDA at: 304-637-0803 or firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more visit: randolphwv.com or wvwoodtech.com
Certified Professional Photographer Master Photographer Photographic Craftsman Past President Professional Photographers of West Virginia
David “Woody” Harman is an Artist Blacksmith. His wife, Brenda, is the resident Broom Maker of hand-tied Appalachian brooms and brushes.
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. You can buy her art at… www.chrizart.com Artistry on Main, Buckhannon, WV Tamarack, Beckley, WV and the Greenbrier and Stonewall resorts.
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!
Elkins-Randolph County Tourism exists to promote the surrounding area with the purpose of increasing economic vitality for local retail establishments, restaurants, services, lodging and entities related to tourism recreation while offering explicit service to our visitors through the Welcome Center’s well trained staff and volunteers.
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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.
The Old Brick Playhouse offers entertaining theatre and educational arts programs locally, throughout the mid-Atlantic, and overseas.
Michael and Carrie Kline weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar.
Liz is a jeweler and a photographer in Pocahontas County. She also creates soaps, candles, and herbal creations.
The Arts Center hosts art exhibits, concerts and performances, art education and a variety of community activities and events.
The Mountain Arts District wants YOU to 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!
New Video Interview with Sarah Fletcher.
Sarah Fletcher is interviewed by our AFHA AmeriCorps member William Pounds about her history as a weaver, teaching and being taught, and traditional weaving. You can find the text/photo portion of the interview here – http://www.madwv.com/sarah-fletcher-interview/ Sarah Fletcher is the owner of Ben’s Old Loom Barn and weaves custom designs and teaches weaving. Sarah Fletcher is a MAD subscriber (under Ben’s Old Loom Barn). Her profile can be found here –http://www.madwv.com/item/bens-old-loom-barn
February Featured Event – The Art of Quilting and Weaving Exhibit
The Art of Quilting and Weaving Exhibit will continue to run until February 28th at The Art Center in Elkins. This is a quality exhibit that should not be missed. You will be amazed at the variety and creativity of the artists from the Weaver’s Guild and the Log Cabin Quilters who meet at The Elkins Sewing Center.
Brenda and Woody Harman Interview
We sat down on Brenda and Woody Harman’s porch out in Pocahontas County to interview them about their creative partnership, BrenWood Forge & Broom. Brenda is a broom-maker and Woody is a blacksmith. Come back here Thursday at 6pm to see the video portion of the interview. Check out their open studio coming September 14th and 15th! – http://www.madwv.com/event/open-studio-brenwood-forge-and-broom/2019-09-14/ How did both of you get started with your craft? Woody: I got started, I went to horseshoeing school in Michigan and a blacksmith out of Grenich Village. I worked with him in the evenings on the forges at the horseshoeing school. I was very rudimentary but it piqued my interest. When I was 26, I had cancer. While I was recovering from the cancer it was like, “Okay, you do not know if you are going live very long or not.” So, I decided to do more blacksmithing as to have a legacy left of my life and it would be here forever. You know? I did it as a hobbyist for the next 25 years and, when we moved down here to West Virginia, I retired from my day job. We moved down here. I just started wanting to […]
MAD Interview Series: Kathryn Gillispie
Kathryn Gillispie is interviewed by our William Pounds. She works with the non-profit Art in Green Bank to teach art classes after having worked as an art teacher in West Virginia. She also is and has been a long standing artist in pottery, painting, and more. You can find her gallery just off of WV-28 in Green Bank. What is your story as an artist? I had always been interested in art. When I was going to school in the 50s and 60s… okay we’ll date me… there wasn’t much art. I am from West Virginia, but I was from Kanawha County, which is a little richer county. So they did have art in the schools. That is not true in all counties in the state. I always followed an academic path, but I wanted to be a teacher. I thought I wanted to be an elementary teacher, so I went to college, to Glenville State College. I took some elementary art classes and was persuaded to change my field to art. I got an art comprehensive K-12 to become an art teacher. Then I was recruited to Randolph County, in Elkins, to teach, and I started teaching there in […]
July Featured Event – Augusta Heritage Festival
Our featured event for this month was the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins City Park!
Perpetual Growth: A Ron Hinkle Interview
William Pounds interviews Ron Hinkle, a native West Virginian glass blower. You can find him at Ron Hinkle Glass south of Buckhannon. Here is a link to the video portion of the interview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qswzbTRhaeE At the bottom of the page is a link to his MAD profile page. How did your workshop come to be? The beginning of me setting up for my own studio was probably back around 1984 and that is when I decided I wanted to do this. I knew it was a long term project. It is one of those things that you decide to do, and you know that you are not going to do it overnight. So, I began to collect my tools, began to read the books, and I began to build a building. I dug the footer for my building by hand. I saved up money and bought tin for the roof. I saved up money and had the blocks laid up partway one year and up to the square the next year. Finally, my dad and I skidded logs out of the woods with a farm tractor and traded logs to get lumber sawed. We built the second storey. All […]
Gushing: An Interview with JoLynn Powers
This is an interview with JoLynn Powers, who blogs at https://westvirginiamountainmama.com/ and creates public art and murals. She lives in Upshur county and is currently working on restoring the Golden Rule Building in Barbour County. You can find her MAD page here – http://www.madwv.com/item/jolynn-powers/ What was your first experience with art? I am from a creative family. My father was a welder by trade, but also did welding in an artistic way. He did drawings and carvings, very hands oriented – not professionally trained to be an artist. Probably, in the modern day, now, he could make a very good living with his welding artwork. My brother is a professional artist. I think in our family it was just part of who we were. So, I started drawing as little as five or six. I did my first mural at twelve inside my elementary school. I did not realize that I wanted to be an artist for a living or a career until I was much older. So, it has always been something that I had done. I can remember painting a mural in my bedroom in early high school and having a giant collage on my wall, and taking […]
Getting It Right: An Interview with Bob Smakula
Bob Smakula talks with our Patrick Facemire about his repair methods, differences in sound, his favorite musicians and much more. Check out the full interview on our Youtube channel! www.youtube.com/MAD Bob Smakula is a MAD subscriber. You can find his page at – http://www.madwv.com/item/smakula-fretted-instruments/ You can find him online at – http://www.smakula.com/ – and – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smakula-Fretted-Institute/223312208253061
MAD Interview Series Schedule Announcement and Trailer!
Thank you to Dave Shombert, Bob Smakula, Sarah Fletcher, JoLynn Powers, Ron Hinkle, Kathryn Gillispie, and Brenda and Woody Harman for sitting down for interviews and photos! Dave Shombert and Sarah Fletchers’ interviews have already been released and you can find them here on our website or on our youtube page. All interviews will be released at 6pm on the days below. July 2nd – MAD Interview Series Trailer July 4th – Bob Smakula audio interview July 9th – JoLynn Powers photo and text interview July 11th – JoLynn Powers video interview July 16th – Ron Hinkle photo and text interview July 18th – Ron Hinkle video interview July 23rd – Kathryn Gillispie photo and text interview July 25th – Kathryn Gillispie video interview July 30th – BrenWood Forge and Broom photo and text interview August 1st – BrenWood Forge and Broom video interview BrenWood Forge and BroomJoLynn PowersKathryn GillispieBob Smakula
West Virginia Day! – June Featured Event
Our featured event for this month is West Virginia Day at the Randolph County Arts Center! ” Designed to highlight our state’s beauty, our West Virginia Celebration is poised to be one of our best attended exhibits, and will be visited by educators, artists, exhibit jurors, and cultural dignitaries from all over the state and beyond.” Rocky Raccoon by MAD Subscriber Maggi Rhudy. The Arts Center Maggi Rhudy
ArtSpring Festival: Featured Events!
Our featured event for the month is the ArtSpring Festival including subscribers Ben’s Old Loom Barn and Buxton and Landstreet Gallery giving demonstrations as part of their participation in the Festival. Beautiful downtown Thomas during the ArtSpring Festival. A glass blowing demonstration at Buxton and Landstreet. Sarah Fletcher was showing people around and giving the history of Ben’s Old Loom Barn. Here she is during a weaving demonstration. Buxton and Landstreet Gallery and Studios Artspring Ben’s Old Loom Barn You can find last month’s featured event here – http://www.madwv.com/spring-into-art/
Spring into Art!
Our featured event for the month, Spring into Art with Artistry on Main (opening reception April 12th) Artistry on main got Spring started right with art showcase and reception at the newly renovated Buckhannon Opera House. It is great to see local art and community revitalization come together! The displays were quite various between knick-knacks, pottery, painting, jewelry, photography, and I am sure more that I am leaving out. Artistry on Main is a Mountain Arts District subscriber – http://www.madwv.com/item/artistry-on-main/ Last month’s featured event can be found here – http://www.madwv.com/thomas-takes-its-art-for-a-walk/
Sarah Fletcher Interview
MAD Interview Series: Sarah Fletcher I recently sat down to interview Sarah Fletcher a weaver and owner of Ben’s Old Loom Barn, which can be found in Canaan Valley. Raised by a teacher of weaving, she now teaches and weaves herself, sharing and selling traditional Appalachian weaving to tourists and residents. Her MAD page can be found here – http://www.madwv.com/item/bens-old-loom-barn/ You can find the video portion of this interview here on our Youtube page – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAtvjiAUAHU What was your first experience with weaving? Actually, I grew up with weaving… in the house where I grew up, which was in the farm house. My mother decided she needed to build a loom barn. ‘Cause the school house where she had her weaving school, the county board of education had abandoned it. The roof was starting to leaking and it was just starting to fall down, the building had been built in the 20s, so she built a loom barn and it was one room, and all the supplies were upstairs and she had six looms in here, and she would have classes and I used to come up, bout when I was a kid and I grew up here in Canaan, […]
In the Works: a Dave Shombert Interview
Dave Shombert talks with our Patrick Facemire about his woodturning methods, preferences in types of wood, the difference between craft and sculpture and much more. Check out the full interview on our Youtube channel! www.youtube.com/MAD Dave Shombert is a MAD subscriber. You can find his page at – http://www.madwv.com/item/dave-shombert/ He has a website you can find at – http://woodspunworkshop.com/ Dave Shombert
Thomas Takes Its Art For a Walk
Our featured event for the month, Thomas’s Art Walk of March 16th. So, what goes on at a Thomas art walk? The galleries open up and the people come out. Wine is had and the artists talk about their art. The community celebrates its getting together. If you wonder around, you might just find an impromptu music showcase in a new pottery studio. Thanks for checking us out and catch you next time!
JoLynn Unveils Her General Store Mural in Philippi!
You can find JoLynn’s mural at the Barbour County Development Authority in Downtown Philippi and her page with us here – http://www.madwv.com/item/jolynn-powers/ If you see her around, congratulate her on the mural (tell her you saw it here) and finishing up with three years (!!!) of AmeriCorps Service. She writes this great blog – https://westvirginiamountainmama.com/about/
Upcoming Bob Smakula Interview
Bob Smakula is interviewed by our own Patrick Facemire on the topics of his father, pasteurized music, his entry into playing banjo, and other interesting topics. Smakula is the owner of Smakula Fretted Instruments and makes and repairs instruments. Bob Smakula is a MAD subscriber (under Smakula Fretted Instruments). His profile can be found here – http://www.madwv.com/item/smakula-fretted-instruments/ You can also find him online at – http://www.smakula.com/ – and – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smakula-Fretted-Institute/223312208253061 Smakula Fretted Instruments
The Arts Center during Forest Festival
The Arts Center was packed during the kick off of their Forest Festival exhibits… “Light on Water” a photo series by John Warner and their juried art exhibit featuring a plethora of art from professionals and students The Arts Center
Mountain Weavers Guild at the Darden Mill
The Mountain Weavers Guild were at the Darden Mill as part of Forest Festival. Here are some photos of their various weaved creations, just in case you missed it! Mountain Weaver’s Guild
Golden Rule Artist Market Survey
Click Here To Complete The Survey! This survey is for the benefit and use of Woodlands Development Group as well as Belington On Trac and Barbour County Development Authority. The survey will help local and regional artists and small business people voice their needs and wants for a new location to sell West Virginia Products in the Barbour County area. The Golden Rule (est. 1902) is a three story historic building on Crim Ave. that is under rehabilitation and redevelopment with hopes to open retail arts sales space on the main floor. The proposed plan is to create an artist style market with local and regional handmade and crafted items that support the small business and artist communities of the region. We want to hear from you! Click Here To Complete The Survey!
Interview With Michael and Carrie Kline
It’s an interview with Michael and Carrie Kline! Michael and Carrie Kline are musicians, Folk historians, archivists, radio-people, and political activists. In this program by the Mountain Arts District, a brief account of their long story is told, and Michael and Carrie share their views on Music, on History, and on Life. Learn what the Klines have to say regarding: Music History as a Survival Tool The Importance of Taking Action Tradition Education and What Patrick Facemire Needs to Learn to Do with His Dang Tea. Thanks to the Klines for their participation!
Don Hall–Plein Air Paintings from WV and Beyond
MAD WV member Don Hall is holding an exhibition of his plein air paintings in Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV ongoing until October 28! The Gallery hours are 10:00 AM–4:00 PM, Monday through Saturday; the address is: 611 Church Street Lewisburg, WV 24901
Ben’s Old Loom Barn
Local weaving shop founded by Dorothy Thompson. A working hand weaver’s shop specializing in hand crafted items made by local artisans. Local weaver and community advocate for fiber and related arts. There are 20 producers of fiber and related arts. Ben’s Old Loom Barn has rugs, placemats, runners, stoles, towels, baskets, afghans, and many other hand crafted items for both home and gifts. The shop takes orders for special items. Weaving lessons are also available. Find out more about Ben’s Old Loom Barn here: https://www.facebook.com/bensoldloombarn/
Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op, feature
The Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op has more than 40 member artists and craftspeople working in two dozen mediums. As a business incubator the Co-op assists regional artisans in advancing from hobby to cottage industry and are committed to promoting the arts in Pocahontas County through public demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions and community-based educational activities. Find Pocahontas County Artisans Co-op locations at: 4th Avenue Gallery @ the Marlinton Railroad Depot 720 4th Avenue Marlinton, WV 24954 The Shops at Leatherbark Ford @ Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Cass, WV 24927
Artists at Work, feature
Artists at Work is a regional artists’ cooperative based in Elkins. With more than 20 producers, you can find jewelry, wood-turned bowls, pottery, paintings, baskets, cards, and more. The Co-op was founded in 1993 and has been operating for an impressive 24 years. This week in Parsons, they are beginning a rotating exhibition through the Citizens Bank lobbies. Check out the bank on your next trip through Tucker County. The store is open seven days a week and can be found right in downtown Elkins. Check out their page for more of their business information. Some of the artists you can find in Artists at Work include: Dave Shombert Anne Beardslee Don Hall Marjory Moses and Kate Harward
Log Cabin & Maple Leaf, feature
This summer, Elkins Main Street will be continuing their heritage quilt blocks project throughout Elkins. This summer, they’re working on4×4 blocks in addition to the larger 8×8 blocks you can see on the side of the YMCA and Davis Trust buildings. The two quilt squares featured today are the Log Cabin pattern and the Maple Leaf (one of many patchwork designs based on natural objects). Log Cabin was popular during the late 1800s; the Log Cabin block probably became a favorite block among early quilters because it required a minimal amount of cutting and gave them an opportunity to use utilize narrow scraps of fabric. While its design is frequently associated with the pioneer spirit and ruggedness associated with log cabins themselves, by the end of the 1800s many Log Cabin quilts reflected the Crazy Quilt fad and were made in silk and velvet scraps. Even silk and velvet ribbons were used to make the “logs” in what became known as Ribbon Quilts.
Brenwood Forge & Farm, feature
This week we are featuring the two artists of Brenwood Forge & Broom: David “Woody” Harman and Brenda Harman. Woody, a blacksmith, is a member of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America and the Appalachian Blacksmith Association. He has been blacksmithing for 35 years. Brenda, a broom maker, is juried with the Allegheny Highland Arts and Craft Center in Clifton Forge, VA. She made her first broom in 1993. Both artists are founding members of the Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op and juried members of Tamarack. Both are also members of the West Virginia Art Guild. Stop by the following locations to see more of their work: 4th Avenue Gallery, Marlinton Shop at Leatherbark Ford, Cass Allegheny Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, Clifton Forge, VA Addison Visitors Center, Webster Springs
Featured: Brightside Acres
“Herbal Teas mountain women have brewed for generations.” Brightside Acres: West Virginia Wildgrown creates herbal teas that are handcrafted from the leaves, flowers, and roots of wild plants that thrive in Allegheny Mountain forest and meadow. Brightside Acres welcomes visitors by appointment for garden tours, herb walks, kitchen talks and more! You can find their teas in loose leaf and in individual tea bags at several locations in Pocahontas County. Check out their page (http://www.madwv.com/item/brightside-acres-west-virginia-wildgrown/) to see where. You can also order online at www.brightsideacres.com.
Featured: Talbott’s Frameshop
This week we are featuring one of Mountain Arts District’s great arts resources, Talbott’s Frameshop. Located at 220 3rd St. in downtown Elkins, Talbott’s is a custom picture framing shop and art gallery located at 220 3rd Street, in the historic “Talbott Building.” Established in the early 1980’s, the frame shop developed out of Talbott Paint & Glass to fill the need for custom framing in Elkins and the surrounding communities. Stop in and check out their gallery or bring your special item in to be custom framed. The shop is located directly underneath the “Smile! You’re Alive” mural. The gallery that is currently exhibited is West Virginia railroad history through art. This past weekend, Mike Doig and Jim Porterfield presented at The Art of Elkins on the exhibit. Contact Talbott’s by clicking here: http://www.madwv.com/item/talbotts-frame-shop/ And share their page, by hitting the social media icons on Talbott’s MAD page.
Recycled Art at Ben’s Old Loom Barn
This week we are featuring one of the producers at Ben’s Old Loom Barn in Canaan Valley, Patty Loebig. Patty’s most recent project has been creating tote bags out of recycled plastic bags. She uses bags from different stores to create the color palette (Dollar General is yellow, Walmart is blue, Sheetz is green, Kroger is brown, etc.). She starts by collecting the recycled bags, folding them, and cutting them into thin strips so that they can be rolled and used as thread. Patty then weaves the plastic thread through her loom like she would any other material. The final product is a beautiful repurposing. Stop by Ben’s Old Loom Barn to check out these bags and many other interesting creations. Ben’s Old Loom Barn is also displaying their producer’s work this month in the lobby of Citizen’s Bank in Parsons. Stop by during regular business hours to see some of their incredible work!
Don Hall and His Contemporaries Paint En Plein Air
Our featured event this week is a new exhibit in the Arts Center Main Hall. June 2nd through July 7th, The Arts Center will be featuring art by Don Hall, T. M. Nicholas, David P. Curtis, and others. Opening Reception Friday, June 2nd, 5-7 p.m. The Arts Center is open 10-4 p.m. Don is one of the featured artists in the book 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. He is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters’ Society, and Tamarack, the best of West Virginia. He is an artist member of the Tucson, Arizona Plein AIr Painters’ Association and the Randolph County Community Arts Center, Elkins WV. In the Maxwell Gallery, The Arts Center will be hosting Watercolor Dreams by Linda Walker Roberts from June 2nd through August 18th. Opening Reception Friday, June 2nd 5-7 p.m.
Featured: ArtSpring Festival
This week, our Featured Event is ArtSpring’s annual Memorial Day Festival! The Festival lasts from Friday, May 26th until Sunday, May 28th. See the full schedule here: www.artspringwv.com. ArtSpring Festival is an annual celebration of the vibrant arts community in Tucker County, West Virginia. The main activities hubs are in Thomas and Davis, and you are encouraged you to explore Canaan Valley, Parsons, Hendricks, Hambleton and the surrounding areas while you’re here. Learn more about ArtSpring’s Silent Auction, hands-on activities for kids & makers, gallery openings & exhibits, craft beer, wine and food, live music and more. Looking for places to stay? Find rooms at Canaan Valley Resort, Timberline Four Seasons Resort, Black Bear Resort, The Billy Motel, Bright Morning Inn, Cooper House, Fiddler’s Roost Guest House, and Purple Fiddle’s Hostel. For information on-site, please visit the Info Booth in Davis, located outside the Davis Firehall and adjacent to the Handmade Art Market, Food Vendors and Music Tent. Please also stop in and say hello at the Silent Auction, located in Cottrill’s Opera House on Front Street in Thomas. See a full schedule of events at: www.artspringwv.com And check out these other regional events this week: Windchimes & Fused Glass class; Tuesday – […]
Featured: Maggi Rhudy
This week we are featuring Maggi Rhudy. Maggi will be displaying her art in the Citizens Bank of WV lobby in Elkins in the first month of this partnered project. ArtSpring, Inc. will also be displaying in the lobby of the Citizens Bank in Parsons. After immigrating to the USA from Germany, Maggi received a BA in Art, and an MA in German Literature from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and she is certified to teach both subjects. Maggi has taught both German and art to students 5 years to 75 years old. “In Randolph County, where I have lived since 1984, I was ArtsBank Teaching Artist and also ArtsBank Coordinator, Elementary Art teacher, and for seven years taught art at Elkins High School until I retired in 2005.I am now active as an artist and occasional art teacher, as well as volunteer for ArtsBank and the Randolph County Community Arts Center. I love including nature in my artwork, as subject matter or as natural materials I use to make my artwork.” Check out Maggi’s work anytime this month during Citizen’s Bank lobby hours – see their sponsor page for details: www.madwv.com/item/citizens-bank-of-west-virginia/ And see her page for more of her work and […]
Featured Event: New Exhibit at The Arts Center
This week The Arts Center is opening two new exhibits. Student Art will be featured in the main gallery, and Dave Shombert’s art will be exhibited in the Maxwell Gallery. Other events this week: Romeo & Juliet – Saturday, May 6th, Thomas: ArtSpring is hosting the Rusty Mechanicals Theater Troupe. The Lion King – Wednesday May 3rd through next week, Elkins: The Old Brick Playhouse. Bluegrass Jam – Saturday, May 6th, Grafton: Gallery 62 West. Citizens Bank Art Displays – Friday, May 5th, Elkins & Parsons: Mountain Arts District & Citizens Bank of WV See detailed info for each of these events at: www.madwv.com/upcoming-events/category/upcoming-events/ .
This week we are featuring a newcomer to the Mountain Arts District Showcase, CREATURE, a gallery, studio, and imaginarium of Seth Pitt’s art. The work spans from hand drawn conceptual cartoons to large format time intensive melted crayon sculptures to absurdist sketches to excerpts of books that were never written. The next time you’re strolling along Front St. in Thomas, be sure to stop in and see Seth’s various works in CREATURE as well as it’s sister galleries, Lamplight and The White Room. To see more of Seth’s work, learn where to find it across the county, and see his business information: check out CREATURE’s page here: http://www.madwv.com/item/creature/
Featured Event: Appalachian Music & Poetry
This week we are featuring a night of Appalachian music and poetry at The Arts Center in Elkins. This is your last opportunity to join them in celebrating National Poetry Month! Poet Laureate of WV, Marc Harshman will be at The Arts Center, along with Doug Van Gundy. The cost of the event is $10; seniors and students are $5. Event details at http://www.madwv.com/event/appalachian-music-poetry-week-4/ While I listen they sing over and over echoing — a thousand tiny, throaty bells tuned each to the other with non-stop stuttering – so many, so close, and yet not one to be seen where they sing and sing in the green dark of spring. March Peepers, Marc Harshman
St. Brendan the Navigator
Some Good Friday Public Art: This sculpture was chosen by St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Elkins to portray their Parish Patron Saint in 2000. St. Brendan is chiefly renowned for his legendary journey to the Isle of the Blessed as described in the ninth century Voyage of St Brendan the Navigator. The statue situates St. Brendan on a boat, with a weather-worn face and his mantel up to block the cold. (He traveled through icy waters and icebergs on his journey). His hands are extended to express his desire to offer Christianity to the world, with an angel on the bow leading and guiding him. One of St. Brendan’s feet is extended forward to express the idea of moving forward into a new world. Check out more public art at: http://www.madwv.com/public-art-gallery/
Featured: Jolynn Powers
This week our featured artist is writer/blogger Jolynn Powers. A self-proclaimed West Virginia Mountain Mama living slowly, foraging, cooking, canning, hunting, and fishing her way through Appalachia. “I’m a forty something mother of two who was born and raised in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain in Boulder, Co. I have lived, loved, and laughed in North Central West Virginia for 25 years with my family. We Live a rural life, full of family, food and the outdoors. I love to take photos and telling stories about the Appalachian Mountains where we live.” Check out Jolynn’s blog to read more on her adventures through Appalachia: https://jolynnsmountainmama.wordpress.com/ JoLynn Powers
Featured: Smakula Fretted Instruments
We’re spotlighting Smakula Fretted Instruments this week. Smakula Fretted Instruments has been located near Elkins in Randolph County, WV, since 1989. This small independent business specializes in the restoration and sales of fine musical instruments including banjos, guitars, mandolins, and members of the violin family. The Smakula Fretted Instruments team of restoration artisans are not only four talented craftsmen, they are also prize-winning Old Time Stringband musicians who can organize a square dance at almost any time. The Smakula Fretted Instrument shop is located 5 miles north of Elkins, WV. Your call for an appointment to have a restoration consultation, or to view their vintage instrument inventory is always welcome. Check out their full page for more info and photos at: http://www.madwv.com/item/smakula-fretted-instruments/
Event: First Friday at Gallery 62
This week we’re featuring a packed event at Gallery 62 in Grafton. At 5:30 Ashley Glover, a Grafton High School Sophomore, will be reciting poetry in observance on National Poetry Month. Starting at 6 p.m. is the opening reception for April’s exhibit, “Estelle” – a collective work by Debra E. (Stevens) Spradling. Background music for the reception will be provided by a woodwind trio from Fairmont State University. This trio plays a mix of classical, video game music, pop, and quasi-jazz! They will play about an hour. These events are free and open to the public! See this and more events at: http://www.madwv.com/upcoming-events/category/upcoming-events/
Public Art: Sun & Moon Mural
This bright piece of public art adds a splash of color on the outskirts of Davis between the town and Thomas. It was designed and painted by Elkins High School Art classes in 2015. Elkins High School art classes have produced several murals and art projects across the Mountain Arts District. Browse through our gallery to find more! http://www.madwv.com/public-art-gallery/
New Rotating Exhibition Opportunity
Mountain Arts District is partnering with Citizens Bank to begin rotating, ongoing exhibitions in the lobbies of their five branches (Elkins, Beverly, Parsons, Buckhannon, and Snowshoe). Displays can include music in addition to physical art pieces. Artists are able to perform, demonstrate, or show-and-tell in addition to a standard display, please let us know if you are interested – we need to know as soon as possible. Register Here MAD subscriber organizations, Businesses, and Co-ops are able to display any artist(s) that is a part of their organization even if they not necessarily a subscriber with Mountain Arts District. Once we know who is willing and able to provide art for display, we’ll work out a location and display schedule according to your preferences. Citizens Bank will not be able to sell directly, but Mountain Arts District can provide price tags and contact information. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com
This week we’re featuring a regular Augusta event – Pickin’ in the Park. 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 These weekly Old-Time, Gospel, Country, & Bluegrass jam sessions are held in the Myles Center for the Arts on Davis & Elkins campus (or in Elkins City Park when the weather permits) every Wednesday. Anyone is welcome to come, jam, and have a good time with friends. Pickin’ in the Park
This week’s public art feature watches over Main Street, like Buckhannon’s own Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. Cock-A-Doodle-Dude was created for ART26201’s Art in Public Places program, which has been very successful at launching several public art projects across downtown Buckhannon. From ART26201’s site, artist Ginger Diaz says, “Rarely do I view something beautiful without calculating how to capture it in a painting! I am particularly inspired by simple scenes, the way sunlight hits a coffee mug or a sleeping cat on a window sill. I want to convey the beauty I see in everyday objects and create a scene which intrigues the viewer and encourages her to slow down and spend some time with the painting. Recently I became enchanted with the vibrant colors and quirky personalities of my friend’s heirloom chickens and decided that a large-scale rooster would be a perfect mural for Buckhannon’s Main Street. Your town holds a special place in my heart as a community dedicated to celebrating the arts.” To see more of ART26201’s projects click here: http://www.art26201.com/publicart/index.html And to see more public art in the Mountain Arts District click here: http://www.madwv.com/public-art-gallery/
Featured Venue: Buxton & Landstreet
The historic Buxton & Landstreet Building, built in 1901, was originally the company store for the Davis Coal and Coke Co. Today, the Buxton & Landstreet is home to two galleries, private and public artist studios, and the Vandalia Center for the Arts. In the spring and summer, resident artists present a variety of classes in the public studios. Our public studios have equipment and supplies for textile work, stained glass, ceramics, jewelry making, painting, drawing, bookbinding, printmaking, and papermaking. The Buxton & Landstreet is also available for event rentals and community meetings. See their page (Buxton & Landstreet Gallery & Studios) for contact information, location, and business hours.
Featured Event: Jonathan Corcoran, author of The Rope Swing
This week, our featured event is coming out of Grafton from the Taylor County Arts Council. Corcoran, author of The Rope Swing, will be reading, taking questions, and hosting a book signing this Friday, March 17th at 7 p.m. at Gallery 62. Corcoran is a native of Elkins. “Jonathan Corcoran’s Appalachian voice, so fierce, so tender, portrays tradition as both weapon and soothing balm. The Rope Swing takes us inside quiet revolutions of the soul in mountain towns far from Stonewall: we can never go home again, but we recognize ourselves in these linked stories of love, loss, the economic tyranny of neglect and exploitation, and the lifelong alliance between those who stay and those who leave. The Rope Swing establishes a new American writer whose unerring instincts are cause for celebration.” —Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Quiet Dell, Lark and Termite, and Black Tickets See full event info at: http://www.madwv.com/event/jonathan-corcoran-author-of-the-rope-swing/
The Mingo Indian
Descendants of the early pioneers wanted to honor the place where the an American Indian village had stood, now Mingo Flats. Though whether or not this village was Mingo or not, is debated. Remains of the village were visible to the first settlers, although clearly abandoned for many years. An online copy of “Monument to, and history of the Mingo Indians; facts and traditions about this tribe, their wars, chiefs, camps, villages and trails. Monument dedicated to their memory near the village of Mingo, in Tygarts River Valley of West Virginia” provides a great deal of information on the statue, the arguments for and against its erection, and even some of the speeches given on the date of its dedication. The inscription on the statue reads: This monument is erected in memory of the passing of the “Red Man.” An Indian village was located near this place according to local tradition. It was frequented by the Mingo tribe, and at one time was an Iroquois outpost – Mingo Iroquois, meaning “Foreign Service”. The Mingoes are said to have been expelled by the Iroquois for disloyalty. This village was on the trail from the Lakes to the South, but had been abandoned prior […]
Featured Artists: Liz Sutton
Our featured artist this week is another creative from Pocahontas Co. – Liz Sutton. Liz is a multi-talented artist who does jewelry, photography, soaps, candles, herbal creations. Liz signed up for our $10 package, a cheap, very affordable way to see what Mountain Arts District can do for your business. Check out her page and if you’re interested in her work contact her by hitting the “contact owner” button. That sends an email straight to Liz. Liz Sutton
Public Art: Buckhongahelas and His Son Mahonegon
This week, we’re highlighting some public art from Buckhannon’s Jawbone Park – a statue of Buckhongahelas and his son Mahonegon. The legend has it that Captain William White shot and killed Mahonegon, for whom the area’s Boy Scout Camp is named, in June 1773. The statue depicts a grief-stricken father holding the body of his dead son, with a bullet hole in the abdomen. The legend also holds that Buckongahelas accomplished revenge, killing White about a decade later. Buckhannon artist and sculptor Ross Straight was fascinated with the story of Buckhongahelas since boyhood days, after hearing it from his grandmother, whose family was among the original settlers. He crafted Upshur County’s first contemporary piece of public art: a statue to Buckongahelas cradling the body of his just-killed son, Mahonegon. The 650-pound bronze sculpture- Buckongahelas and His Son Mahonegon- now graces Buckhannon’s Jawbone Park. It was Straight’s first major work, and he had plenty of skeptics when he first announced his dream and presented a terra cotta maquett (*model) in December 1997. Much of that skepticism centered on whether Straight would be able to raise the $21,500-plus required for the statue. The statue itself is worth considerably more, because he made […]
Featured Artist: Kathryn Gillispie
This week our featured artist is Kathryn Gillispie from Greenbank! Kathryn has taught in many public schools in Randolph County, local colleges and private workshops in WV. Numerous merit awards in painting and Best of Show at Mountain State A/C Fair, Ripley, and twice in the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins are some of her accomplishments. She is a juried Tamarack artist and a signature member of WV Watercolor Society. In the past 25 years she has founded 4 art cooperatives in Randolph, Tucker, and Pocahontas Counties as well as advise other states on how to form art groups as cooperatives. Currently she is the owner/ artist of Green Bank Art Center. See more of Kathryn’s art and learn where you can shop for it at: http://www.madwv.com/item/kathryn-c-gillispie/
Featured Event: ArtSpring Fundraiser
This week, our featured event is a fundraiser for the ArtSpring festival at Whitegrass Ski Resort on March 2nd. Arts, fellowship, and wonderful food! Tickets to the event are $50 dollars. $22.5 dollars goes to ArtSpring, $22.5 goes to Whitegrass, and $5 goes to the waitstaff. The meal will be centered around Indian cuisine and a silent auction will be held. If you would like to have a place reserved please email ArtSpring at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be the seventh year ArtSpring has held a festival on Memorial Day weekend. Come out and support the ArtSpring organization as we continue to provide artists with opportunities to share their work with the larger community. See our calendar for more events.
This week’s public art feature is another piece from Philippi: this time off of Alderson-Broaddus campus. “Apollo” is a piece inspired by Sir Isaac Newton’s quote “I stand on the shoulders of giants,” and the statue was so named to honor the space program. “Apollo” was installed in 1968.” See more art at our public art gallery. http://www.madwv.com/public-art-gallery/
Featured Artists: Michael & Carrie Kline
This week our featured artists are Carrie and Michael Kline! Michael and Carrie Kline weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar. The Klines present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. The Klines have performed in Italy, Germany, and across the United States. To hear them and be encouraged to join in on a chorus is to be transported to a country church, a primeval forest, a coal miner’s picket line, or grandma’s kitchen. Listen to a sample of their music and learn where you can find their work to buy at: http://www.madwv.com/item/michael-carrie-kline/
Featured Event: ArtsBank, Inc. Celebrates 20th Annual Auction
February 25 is the annual ArtsBank, Inc. Auction on Saturday at the Fire Hall in Beverly.