Some Good Friday Public Art: This sculpture was chosen by St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Elkins to
Arts Related Organization
Support organizations for artists and art-related businesses.
Basketry can take on many forms and can be made of many materials, but at its core it is the weaving, sewing, and tying pliable wood staves, pine needles, rope, and fabric into decoratively functional pieces. Some potters make baskets as well.
Whether your tastes are for square dancing, clogging, Cajun two-step or belly dancing, the Mountain Arts District has something for you. There are plenty of dance troops for youth and events for adults throughout the year.
Educator, Classes & Workshops
Arts education is vital to the creative development of any community, and in the Mountain Arts District, you’ll find that arts educators offer classes and workshops both in and outside of school settings and for any age group, old or young. Browse through some of our own educators and see…
There’s no shortage of celebration in the region. Join us as we celebrate our arts, heritage, history, community, outdoors, and agriculture. Check out our events calendar to see what events and festivals are approaching.
Throughout the Mountain Arts District you can find many galleries, co-ops, and artist shops. Each venue has a personality of its own, with its style and exhibitions. These galleries are a great addition to any vacation or weekend away from home. Browse our venues to see where local art can…
Glass art can include glassblowing, stained glass, glass jewelry, and more! West Virginia has a strong history of excellence in glass art, including several producers in the Mountain Arts District.
Graphic design is a way of problem-solving by incorporating typography, photography, illustration, and whatever other tools the artist can employ. Common uses of graphic design include corporate design (logos and branding), editorial design (magazines, newspapers and books), wayfinding, advertising, web design, product packaging, and signage.
It’s not hard to find unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry in the Mountain Arts District. Many artists in the region focus their creative energy into hand-made wearable art: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more.
Lutherie & Other Instrument Making
Lutherie is the art of making of wooden, stringed, musical instruments, such as guitars, lutes, mandolins, and violins. Other artists in the area make drums, flutes, and more! You’ll find that each of these individually crafted instruments has its own personality and unique feel. Contact our artists to see what…
Mixed Media Art
Works of art where a variety of materials, techniques, and styles collide and meld together into their own unique creation, an assemblage art. Many of the most popular mixed media pieces include collages, altered objects and books, 2D and 3D assemblage, greeting cards, journaling, and bookmaking.
It is not hard to find some local music playing in a restaurant, bar, festival, or other performance venue. Whether its bluegrass, folk, rock, Hip Hop, or even bagpipes, musicians in the Mountain Arts District are actively engaging their communities with art and sound.
Includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic, en plain aire and pastel painting. Mountain Arts District boasts a strong, vibrant community of painters who work in a variety of styles, methods, and materials. Explore our painters’ profiles for examples of these impressive pieces.
Pen & Ink
Drawings, illustrations, and calligraphy created using various kinds of ink and pens.
Performance Art & Theater
Scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated, enjoy some performance art by visiting our pages of venues and performers.
The unique geography and natural beauty of the Mountain Arts District provides creatives an abundance of inspirations that change with each season. Our photographers also capture the activity of our communities and people.
Pottery, Ceramics & Sculpture
Potters and sculptors are actively creating pieces in the Mountain Arts District communities. Both functional and decorative pieces can be found across the region: in galleries, in shops, in public art, and in our homes.
Woodcutting, engraving, lithography, etching, and screen printing are just some of the forms printmaking can take. These different techniques give each piece a unique quality.
Soaps, Candles, & Herbals
In the Mountain Arts District, you don't have to look far for some great home goods - whether it's essential oils, herbal creations, homemade soaps and beauty products, or candles. Check out some of our subscribers and venues for more information.
Mountain Arts District is proud to include the businesses and organizations that share our vision and support the development and sustainment of arts in our communities.
Textile artists use various techniques to create works of art using yarn, threads, fibers, and fabrics often in combination with paints dyes. Many artists in the Mountain Arts District excel in the textile arts, both visual art and functional art. The region has many weavers, quilters, and clothiers.
Whether you’re looking for a gallery to exhibit, a concert space to perform, or an event space, you should check out our listings to see some of the options in the Mountain Arts District. Events at these locations are listed in the calendar.
Wood is used in forms of sculpture, craft, and decoration including chip carving, wood burning, and marquetry and more. The history of logging and the role of the forest in Appalachian life have greatly influenced the culture of the Mountain Arts District region, and that influence is found in the…
Writers, Storytellers & Folklorists
The mountains of West Virginia’s northern highlands have a long tradition of storytelling and a rich culture of folklore. Artists of many media capture this culture in their own creations.