About Mountain Arts District

The Mountain Arts District is a place, a network, a resource for artists, and on-line, it is a directory for all people and events in our mountain counties. Its purpose it to promote the unique arts and culture of north central West Virginia, spanning the counties of Barbour, Pocahontas, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, and Upshur. MAD was formed by a collective group of volunteers to strengthen the arts economy, establish the area as an arts destination for tourists, and increase the development of public arts. Join us!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 & […]

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 […]

Featured: CREATURE

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]