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!

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 […]

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

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]