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!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Featured Event

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Public Art

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 […]