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
Apollo, public art gallery
Our public art feature of the week is located at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, WV. Created by artist Mark Warner, the statue, named Apollo, reflects the artist’s appreciation for the space program. Apollo
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com. 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.
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