Call For Entries for the 2021 MAD High School Student Fine Art & Sculpture Contest
Enter to win! Open to all 2021 high school students in the Randolph, Tucker, Barbour, Upshur, Nicholas and Pocahontas counties. Download the 2021 High-School-Student-Fine-Art Participation Forms Submit your artwork online The Mountain Arts District will display a photo of your artwork on our Facebook contest from June 1st-14th, 2021. The submissions with the most “likes” will win a cash award from our sponsors. One submission will receive the “Ajuga Award”—personally selected by Lisa Armstrong of Ajuga Design & Marketing. Submissions will also be displayed on our website MADWV.com. This contest is sponsored by Mountain Arts District. Any business or person who would like to sponsor a cash award for the 2021 High School Student Art Show, please contact the Mountain Arts District at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission Deadline: May 31st, 2021 Contest Open Dates: May 1st- May 31st, 2021 Community Judging Dates: June 1st- June 14th, 2021 Award Notification Date/Time: June 15th, 2021 Awards: People’s Choice Award – Most Votes: $50 Ajuga Award: $100 Judge’s Choice: $50, $25
August Heritage Center Announces 2021 Summer Classes & Events
MADWV member Augusta Heritage Center will hold online classes and both online and in-person events for this summer’s season: Augusta’s Online Heritage Workshop Series Members of our summer heritage workshop series will once again be treated to everything Augusta has to offer. Study with over 75 traditional culture-bearers and master artists in bluegrass, blues, Cajun & Creole, classic country, old-time, swing, and vocals. Due to the continued uneven financial impact of the pandemic, memberships will be based on a donation of your comfort level (suggested $100). Will I have to spend a lot of time on my computer this summer to participate in Augusta’s online workshops? No! We realize that this summer is much different from last summer. Instead of sitting at home on lockdown, we can now enjoy most outdoor recreational activities with our families and friends. For this reason, we are making our lessons and workshops as time flexible as possible. Workshops will be delivered using two formats. Pre-recorded lessons that allow you to learn at your own pace and enjoy multiple times. Zoom events such as cultural sessions, panel discussions, jams, concerts, participant showcases, and more. These “live events” will occur between July 5-23 and will be […]
Art Grants Available thru WV Dept of Arts, Culture & History
Training and Travel Grant Application Deadline: At least 6 weeks before event Description: Provides travel support to artists, arts administrators and arts educators for conferences, workshops, seminars, and showcases outside of West Virginia. Eligibility: Artists who are at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of West Virginia for at least one year and West Virginia nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organizations in good standing with the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Funding Level: Up to 50 percent of eligible costs Click here for Training and Travel Grant Application Arts in Education – Mini-Grant Deadline: 6 weeks prior to project date Description: Provides support for schools, nonprofit community arts organizations and other nonprofit sponsors that do not present a season of events for the presentation of West Virginia artists in arts education projects. Eligibility: West Virginia schools and nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organizations in good standing with the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Funding Level: Up to 100 percent of eligible costs, not to exceed $1,000 Click here for FY21 Mini Grant Application Cultural Facilities & Capital Resources Fast Track Grant Application Deadline: Rolling Description: Provides emergency support for the acquisition, construction and renovation of arts venues, accessibility improvements […]
Get Ramp Cookbooks at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center
It’s ramps season! In need of inspiration or just looking to switch it up? Stop by the Elkins Depot Welcome Center or call at 304-635-7803 to get your ramp cookbook featuring recipes submitted by members of the community! $7 each or $7.50 to be mailed, cash or check accepted.
Artists! Learn Photography Basics for Online Stores
MAD Member Art in Green Bank, Inc is presenting 6 classes in June 2021 taught by MAD Member Elizabeth Sutton. The 2 hour classes deal with teaching artists and beginners the basics in product photography and advertising for use in an online in a webstore. The dates are June 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 from 4-6pm at the Green Bank Art Center, 5382 Potomac Highland Trail, Green Bank. For more info contact Liz at email@example.com or Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org. This opportunity is made possible thru the a grant from WVACH and NEA. Examples of some of Elizabeth Sutton’s Work:
Peoples’ Voice Cafe Climate Concert featuring MAD Members Michael & Carrie Kline
Join Mountain Arts District Members Michael and Carrie Kline live online SATURDAY, April 17th at 8:00 p.m. EST on the People’s Voice Cafe Climate Concert. Michael and Carrie Kline present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. They have spent years recording music and spoken narrative in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Appalachian coalfields and mountainside farms, along with industrial cities from Cincinnati to New England. The Klines’ high mountain harmony vocals meld with their intertwining bass lines on two guitars, with Michael Kline’s melodic flat-picking guitar playing and Carrie’s dynamic backup. As folklorist-musicians they weave songs and stories, wrapped in a patchwork quilt of vivid imagery. Their oral history and musical podcast is Talking Across the Lines. folktalk.orgfacebook.com/klinesacrossthelines “Coal Tattoo”
Augusta and the WV Humanities Council present “A Visit with Master Artist Elizabeth LaPrelle”
Augusta and the WV Humanities Council present “A Visit with Master Artist Elizabeth LaPrelle” on March 30th at 7pm. Elizabeth LaPrelle will share stories about some of her Appalachian music mentors as well as discuss her process of setting traditional songs in her own style and voice. Watch live or see the archived session at: https://www.facebook.com/AugustaHeritageCenter/live You can also get a Zoom link (for a front row seat!) by joining the Augusta mailing list. Just send a quick request to email@example.com. Members of the Augusta Winter Sessions 2021 can go to the “Public Events” Zoom link that was sent to you by email. This presentation is free open to the public thanks to generous support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Augusta Heritage Center Event: Traditional Songs of Appalachia with Elizabeth LaPrelle
MAD Member Augusta Heritage Center will host a Facebook Event featuring songwriter Elizabeth LaPrelle. LaPrelle will share stories about some of her Appalachian music mentors and discuss her process of setting traditional songs in her own style and voice. This cultural session, generously sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council, is accessible via Facebook Live on the Augusta Heritage Center Facebook page at the time of the event. For a “front-row” Zoom seat, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a link. Elizabeth LaPrelle of Cedar Springs, Virginia, is a singer and banjo-player. She began winning prizes for her singing at a young age and has dedicated research, passion, and a powerful voice to the ancient art of Appalachian ballad-singing. She learned from field-recordings, books, family, friends, and tradition-bearers like Sheila Kay Adams and Ginny Hawker. At the College of William and Mary, she graduated with a self-designed major in “Southern Appalachian Traditional Performance”. Tune into Augusta’s Facebook event on Tuesday, March 30 at 7pm
Augusta and the WV Humanities Council present “Art and Social Justice in Beckley, WV”
Augusta and the WV Humanities Council present “Art and Social Justice in Beckley, WV” on March 23, 2021 at 7 pm. Watch live or see the archived session at: https://www.facebook.com/AugustaHeritageCenter/live You can also get a Zoom link (for a front row seat!) by joining the Augusta mailing list. Just send a quick request to email@example.com. Members of the Augusta Winter Sessions 2021 can go to the “Public Events” Zoom link that was sent to you by email. This presentation is free open to the public thanks to generous support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Augusta and the WV Humanities Council present “A Visit with Master Artist Lo
Lonnie Norwood will share songs and stories from his life-long journey with gospel music on Chicago’s South Side. Watch live or see the archived session at: https://www.facebook.com/AugustaHeritageCenter/live You can also get a Zoom link (for a front row seat!) by joining the Augusta mailing list. Just send a quick request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the Augusta Winter Sessions 2021 can go to the “Public Events” Zoom link that was sent to you by email. This presentation is free open to the public thanks to generous support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Second Cycle of Rural Youth Engagement through Public Art Grants Available
From the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History: CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The second cycle of applications are now being accepted for the FY21 Rural Youth Engagement through Public Art Grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA). Approximately $47,000 in grants will be awarded. Deadline for receipt of applications is April 1, 2021. Eligible projects are visual two- and three-dimensional public art projects taking place in communities with less than 25,000 residents and will engage local youth. Examples of eligible projects may include both permanent and temporary murals, sculptures and installations. Schools, not for profit youth groups, not for profit arts organizations and local governments are eligible to apply. Organizations do not need to be located within the community where the project takes place. Funded projects must take place between April 7 – June 30, 2021. Applicants are strongly recommended to contact the State Arts Office before applying. A complete grant application package, including eligible project expenses and evaluation criteria, is available by contacting Jenna Green, Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources coordinator, at (304) 558-0240 or at Jenna.R.Green@wv.gov. The application package is also available […]
The Arts Center Covid-Compliant Cohort Fused Glass Class
Starting Friday, May 7th, 2021, The Arts Center will be offering introductory hands-on COVID Compliant Cohort (CCC) workshops are designed for 2–5 friends/family members. You work in a small group with only those people in your social group who you’ve invited to this class. You receive individualized guided instruction from our fused glass artist to help you create your own work of art. Prepared materials will be provided with a choice of colorful sheet glass, puddles, dots, strips, noodles and thin stringer. Each piece will be assembled from the cold glass using your own color choices and sense of style. After class, it will be fused and slumped in the kiln to be picked up the following week. Each person will make at least one piece if not two. How does it work? First, create your Cohort. Gather a group of friends and family who will take the workshop with you. This is a private instruction class, and no individuals other than those you invite will be allowed to take part in the class. A minimum of two paid attendees are required to run a CCC workshop and no more than four can attend. Next, decide what you would like […]
Follow your heART to the mountains of West Virginia where there are some of the finest artists in the Appalachian highlands.
MAD was founded to be an artist-driven initiative to strengthen the arts economy in north-central West Virginia with the goal of making this whole region a destination for art lovers.
After several public meetings, the priorities were set to begin forming the infrastructure needed to make this goal a reality. The first priority is to grow a directory/showcase of artists and venues so that tourists and residents can have better access to the arts. The online calendar was added and then a public art gallery, all available to you on this fine website designed by Lisa Armstrong.
This website is a cooperative marketing effort of artists, art venues and art supporters. It is open to showcase art in ALL its forms, from visual art to performing artists like musicians and actors, to writers and chefs. It was created with the thought in mind, that many artists do not have a web presence and those that do, often do not tend to their site. MAD wants to lift up all the artists that are inspired by the mountains, and the peace and joy they instill in the hearts of all who live here.
Our all-volunteer team is also active planning workshops for artist entrepreneurs, organizing public art projects and hosting networking meetings of artists and the public twice a month. This is live-streamed onto our Facebook page.
So, please explore the artists and venues on this site. Find out where the artists are selling their work. Click on News/Events to find the Arts Calendar for information on the multitude of performances, classes and gallery exhibits available in this region. Learn more about the artists by looking at our blog, videos and music clips on artist pages. Welcome to the Mountain Arts District. We are glad you are here!
The Old Brick Playhouse offers entertaining theatre and educational arts programs locally, throughout the mid-Atlantic, and overseas.
My roots are deep in West Virginia soil. Born and raised near Wheeling I now live just off the map in Monongalia County and keep a cabin in Randolph County. Ever since being a child, I love the wild green of nature and the texture of all things. Making art, printmaking in particular, is a natural continuation of my creative journey after retiring from a career in landscape architecture. My works on paper are monotypes with additions of pen and ink, sometimes watercolor pencils, sometimes stencils and spray paint. The printing process that is used involves pressing inked images between the drums of a printing press, forcing ink into paper. Unlike other printmaking styles, there are no duplicates – no multiple runs of a piece, hence the ‘mono’ of monotype. There is just one image, which is then layered under more images, which create the pieces’ complexities.
David “Woody” Harman is an Artist Blacksmith. His wife, Brenda, is the resident Broom Maker of hand-tied Appalachian brooms and brushes.
Elkins Sewing Center has been providing quilting and sewing enthusiasts in the Elkins, WV, area with a wide variety of premium fabrics, high quality quilting products, and innovative sewing equipment since 1982. Located in the center of historic downtown Elkins, we offer a range of classes for quilters and sewists of all ages and skill levels, taught in a casual, no-pressure atmosphere where learning and creativity thrive, and new friendships blossom. We are an authorized dealer for Husqvarna Viking, and carry a full line of sewing machines, sergers, and embroidery machines, from basic models and compact portables, to top of the line computerized models. Stop by and visit us for inspiration, education, and supplies for any number of sewing, quilting, fiber arts, and garment construction projects!
ArtSpring is a 501c (3) non profit organization that operates year-round in Tucker County to connect artists, businesses, visitors, and community members. The organization was first founded as a committee of Alpine Heritage Preservation in 2010 and is headquartered at Cottrill’s Opera House in Thomas. It is ArtSpring’s mission to be a steward of Tucker County arts. We support learning, emerging, and established artists across the spectrum of contemporary and traditional creative arts. We offer direct support to artists, promote Tucker County as an arts destination, act as the gateway to the arts of Tucker County and facilitate the engagement between the creative community and the public. Each year during memorial day weekend, ArtSpring presents ArtSpring Festival–A Tour of Tucker County Arts. The Festival aims to encourage arts-based tourism through county-wide programming and events. ArtSpring Festival has grown each year and has most recently been enjoyed by approximately 2,000 participants – good for the arts, good for business and good for Tucker County.
Madalyn Humphrey was born and raised in Elkins, WV. She is a D&E graduate and former VISTA worker. Madalyn is currently the Director of Elkins Main Street, where she uses her skills to build community and develop the downtown economy. Her passion has been dance, more specifically, Irish dancing, since she was a child. Currently, she, along with Lori Goux, is a Dance Director for the Appalachian Ensemble. She also has been the choreographer for performances at the Old Brick Playhouse.
Michael and Carrie Kline weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar.
As an artist, my goal is to set up systems of logic. I hold that painting and drawing are, unlike other forms, some of the purest repositories of simulation. The viewer, in seeing the image, accepts the rules, problems, etc. of the image, and submits to a sort of tyranny in the process, a temporary aesthetic domination (if you will). Using this position, I use the logic of the picture plane in order to disassemble the logic of the simulations and narratives that surround us, and rebuild them in order to produce syzygys, paradoxes, and contradictions, snipping away the fabric of the veneer surrounding us, and making paper dolls. Find Patrick Facemire’s work at: PatrickFacemire.wixsite.com Tamarack, Beckley, WV
Promoting and presenting the traditional music, dance, and folkways of the Allegheny Mountain region.
Alice-Gervais was born in Miami, and raised in Fla., NYC, and WV. After finishing high school in Clarksburg, she attended oil pastel classes by WV Artist Beth Crowder, then went on to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1983 and transferred to the Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale in 1985. Due to family obligations, she moved to St. Petersburg and attended Pinellas County Community College studying commercial and fine art. While in Florida, she began working as a grade school Art Teacher in St. Petersburg, then on to a private grade school in Ashville, NC. Once back in West Virginia she attended master oil painting classes at Glenville State College and held a two-man show at the Clarksburg Library. Alice-Gervais has worked as an artist and teacher for over 35 years, and has worked as a freelance sign painter, logo designer, and brochure artist. Many of her independent pieces are in private collections and have been published in magazines such as the Galactic Crossroads and Easy Riders. Alice-Gervais illustrated “The Pioneer Index of Randolph County” with 24 pen and Ink drawings of places of interest in the Randolph County area. In 1996, she won best of show in the […]
Chrizart Creations is Christine Keller, a jewelry maker from the heart of Appalachia, located in Buckhannon, West Virginia. Christine strives to create one-of-a-kind pieces of unique design and color, appealing to women of all ages, with an inclination toward whimsical, fun and edgier pieces that make a bold statement. Christine began expressing her creativity as a woodcarver in 1995. In 2008, she took up pottery, leading to experiments with jewel-like cabochons of melted glass and clay, which she calls ‘glass geodes’. Having a lifelong love of jewelry, she began wire wrapping in 2009, incorporating the cabochons into pendants. She has since expanded the line to include earrings, rings, and bracelets. In addition, she is now a metalsmith, working in mixed metals using several different techniques including enameling, patination, hammering, and soldering. Where to buy: www.chrizart.com Artistry on Main, Buckhannon, WV Tamarack, Beckley, WV Greenbrier and Stonewall resorts
Certified Professional Photographer Master Photographer Photographic Craftsman Past President Professional Photographers of West Virginia
Each basket gives me the opportunity to do something totally different than the last project and the detail in each basket or tray brings me much joy.
Liz is a jeweler and a photographer in Pocahontas County. She also creates soaps, candles, and herbal creations.
Welcome to Elkins, a lively, arts-oriented community in West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands. Within the town are three National Register Historic Districts, several National Historic Landmarks, and a variety of unique shops and restaurants. Elkins has been identified as one of the 100 best small art towns in the United States and it is a West Virginia Certified Arts Community. The internationally known, Augusta Heritage Center, makes its home in Elkins on the campus of Davis and Elkins College. The “gateway” to the Monongahela National Forest, Elkins is a hub of outdoor recreation and has easy access to state parks, forests and natural landmarks. Visit the Elkins Depot Welcome Center to learn more about Randolph County and the Mountain State! Located in the heart of downtown Elkins the Welcome Center carries informational brochures on the music and arts, food and lodging options, train excursions, and West Virginia states parks. Come in and talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers to find out how to spend your time in Elkins.
The RCDA is the lead economic development organization for Randolph County. Our purpose is to promote, develop, and advance business prosperity and economic welfare in Randolph County, support existing business, and provide maximum opportunities for employment to our citizens. The RCDA also operates the WV Wood Technology Center which provides workforce development training, opportunities to entrepreneurs through affordable access to industrial equipment and incubation, and computer, woodworker, and safety training to private individuals and hobbyists. Find the RCDA at: 10 Eleventh Street, Elkins, WV 26241 Contact RCDA at: 304-637-0803 or email@example.com To learn more visit: randolphwv.com or wvwoodtech.com
The purpose of the Mountain Weavers Guild is to: 1) promote friendship and understanding among its members, 2) assist members in the pursuit of spinning, weaving, dyeing, and basket making through education, discussion and programs, and 3) to share our crafts through demonstration in the community. If you are interested in fiber arts, we invite you to join the guild or to attend one of our programs. The guild meets the third Saturday in January, February, March, April, June, July, September, and November, with a Christmas gathering in December. You can find us demonstrating at the Augusta Heritage Festival in August and the Mountain State Forest Festival in October. You can also attend one of our classes, taught by experienced textile weavers and guild members, and learn the craft of weaving for yourself! To learn more about the guild, to see our program schedule and recent events like us on Facebook at Mountain Weavers Guild. The Mountain Weavers Guild is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of West Virginia.
The Arts Center hosts art exhibits, concerts and performances, art education and a variety of community activities and events.
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