Handmade Crafts Blog

Handmade paper featured in July

posted: 20 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

Fine artists and friends Jill Jarom and Bruce Wilson are featured in a 2 person exhibit at the MountainMade Gallery in Thomas, West Virginia for July.

The evolution of their individual works is provocative. The two have collaborated together in a joint show exemplifying the depth of their creative visions. This is not their first collective effort. They have shared resources before to make handmade paper and fibers. Jarom’s work is interactive and includes woven spirit sculptures, handmade journals, bound objects and framed works. Wilson’s botanical art includes a rich collection of handmade papers and natural fibers. Framed works are elegantly matted and framed using conservation glass, protecting each work from UV light.

Jarom lives and works at her home studio in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Wilson lives in Canaan Valley with his wife and photographer Gerri Wilson.

The MountainMade Gallery is open daily: 10am-5pm Sunday-Wednesday and 10am to 7pm Thursday-Saturday.

Join us for Arts Spring 2012

posted: 22 month ago by Shaena Parson  |  No Comments ;

Mountain Made is proud to announce our participation in the 2nd Annual ArtSpring Weekend!

Come and join us on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, for the celebration of our Tucker County Arts Community. Festivities will begin on Friday and run though Sunday. Everything from live music, a silent auction to benefit the student art program, artist demo’s, kids crafts, food tastings and more! Events will be held in Parsons, Thomas, Davis and Canaan Valley.

Mountain Made is very excited to offer artist demos by Master Woodworker Nate Parr and Fabric Artist Susan Feller. We will also be doing kids crafts and a sidewalk sale. Not to mention a tasting of some of the best jellies, jams, sauces and more that West Virginia has to offer! Go to www.artspringwv.com for a complete schedule of events. Hope to see you there!!

National Quilt Day falls on St. Patrick’s Day

posted: 24 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

March brings with it the dawn of spring. It also commemorates a time-honored master craft: QUILTING. National Quilt Day is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of March. The National Quilting Association encourages quilters and patrons towards education, creativity and heritage. It also encourages quilters to remember the tradition of using what we have and making use of fabric scraps to share a story.

Traditionally, a story may have been told through a log cabin or patchwork quilt, but quilters (individuals and guilds) share this utilitarian art form in many different ways. Traditional patterns now share the stage with contemporary patterns and fabrics such as the use of batiks. Batik is a method of dying fabric using a wax-resist dying technique, that may provide a more contemporary and colorful/eclectic design. It should be noted that many of our quilters/fiber artists use a variety of quality fabrics: fine cotton, damask, etc., creating quilts, pillows, purses, table runners, jackets, etc. Quilting and quilts are as personal for the quilter as they are the consumer. We are all drawn to different colors, themes and ultimately design.

MountainMade is proud to feature the work of a number of master quilters from the Mountain State and enjoy the depth of their workmanship.
• Margaret Babb (Quilts from the Woods)
• Clara Richmond
• Mondel Edwards
• Jane Corathers
• Joan Clark
• Cabin Creek Quilt Cooperative.

The rich tradition of quilting lives on!

MM is encountering problems when uploading photos to the Blog. We are working to remedy the situation quickly.

Ken McCoy, a new MountainMade Photographer

posted: 24 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

MountainMade is honored to feature the photography of Ken McCoy! His exhibit includes a richly elegant and eclectic collection of framed and matted works as well as frameable cards.

Ken’s prints do speak for themselves and represent a range of interests that capture his eye, including but not exclusive to: landscape, political architecture, wild life, water fowl and “antiqued” trucks and cars. A long-standing photographer who’s been pursuing his passion for more than 50 years, Ken transitioned to digital equipment. He does not however alter his images, which he believes is a testament to his goal of “doing what I can to “get it right” in the camera before going to the printer.”

McCoy shoots with a Canon 7D (with a Canon Rebel XSI as back-up) and 3 zoom lenses with a range from 17-400mm. He resides in Parsons, West Virginia with his wife, Donell McCoy, an award-winning watercolorist in her own right and February’s Featured Artist!!

Ken’s work will be featured in the Thomas Gallery for the month of March.

MM is experiencing difficulty uploading Ken’s beautiful photos to the Blog program. As soon as we can remedy the situation, we will have a series for you to view. Thank you for your patience.

Watercolorist Donell McCoy

posted: 25 month ago by Heidi Haldeen  |  No Comments ;

February welcomes back Donell McCoy. As we unpacked her work, we found that she has brought with her many new original watercolors. We expect that her work will appeal to our customers as she offers, in addition to her framed pieces, a number of well-priced prints and a broader selection of (frameable) cards.

Donell is a watercolorist who has been seriously involved in creating watercolor paintings for more than 25 years. Although originally inspired by her mother, she has continued her development through numerous workshops with nationally known artists: Joseph Bohler, Bill Vrscak, Betty Carr, and others.

We continue to delight how Donell’s use of color, shadows brings her subject(s) to light. Her sense of perspective, use of contrast and extreme attention to detail now result in her true style of realism. She shows beautifully in the Peacock Gallery and lends a warmth that all are sure to enjoy!

Donell is a juried member of the WV Watercolor Society, MountainMade (Thomas, WV) and the Highlands Artist Gallery (Davis, WV) and is a long-standing member of the Seneca Trail Artist’s Guild (WV), the Sedona (AZ) Art Center, and a former member of the Hilton Head (SC) Art League. She resides in Parsons, WV with her husband Ken.

Stop in and see us!!

Donell McCoy's watercolors.

Donell McCoy's watercolors.