Handmade Crafts » Art Classes and Workshops http://www.mountainmade.com/blog The blog of West Virginia handmade art and handmade crafts. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48:29 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 MountainMade welcomes Paul Lucchesi http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-welcomes-paul-lucchesi http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-welcomes-paul-lucchesi#comments Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:24:30 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1116 MountainMade is very excited to welcome sculptor and painter Paul Lucchesi to the list of amazing artisans juried into our Gallery. Paul is a sculptor and painter who is inspired by Italian Renaissance and Baroque sculpture. He is known all over the world as a fine artist and instructor who loves teaching the art of making sculpture in a fun setting.

Mountain Made currently has 9 of Paul’s oil based paintings including the full serious of “NewYork/NewYork” which Paul painted after the events of 9/11 while he was living in New York.

Paul left the city life and is now a resident of Thomas where he is a very active member of the artisan community and is welcomed at every turn. Paul has been quoted, “Why wouldn’t anyone want to live here. It is beautiful.” Paul already started to share his teaching talents, and those of other artisan friends, with the community by doing his first workshop in his new hometown last summer. I must say it was a beautiful and inspiring site to drive down Front Street, on a beautiful sunny day, and see an art class in full swing down by the river.

We encourage you all to come in the Gallery and see some of this incredibly talented gentleman’s work.

Shaena Parsons
3 of the 5 "New York/New York" paintings by Paul Lucchesi

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It’s Never Too Early To Think About Holiday Markets http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/its-never-too-early-to-think-about-holiday-markets http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/its-never-too-early-to-think-about-holiday-markets#comments Mon, 30 Aug 2010 05:00:04 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=970 Arts Mon and the High Gate Carriage House will host two holiday markets with MountainMade.

Arts Mon and the High Gate Carriage House will host two holiday markets with MountainMade.

For those of you who can’t make it to Thomas to do your holiday shopping this year, MountainMade will hold Holiday Markets in Fairmont and Morgantown.  The MountainMade team recently visited the two locations to discuss details.

On November 19 and 20, MountainMade will partner with Vandalia Heritage Foundation to host a market at the historic High Gate Carriage House in Fairmont.

High Gate, an architectural treasure, is a popular venue for community events and private parties.  Laura Kurtz Kuhns, President of Vandalia, gave us some of the history of the building an it importance to the Fairmont.  During our recent visit, final arrangements were in process for a weekend wedding.  MountainMade will set up in the foyer bringing a selection of product specifically selected to sell in Fairmont.  High Gate is located at 830 Walnut Avenue.

Beginning December 9 through 11, MountainMade will partner with Arts Mon for a holiday market in Morgantown.  Arts Mon promotes public appreciation and interest in ALL of the arts including, but not limited to: dance, dramatic and performing arts, literary arts, music of all types, and visual arts!

Arts Mon will provide a perfect venue for MountainMade to showcase its talented artisans.  Visiting with Jeannie Kuhn, Executive Director, we discuss how to display the product for the holiday market.  To support their programs, MountainMade will pay Arts Mon a percentage of sales from the three-day event. Arts Mon is located in historic downtown Morgantown at 201 High Street.

If you would like for us to bring a specific product to one of these markets, please send me an email, and we’ll do our best to bring it.  (bhenderson@mountainmade.com)  As the date approaches, please check our website for additional details.

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Moving Day At MountainMade! http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/moving-day-at-mountainmade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/moving-day-at-mountainmade#comments Tue, 25 May 2010 13:43:38 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=863 The MountainMade Country Store has been consolidated with the Artisan Gallery in Thomas. Now you’ll have one-stop shopping in Thomas for everything including books, food products, toys, fine art glass and lots more. The Pottery Studio will also be moving to the Gallery location.

The MountainMade staff spent the week boxing, wrapping, loading and unloading hundreds of West Virginia made arts and crafts. We are pleased to report that nothing was broken.

MM Moving Day Collage

The Gallery is now ready for summer and overflowing with great gifts for all occasions – we’re sure you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for someone special or even for yourself.

The MountainMade Artisan Gallery is located on Douglas Road. After you pass the U.S. Post Office, take a right onto Douglas Road at the MountainMade sign. The Artisan Gallery is three-quarters of a mile farther along the road.

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Four-Hour Susan Feller Rug Hooking Class January 17th http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/four-hour-susan-feller-rug-hooking-class-january-17th http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/four-hour-susan-feller-rug-hooking-class-january-17th#comments Fri, 01 Jan 2010 04:00:53 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=164 Tap into your creativity during MountainMade artist Susan Feller's Rug Hooking Class

Tap into your creativity during MountainMade artist Susan Feller's Rug Hooking Class

Join us at the MountainMade studios for a four-hour rug hooking class Sunday January 17th from 1:00-5:00 with MountainMade artist and instructor Susan Feller.

Susan has been with MountainMade from the early days, selling a product line that includes coasters, lapel pins (the focus of this class), how-to-hook kits, pillows, rugs/runners, and wall hangings. She makes her living teaching and selling her work around the country.

Susan Feller is not only an accomplished MountainMade artist with a ride range of products, she’s a great rug hooking instructor. She brings color, texture and life to her traditional craft that dates back to colonial days.

Rug hooking is a very accessible craft. A little known rug hooking fact is that some of the most renowned hookers are men; this isn’t a ladies only craft. It allows for recycling wool and other fibers that would otherwise go to waste and results in original, lasting one-of-a-kind art pieces.

Students who participate in this four-hour MountainMade studio class will have the opportunity to try their hands at proddy and needle felting as well as finishing. During the four-hour session, most students will finish more than one lapel pin and have the tools and skills they need for a larger rug-hooking project.

You can learn more about the class here. Register online and save 5% off the cost of the course!

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