Handmade Crafts » Uncategorized 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 Handmade paper featured in July http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/handmade-paper-featured-in-july http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/handmade-paper-featured-in-july#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:35:35 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1374 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.

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Join us for Arts Spring 2012 http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/join-us-for-arts-spring-2012 http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/join-us-for-arts-spring-2012#comments Tue, 08 May 2012 12:42:33 +0000 Shaena Parson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1366 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!!

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National Quilt Day falls on St. Patrick’s Day http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/national-quilt-day-falls-on-st-patricks-day http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/national-quilt-day-falls-on-st-patricks-day#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:52:04 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1352 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.

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Ken McCoy, a new MountainMade Photographer http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/ken-mccoy-a-new-mountainmade-photographer http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/ken-mccoy-a-new-mountainmade-photographer#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:54:41 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1294 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.

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Watercolorist Donell McCoy http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/watercolorist-donell-mccoy http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/watercolorist-donell-mccoy#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:51:54 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1289 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.

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Donna Lohr, our January Featured Artist http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/donna-lohr-our-january-featured-artist http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/donna-lohr-our-january-featured-artist#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:47:37 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1283 MountainMade celebrates the New Year with the work of Kingwood, West Virginia, artist Donna Lohr. She creates Whimsical Woolies: Contemporary Felt Folk Art. She may describe her process as felt applique, but it goes deeper. Her art is absolutely “whimsical” and FUN. She reminds us through her fuzzy and furry creations to live in the moment and not take ourselves too seriously. Bold in color and texture, her art both framed and wearables are certain to elicit a moment of sheer joy! It is impossible not to smile.

We feel fortunate to have Donna’s work on display. A newly retired Kindergarten teacher she and her husband have embarked on a creative venture of their own. They are building their home. Follow her journey and comment at www.donna-homebuildingcountdown.blogspot.com. You will catch a glimpse of her spirit here. Donna has and continues to inspire students of all ages with her Whimsical Woolies how she lives her life.



donna lohr 2012

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MountainMade Has Moved!! http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-has-moved http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-has-moved#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:05:09 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1279 MountainMade has moved!! We’re moved back to the Peacock Building where the MountainMade Country Store was located. East Avenue, sometimes referred to as Front Street, is experiencing a rejuvenation and MM is excited about being located in the midst of the activity.

You’ll find the artisans you previously found at the Gallery. With a jury on Monday, November 7, we’ll welcome new artisans.

With the holidays fast approaching, MM is getting ready to help you with shopping. Stop in, check out the website or give us a call. We’re always available as your personal shoppers.
All Moved in

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MountainMade is moving!!! http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/1270 http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/1270#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:45:00 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1270
MountainMade will be leaving its Gallery location and moving back to historic, downtown Thomas. If you previously visited the MountainMade Country Store, you know the location. The interior will be very different with more of a Gallery look. Rich has been very busy painting the interior. As you can see, the new wall color will not distract from the work of our monthly featured artists or other artisan work that displayed on the walls.

All the same products from food to fine glassware, furniture, and just too many items to mention, will be found at the new location. If you can’t find your favorite item, ask the staff. However, they may need to look for the new placement as well.

MountainMade will close Monday thru Thursday, October 17-20 to pack up and move. We will open Friday, October 21. Everything may not be totally in place but we will be glad to see you.

This is a good move for MountainMade and our artisans.
New MountainMade interior

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Leaf Peepers Festival http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/leaf-peepers-festival http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/leaf-peepers-festival#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 17:32:28 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1265 It’s time for Tucker County’s annual Leaf Peepers Festival September 23-25. Once again the spectacular fall colors are the backdrop for this fun-filled weekend. Friday evening watch the Fireman’s Parade with fire trucks, floats, antique cars and other participants sure to bring a smile to young and old.

Saturday is filled with activities to get out and see nature: Fall Migration Birds Walk, Fields of Fire—Dolly Sods Tour, Blackwater Falls Bike Ride and other outdoor activities. There will be plenty of good food including the Oktoberfest.

What festival would be complete without music? Octoberfest will feature several bands including The Davisson Brothers. The Purple Fiddle will host Grasstowne, world-class bluegrass band.

Don’t forget to stop by MountainMade for tastings of West Virginia food products and specially priced items. Get a start on, or complete, your holiday shipping!!

MountainMade's September featured artist, Joe Henry

MountainMade's September featured artist, Joe Henry

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West Virginia Made Trade Show http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/west-virginia-made-trade-show http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/west-virginia-made-trade-show#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:30:13 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1257
West Virginia State University Extension Service and Preservation Alliance of West Virginia have joined together to establish a wholesale trade show that provides an exciting new venue for West Virginia artists and food producers, West Virginia Made Trade Show.

The vendors are established businesses making limited edition products. Their work has been juried into the top retail shops galleries and shows in West Virginia. They have been brought together to offer the public a unique show of locally made products not seen on the big wholesale show circuit across the nation.

MountainMade attended the second annual West Virginia Made Trade Show on Friday, September 9. In these photos, Carrie and Rich visit with Connie McColley a jewelry artisan, and Wendy Clark a hand weaver. Also shown is Frank Ceravalo, a landscape photographer.

The Trade Show, held at the Days Hotel and Conference Center at Flatwoods, was open to the wholesale buyer on Friday and the public on Saturday.

Join the trend to “Buy Local” by adding these unique products to your home or inventory.

MountainMade visits with artisans and food producers.

MountainMade visits with artisans and food producers.

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