Handmade Crafts » MountainMade Artists 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 July Exhibiting Artist: Charlotte Gerlach http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/july-exhibiting-artist-charlotte-gerlach http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/july-exhibiting-artist-charlotte-gerlach#comments Tue, 06 Jul 2010 22:00:14 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=916 Charlotte Gerlach and works

Charlotte Gerlach is a marvel and a West Virginia treasure. Self-taught, Charlotte’s ability to capture the fine details is little short of amazing. She works in oil paints. Her exhibit will be a collection of original works, prints and giclee’.

A nationally recognized artist, Charlotte has earned numerous awards and had her work commissioned. She is widely published.

Charlotte is known for her intricate, life-like work. “I want the viewer to feel a sense of being able to walk into the scene, touch the wildlife and enjoy our wonderful world of nature,” she said.

A generous spirit, Charlotte has contributed her talent and work to causes close to her heart: People’s Hospice, the American Lung Association, Duck’s Unlimited, West Virginia Health Right, Inc. and the Clarksburg Historic Society. She is a member of MountainMade and Tamarack.

Her work can be seen throughout West Virginia in various state parks (i.e Blackwater Falls) and select galleries.

Charlotte’s work is on display in Washington, D.C., in connection with fine art paintings she has been commissioned to paint for prestigious real estate developers.

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May Exhibit: Mary Hurst (Fine Art/Oil) http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/may-exhibit-mary-hurst-fine-artoil http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/may-exhibit-mary-hurst-fine-artoil#comments Tue, 04 May 2010 22:00:30 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=775
Mary Hurst (new juried artist)

We first met Mary in a MountainMade Studio class (Encaustic Painting with Michael Doig). It was no surprise in November 2009 when Mary’s work was juried in. She thinks “BIG.” Mary’s chosen medium is oil paints, abstracting from the plant life in her native Appalachian Mountains.

She tries to convey the sense of spirituality that can be felt while visiting a forest. She isolates and combines moments of particular appeal. Mary intuitively reacts to the colors and design elements within the forest floor, allowing them to evolve naturally.

Mary lives and works in her hometown of Fayetteville, W.Va., near the famed New River Gorge. Her oil paintings explore the wonder and spirit that she says are present in the world, especially the natural world.

She uses recognizable imagery, but distorts and combines it to create abstract compositions. Mary is currently developing her body of work related to the forests of the New River Gorge. This is her first Gallery exhibit with MountainMade.

She has also shown her work at Black Bear Burritos and the Paul Mesaros Gallery in Morgantown. We can’t wait to see what Mary Hurst can do!

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Heidi Visits Treenware http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/heidi-visits-treenware http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/heidi-visits-treenware#comments Sun, 11 Apr 2010 22:00:44 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=532 I may never be let out of the Gallery/Studio again. I had the privilege to visit Stan and Sue Jennings of Allegheny Treenware on my way back to Thomas after spending the day in Morgantown. This is funny only because my vintage 1993 Subaru Impreza was smoking when I pulled up to the workshop to pick up an order.

Let me preface by saying you will not meet anyone more welcoming and genuine than Stan and Sue Jennings. I arrived a half hour before the end of the work day and everyone in the workshop was busy at the task at hand. I was immediately greeted by the staff, followed by Sue and the canine welcoming committee. It seemed this visitor caused a joyous stir of excitement.

I apologized for not arriving earlier as planned, but announced that I had had some car trouble a few miles out. My delay was waved off and Sue insisted on taking the time to show me around their workshop. They employ eight-plus employees who help them cut, shape and finish each piece. And it’s clear how much they value and appreciate each member of their team. More than once I’d hear Sue describe members of her team as “my right hand and we couldn’t do this without their help.”

Allegheny Treenware is located on a pristine 45 acres in Preston County, W.Va., along Rt. 50. They buy most of their wood in logs (they prefer cherry, but will work with many different woods) from local folks who do select cuttings when the need arrives. They mill the logs down into boards and cut/craft each piece from there.

As per my automotive saga, a member of the Treenware team (”all he drives are Subarus”) graciously took a look under the hood and discovered a crack in my radiator. Oy! Stan very graciously said, “Well, I guess Sue will run you home.” And bless her she was quick to put my embarrassment of the situation at ease. “It’s what you do. You take care of your neighbors.”

And it is that down-to-earth, give-back personality they both share that has built their business and supported their community. And as it turns out we had a wonderful talk about the business of art and humanity in West Virginia. It turns out we’re both “door knockers” who know the value of asking a question and sharing what we’re excited about.

Sue credits Stanley for allowing her “the time away from work to follow her passion” and lobby for the West Virginia artist community. She and fellow MountainMade artist Donna Lohr (Whimsical Woolies) helped start the Preston County Arts Council. She’s active with the Tamarack Foundation and MountainMade. “I’m so excited about being able to give back to the artist community and to be able to help artists coming up as Stanley and I were. We’re very fortunate.”

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