Handmade Crafts » Beth Crowder 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 Beth Crowder’s at MountainMade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/beth-crowders-at-mountainmade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/beth-crowders-at-mountainmade#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:08:50 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1236 It’s August and you know what that means… Beth Crowder is exhibiting in the MountainMade Gallery in Thomas. Known and recognized for the rich colors and textures of her landscapes as well as the expressive detail of her sheep, calves and other critters, Beth’s work is beloved by many. She begins each piece with what she describes as ‘garish colors’ of acrylic and then she sets to the fine detail using pastels. The depth of the skyline, the bend in the road and the tree blowing near-by… you feel as if you are on a delightful journey. Her use of color speaks well to her personality: a bright and sometimes bawdy ray of light. She travels much of the country doing shows. We have customers, who moved to Missouri, who stop in when visiting family who met her at a fair in St. Louis!

Aware of her appeal and mindful of the investment she is offering something new: matted prints (for just $35) in addition to her framed originals. There is no better reason, aside from cooler weather to come to Thomas in August. And come September, well the exhibit changes, but not to worry. Beth usually allows us a few pieces to tide us over, til next year.


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Discover These MountainMade Artists For Fall http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/discover-these-mountainmade-artists-for-fall http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/discover-these-mountainmade-artists-for-fall#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2010 05:00:25 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=981 Come see the fall foliage for Leaf Peepers Festival, and swing by the majestic Blackwater Falls.

Come see the fall foliage for Leaf Peepers Festival, and swing by the majestic Blackwater Falls.

The nights are getting a bit cooler and kids and teachers are going back to school. Ready or not, fall is upon us. The trees are a-bloom with apples and there’s a hint of fall colors beginning to emerge.

September is around the corner. There’s still time to come in and find a great deal on acrylic/pastel artist Beth Crowder, and botanical artist Bruce Wilson will soon be exhibiting in the Gallery.

Bruce makes much of his own papers and using flowers, leaves, fibers, etc., to create. An archivist by trade, he elegantly mattes and frames each piece in archival glass.

Whether for your home or office check out Matt Thomas’ shelves (24” and 32”). Handcrafted using West Virginia oak, cherry and walnut, Matt’s shelves offer a lasting elegance and and much needed space to your workspace.

It’s the perfect time to plan a get away to Thomas. There are some great room rates and lots of fresh air. Don’t forget Leaf Peepers Festival, Sept. 24-26, 2010.

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Being Blessed — I Am MountainMade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/being-blessed-%e2%80%94-i-am-mountainmade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/being-blessed-%e2%80%94-i-am-mountainmade#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 05:00:30 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=977 Most days, you'll find Heidi Haldeen serving artists and guests at The MountainMade Gallery in Thomas, WV.

Most days, you'll find Heidi Haldeen serving artists and guests at The MountainMade Gallery in Thomas, WV.

I have been very blessed to work at MountainMade. I am surrounded every day by a quality, excellence and a committed group of people who believe in what we do: We represent West Virginia artists and craftspeople by knowing and promoting their work.

I am on the front-line. I have other duties, but I am often one of the first people to greet you when you walk in the door, email or call with a question. I don’t always know the answer, but I’ll find out and get back with you as soon as I can.

The “gift” is the relationship(s) I have with our customers.

We meet new people every day, but many of you have become friends. The Gallery is an open, intimate space that invites lingering exploration. I’m here to answer your questions and guide you in your search for the perfect gift, but “it’s got to be the right fit.” We get to learn a bit about your stories and your passions and preferences. We learn what’s most important to you. Your trust and commitment to quality, handmade goods keeps us alive and growing.

I am reminded of this every day. Today it was the couple who had been in 6-plus weeks ago and seen a Beth Crowder pastel and came back just to see her exhibit. Needless to say, they’ll enjoy a few of Beth’s whimsical critters and her detailed landscapes for years to come. To answer the phone and be serenaded by an artist who knows that today is my birthday is delightful. The customer who meets me at the grocery and makes the connection — MountainMade! This IS the good stuff.

But, the winning recent memory is the gentleman who shook my hand because I helped him and his wife create the perfect wedding gift for a young man who made a life and death difference to their family. A custom-made piece of glassware that will be used and cherished for a lifetime. To hear your story, makes mine better.

I AM MountainMade and part of a greater whole. I keep good company. Yours.

I look forward to serving you.

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