Handmade Crafts » canaan valley 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 September’s Featured Artist, Joe Henry http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/septembers-featured-artist-joe-henry http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/septembers-featured-artist-joe-henry#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:32:06 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1253 Joseph Henry specializes in depicting northern landscapes that include sub-arctic tundra areas in the Canaan Valley region, Canada and Alaska. Forty of his Dolly Sods images were displayed in a 5-month one-man show at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 2007. He has been closely observing Dolly Sods for 30 years.

Joe focuses on creating images that convey the essence and mood of a landscape. He especially focuses on northern landscapes and plant ecosystems. Dolly Sods is a prime example. The central goals of his work are to evoke emotion in the viewer and inform regarding the unique character of a place. He accomplishes this by: developing selective compositions, pursuit of quality light and revisiting particular landscapes often.

His compositions result from applying the principles of visual design. He strives to balance graphic elements in the scene. Joe tends to focus on the exquisite beauty of the flora to the exclusion highly panoramic landscapes. He finds that he spends hours working a subject to understand the view that best conveys my response. Many of the photos here resulted from revisiting the same scene many times over a period of years.

The pursuit of good light is central to the efforts of all nature photographers. Claude Monet devoted much of the latter part of his career to the expressing the “envelope.” By that he meant the interaction of light and atmospheric conditions with his subject. For Joe this means experiencing landscapes under diverse weather conditions as well as different light angles. Drama in photographs is as much about the light and weather as the composition.

Dr. Henry was formerly professor and chairperson of chemical engineering at both WVU and ASU. He lives in Canaan Valley.

Joe will present a gallery talk at the Thomas Education Center in the near future. Check MountainMade’s Facebook page for more details.
Joe Henry

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Time For Mountaineer Days In Thomas http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/time-for-mountaineer-days-in-thomas http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/time-for-mountaineer-days-in-thomas#comments Thu, 01 Jul 2010 18:53:09 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=898 Thomas, W.Va., is ready to celebrate Mountaineer Days this Fourth of July weekend. And MountainMade would love for you to visit! Rich and Carrie are getting ready for the holiday weekend with a fresh batch of Hurley Bird Feeders, which won't last long. Some of the store's newest treasures are quilted jewelry bags and a wonderful selection of field guides on hiking and travel, and birding and wildflowers.

Thomas, W.Va., is ready to celebrate Mountaineer Days this Fourth of July weekend. And MountainMade would love for you to come visit! Some of the store's newest treasures are quilted jewelry bags and a wonderful selection of field guides on hiking and travel, and birding and wildflowers. Rich and Carrie will be ready for the holiday weekend with a fresh batch of Hurley Bird Feeders, which won't last long.

Summer’s in full swing in Thomas and the celebration is just beginning.

Thomas hosts Mountaineer Days on July 2-5, 2010. It is a celebration of our nation’s independence and a time for many of the local families to “come home.”

The historic downtown and rail-trail will be abuzz with craft, game and food booths. You can also expect live music – Mountain State Brewing Company and the Purple Fiddle will have great shows all weekend long – cake walks, pageants and more.

Saturday is an exciting day for kids of all ages with the parade that morning, the Fireman’s Water Battle, an evening with Elvis and the fireworks display. Thomas is very proud and grateful to our volunteer fire department. They are an active and committed group of individuals who serve our community.

And for one night each July they put on an amazing show of fireworks. They put on one of the region’s best displays. We recommend bringing a late-night picnic, spreading a blanket and gazing at the glorious colors! It promises to be a great evening in the mountains.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Slip down to Canaan Valley for the 20th Annual Celebration of the Arts, including a Free Concert by the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Red, White & Blue Golf Scramble on Saturday.

Stop by and see us in the Gallery. We promise, there’s something for everyone.

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