Posts Tagged ‘landscape photographer’

West Virginia Made Trade Show

posted: 30 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

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.

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MountainMade visits with artisans and food producers.

MountainMade visits with artisans and food producers.

September’s Featured Artist, Joe Henry

posted: 30 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

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

July’s Featured Artist–Holly Hinkle and Kent Mason

posted: 32 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

July’s Featured Artists are both committed to protecting the environment. However, their artistic talents come in very different forms.

Holly Hinkle, who creates repurposed wood sculptures, is soon to embark on becoming a totally green artist. She has been studying old techniques of mixing paint and thinking up some of her own. Holly settled in West Virginia after exploring the United States from her birth place in Michigan to California and to Florida. She is “unschooled” in the arts which allows her to freely soar in her creativity without feeling it can’t be done. Her wooden sculptures are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Kent Mason is a landscape and nature photographer and conservationist who is currently creating a photographic environmental study of extraordinary wild places in the highlands of West Virginia. This is a collaborative effort with The Nature Conservancy which will result in a book entitled, “The West Virginia Wilderness: A Photographic Study and Conservation View”. For Kent, exploring and photographing our natural world is an inspirational journey of renewal he creates compelling images from the heart that can connect with the emotions of others and hopefully engage them in the preservation/conservation movement. MountainMade looks forward to the arrival of Kent’s book in the Gallery. Unfortunately, we don’t have his photos in a form that we can upload in a quality manner. Stop in and see for yourself.

Holly Hinkle's repurposed wood sculptures

Holly Hinkle's repurposed wood sculptures