Handmade Crafts » mountainmade gallery 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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Moving Day At MountainMade! http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/moving-day-at-mountainmade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/moving-day-at-mountainmade#comments Tue, 25 May 2010 13:43:38 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=863 The MountainMade Country Store has been consolidated with the Artisan Gallery in Thomas. Now you’ll have one-stop shopping in Thomas for everything including books, food products, toys, fine art glass and lots more. The Pottery Studio will also be moving to the Gallery location.

The MountainMade staff spent the week boxing, wrapping, loading and unloading hundreds of West Virginia made arts and crafts. We are pleased to report that nothing was broken.

MM Moving Day Collage

The Gallery is now ready for summer and overflowing with great gifts for all occasions – we’re sure you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for someone special or even for yourself.

The MountainMade Artisan Gallery is located on Douglas Road. After you pass the U.S. Post Office, take a right onto Douglas Road at the MountainMade sign. The Artisan Gallery is three-quarters of a mile farther along the road.

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Last Chance To See Annie Simcoe Products At MountainMade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/last-chance-to-see-annie-simcoe-products-at-mountainmade http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/last-chance-to-see-annie-simcoe-products-at-mountainmade#comments Wed, 19 May 2010 12:14:49 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=828 Annie Simcoe Collage

By mission MountainMade exists as a lighthouse to West Virginia artists and craftspeople. We value our relationships with these individuals and enjoy the privilege to be part of their success and development. We are saddened, but excited to learn that mixed media artist Annie Simcoe will soon be leaving the Mountain State.

Annie makes her own paper using natural fibers and with the use of thread connects a lasting impression. Many of you have seen her framed pieces, molded vessels and lamps here in the Gallery or on the MountainMade website.

Annie is embarking on a new adventure and we wish her every success and happiness. Unfortunately this means that we can no longer represent her work in the Gallery or on www.mountainmade.com. Annie will be coming to the MountainMade Gallery in Thomas next week to pick up her work. We encourage those of you who have enjoyed and collected her work to visit us one more time to enjoy her workmanship.

We would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You and Good Luck! And may life ever bring you back to West Virginia, Annie.

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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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Next Stop, Blenko Glass http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/next-stop-blenko-glass http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/next-stop-blenko-glass#comments Mon, 26 Apr 2010 14:58:28 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=715 Rich and Carrie recently took a whirlwind trip to meet with artists in Central and Southern West Virginia and made a stop at Blenko Glass in Milton.  What they brought back was an amazing sea of rich color and textures.

We are delighted to have 11 colors of Water Bottles and an array of bowls, vases and decanters! There is crackled glass, rich diamond cut pieces and floral and ribbed bowls.  And if you haven’t seen the pieces in Blazing Red yet, look out. These are sleek and sassy!

More amazing still is the affordability of these pieces. Bowls start at just $18 and vases at $25.  We were blown away. It is an amazing mix of traditional and contemporary.

And from this girl’s perspective it is a real treat to walk into the Gallery each morning and watch the light play on the amber, greens, blues, red and golds.  Affordable beauty anyone can appreciate.  They won’t last long …

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Moving Day Means Print Artists Have New Space http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/moving-day-means-print-artists-have-new-space http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/moving-day-means-print-artists-have-new-space#comments Thu, 22 Apr 2010 22:00:33 +0000 Heidi Haldeen http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=704 We’ve had an exciting time preparing to move the etching/print press to the Studio Gallery from its former home above the Country Store. For three years the studios were located there, but just about a year ago the decision was made to ”bring the Studios home to the Gallery.”

If you’ve visited us in Thomas, you will agree that it is a beautiful building with an amazing history. (Built in 1900, it served as the company store for the Davis Coke & Coal Company for more than 50 years. It’s had a few other lives as well and we are honored to have been at home here for 10 years).

From the glass brick, tin ceilings and hard wood floors the Gallery building offers better light and access (all street-level, no more traversing up snowy stairs to get to/from a class).

And the press (Takach Floor Model Etching Press: 39 ½” x 72” bed) has been the last piece. It is an impressive tool and we are eager to have the paper and print studio all together in one location so artists can put it to good use. It is a wonderful tool that allows print artists to produce etched monoprints and lithographs.

Mixed media artist Robin McClintock and her husband Michael have been instrumental in the logistics. Rich, Mike and a few friends from Thomas/Davis (Al, Corey and Athey) are going to offer much of the “muscle” behind this endeavor. Unfortunately, “ Old Man Winter” is a distractible soul. To date we’ve rescheduled twice and keep waiting for the window to get it moved.

But, we shall persist!

March 19, 2010: Moving Day!

It was expected to be a 30 minute move. A lot of heavy lifting, but no big deal. Well, plan for an hour to be safe. Our team (Michael, Rich, Mike, Al and I. Al and Athey joined us for the final stretch, a.k.a. “the heavy lifting.”) began at 9 a.m. – 30 minutes quickly comes and goes, and was used removing the top reduction roller, the first 300 pounds.

The guys tried finagling the press frame, including the 300 pound bottom reduction roller (the top 300 pounds had already been crated and moved to the Gallery Studio) around the doorway into the hallway – no good. It’s gotta come apart. Yikes! This was where time got away from us and Carrie’s husband Cade came to our rescue.

He made a few calls and graciously convinced Corey and Athey to help with the final move and boy were we glad to have them. By the way, we finished moving the press and basic assembly at 1 p.m., almost four hours after our start time.

I have to confess, I had come ready to work hard Friday morning. Fortunately for me, chivalry lives. I was instead the gopher, dollie mover and documenter/photographer. And my back and my knees feel great! Thank you gentlemen!

And on Monday, Michael came back to do final assembly and calibrated this wonderful tool. And now, print artists can come rent/work in the Studio. Yeah!

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MountainMade Reuses, Recycles and Remembers the Earth http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-reuses-recycles-and-remembers-the-earth http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mountainmade-reuses-recycles-and-remembers-the-earth#comments Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:00:06 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=636 Dolly Sods

MountainMade promotes West Virginia arts and crafts from its location in the rich, natural beauty of the West Virginia Potomac Highlands. Visitors travel to our region to experience the year-round outdoor recreation surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest and near Dolly Sods and Canaan Valley.

We appreciate and work to protect our environment. Our Thomas locations are in two historical structures that have been restored and/or renovated. Adaptive reuse of buildings saves the environmental costs of tearing old buildings down and disposing of the waste in a landfill. It also saves on the environmental costs of creating products for construction.

Many of MountainMade’s artisans work in media that are environmentally friendly. For example, they create their art from natural fibers and foliage. Some artisans work in recycled products or items they collect from what others consider trash.

Our business operations are becoming more paper free every year. Through the use of technology, we can carry out more and more business without ever printing a piece of paper. Of course, MountainMade recycles and uses recycled products.

But most important of all, our employees and artisans are dedicated to protecting the environment by the manner in which they live every day.

MountainMade works to preserve our Appalachian arts and crafts skills for future generations. We strive to live in a manner that protects the environment so future generations can appreciate the crafts of their heritage.

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The History and Secrets about MountainMade’s Buxton & Landstreet Gallery http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-history-and-secrets-about-mountainmade%e2%80%99s-buxton-landstreet-gallery http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/the-history-and-secrets-about-mountainmade%e2%80%99s-buxton-landstreet-gallery#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:07:47 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=468 The Historic Buxton and Landstreet Building house MountainMades Fine Art Gallery and Studio Art Classes

The Historic Buxton and Landstreet Building house MountainMade's Fine Art Gallery and Studio Art Classes

The MountainMade Fine Art Gallery and Studio Art Classes are housed by the historic Buxton and Landstreet Building of Thomas, WV. Placing our MountainMade’s Artisan Gallery in this building brings the Buxton & Landstreet Building back to its mercantile roots and provides an ideal display setting for fine art.

Constructed in 1901, Buxton & Landstreet Building served as company store for the Davis Coal and Coke Company. Company employees were paid in script, which they spent in the company store.* Today, the MountainMade Gallery prefers you pay for fine art in legitimate US currency, but we may be willing to bargain.In its day, the building was considered the finest building in the county. Its size is approximately 27,000 square feet and features glazed bricks, ornamental tin ceilings, hardwood floors, graceful support columns and electric lights.

     The Buxton and Landstreet Buildings high ceilings and tall windows allow the art displayed in our fine art gallery to be flooded with natural lighting. Its an ideal setting to view the variety of art, furniture, pottery, glass, and all that MountainMade carries.

The Buxton and Landstreet Building's high ceilings and tall windows allow the art displayed in our fine art gallery to be flooded with natural lighting. It's an ideal setting to view the variety of art, furniture, pottery, glass, and all that MountainMade carries.

Besides a beautiful building, the Buxton and Landstreet Building also holds some mystery. The building is located across the street from the Davis Coal and Coke Administration Building. A local story has a tunnel running between the two buildings, and as legend has it, that’s how the mine workers’ script was returned to the Administrative Building. Although I’m not totally sold on the currency transportation uses for a tunnel and have never gotten to explore this said tunnel, based on the winters here in Thomas, I believe there is a high likelihood that this legend is true.

While its life as a store ended in 1953, thee B&L continued being used as a woodworking shop, a warehouse for a beer distributor, and a mini-mall, then sat empty for approximately ten years. From 1985-1997 the B&L was used as offices for Power Construction and Maintenance. The Vandalia Heritage Foundation purchased it in 2000 and restored the building to its current codition. The hardwood floors and tin ceilings are original, and the large windows bring in natural light which enhances the artisan products showcased. Also located in the B&L Building are MountainMade’s studios where classes are taught and artisans can work.

The Buxton and Landstreet Buildings high ceilings and tall windows allow the art displayed in our fine art gallery to be flooded with natural lighting. Its an ideal setting to view the variety of art, furniture, pottery, glass, and all that MountainMade carries.

We are lucky to have access to such an ideal building in our Thomas, WV location.

By its location in this restored and renovated building, MountainMade is helping to protect our environment. Instead of building a new building for our artisan displays, we are utilizing the embodied energy of this historic building. Please stop in and let us know what you think about the MountainMade Fine Art Gallery housed in Thomas’s Historic Buxton and Landstreet Building.

*If you want to learn more about Appalachian Coal Towns, you should check out this wonderful documentary: The Appalachians. It’s a three hour DVD that explores Appalachian coal culture, cultural roots, and music. Also, it includes an exclusive extended interview with the late Johnny Cash.

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