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Donna Lohr, our January Featured Artist

posted: 26 month ago by Heidi Haldeen  |  3 Comments ;

MountainMade celebrates the New Year with the work of Kingwood, West Virginia, artist Donna Lohr. She creates Whimsical Woolies: Contemporary Felt Folk Art. She may describe her process as felt applique, but it goes deeper. Her art is absolutely “whimsical” and FUN. She reminds us through her fuzzy and furry creations to live in the moment and not take ourselves too seriously. Bold in color and texture, her art both framed and wearables are certain to elicit a moment of sheer joy! It is impossible not to smile.

We feel fortunate to have Donna’s work on display. A newly retired Kindergarten teacher she and her husband have embarked on a creative venture of their own. They are building their home. Follow her journey and comment at You will catch a glimpse of her spirit here. Donna has and continues to inspire students of all ages with her Whimsical Woolies how she lives her life.


donna lohr 2012

June’s Featured Artists, Jan and Jonathan Heath

posted: 33 month ago by Shaena Parson  |  No Comments ;

MountainMade is excited to bring in summer with the painting and prints of Jonathan and Jan Heath. Both are amazing talents. Jan specializes in print making. Three in particular being Monoprint, mono/lino and woodcut, wood engraving and linocut. Jonathan is a self taught painter and has been painting professionally since 1972. He works in watercolor, oil and acrylic.

Together Jonathan and Jan moved to West Virginia with their son in 1979. They make their home in Berkley Springs and in 1991 they opened up the Heath Studio Gallery. This is a working studio and gallery showing both Jonathan and Jan’s award winning paintings and prints.

Visitors may see Jonathan at his easel working on a painting or Jan using her etching press to print a linocut. With Jonathan’s “relaxed realism” as he calls it and Jan’s tranquil visions of nature , their work comes together is a most intriguing and quite balanced way if I do say so myself. MountainMade will be showing Jonathan and Jan’s work all month in June.

Crop Circles and Trees Swaying

Crop Circles and Trees Swaying

Do You Know Where Mother’s Day Began?

posted: 34 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  2 Comments ;
Mother’s Day was first celebrated on Sunday, May 10, 1908, in Grafton, W.Va., in the Andrews Methodist Church now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

Mother’s Day began in the Andrews Methodist Church now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

Mother’s Day was first celebrated on Sunday, May 10, 1908, in Grafton, W.Va., in the Andrews Methodist Church now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

Anna Jarvis is recognized as the founder of Mother’s Day.

During the Civil War, the Jarvis family lived in Webster, a community south of Grafton. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, provided nursing care and promoted better sanitation during the war years. After the war, Ann continued her work and strove to bring families and communities back together.

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MountainMade now located at Cafe Cimino in Sutton, WV.

posted: 42 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;
Tim and Melody Urbanic at Cafe Cimino

Tim and Melody Urbanic at Cafe Cimino

MountainMade has another home and it’s right in the center of West Virginia.  Café Cimino Country Inn in Sutton is now featuring the fine arts and crafts of some of West Virginia’s best artists. Now, when shopping for MountainMade artisan gifts, one can also enjoy their “new digs”.

Café Cimino Country Inn offers 10 elegant guest rooms in an exquisite Colonial Revival Estate, circa 1898. Gracefully situated on the Elk River, the Inn affords discriminating guests casual elegance and a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere for their getaway. Guests of the Inn also enjoy spa services and recreation on the Elk River and Sutton Lake. The grounds are spacious and inviting, offering several little “nooks and crannies” where you can relax and talk, read, enjoy a meal or just “be“.

Café Cimino Country Inn’s restaurant is a leader in West Virginia’s “Farm to Table” and the “Slow Food” Movement. As in Italy, dining at Cimino’s allows one to enjoy the whole experience and linger for hours with friends and family. The Inn features fresh food grown on the family farm and by local growers. The chefs at the Inn have been trained by Executive Chef Tim Urbanic, an old world chef, whose reverence for food and of the dining experience has made this property one of West Virginia’s premiere destinations.

The Urbanics say that the addition of MountainMade to the Inn’s amenities is a “perfect fit” since both businesses’ share the same clientèle.  ”I think that our demographic/target markets are the same people; ones that know, appreciate and demand quality in whatever they do in life”, adds Melody.

Melody Urbanic
Chef Tim Urbanic

Café Cimino Country Inn

West Virginia’s Very Own Marble King

posted: 44 month ago by Heidi Haldeen  |  No Comments ;
Marble King

Becky Henderson (far right) of MountainMade launches a Marble King marble down one of the toys at the gallery.

West Virginia is known for its rich tradition in fine art glass and marbles. Did you know that Marble King, Inc., was founded in 1949 by Berry Pink and Seller Peltier in St. Mary’s, W.Va.?

The factory didn’t move to Paden City, W.Va., until 1958 when Manager Roger Howdyshell relocated the factory after the original one was destroyed by fire. Howdyshell, who purchased Marble King in 1983, was the first to create cat’s eye marbles and veneering marbles.

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