Art

Joe O'Connell

Historically, the Catawba River Valley in North Carolina is pottery country. The Reinhardt family worked here for generations, making utilitarian pots for farmers.  Now, Michael Gates is building on his ancestors’ work. Gates has always been creative, but it took him a while to find his calling as an artist. 


WV Culture Center
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West Virginia’s arts and culture just got a boost through a federal grant.

The National Endowment for the Arts, or NEA, awarded West Virginia nearly $800,000 this week to support programs that aim to preserve the state’s cultural history and promote arts education.

Kyra Soleil-Dawe, Kyra, The Struggle to Stay
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Last week, we met Kyra Soleil-Dawe, a 20-year-old aspiring theater director and playwright who lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

“And this place is so beautiful," Kyra said, "how would you ever wanna leave it? And I hope that I’m not the only one that sees that, I hope that I’m not the only one that sees that there’s something really incredible happening here.”

Take art into your classroom with West Virginia LearningMedia's In the Making Collection, a collection of biographical programs about WV artisans and additional demonstration videos to engage students in creating art in the style of the highlighted artisans.

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Shepherd University may be opening its doors to a music and theater study abroad opportunity in Cuba.

Shepherd University and the Contemporary American Theater Festival are hosting Norge Espinosa Mendoza this week – a well-known poet, playwright, actor, and LGBT activist from Cuba.

Anthony Michael Davis

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Tyler Childers to Coyotes in Boxes' Sean Knisely, Twin Cousins Records to Qiet and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Jeff Pierson

Two artists that were featured on Inside Appalachia recently had their work recognized- and we think that's worth celebrating. So this week we're revisiting one of our favorite episodes from earlier this year- Inside Appalachia Road Trip: Art and Murals Across Appalachia's Backroads.

Molly Must/ Traveling 219

This week for Inside Appalachia, we wanted to go on a kind of road trip and meet people who are making community art across Appalachia. 

Jeff Pierson

Here in central Appalachia, where coal reigns supreme, many people said the trial of Don Blankenship was something they had never imagined.

Never before has a top American coal executive been convicted of a crime related to the deaths of miners.

Cameras aren’t allowed in federal court for criminal trials. Two local artists, Rob Cleland and Jeff Pierson, were hired by the media to capture the trial.

  

West Virginia LearningMedia, a free digital resource sponsored by West Virginia Public Broadcasting presents another collection of media resources. 

October 28, 1929: Painter Chuck Ripper Born in Pittsburgh

Oct 28, 2015
Charles Lewis "Chuck" Ripper
Rick Lee courtesy of Huntington Quarterly

Painter Chuck Ripper was born in Pittsburgh on October 28, 1929. His father was a blacksmith and an amateur landscape painter, who spent hours in the woods with his son. His mother was an elementary art teacher. Both encouraged Chuck’s interest in nature and art. While Ripper was a student at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he had his first bird painting published in Nature magazine.

WVU Celebrates Opening of Art Museum

Aug 26, 2015
WVU Today

After waiting for over six years, Morgantown art lovers flooded the halls of the WVU Art Museum Tuesday to see the university’s diverse collection of modernist and contemporary art.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Creating art can be lonely work, so a small group of artists in the Eastern Panhandle gets together every two weeks to critique each other’s work. These are people who work with paint, pencils, cameras, and clay. But why do they need each other?

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A new art installation appeared in Jefferson County, Saturday: Three big, concrete bees were installed on the grounds of Craftworks at Cool Spring. Craftworks is a nature preserve and an art studio located just outside of Charles Town.

West Virginia Morning
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Child and family advocates are continuing their push at the statehouse for the restoration of 800 thousand dollars in state funds. West Virginia Center for Civic Life director Betty Knighton and Catherine Moore, an Appalachian Transition Fellow assigned to 'What's Next, WV? speak with Beth Vorhees about the new initiative. An Elkins couple is working to keep storytelling, history and music alive in Appalachia through their work in Randolph County Schools.

The sculptures of West Virginia artist, Cherese Weaver, are quite stunning. You don't just look at them as much as you feel that they are looking at you. And when they look at you, it's like that person you meet who sees you for who you really are. That's how powerful these pieces are.

She has captured something primal, like lost civilizations, with a gallery of faces that may be the gods and goddesses of the mythic imagination of antiquity.

“I am always doing what I cannot yet do, in order to learn how to do it.”
― van Gogh

Soft, watery, Impressionistic, veiled, implied, nuanced: these might be descriptions of the art of Sharon Lynn Stackpole.

She describes her style as "being all over the map" and indeed the pieces have a broad palate of styles. Still, there is a unity and a recognizable style to her work.