Members of the Art Center have the option to be included in the Artist Registry. Below are artist biographies and photos of their work. Membership fee is $40.00 per year, non refundable, and expires December 31st of each year. Please see the membership page for additional information.
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Jo Ann Post Barlow
Jo Ann Barlow is a member of the Carroll County Arts Guild in West Minster, Maryland. She has had two private showing at the Carroll Lutheran Village in West Minster, Maryland and has also had a show in the Arts Center Maxwell Gallery in Elkins, West Virginia. She continues to enjoy working in pastels.
Danielle Cade is a Texas native and obtained her BFA degree from Marshall University. Shortly after graduation she began her career implementing the art program and privately commissioning work. Currently she is the Arts Coordinator overseeing the Arts Education program and instructing when there is time; bringing strong passion with art to the classroom and staying updated with the latest art news. The elements of her compositions demonstrate her artistic point with an organic feel represent color and energy. When she's not inspiring students, creating art and promoting the Arts Center, she's a down to earth mama!
Amber Carman is a blown glass artist living and producing art in Wild & Wonderful West Virginia. Originally from central Arkansas, she has lived in Kentucky, New Jersey & Tennessee. In 2003, she left a sales career to accept an apprenticeship to learn off hand glass blowing techniques from Master Craftsman Joe Deanda at the Rainbow Glass Factory inside Dollywood Amusement Park at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Elkins native, Kadra Casseday is an artist and art educator specializing in painting and printmaking with a BA degree in Studio Art from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Over the past ten years, she has garnered a body and style of artwork that has earned her entry into numerous exhibits and several state-wide awards. She was a juried member of Artists at Work in Elkins as well as the Tamarack in Beckley and has work in several public and private collections including that of First Lady Michelle Obama.
In addition to volunteering for ArtsBank, Inc. and the Mountain Arts District, Kadra currently works with individual and small group Pre-K and elementary students. Prints and notecards of her work are available upon request. For more information about her work or interest in exploring options for instruction or volunteering in the arts community, please contact: email@example.com. Follow her work on Facebook and Instagram: Studio.at.212, or her blog: studioat212.wordpress.com.
Chelsea Fisher is currently a student at WVU. She is currently working towards her Bachelors Degree in Painting. Her current focus is landscape paintings and her preferred medium is oil paints. She is currently studying abroad in China to learn about their culture and painting techniques in their painting program. She hopes that the experiences she brings back from China will give her a new outlook on her work and give her a unique style to her paintings.
Don Hall, a native West Virginian, is a professional artist who began to paint when he was 33 years old. His work has been greatly influenced by French Impressionism and the Hudson River school of painting. He paints a variety of subjects, concentrating primarily on landscapes. For many years he combined his interest in painting with a career as a motion picture director and editor, spending most of his time doing studio painting. After retiring in 2000, he has concentrated on his love of painting en plein air. He paints exclusively in oils on linen, canvas and artist board, capturing lovely mid-Atlantic, New England and western landscapes in a style that reflects both realism and impressionism. He is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Tucson (AZ) Plein Air Painters’ Society and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. Don is one of the featured artists in the book 100 Plein Air Painters of the mid-Atlantic, published in 2014 by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Fran Kordek has been making and designing quilts since 1974. She has been teaching quiltmaking since 1983, judging quilts since 1994, and is both a National Quilting Association (NQA)Certified Teacher (2003 Teacher of the Year) and NQA/NACQJ Judge. Her work has been exhibited and has won awards on the regional and national level, and has been published in several quilting magazines. Fran Has been actively involved with local and state quilting guilds and the previous and current documentation projects of West Virginia’s quilts.
J. Michael Ledden
Mike Ledden is a self-taught painter who has developed his painting techniques through a variety of workshops, as well as trial and error, since his retirement in 1997. He paints a variety of subjects from landscapes to portraits and has won many awards in competitions. He has had several paintings chosen for the DNR Wildlife calendars; his most recent wildlife painting is of a bird and chicks in the 2008 calendar. Ledden enjoys painting on location for his landscape works in addition to portraiture and wildlife painting.
Contact J. Michael Ledden at 313 Walnut St., Parsons, WV 26287
Phone: 304-478-2303 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe was at one time a high school English teacher and, for a longer time, a woodworker. He resides in Helvetia, West Virginia. Joe likes to paint landscapes of scenes from the woods and farms near his home. He is especially drawn to course textures and rugged surfaces. Joe also does figure drawings and an occasional portrait.
BFA California State University at Humboldt, 1975
Collections (a partial list):
Houston Oil and Minerals
Gallery Shows (a partial list):
Kaufmann Galleries, Houston
D. Justin Lester, Los Angeles
Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago
Tamarack, West Virginia
“In the arts, the creative process naturally demands well-practiced technical skills and synthesis of design principles. In the visual arts, drawing from life is a critical skill, and my approach to painting is a matter of drawing with color… to identify the colors and arrange them in accord with relationships observed in nature.
Nature, memory, imagination, and spontaneous gesture are the sources of my imagery. Genuine creative moments occur when one is so immersed in the encounter between the objective and the subjective that thoughts of technique and design become secondary to the creative process.
We are awed by beauty, and many of us will recognize the natural rhythms, patterns, and relationships of color, line, and form that resonate with an inner truth. Some of us have a skill for manipulating and articulating those relationships, and when we occasionally get it right, we manage to assemble those elements into something beautiful and true.” ~ Bill McWhorter
Marjory has explored the media of printmaking, painting, photography, stained glass, and jewelry during her life-long love affair with art. Her paintings and prints have won numerous awards, are included in collections including WV Cultural Center and have been juried into many state, regional and national shows. Her background features a fine arts degree and secondary art education certification; her art draws on the organic elements in nature as its source. Currently immersed in photography as a form of print-making and jewelry design and fabrication, her work can be seen locally at Artists at Work and The Del Monte Market.
Robert Rose, MD
Robert Rose brings the precision and dexterity of his 35-year career as a surgeon to the art and craft of acoustic stringed instrument building. He designs and hand-builds Martin-style guitars, mandolins, and two sizes of ukuleles in his Randolph County workshop, and accepts custom commissions. Embellished with custom pearl inlay, these instruments are built from local and exotic woods. Robert also produces hardwood instrument stands of his original design in two sizes and several finishes. Bob is a juried artist of Tamarack where his instruments are on display. www.robertroseguitars.com
Judy Mattson Reed
Judy is a retired art teacher having taught in several West Virginia public schools, Salem College, Salem International University and West Virginia Extended Learning Center. She graduated from Glenville State College, West Virginia University and studied with several professional artists.
Watercolor is Judy's favorite medium and she says she loves color — there is that magic transparent glow of overlaid glazes or color mixes when painted together in wet washes that just make her happy. She loves to paint en plein air favoring themes of trees, cows and back highways where she can feel the essence of the place. She says, "I like to paint out of the way places where I can just sit and listen to the birds and feel the peace and quiet. I hope the viewers of my paintings can feel that too."
Judy is a juried member of Tamarack and The West Virginia Watercolor Society as well as a member of the Seneca Trail Artist Guild, Trillium Artist Guild, and Randolph County Community Arts Center. Judy has exhibited and won awards in many exhibits and has held severla solo shows as well as shows with one or two fellow artists. Her paintings are represented at Artworks in Bridgeport, WV.
Since my childhood in Germany I have always loved art and making things. As a teacher and artist in residence for ArtsBank, I have had the wonderful opportunity of introducing young people to the may ways of artful impressions. I am inspired by nature and my work is an eclectic collection connected somehow by subject matter, the elements of art and beauty.
Contact Maggi: email@example.com
Dave Shombert is a woodturner who lives in Elkins. His specialty is segmented wood-turning, in which the object is first constructed in rough form of many individual pieces of wood, then turned to its final form on the lathe. This allows the use of different species of wood and control of grain orientation, thus adding color and geometric figure to the object. The segmented vases shown here are made of approximately 200 segments. Dave learned the segmented technique from Paul Weinberger of Weston, WV, and enjoys the challenge of achieving the precision that this work requires. Recently, his interests have expanded to include decorative techniques on woodturnings and the use of the lathe as a sculptural tool. He is a member of Tamarack, a gallery for West Virginia artisans, and the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Ashville, NC.
Noel W. Tenney
Mr. Tenney, a lifelong native of Upshur County, West Virginia has taught and produced art for over forty years. He holds degrees in studio arts/art education from Concord University and WV Wesleyan College. He has done additional doctoral studies at The Pennsylvania State University and in England and the Netherlands. He has taught in public schools and college level. His work has been exhibited regionally in both collective and one man shows, receiving wide recognition.
Mr. Tenney’s current illustrative work explores the details of regional culture, environment, and literary response. Through the acknowledgment and interpretation of local content, his work strives to develop a sense of the “embrace of place.” It is within this “communitas of culture” that his graphic designs speak.
He currently works in oil and opaque watercolor. Many of his original paintings have been reconfigured into prints, cards, and posters. He invites inquiry into availability, viewing, and pricing, for available prints, originals, and commissions.
Amy is a self-taught painter, a native of West Virginia and a West Virginia University graduate. She primarily works with acrylic on canvas, employing bold colors and an emotive tableau in a post impressionistic manner. She finds inspiration in the beauty of West Virginia's hills and hollows. Primarily she paints landscapes using her own photographs for reference taken during her time of travels in WV.
Amy currently lives in a cabin beside a pond where she paints in Barbour County. She has works in several private collections in the Clarksburg, WV, area, as well as Corning, New York, Dayville, CT and Bolton, CT. Amy will be showing in a forthcoming group exhibition in July of 2016, at the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara is a local WV artist with a string of artists in her family although her major influence was Maggi Rhudy. She currently instructs education classes at The Arts Center and with ArtsBank, Inc. Sara is a jack of all trades and a master of none! She is a painter at heart, a published poet, dabbles in photography, creates jewelry and has a unique talent with polymer clay. The intricate detail in her work is obvious in the photos below. For private lessons or custom orders, you can contact her professionally through her business SOOAKC. Her current art works are at Appalachian Glass Co. and Lewis County Visitors Center in Weston. She regularly participates in art shows at various locations in WV.