Artist Members of The Arts Center. Biographies and images included.
Jo Ann 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 at CHM and privately commissioning work. Currently she is the Arts Coordinator overseeing the Arts Education program at The Arts Center; 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 representing color and energy. When she's not inspiring students, creating art and promoting The Arts Center, she's a down to earth mama!
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.
Katy McClane, B.A. Slippery Rock University, has been drawing, painting and playing flute since childhood. She has always drawn inspiration from both music and visual art. In her studio, Woodland Creations WV she cuts and paints wooden art doors, paints in oils and mixed media. She offers live, flute music in whatever space available. Katy teaches flute lessons at the Art Center, narrates and plays music on scenic excursion trains from Elkins on the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. She serves on the Elkins Tree Board and is a WVU Master Gardener Volunteer for the City of Elkins. Katy.email@example.com 304-642-9511
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.
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.
has been working as an artist and art teacher for over 35 years. Beginning as a grade school Art Teacher in Pinellas County Fla then on to a private grade school in Ashville, NC.. Alice has been educated in Commercial and Fine art and has worked as a freelance sign painter, logo designer and brochure artist, with many of her independent pieces published in magazines such as the Galactic Crossroads newspaper and Easyrider magazine. Alice-Gervais illustrated the Pioneer index of Randolph County with 24 pen and Ink drawings of places of interest in the Randolph County area. In 1996, Alice-Gervais began working for Arts Bank bringing art instruction to local grade schools. Throughout her career, Alice-Gervais has worked as a commission artist and giving private instruction in Pen and Ink, paper Mache and acrylic painting. Many of her works are in private collections. Currently, Alice is a member of “Artist at Work” located in Elkins and has been working on private works and logos for musicians while teaching acrylic classes, along with paint and sip classes in Tucker, Randolph, and Lewis counties.
Dave 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.
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.