Artist Members of The Arts Center. Biographies, artists statements, contact info and images included.
was born in Elkins, WV. His family moved Centennial Day 1963.
“Love of life from my early years in Elkins led me to art. Eventually ‘I let’ myself commit to study and graduated from Wesleyan with a bachelor’s degree in fine art- which in turn shaped the rest of my life. During my work career as a rehabilitation counselor, I incorporated art into the therapies. Afterwards in the freedom of ‘retirement’ I allow myself the joy of working in our studio everyday. I am a lifelong admirer of Vincent van Gogh and Jean-Francois Millet.” - Paul Bellotte
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 and exhibit 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.
A life-long love affair with the arts has led Marjory Moses to explore many media including printmaking, painting, stained-glass, and photography, and for the last decade, jewelry design and fabrication. Working with sterling silver, copper, brass, and gold-fill, Marj employs traditional metal-smithing techniques to create modern, organic pieces that may be embellished with quality pearls, gemstones, and enamels. Often one-of-a-kind, each piece of jewelry is lovingly crafted as a little work of art. A West Virginia native and fine arts graduate, Marjory’s two-dimensional work currently focuses on photography and painting, especially texture and mood. An award winning artist with pieces in state and national collections, her work can be purchased in Elkins at Artists at Work and The DelMonte Market. www.marjorymoses.com
Betty is a life long resident of the state of West Virginia, and graduated from Fairmont State College where she earned a Bachelor degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design. Currently, she hold memberships in the West Virginia Watercolor Society and the Morgantown Art Association. Her paintings have been in many juried exhibitions including three shows at the West Virginia Cultural Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. She has won five best of show awards and numerous merit awards. In addition, she has held several solo exhibits. Her paintings have been purchased by both corporations and private collectors.
"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." ~Maggi
Robert Rose melds the dexterity of his former surgical career with artistic vision to make hand-crafted acoustic guitars, mandolins, and ukuleles of native and exotic hardwoods embellished with custom pearl inlay.
He specializes in building dreadnought and parlor size guitars in the Martin style, from beginning to end, in his Randolph County workshop, and his goal is to make an instrument that sounds as beautiful as it looks.
Bob also hand-crafts furniture-grade cherry instrument stands in two sizes from his own original design.
Bob recycles remnants of the instrument wood and pearl by crafting jewelry and functional chopsticks. A juried member of Tamarack: the Best of West Virginia, he accepts custom orders.
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.
was raised on my grandfather’s farm, in the original family home, in rural Marshall County, West Virginia. His working career was spent in social services at different times with people who had severe mental illnesses and later on in life enjoyed, and appreciated, working with people who had Alzheimer’s.
“I have always loved art… I have been painting in acrylic and oil all of my life. I see how art is for everyone in all phases of life: a reliable joy. My favorite painter is Claude Monet and my subjects gravitate to landscapes.” -Charles Yeater