BUCKHANNON – Attention art enthusiasts: Some of West Virginia’s top artists will display and sell their latest work at the upcoming Spring Into Art show April 23 and 24 at the Buckhannon Opera House.
This juried craft and art show will showcase work from artists across West Virginia for two days of art appreciation. Visit the Buckhannon Opera House – at 12 East Main Street – Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 from noon to 5 p.m.
With an early start to the art show season, guests of Spring Into Art will receive a first-hand look at new works from their favorite creators and meet up-and-coming artists who are looking to introduce their creativity to the world.
“For anyone who is interested in the arts or is thinking about pursuing some of this as a job, it is a great show to come to and meet a lot of the artists who have been doing it for a number of years,” said Christine Keller, president of Artistry on Main. “There are quite a few artists who will be at the show who are full-time artists – there is a lot of information you can get [from them].”
Keller explained that one conversation between an artist and a member of the public has the potential to influence the future of art and the passion of the artist.
“It’s always great to meet the public and get feedback,” Keller said. “It can make a difference in the direction we take our art. A fan is always nice to meet because it helps us continue to do what we love to do; it gives us that extra incentive to keep at it.”
One’s passion for art can also be influenced by the environment that surrounds them. Many West Virginia artists at the show take pride in where they live, and that pride is incorporated into what they create. Visitors to the show can witness such appreciation for the world around us in each piece of handmade art on display. Do not forget your wallet – each piece displayed at the booths will be available for purchase at the discretion of the artist.
“The art community in West Virginia is a very thriving community. It is one of the best states to be an artist in,” Keller said. “I have done shows across the country, and when I tell them about the things that are available to us here – such as the grants provided through Arts, Culture and History – they are just so shocked.”
Mark your calendars for April 23 and 24 as creative minds gather to support, teach and inspire the next generation of artists.
Here’s the full list of extremely talented artists who will host a booth at this year’s Spring Into Art show:
- Diana Davis – Jewelry
- Kate Harward – Pottery
- Gretchen VanNostrand – Fabric
- Kilsong Cox – Photography
- Greg Cartwright – Pens
- Karen Coit – Enamel and Glass
- LeeAnn Brown – Glass and Beadwork
- Patty Mathews – Soap
- Denise Heckel – Pottery
- Sara Golden – Mixed Media
- Christine Keller – Jewelry
- Jill Schiefelbein- Basket Weaving
- Stella Gregory- Stained Glass
- Rick Chewning- Metalwork
- Diana Black- Illustration
- Liz Pavlovic- Illustration
- Brenda Pinnell- Pen Ink and Watercolor
- Robbie Skinner – Photography
Follow the Artistry on Main Facebook page for more event details, artist spotlights, new arrivals, and more. In addition to the upcoming show, you can visit the normal gallery at 27 E. Main Street in Buckhannon, every Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.