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Miyuki Akai Cook

Miyuki Akai Cook was born and raised in Japan.  She enjoyed making things with her hands, such as drawing, painting, and paper cutting. She told us that she wanted to skip high school and go directly to college to pursue a desire fro interior design.

But while at Seian Woman’s college in Kyoto Miyuki was introduced to  fiber arts and enthralled her but stilled earned her degree in Interior Design.

When Miyuki was 25 she returned to the US and re-discovered an interest in textile while she was studying at University of North Texas.  In 2006 she received MFA in Fiber/ Artisianry from University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. She has been passionate for education and currently teaching at Marshall University. Learn more about Miyuki at miyukiakaicook.com.

Music was composed by Lyonel Bauchet and licensed through OmniMusic.com.

ArtVoiceWV is production of 78 Degrees West Inc, a 501(c)(3) devoted to telling the stories of West Virginia’s creative artists. Major support for ArtVoiceWV is provided by Clara Ladd & David Graves and the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Sally & Jerry Berman, Karen & Rick Schneider, and The Morgan County Forum for Arts, Science and Technologies, Inc.

AJ Loftis

AJ Loftis was born in Charleston WV but was raised in Teays Valley, WV. She attended Marshall University in Huntington originally for graphic design but studied other art forms before focusing on fibers. In 2016, AJ was nominated for the first Tamarack Foundation’s Emerging Artists Fellowship program. AJ plans to express herself through her creativity in whatever form it may take.

Music was composed by Chuck Lovejoy and licensed through OmniMusic.com.
ArtVoiceWV is production of 78 Degrees West Inc, a 501(c)(3) devoted to telling the stories of West Virginia’s creative artists. Major support for ArtVoiceWV is provided by Clara Ladd & David Graves and the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Sally & Jerry Berman, Karen & Rick Schneider, and The Morgan County Forum for Arts, Science and Technologies, Inc.

Andrea Siles Loayza

Andrea Siles Loayza loves the ocean and the sharks who inhabit it. For her living near the ocean (or on it) would be her ideal home. Andrea’s paintings are known for their line work and wonderful flowing curves.

As a high school senior she was chosen to represent West Virginia in the 6th annual Doodle for Google Competition with her creative interpretation of her observations of undersea life. Torn between a desire to be a marine biologist or an artist, Andrea simply combined the two passions through art. In 2017, Andrea graduated with a degree in art from Shepherd University. She is now planning to pursue an Master’s in illustration.
Music was composed by Steven Gutheinz (http://www.stevengutheinz.com) and licensed through Musicbed.com.
ArtVoiceWV is production of 78 Degrees West Inc, a 501(c)(3) devoted to telling the stories of West Virginia’s creative artists. Major support for ArtVoiceWV is provided by Clara Ladd & David Graves and the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Sally & Jerry Berman, Karen & Rick Schneider, and The Morgan County Forum for Arts, Science and Technologies, Inc.

Ginger Danz

Art was not presented as an actual option for making a living, said Ginger Danz.Originally from Indiana, Ginger moved to Boise ID after graduate school where she met her husband. In 1998 they moved to Charleston WV.

She worked as a professional counselor for about 18 years. During this time she created art as an escape but also incorporated it into her counseling work with adolescents. In 2010, her creative energy and drive won out and she decided to become a full time artist. We are happy that she did. Learn more about Ginger at Ginger Danz Fine Art (https://gingerdanz.com)
Music was composed by Eric Kinney and licensed through Musicbed.com (https://www.musicbed.com )
ArtVoiceWV is production of 78 Degrees West Inc, a 501(c)(3) devoted to telling the stories of West Virginia’s creative artists. Major support for ArtVoiceWV is provided by Clara Ladd & David Graves and the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Sally & Jerry Berman, Karen & Rick Schneider, and The Morgan County Forum for Arts, Science and Technologies, Inc.

Sherri Rowan

Since 1980, Sherri Rowan, a WV native and a Tamarack artist, has been creating nature-inspired Fine Art, using various media in both Realism and Abstract Expressionism. Today she likes to “paint with a torch.”

Her present body of work is Encaustic, an ancient, archival technique. To control viscosity and make paints that are ultra rich in hue, Sherri creates her own paints, using beeswax, tree resin, oil paint, & earth pigments. “Ever since I was a child,” she says, “color has had a very emotional attachment for me. I get lost, only to find myself, in the creative process as I paint. I wish for others to be as moved as I am, especially by the interesting textures and depth afforded by encaustic.” Learn more about her work on Facebook as Art by Sha, and Wax Ecstatic Encaustics, Flickr, Twitter, Pinterest “Art Sparks the Imagination.”
Music was composed by Secret Nation and licensed through Musicbed.com.
ArtVoiceWV is production of 78 Degrees West Films. Major support for ArtVoiceWV is provided by Clara Ladd & David and Tamarack Foundation for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Sally & Jerry Berman, Karen & Rick Schneider, and The Morgan County Forum for Arts, Science and Technologies, Inc.

Hannah Lenhart

Hannah Lenhart, a Fairmont native, is a ceramic artist who recently graduated from Fairmont State University with a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.S. in Business at Fairmont State University. She predominately works in ceramics and is focusing on creating functional yet “whimsical” pieces of pottery.

Hannah is very disciplined about her work and aspires to establish a successful business with her unique style. Hannah was also awarded a yearlong Tamarack Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2016. Learn more about Hannah at http://hannahsclaycreations.com/.
Music was composed by Pierre Arrachart and Laurant Colombani and licensed through Omnimusic.com (https://omnimusic.com)
ArtVoiceWV is production of 78 Degrees West Films. Major support for ArtVoiceWV is provided by Clara Ladd & David. Additional support is provided by Sally & Jerry Berman, Karen & Rick Schneider, and The Morgan County Forum for Arts, Science and Technologies, Inc.

Rosalie Haizlett Update

Since we filmed, Rosalie contacted us to let know that she recently accepted a full time job with the WV Food and Farm Coalition as their Communications Producer! “I will combine design, illustration, photography and social media to tell the stories of the farmers of West Virginia. I wanted to let you know that in my interview they specifically mentioned how impressed they were by the video that you created.”

Congratulation Rosalie!

Rosalie Haizlett

Our Emerging Artist Series continues with a profile of Rosalie Haizlett. Rosalie is a designer and illustrator.

She graduated from West Liberty University in December and is our second Emerging Artist. A native of Wheeling, WV, Rosalie is interning with USA Today. She has also just completed a design project for a Morgantown magazine. Rosalie believes in using her art to serve. She is currently a Tamarack Foundation fellow. Learn more about Rosalie at http://www.rosaliehaizlett.com/.
Music was composed by Pierre Arrachart and licensed through Omnimusic.com (https://omnimusic.com)
ArtVoiceWV is production of 78 Degrees West Films. Major support for ArtVoiceWV is provided by Clara Ladd & David. Additional support is provided by Sally & Jerry Berman, Karen & Rick Schneider, and The Morgan County Forum for Arts, Science and Technologies, Inc.

Sam Boder : Emerging Artist

We begin our 2017 Emerging Artist Series with a profile of Sam Boder. Sam is an artist from Charleston, WV. He holds a BA from West Virginia State University and. BFA from Shepherd University. He began his career in printmaking but has explored other art forms. He now works with oil painting and large outdoor murals. He was recently commissioned to paint a mural for a company in Shepherdstown.

His work has been exhibited in the Allied Artists of West Virginia 70th Juried Exhibition, Parkersburg Art Center, The Bridge Gallery, Shepherd University Honors Exhibition, PHAZE 2 Gallery and the Marshall University 5th Annual National Juried Exhibition.

He currently works from his home studio in Martinsburg as well as at The Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown.

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