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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.

Support ArtVoiceWV

It is amazing how quickly this year has gone by. It’s been a busy and productive one for us. We’ve met talented and passionate people with an abundance of joy in the works they create. The beauty they share brings tranquility and inspiration to us all.

We are seeking your support for another season of ArtVoiceWV. It is our goal to continue to document these artists and their talents, their philosophies. Last year, with your financial help, we raised funds to produce eleven short documentaries about West Virginia’s creative arts community. The series won two International Telly Awards. In addition, two of our shorts were accepted into film festivals – one in West Virginia (we won in the Best Documentary short/Appalachian Filmmaker category); the other in Cardiff, Wales.

We hope that you have approved our efforts, and enjoyed the array of artists that we have portrayed. In the year to come, we anticipate continuing and expanding our mission as we “curate Appalachia artfully.” Won’t you join us?

You can contribute directly to 78 Degrees West Inc via check or cash, saving us 7.2% in processing fees.

If you prefer using a credit card, you can contribute online through our IndieGogo Campaign site – http://igg.me/at/artvoicewv. The campaign is open to accept new contributions.

Our goal is to raise an additional $5,400 allowing us to travel West Virginia as we locate rural and urban artists. And remember, your contribution is fully tax deductible.

Thank you for your continued support of ArtVoiceWV and the artists we document.

Jack & Marla

Make checks payable to:
78 Degrees West Inc.
80 Lacie Lane, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Kim Potter

We met Kim about four years ago during a studio tour of Berkeley Springs artists. Marla really liked his coats and jackets. A couple of years later we asked him about having us produce a short about him for ArtVoiceWV. He politely declined, a combination of modesty and nervousness. This past Spring, we took up the studio tour again and met up with Kim. He blurted out that he thought he was ready for us to profile him.

Surprised and happy we set up time to visit his studio with our cameras. Though he was still nervous about the interview, we all had an enjoyable time. Learn more about Kim at http://www.kimpotter.com/
Music was composed by Marie Hines (http://www.mariehines.com/) and licensed through Musicbed.com (https://www.musicbed.com/)
ArtVoiceWV is production of 78 Degrees West Films. Assisting us on this production was Rick Watson (2nd camera).

ArtVoiceWV is funded though 78 Degrees West Inc, a 501(c)(3). Major support for ArtVoiceWV is provided by Dave Graves, Sally & Jerry Berman, and Jan & Harold Bright. Additional support is provided by Polly & Terre Jones, Karen & Rick Schneider, Clara Ladd Ceil & Rand Jones, Pat & Bob Marrgraf, Jan Weinberg, Arlene & Tony Verge, FAST Foundation, Star Theater, Susan & Gat Caperton, Ian Weinschel, Beth & Tim Rowland, Kate Lehman, Jane McCloud and Eryn & Brian Lampe.

Mark Blumenstein

In 1973 Mark Blumenstein moved to West Virginia, a move which would define his career. He began working with recycled farm tools and machinery to create whimsical and kinetic objects. Over time his work has evolved, using silverware and industrial springs, to create new objects of art. He still enjoys, he says, “discovering the hidden magic that comes from working with the blue flame and the heated metals.” You can learn more about him at http://www.markblumenstein.com.

Music for this episode was composed by Drew Cyphers and Elliot Johnson. We discovered them at Mirror Mirror Music, a new music library.  You can preview its library at http://mirrormirrormusic.com.

ArtVoiceWV is production of 78 Degrees West Films. Major support for ArtVoiceWV is provided by Dave Graves, Sally & Jerry Berman, and Jan & Harold Bright. Additional support is provided by Polly & Terre Jones, Karen & Rick Schneider, Clara Ladd Ceil & Rand Jones, Pat & Bob Marrgraf, Jan Weinberg, Arlene & Tony Verge, FAST Foundation, Star Theater, Susan & Gat Caperton, Ian Weinschel, Beth & Tim Rowland, Kate Lehman, Jane McCloud and Eryn & Brian Lampe.

Mark Blumenstein

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Photo by MJ Carr

About 30 years ago when I work at WSWP-TV, the PBS station located in Beckley WV, I produced a short story for our weekly news magazine about an artist named Mark Blumenstein. He made really funky metal sculptures from old farm tools. Fast forward 30 plus years and we visited with Mark at his farm near Alderson WV. He is still creating really cool funky metal sculptures. And he is still an amazing person. We will share his short documentary tomorrow.

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