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ArtVoiceWV Gallery Show

Here are some images from last night’s gallery opening. The show runs until July 15 at the Ice House Artists Co-op in Berkeley Springs, WV.

Ice House Gallery Show

Tonight the Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs opens a new art show. Titled ArtVoiceWV, the show features 25 West Virginia artist who have been profiles in our ArtVoiceWV series. 3C5DE864-7A34-45D3-A1E2-18638C3C4A47 Curated by Marla Carr, the artists include Dick Allowatt, Michael Teel, Leona Mackey, Miyuki Acai Cook, Hannah Lenhart, Rosalie Haizlett, seth, Jane Frenke, Lynn Lavin, Lynn Ferris, Diane Petersen, Mark Schwenk, Glenn Horr, Rhonda Smith, Susan Carney, Acadia Kandora, Richard Kaufman, Massimo Righini, Neil Super, Carol & Jean-Pierre Hsu, Pam & Ren Parziale, Peter Wood, Tim Wohleber, Kim Potter, and Ginger Danz.

The show runs until July 15, 2018.

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
Music was composed by Pierre Arrachart and Laurant Colombani and licensed through (
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.

Berkeley Springs Studio Tour

Mark your calendars! On October 22 & 23 an all new Berkeley Springs Studio Tour is your must see event. Visit nine artists in their studios on Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Here is a promo we produced to get the word out. Share with your friends!

Grant Award

 The WV Commission on the Arts approved a grant to support our ArtVoiceWV online series. In January we applied for a Professional Development Grant. In the grant narrative I wrote:

“ArtVoiceWV is a collaborative effort between the artist and me. While it is collaborative process, it is also about trust. There is no script, no storyboard, and no pre-production discussion. Each artist has simply trusted me to produce an artful and compelling story about them.

My goal is to give each artist a high-quality product that can be used as promotion tool. Most of the artists have added the video to their website. Some have actively shared the video profile with other artists and art blogs. The Morgan Arts Council links to ArtVoiceWV from their homepage. On Facebook, MAC promotes the release of each episode. My long-range plan is to expand ArtVoiceWV beyond Morgan County”.

When we applied in January for the grant, I was hopeful but realistic. I was new to the state and didn’t have any sort of track record with the Arts Commission. I met the folks from the Commission at a grant workshop a couple of months earlier. They were very encouraging so I gave it a try. There was a long silence after I submitted the grant application. And so I sort of gave up. But then a thick envelop arrived in the mail just after July 1st. The news was good. The review panel gave me high marks: very professional work sample, hope to see ArtVoiceWV expand statewide, great resume and focus on tourism efforts positive. Challenges? None. You can imagine how elated I was/am.

So in future episode of ArtVoiceWV you will see this acknowledgement at the end of every video profile:

This program is presented with the financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.


Closed Captioning

With the latest episode of ArtVoice, we have added captioning. YouTube uses an experimental voice recognition program that reads a plain text caption file. If you want to give it a try, click on the CC icon in the video navigation button. The captions do a fairly good job of landing in the right place at the right time.

If you like this feature, post a comment and let me know.

Lynn Lavin

Lynn Lavin is a clay artist who loves animals. She creates whimsical sculptures of tigers, penguins, burrowing owls and polar bears, all of which are endangered species. She began her work as a means to express the light side of life. While she has work in traditional clay formats, her animals truly express her inner vision. Lynn is an active member of the Morgan Arts Council and the Icehouse Artist Co-op.

First Impressions: Her artistic muse seems to be personified in “Mr. Penguin Goes  a Courtin'”.   Whimsy, humor, a warm affection…optimism reigns.  Her  conviction underlies a gentle facade…thus she shares her love of clay, the power of clay with children of all ages.  One might suspect that her creature cats and dogs, polar bears and birds are her companions of choice.

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