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.
Acadia Kandora was born in New Jersey but didn’t grow up there. Instead she moved nine times during her childhood. That continuing “change of place” instilled in her an experimental drive to continue to create art that pushes traditional processes. Her path through art has been filled with twists and turns, taking her from design to sculpture to printmaking.
As a graduate student at Shepherd University, Acadia has distilled the three mediums into one stunning process. Learn more about Acadia at https://acadiakandora.com
Music was composed by Bruce Bruce Maginnis 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.
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.
Last night my co-producer, Marla Carr, and I attended the 2nd Annual Plum Tuckered Film Festival (http://www.plumtuckeredfilmfestival.org/2016/) held in Davis, WV. Davis is a small town of 700 located in beautiful Tucker County, where outdoor adventure is the draw for many visitors.
The Film Festival was held on the third floor of the historic National Bank building and drew about 150 attendees. They were there to see 21 short films by regional and international filmmakers. About 8 filmmakers were among the group. The audience was a mix of locals, visitors who came specifically to the festival and a few who just happened to be in the area and decided to check it out.
We were there because we had entered two shorts in the film festival; our first foray into the world of film festivals. Our films were in the Short Documentary category and featured “A Creator of Things” and “A Fascination with Change.” Other notable films (from my perspective) included “The Croquet Calamity” by emerging filmmaker Dia Griffith of Berkeley Springs and “Deepest Violet” by filmmaker K. B. Montgomery.
After the showing, we retired across the street to Stumptown Ales (http://www.stumptownales.com) to enjoy some thirst-quenching local brews while we awaited the final judging. The films were curated by the Festival team and judged by a panel of five “outsiders” with backgrounds in film and documentary production.
We were very pleased to receive the Best Short Documentary Appalachian Filmmaker Award for our production of “A Fascination with Change” which profiled the very talented printmaker/painter Susan Carney of Shepherdstown, WV. This short also received a 2015 Telly Award for excellence in the Online Documentary category.
If you decide to visit Davis and neighboring Thomas, WV in the future, I highly recommend staying at Bright Morning Inn. (http://brightmorninginn.com). Innkeeper Susan Moore is warm and welcoming, and the breakfasts are fantastic.
“Journeys & Talismen”, our profile of artist Rhonda Smith, received a 2016 Bronze Telly Award in the Online Documentary category. Watch her story again and share your comments.
Susan Carney is the Artist in Residence at Shepherd University. Susan is a painter and printmaker and works with monotype, a printmaking process in which only one print is created. Because she works with stencils, she often produces a series of similar prints yet each print is unique. Susan says she likes to experiment with texture using canvas, burlap or plastic. “I love the serendipity and unpredictability that results.”
A fascination with change informs Carney’s work. Watercolor, spray paint, acrylic paint, varnish and collage combine on wood, canvas and paper with a vocabulary of images such as birds, insects, knots, weaving, and fragments of the human body. Learn more about Susan at www.susancarney.com
Music for this episode is by West Virginia guitarist and songwriter Gyasi Heus. You can learn more about him at http://www.modabeat.com/gyasi.html.
ArtVoiceWV is an original online series that explores the creative spark in artists. It is produced by 78 Degrees West Films. Our gear for this episode: Canon XF300, Canon XF205, and Olympus OM-D-E-M10. Edited and graded with FCPX.
ArtVoiceWV is funded in part with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the Nationl Endowment of the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.