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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.

John Wesley Williams

We met John at his studio up on Butler Mountain near Renick ,WV  just a few weeks after the flooding in Greenbrier County. The drive up up the mountain afford some wonderful views. When we arrived John was working on a new commission which you will see in the video.

He is an award-winning designer and craftsman of fine furniture. As a craftsman, he says he “wants my work to make a bold and assertive search for an identity. Learn more about John at http://johnwesleywilliamsfurniture.com.
Music was composed by Steven Gutheinz and licensed through https://www.musicbed.com. You can listen to more of his music at https://www.musicbed.com/artists/steven-gutheinz/4360.
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.

Preview and Review

Our new documentary short about designer/craftsman John Wesley Williams will be published tomorrow. So we thought we’d take a moment and look back at one of our earlier artists – Jane Frenke.

John Wesley Williams

John Wesley Williams is an award-winning furniture maker. He considers himself a designer/craftsman. He also love curves and wood that is sculpted. We met him at his studio just north of Lewisburg and learned about his design work and creative spark. His documentary short will be coming soon. image

ArtVoiceWV: Celebrating the Artists

Ever wonder what a half-hour program might look like? Well, here is an example we created for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and its The West Virginia Channel.

In this program, we celebrate five talented artists: printmake/painter Susan Carney, sculptor Massimo Righini, musician Billy Thompson, printmaker Rhonda J Smith, and writer Jeanne Mozier.
Music credits: Dan Phillipson (Premiumbeat.com), Gyasi Heus, Blake Wynia, and Billy Thompson.
ArtVoiceWV is a production of 78 Degrees West Films.

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! https://youtu.be/uQAwula_BdQ

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