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ArtVoiceWV: Nathan Baker

Nathan Baker is metalwork artist. His art is reframed everyday items; what he calls upcycling. His inspiration is a creative mind that reinterprets and repurposes found metal objects. “Observing light and reflections”, he says, “doing whatever it is that light and reflections do has always been of great enjoyment to me.”

Nathan hails from Grand Rapids, MI. After graduating from college with a degree in creative writing, Nathan originally found work in construction. One benefit of this experience was he assembled some valuable “tools of the trade” that allowed him to turn the
“discarded refuse our society into more elegant assemblages that continues to fascinate and inspire.” With three friends, he opened The White Room Art Gallery in Thomas, WV. Learn more about Nathan here – http://nathanbakerart.com.

Music was provided by Analog Heart through https://www.musicbed.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.

ArtVoiceWV: Shelia Brown

Shelia Brown, a true West Virginian, was a Deaf Educator in the Preston County School system for 35 years prior to retiring. But 25 years ago she attended a workshop on basketweaving that both caught her interest and ignited her creativity.

Shelia is a Tamarack juried artist and has been pursuing her art commercially since 2007. She currently creates over 350 different kinds of baskets, both traditional and contemporary.You can learn more about her at http://www.basketsbyshelia.com.

Music was provided by Analog Heart through https://www.musicbed.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.

ArtVoiceWV: Tim Wohleber

Tim Wohleber jumped into making rustic twig furniture around age 15, after he read a book about making your own furniture. He started with small personal items but family and friends were impressed and asked him to create something for him. A friend of his in Elkins, where Tim hails from, ask him to make some beer taps and bar stools for him. And from there Tim became a serious twig furniture maker. You can learn more about Tim at http://www.arcadianfurnishings.com.

Music was provided by JAM Studio via http://www.premiumbeat.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.

ArtVoiceWV: Rhonda J Smith

Our latest episode has arrived. Rhonda J Smith is a printmaker and the Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University.  She has an exuberance for both teaching and art. Her travels, both in the US and abroad, have influenced her printmaking. This episode is titled “Journeys and Talisman” because her travel and her exposure to African art broadened her perception and creativity. Find out more about Rhonda at http://www.shepherd.edu/artweb/.

Music in this episode is from the YouTube music service and we acknowledge two talented composers:

Covert Affair – Film Noire by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Acoustic Meditation 2 by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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, Jane Frenke, Jan Weinberg, Arlene & Tony Verge, FAST Foundation, Star Theater, Susan & Gat Caperton, Ian Weinschel, Beth & Tim Rowland, Kate Lehman, and Eryn & Brian Lampe.

Rhonda J. Smith – Printmaker

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Rhonda J. Smith

In the next episode of ArtVoiceWV, we profile printmaker Rhonda Smith. She is an artist, teacher and chair of the Department of Contemporary Art & Theater at Shepherd University.

ArtVoiceWV: Peter Wood

Peter Wood took an artisitc welding class which set him on a journey to turn, bend and shape metal into stunning artistic sculptures. Wood doesn’t begin with a design in mind. He just works with the metal and follows it as its personlity unfolds in his workshop. He knows instinctively when the sculpture is done, and he sits down to find a name for it. Then he says, “When the image resonates with me, it is complete and I leave the sculpture to the elements to rust.” Learn more about Peter Wood at http://www.rustymetal.com. You can also find his work at the Ice House Artists’ Co-op in Berkeley Springs (http://icehousecoop.com).

Music is by Ayden Blackbird. You can find more at http://www.premiumbeat.com.

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.

ArtVoiceWV is an Telly Award-winning, 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, a Go-Pro Hero2, and an iPhone6. Edited and graded with FCPX with plug-ins from Crumplepop (http://www.crumplepop.com) and Motionfx (https://www.motionvfx.com)

ArtVoiceWV: Sycamore Pottery

Pam and Ren Parziale launched Sycamore Pottery in 1971 where they bought land, planted 4,000 trees, raised two children and grew a pottery business from what Pam calls – a fantasy. Their first commission was for a Shepherdstown historical group that wanted 500 hand-thrown pots for a fundraiser. That then led to work with the National Park Service and from their pottery grew and won awards. Every pot and plate is made the old fashioned way on the potter’s wheel. In 2005, Gov. Joe Manchin awarded Pam with the Distinguished Arts Award at the Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony for her service as an artist, administrator and advocate of the arts. Learn more about Sycamore Pottery at https://www.facebook.com/SycamorePottery.

Music is from the album “Wood and Wire” by composer Eric Schopmeyer. Listen to more of Eric’s compositions at http://ericschopmeyer.bandcamp.com/album/wood-and-wire.

ArtVoiceWV is an Telly Award-winning, 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.

Susan Carney

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.

ArtVoiceWV: Neil Super

Several years ago Neil Super left his job to become a full-time home dad. As his children got older, he grew restless, which led to various creative pursuits that included tapping Sugar Maples and making pure maple syrup for sale at local farm markets. At some point he began to pursue his love of beautiful wood by making carvings from fallen maple branches, and ultimately purchased his first wood lathe. That was roughly eight years ago. Today, examples of Neil’s turnings can be found in local craft and art galleries, juried art exhibits, and the May, 2014, issue of Southern Living Magazine, among other places. A member of the Artist’s Co-ops of West Virginia’s Berkeley and Morgan Counties, Neil is currrently producing turnings from wood taken from places of local and regional historical significance. He operates under the banner “Two Rivers Turnings” and lives and works in Historic Shepherdstown.
To learn more about Neil and see examples of his work visit www.tworiversturnings.com

Music for this episode is by cellist Betsy Tinney. You can hear more of her wonderful music at betsytinney.com.

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.

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