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Miyuki Akai Cook

Miyuki Akai Cook was born and raised in Japan.  She enjoyed making things with her hands, such as drawing, painting, and paper cutting. She told us that she wanted to skip high school and go directly to college to pursue a desire fro interior design.

But while at Seian Woman’s college in Kyoto Miyuki was introduced to  fiber arts and enthralled her but stilled earned her degree in Interior Design.

When Miyuki was 25 she returned to the US and re-discovered an interest in textile while she was studying at University of North Texas.  In 2006 she received MFA in Fiber/ Artisianry from University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. She has been passionate for education and currently teaching at Marshall University. Learn more about Miyuki at miyukiakaicook.com.

Music was composed by Lyonel Bauchet 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.

Andrea Siles Loayza

Andrea Siles Loayza loves the ocean and the sharks who inhabit it. For her living near the ocean (or on it) would be her ideal home. Andrea’s paintings are known for their line work and wonderful flowing curves.

As a high school senior she was chosen to represent West Virginia in the 6th annual Doodle for Google Competition with her creative interpretation of her observations of undersea life. Torn between a desire to be a marine biologist or an artist, Andrea simply combined the two passions through art. In 2017, Andrea graduated with a degree in art from Shepherd University. She is now planning to pursue an Master’s in illustration.
Music was composed by Steven Gutheinz (http://www.stevengutheinz.com) and licensed through Musicbed.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.

Ginger Danz

Art was not presented as an actual option for making a living, said Ginger Danz.Originally from Indiana, Ginger moved to Boise ID after graduate school where she met her husband. In 1998 they moved to Charleston WV.

She worked as a professional counselor for about 18 years. During this time she created art as an escape but also incorporated it into her counseling work with adolescents. In 2010, her creative energy and drive won out and she decided to become a full time artist. We are happy that she did. Learn more about Ginger at Ginger Danz Fine Art (https://gingerdanz.com)
Music was composed by Eric Kinney and licensed through Musicbed.com (https://www.musicbed.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.

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.

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.

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.

ArtVoiceWV: Dick Allowatt

Dick Allowatt is a West Virginian who worked as a graphic designer in Charleston. His design background has informed his collage and assemblage art. We became aware of Dick when he received a Governor’s Arts Award in 2015. You can find out more about Dick and his art at http://allowatt.com.

Music was provided by Benjamin Gustafsson through https://www.musicbed.com. You can listen to more of his music at https://soundcloud.com/benjamin-gustafsson/tracks.

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: Michael Teel

Michael Teel went to college at West Virginia State University, then onto The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He worked as a graphic designer for 28 years. He is a member of the West Virginia Allied Artists and has exhibited in several juried art shows throughout the state.

Recently he had two pieces selected for the West Virginia Culture and History Juried Show. “Friends of Fossilized Carbon” won an Award of Excellence.
Music was provided by Dexter Britain through https://www.musicbed.com. Visit Dexter’s website at http://dexterbritain.co.uk.

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.

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