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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.

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.

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: Leona Mackey

When Leona was 24 and the mother of two children, she decided to go to college. She majored in Arts Education at Marshall. After graduation she went to graduate school and began teaching at Huntington High for 25 years. After she retired she decided to pursue her art, exploring many mediums, from ceramics to glass to painting and more.
She has recently been  accepted to the following juried exhibits:  Allied Artist Of WV,  on display at Parkersburg Museum, Best of WV at Tamarack, and the Bi-Annual Exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art. Learn more at http://tamarackfoundation.org/directory-listing/leona-mackey/.
Music was provided by Shawn Willians through https://www.musicbed.com. Visit Shawn’s website at http://www.musicbyshawnwilliams.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: 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.

It’s A Win!

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.

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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.

ArtVoiceWV: seth.

seth. moved to Thomas WV on the advice of a friend. It turned out to be an excellent suggestion because seth. discovered his inner artist. What began as doodles on slips of paper blossomed into a rewarding career as an artist who captures his audience with a combination of profound perceptions and somewhat silly characters.

But as with many artists, seth. continued to explore form and function. This led him to a form of encaustic “painting” using melted crayons. With three friends, he opened The White Room Art Gallery in Thomas, WV. Learn more about seth. here – http://www.theartofseth.com.

Music was provided by Tracey Chattaway through https://www.musicbed.com. Visit Tracey’s website at http://traceychattaway.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.

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