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Acadia Kandora

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

Music was composed by Bruce Bruce Maginnis and licensed through

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.

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 (, Gyasi Heus, Blake Wynia, and Billy Thompson.
ArtVoiceWV is a production of 78 Degrees West Films.

It’s A Win!

Last night my co-producer, Marla Carr, and I attended the 2nd Annual Plum Tuckered Film Festival ( 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 ( 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. ( Innkeeper Susan Moore is warm and welcoming, and the breakfasts are fantastic.

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

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 (
Acoustic Meditation 2 by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
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

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.

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

Music for this episode is by West Virginia guitarist and songwriter Gyasi Heus. You can learn more about him at

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.

ArtVoice: Jan Heath

Jan has been making prints for over 30 years. Her printmaking techniques have evolved over the years by experimentation and innovation. All of her prints are hand pulled, signed and numbered.
In 1979,drawn by the natural beauty and friendly quality of the Berkeley Springs area, Jan left the Washington, DC area with her husband, painter Jonathan Heath, and their son, Damian, to build their home and studios. Working and living in rural Morgan County provides a continuing source of inspiration for Jan’s prints. In 1992, Jan and Jonathan opened the Heath Studio Gallery in Berkeley Springs.

Music by Aural Method (used with permission). “Let us face the evening skies with child – like eyes”

ArtVoice ( is an original online series produced by 78 Degrees West Films (

Our equipment: Canon XF300 and Canon EOS T3i. Edited with FCPX, Motion 5. Color graded with FCPX. Additional plugins by Crumplepop (Lumineux) and Pixel Film Studios (Prolumetric). and artvoicewv.

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