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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 https://acadiakandora.com

Music was composed by Bruce Bruce Maginnis 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.

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

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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

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: 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.

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: 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.

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