Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Kanawha Valley Artists Prepare for First W.Va. Craft Week ; Open Studios, Other Events Planned Oct. 2-11

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Kanawha Valley Artists Prepare for First W.Va. Craft Week ; Open Studios, Other Events Planned Oct. 2-11

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Kanawha and Putnam county artists will be among more than 100 statewide talents who will participate in the first-ever West Virginia Craft Week Oct. 2 through Oct. 11. Being held in conjunction with the national American Craft Week, the 10-day event is a showcase for state artists that lets the public share in their creative processes and get an inside look at the intricacies of the arts and crafts produced in West Virginia.

West Virginia Craft Week will feature open studios, exhibitions and events at dozens of locations in more than 20 counties throughout the state. The public will be invited to watch artists practice their craft, take part in art demonstrations, visit fairs and festivals, view exhibitions, purchase artwork and more.

"We are fortunate in West Virginia to have many retail locations around the state in which residents and visitors can view and shop year-round for fine arts and crafts created by local artists, said Alissa Novoselick, executive director of the Tamarack Artisan Foundation, in a media release announcing the event. "During West Virginia Craft Week, we have the added bonus of being able to see our artists many of whom are recognized nationally for their talents in person and experience the creative process in action. It is a great way for us to support West Virginia artists and the local creative economies.

It is the first time West Virginia artists statewide have participated collectively and formally in American Craft Week.

At presstime, Kanawha and Putnam county artists and studios scheduled to participate in the inaugural celebration include:

" Capital Clay Arts Company, 512 D St., South Charleston, 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3-4

" Gallery Eleven, 1025 Quarrier St., Charleston, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 2-10

" Amanda's Glass Art, 3814 MacCorkle Ave., S.E., Charleston, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 and 6-9; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 3 and 10

" Betty McMullen Fine Art Studio, 1007 Bigley Ave., Suite 200, Charleston, 2 to 6 p.m., Oct. 2, 5-9; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 3-4, 10-11

" Byron Young, 1346 Frogs Creek Road, Charleston, after 4 p.m., Oct. 2, 5-9

" Charleston Art Group, Habitat for Humanity ReStore Community Room, 301 Piedmont Road, Charleston, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 6

" Double Take Art Show and Silent Auction, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 301 Piedmont Road, Charleston, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 5-11

" Arts & Thoughts Studio, 3188 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 2-3

" Anna's China Jewelry, 134 Lavender Lane, Pliny, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 2-11

" Hannah's Pottery, 6 Thoroughbred Road, Scott Depot, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 2-4, 9-11.

Anna Toler Frazier, owner of Anna's China Jewelry in Pliny, has been making one-of-a-kind chinaware jewelry, wire-work and "found objects for more than 15 years. Her Putnam County studio will be open on the days and hours listed above during the week.

"I do have a display area, Toler Frazier said last week, "and I'll be in there working. It's open for anyone to come visit. If they want to shop, they can, and just see how things work and how I make my jewelry. …

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