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Willard Gayheart
Front Porch Gallery & Frame Shop

58 Cherry Blossom Lane
Galax VA 24333
Phone:
276-236-5890
Email:
wgayheart@embarqmail.com
Website:
http://www.willardgayheart.com
Detailed pencil drawings, mainly Appalachian life style, including music, work and other aspects of the culture. Theme – “Nostalgic Glimpses of the Appalachian.”

MEDIA:
Two Dimensional

WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Blue Ridge Music Center.
Shoney’s, Hillsville VA.
Shoney’s, Dublin VA.
Shoney’s, Wytheville VA.
Shoney’s Kingsport TN.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
McFarland Press Inc, Book: :Willard Gayheart, Appalachian Artist.”

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Ellie Kirby

Address:
729 Hazelwood Road
Troutdale
VA
24378
Phone:
276 579-4011
Email:
foxcreekpress@yahoo.com
Website:
http://www.elliekirby.com
I like to design notecards, books and woodcuts that are inspired by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

MEDIA:
Two Dimensional
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Folk Art Center Asheville NC.
John Campbell Folk School, Brasstown NC.
Arrowcraft, Gatlinburg TN.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Southern Highlands Craft Guild.
Holston Mountain Artisans, Abingdon VA.

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Paula Melton

Paula has been honing her skills in watercolor since childhood developing a realistic style all her own. Growing up in Carroll County, Virginia, she spent many days with both sets of grandparents on their farms learning a true appreciation for the beauty of an old barn, canning jar, abandoned truck or wildflowers, as well as the landscapes of the mountains. Paula continues to live in the mountain home built by her grandfather keeping her close to family memories and nature. Her original watercolors, acrylics, and limited edition prints can be found a the following locations: Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville, Virginia, City Gallery,Galax, Virginia, Floyd Artist’s Association, Floyd, Virginia, Heartwood, Abingdon, Virginia, Hale-Wilkinson – Carter Building, Hillsville, Virginia and Shoney’s located in Hillsville, Wytheville, Dublin, Virginia.

Photo of Penelope Moseley
Penelope Moseley

Address:
151 South Main St.
Galax
VA
24343
Phone:
276-733-9704
Email:
makingconnections@penelopesart.com
Website:

My style goes from abstract expressionism, to impressionism, even surrealist. My work at this period in my life is all about that pent up artistic expression. In addition to painting, I create flame-worked glass beaded jewelry and pottery pieces, both slab-worked and wheel thrown.

WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Arts Council of the Twin Countie

Photo of Linda Rae Russo
Linda Rae Russo
Natural Elements

Art has always been a way for Linda Rae to connect with nature, and this has never been more evident than in her nature collages. Bark from a fallen tree, twigs, grasses, and pressed leaves all serve to enhance her paintings of birds, butterflies, and wildflowers. She is grateful to find all of this right in her own backyard and in the woods she loves to explore. Each piece is lovingly and meticulously crafted and made to endure for many years.
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA., Twigs and Leaves, Waynesville, NC, Clapboard House, Wise, VA, Bell Gallery, Floyd, VA and
Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville, VA – lindara329@msn.comhttp://www.artbylindarae.com

 

 

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Morris Schlesinger

Morris Schlesinger
VA
MEDIA:
Wood
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA

After reading about the craft of wood turning in a magazine in the early ‘80’s, Morris Schlesinger bought himself a lathe and tools and began “giving wood a second chance” as he says.
Morris is one of a small group of wood turners in Virginia and of the less than 8,000 worldwide, from a craft that began in the Middle Ages.
And while Morris considers himself a technician rather than an artist, he has studied with some of the premiere wood turners in the world at various symposiums as well as week long classes at John C. Campbell Folk School.
As a full time U.S. Postal Service employee and Vietnam War veteran, Morris jumped at the chance to join the Freedom Pens Project, a nationwide effort to provide custom hand-crafted pens to American servicemen and women in Iraq. Morris’ contribution was 100 of the 20,000 pen goal.
Schlesinger also plants thousands of trees each year. He says, “Wood is grown for a reason, whether it is for houses, heating or bowls. This is a way to keep the cycle going.”

Photo of Karen Simpson
Karen Simpson

Address:
1770 Little Fox Creek Rd
Independence
VA
24348
Phone:
276-579-9801
Email:
karen@kstylestudios.com
Website:
http://www.kstylestudios.com
I create unique felted products with alpaca, wool and other fibers such as unique hats, purses, vest, jackets, jewelry, scarves and art work. They are one of a kind creations.

I have a BS degree in Fashion Design and worked as a costume designer in Atlanta, GA. I have been felting for over 25 years and love the medium.

I teach at the Chestnut Creek of Arts in Galax, VA. and Peaceful Heart Alpaca Farm.

MEDIA:
Fiber
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
City Gallery, Galax, VA.
Treasure Pots Gallery, Fancy Gap, VA.
Peaceful Hearts Alpaca Farm.
Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, Galax, VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
I have been featured in the wearable art magazine…Belle Armoire in the fall issue.

I am a teacher at the Chestnut Creek School of Art and Peaceful Heart Alpaca Farm.

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Brad Smith

10668 Danville Pike
Laurel Fork
VA
24352
Phone:
276-398-3433
Email:
treasurepotts2@yahoo.com
MEDIA:
Wood
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Treasure Pots, Fancy Gap VA.
Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.
Over the Moon Gallery, Floyd VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.
The Chestnut Creek School, Galax VA.

Photo of Shirley Welch
Shirley Welch
Welch Haven Fabrics

Address:
622 Coleman Lane
Galax
VA
24333
Phone:
276-236-8277
Email:
welchaven@yahoo.com
Theorem painting – A specialized overlay stenciling.

MEDIA:
Two Dimensional
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Welch Haven Fabrics, Mt. Airy NC.
Shoney”s, Hillsville VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Chestnut Creek School of Art, Galax VA.

 


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Round the Mountain Members

Photo of Sharon Albertson
Sharon Albertson

Address:
59 Shaners Way
Hillsville
VA
24343
Phone:
276-398-2514
Email:
sgalbertson@yahoo.com
Hand-designed jewelry utilizing bicycle parts as components in each piece.

MEDIA:
Glass
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
City Gallery, Galax VA.
Tourism Center, Hillsville VA.
Draper Mercantile, Draper VA

Photo of Emily Booth
Emily Booth

Address:
4853 Glendale Rd.
Galax
VA
24333
Phone:
276-601-1167
Email:
info@glassactstudios.com
Website:
http://www.glassactstudios.com
I create hand made stained glass arts and custom designs for any motif. As well as offering instructional classes and workshops in my studio in Galax, VA. I also travel where needed. In addition, I sell various party and crafting supplies that can be used in both children’s and adult crafts. For any further information, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail.

MEDIA:
Glass
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Treasure Potts II

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Chestnut Creek School ot the Arts, Galax VA
Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA

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George T Brooks

I started drawing in the 3rd grade. Now at 73, I have experimented with many Art forms. I specialize in shaping wood. While living on Emerald Isle, in NC, I sketched many shore birds,fish,dolphins,etc. I then shaped the wood for my patterns from those drawings. My art work is in several galleries in NC and VA. I make over 850 items from 5” to 5′ tall. Prices range from $10 to $3,000. I also make one of a kind walking sticks and canes. New items are eagles, deer, horses, bear and buffalo.

Shows at:
Heartwood, Abingdon VA
Visitors Center, I77, Hillsville VA
VAArt and Things, Morehead City NC

Photo of Justin & Kathy Garziano
Justin & Kathy Garziano

Welcome to Mountain Meadow Soy Candles, makers of natural soy candles and melters right here in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. A natural vegetable product, soy is environmentally friendly and grown by American Farmers. Find out for yourself what our customers say. Our hand poured natural soy candles are the best — plain and simple. Step up to Mountain Meadow Soy Candles. You will be glad you did.

Shop at:
The Floyd Country Store, Floyd VA
Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center

Photo of Willard Gayheart
Willard Gayheart
Front Porch Gallery & Frame Shop

58 Cherry Blossom Lane
Galax VA 24333
Phone:
276-236-5890
Email:
wgayheart@embarqmail.com
Website:
http://www.willardgayheart.com
Detailed pencil drawings, mainly Appalachian life style, including music, work and other aspects of the culture. Theme – “Nostalgic Glimpses of the Appalachian.”

MEDIA:
Two Dimensional

WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Blue Ridge Music Center.
Shoney’s, Hillsville VA.
Shoney’s, Dublin VA.
Shoney’s, Wytheville VA.
Shoney’s Kingsport TN.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
McFarland Press Inc, Book: :Willard Gayheart, Appalachian Artist.”

Photo of Lance Hudnall
Lance Hudnall

Light Fantastic Stained Glass is owned and operated by Janice and Lance Hudnall, located at 2267 Pilgrims Trail Road, Dugspur, Virginia, 24325.  Janice is a Carroll County, Virginia native and Lance is from Lynchburg, Virginia area.  They have been in operation since 1985, restoring, repairing, producing creative designs, church windows, stained glass windows and beveled doors.  Their work can be seen in various places where  stained glass adds to decor, and also for sale at the Carroll County Tourism Office, 231 Farmers’ Market Drive, Hillsville,  Virginia.  www.fantasticstainedglass.com  –  jhudnall@TCIA.net  –  276/728-4626

Photo of Ellie Kirby
Ellie Kirby

Address:
729 Hazelwood Road
Troutdale
VA
24378
Phone:
276 579-4011
Email:
foxcreekpress@yahoo.com
Website:
http://www.elliekirby.com
I like to design notecards, books and woodcuts that are inspired by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

MEDIA:
Two Dimensional
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Folk Art Center Asheville NC.
John Campbell Folk School, Brasstown NC.
Arrowcraft, Gatlinburg TN.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Southern Highlands Craft Guild.
Holston Mountain Artisans, Abingdon VA.

Photo of William Langston
William Langston

Address:
347 Poor Farm RD SE
Floyd
VA
24091
Phone:
540-745-3169
Email:
pewter@swva.net
Website:
http://langstonpewter.com
Langston Pewter is located in scenic Floyd County, atop the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. William Langston lives and creates out of what was once the historical Floyd County Poor Farm. His high quality pewter works are painstakingly designed, molded, cast, finished and shipped directly from his country studio. Langston Pewter has been creating fine pewter products for over thirty-five years, working with some of the largest retailers on the East Coast.

MEDIA:
Metal
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Shoney’s Gift Shops,Chateau Morrisett Winery,Va Beach Aquarium Gift Shop,Treasure Potts II,Main Oak Emporium

Photo of Paula Melton
Paula Melton

Paula has been honing her skills in watercolor since childhood developing a realistic style all her own. Growing up in Carroll County, Virginia, she spent many days with both sets of grandparents on their farms learning a true appreciation for the beauty of an old barn, canning jar, abandoned truck or wildflowers, as well as the landscapes of the mountains. Paula continues to live in the mountain home built by her grandfather keeping her close to family memories and nature. Her original watercolors, acrylics, and limited edition prints can be found a the following locations: Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville, Virginia, City Gallery,Galax, Virginia, Floyd Artist’s Association, Floyd, Virginia, Heartwood, Abingdon, Virginia, Hale-Wilkinson – Carter Building, Hillsville, Virginia and Shoney’s located in Hillsville, Wytheville, Dublin, Virginia.

Photo of Penelope Moseley
Penelope Moseley

Address:
151 South Main St.
Galax
VA
24343
Phone:
276-733-9704
Email:
makingconnections@penelopesart.com
Website:

My style goes from abstract expressionism, to impressionism, even surrealist. My work at this period in my life is all about that pent up artistic expression. In addition to painting, I create flame-worked glass beaded jewelry and pottery pieces, both slab-worked and wheel thrown.

WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Arts Council of the Twin Countie

Photo of Bridgette Payseur
Bridgette Payseur

Address:
1101 Woodlawn Road
Woodlawn
VA
24381
Phone:
276-238-8237
Email:
payseurdesigns@yahoo.com
Website:
http://MySpace/Payseurdesigns
David & Brigette Payseur teach in their studio in Woodlawn, Va. The classes are $25/2 1/2-hr. class or $15/1-hr class, incl. supplies.

Mon.-Sat.
Lessons are formed to the student and their needs. Age ranges from 5 to 100.

Acrylics, ceramics, gourds, clay, glass, 3-D projects, fabric paints, Art-related field trips. The Gingerbread Art Show is created by the classes & displayed at the Galax Public Library.

MEDIA:
Mixed Media–MURALS
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Payseur Designs.
Winterberry Gallery.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Twi

Photo of Linda Rae Russo
Linda Rae Russo
Natural Elements

Art has always been a way for Linda Rae to connect with nature, and this has never been more evident than in her nature collages. Bark from a fallen tree, twigs, grasses, and pressed leaves all serve to enhance her paintings of birds, butterflies, and wildflowers. She is grateful to find all of this right in her own backyard and in the woods she loves to explore. Each piece is lovingly and meticulously crafted and made to endure for many years.
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA., Twigs and Leaves, Waynesville, NC, Clapboard House, Wise, VA, Bell Gallery, Floyd, VA and
Carroll County Tourism Office, Hillsville, VA – lindara329@msn.comhttp://www.artbylindarae.com

 

 

Photo of Morris Schlesinger
Morris Schlesinger

Morris Schlesinger
VA
MEDIA:
Wood
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA

After reading about the craft of wood turning in a magazine in the early ‘80’s, Morris Schlesinger bought himself a lathe and tools and began “giving wood a second chance” as he says.
Morris is one of a small group of wood turners in Virginia and of the less than 8,000 worldwide, from a craft that began in the Middle Ages.
And while Morris considers himself a technician rather than an artist, he has studied with some of the premiere wood turners in the world at various symposiums as well as week long classes at John C. Campbell Folk School.
As a full time U.S. Postal Service employee and Vietnam War veteran, Morris jumped at the chance to join the Freedom Pens Project, a nationwide effort to provide custom hand-crafted pens to American servicemen and women in Iraq. Morris’ contribution was 100 of the 20,000 pen goal.
Schlesinger also plants thousands of trees each year. He says, “Wood is grown for a reason, whether it is for houses, heating or bowls. This is a way to keep the cycle going.”

Photo of Karen Sewell
Karen Sewell

Address:
2045 Duncans Chapel Road NW
Willis
VA
24380
Phone:
540-763-2862
Email:
artsit@swva.net
Website:
http://www.ksewell.com
All my life, I have had a need to create by sketching the small dramas being played out in nature. In painting the subjects that I am familiar with from growing up in the rural mountains of Southwest Virginia, I have diligently developed my own style which I feel is still evolving and growing. I feel that the past intermingles with the present and influences the future. The vignettes of everyday life are nostalgic reminders of where we came from and hints of where we are going.

MEDIA:
Mixed Media
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Woodberry Inn.
Bogeys Restaurant.
Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
Lynwood Artists.
Floyd Artists Association LLC.

Photo of Karen Simpson
Karen Simpson

Address:
1770 Little Fox Creek Rd
Independence
VA
24348
Phone:
276-579-9801
Email:
karen@kstylestudios.com
Website:
http://www.kstylestudios.com
I create unique felted products with alpaca, wool and other fibers such as unique hats, purses, vest, jackets, jewelry, scarves and art work. They are one of a kind creations.

I have a BS degree in Fashion Design and worked as a costume designer in Atlanta, GA. I have been felting for over 25 years and love the medium.

I teach at the Chestnut Creek of Arts in Galax, VA. and Peaceful Heart Alpaca Farm.

MEDIA:
Fiber
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
City Gallery, Galax, VA.
Treasure Pots Gallery, Fancy Gap, VA.
Peaceful Hearts Alpaca Farm.
Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, Galax, VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
I have been featured in the wearable art magazine…Belle Armoire in the fall issue.

I am a teacher at the Chestnut Creek School of Art and Peaceful Heart Alpaca Farm.

Photo of Brad Smith
Brad Smith

10668 Danville Pike
Laurel Fork
VA
24352
Phone:
276-398-3433
Email:
treasurepotts2@yahoo.com
MEDIA:
Wood
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Treasure Pots, Fancy Gap VA.
Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.
Over the Moon Gallery, Floyd VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA.
The Chestnut Creek School, Galax VA.

Photo of Shirley Welch
Shirley Welch
Welch Haven Fabrics

Address:
622 Coleman Lane
Galax
VA
24333
Phone:
276-236-8277
Email:
welchaven@yahoo.com
Theorem painting – A specialized overlay stenciling.

MEDIA:
Two Dimensional
WHERE TO SEE MY WORK:
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Welch Haven Fabrics, Mt. Airy NC.
Shoney”s, Hillsville VA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Chestnut Creek School of Art, Galax VA.

Photo of Sharla Willis
Sharla Willis

Address:
1563 Misty Trail
Fancy Gap
VA
24328
Phone:
276-728-4950
Email:
info@peacefulheartalpacas.com
Website:
http://www.peacefulheartalpacas.com