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May 25th

Posted by [email protected] on May 26, 2016 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Please join us! The opening for our Exhibition is coming soon. We have over 80 pieces of artwork that were accepted. We will have refreshments, food, music, and door prizes at our reception.

May 18th

Posted by [email protected] on May 18, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We will be receiving artwork to be juried for the Biennial Exhibition on Saturday, May 21 from 11am - 3pm and Sunday, May 22 from 1 - 3pm at the Huntington Museum of Art in Studio 1. If you would like to enter the prospectus is available on our facebook page, by contacting us or at the museum during receiving.

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April 28th

Posted by [email protected] on April 28, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Visit the artists of the Tri-State Arts Association on May 14th from 10am to 5pm and May 15th from 12 to 5pm at Ritter Park in Huntington WV.

over 20 artists will be displaying and selling their art including watercolor, oils, acrylics, pottery, ceramics, metal, glass, photography, digital, drawings, carvings, and more!

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April 15th

Posted by [email protected] on April 15, 2016 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We uploaded pictures from last night's meeting featuring Vernon Howell:

April 12th

Posted by [email protected] on April 13, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Come join us!!

March 3rd

Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

If you are an artist, you are invited to jury for our 2016 Juried Exhibition this summer! The paperwork is below. Save to your computer, print, and we'll see you in May!

February 23rd

Posted by [email protected] on February 23, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)


The date for our general meeting is being moved to April to avoid a scheduling conflict. Please see flyer below:

February 19th

Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2016 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

ONA - Follow the faded yellow lines out Fudges Creek Road, past the little white church and around the bend, and there's a garage caked in three generations of soot. Inside, there are tools with three generations' worth of wear; solid and built for three generations of sturdy hands.


Beside the crackling wood-burning stove, Seth Morris fires up his grandpa's old welder, a metal beast about the size of a small hot water tank.


On his grandpa's work bench is a steel flower. The petals were cut from a seized-up Dodge engine, and the stamens were welding rods Morris had found scattered around the shop. Welder lit, he flips his helmet down over his horn-rimmed glasses and goes to work.

It's not exactly the same work his dad and grandpa lit their torches for. Seth Morris, for all his on-the-job education in his blue-collar life, found himself throwing flame for art's sake.


"It's pretty satisfying, especially when it looks like what you want it to look like." said Morris, 24. "I've always been pretty creative, and it really just flowed from that."


Born and raised in Milton, Morris' dad and grandpa had worked as pipeline welders, teaching their sons the craft in their modest, cluttered garage. Morris learned on railroad ties and couplings, practicing straight-lined welds and aimlessly sticking junk together. Not much more was thought of it beyond that, and when the fun was over, the practice pieces were simply sold for scrap.


Graduating from Cabell Midland High School in 2009, Morris studied industrial electricity at the Cabell County Career Technology Center in Huntington. A slew of odd jobs, including constructing a Little Caesar's in Ravenswood, West Virginia, and a recently quit stint at Walmart, kept him going as he continues to look for work.

Seth Morris the artist is a fairly recent title. A session of idly welding scrap together grew into Morris' first major sculpture, a daylily about 18 inches tall. Morris said he was so pleased with how the first flower turned out, he began picking through the scrap around the shop to make another. Then another. Morris said he would stay in his grandpa's garage for days, churning out piece after piece, each fused with mismatched parts and beautiful in itself.


With a small boutique of metal flowers assembled, Morris took his first step into the public in September 2014, setting up a table at Heritage Station's monthly Artisan Market in Huntington. He didn't know what to expect, and didn't even have set prices on his pieces, only selling one that first evening.


"That's a pretty huge leap there," Morris said "That was uncharted territory."


Morris sold at two more Artisan Markets before joining the Tri-State Artists Association, allowing him to sell his sculptures in Ritter Park during the biannual Art in the Park weekend art show in Huntington.


Fitting himself in the local arts community and in the company of other artists has been "very weird" for Morris, coming from a gritty lifestyle in the hinterlands of eastern Cabell County.


"Some of the people, I'm just not really sure how to take them," Morris said. "Not that I don't associate with them, but where I was working, there were never people like that around.


"I had to get used to that. That and other people's ideas of what art looked like. I had to get used to looking at things for a different perspective. Yeah, there're a few weird people, too. You just have to get used to that."

Now marketing his sculptures as "Fire and Steel Artistic Creations," Morris has appeared in seven art shows so far, most in Huntington, but a few in Charleston, and plans to appear in town again in 2016. Morris said his work is most commonly described as simply "interesting," and he hopes he can appeal to buyers outside the standard art collecting crowd.


"They don't have to be part of the art community to appreciate it," Morris said. "Not to say that it's more manly because it's made out of car parts, but there's that, too. I have heard that a couple of times."


While sculpting with scrap parts isn't totally rare on the art scene, Morris said he likes to keep his work small, intricate and tasteful.


"Not, like, a giant exhaust pipe chicken or something," he laughed.


Morris draws most of his inspiration from native plants out in the wild, but will stick the flame to whatever pops into his head. Smaller pieces can take as little as a few hours to complete, if all the scrap is clean. Larger pieces can take a few days. Morris prices them roughly between $35 to $50 each.


"It's just a hobby, but when it does well, it does supplement my income," Morris said "Everyone can appreciate it, but that doesn't mean they're going to buy it. So I'm not really bummed out if I don't do very well.


"I just think it looks better like this than it does rusting in a scrapyard."


Follow reporter Bishop Nash on Twitter at @BishopNash.

Seth Morris


AGE: 24






HOBBIES: Being outdoors, painting, fishing


FAVORITE MOVIES: "The Cannonball Run," "Star Wars," black-and-white sci-fi films


FAVORITE BOOKS: Nikola Tesla's patent notes

February 18th

Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

TriState Art Association would like to invite you to our Spring jury session.

The date is March 19 at the Huntington Museum of Art. We will meet in the studios behind the museum.



Please contact Leona Mackey. She is the jury coordinator-

home, 304.523.8391


cell, 304.633.8391

Be at least 18 years of age.

Reside in West Virginia, Ohio, or Kentucky.


Submit five (5) pieces of your original work in one media for review by the jury committee along with a short artist statement. Work must be presented in a professional manner: oil paintings framed , works on paper matted and framed. Works in other media, i.e. drawing, pottery, photography, printmaking, and sculpture should be suitably presented. All 2D art should have wires on the back for hanging. Work must be original! Copies made from other artwork or from photographs in books and magazines are not acceptable.


It is highly recommended that if you are applying for photography, that you submit your images first in JPEG format to [email protected] You will recieve constructive feedback to let you know if they are suitable for a stonger chance of jurying in.


There is a $15.00 nonrefundable fee for JURYING. The next jury session is in October.

>>> Artist should arrive at 9:00, set up their work, fill out required contact information, present Artist Statement, pay fees and return at 12:30-1:00 to pick up work.

Work will be judged on: originality; good use of design, color, value; unity; harmony; and craftsmanship. You will be notified by mail the jurors decision,


TSAA has 6 meetings each year. The meetings are the second Thursday of every other month. at this time, we will discuss club new, have speakers and workshops. Annual dues is $20.00.