|Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM||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!
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Attention MEMBERS: MEETING UPDATE NOTICE PLEASE READ
The date for our general meeting is being moved to April to avoid a scheduling conflict. Please see flyer below:
|Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2016 at 6:40 PM||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."
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HOBBIES: Being outdoors, painting, fishing
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|Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2016 at 12:20 AM||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.
JURYING INFORMATION :
Please contact Leona Mackey. She is the jury coordinator-
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.
|Posted by [email protected] on January 29, 2016 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES by Laura Moul
Mondays Feb 8, 15, 22, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm Hobby Lobby in Barboursville
Tuesdays Feb 9, 16, 23, 2916 5:30-7:30 pm Putnam Park Office in Hurricane
Wednesdays Feb 10, 17, 24, 2016 5:30-7:30 pm Paintbrush Studio in Charleston
Each class helps individuals with basic photo skills, how to use the features on their digital cameras, how to edit and save images etc. See www.moulphotography.com for more class information. Call Laura at 304-743-8281 to register for the classes. All classes must pre-register to reserve a seat in the class.
|Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2016 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
The TSAA is teaming up with Marshall's Art Department! We have a Facebook event that you can join for this event:
|Posted by [email protected] on January 9, 2016 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Did you get a new camera for Christmas or baffled by the one you've had for years? What about Photoshop? Here are some classes starting in February that are taught by one our members, J.Bird Cremeans:
|Posted by [email protected] on December 12, 2015 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
The Ironton Artists Association is proud to present paintings by Joyce Steele, now on display at Briggs Library 321 S. 4th Street, Ironton, Ohio. Joyce Steele is a well-known watercolor artist from Catlettsburg, Kentucky. She has been painting most of her life and has been having prints made of her paintings since 1996. She sells her prints at many of the local and out of state Arts and Craft Fairs. Her beautiful art is collected by people all over the US and Internationally. Many of her paintings are combined with written bible verses. Her work will be on display at Briggs until Jan.15 and a drawing will be held for one of her prints.