The Gallery opens at 11am today. Here's a "sneak preview" of Cate Campbell's beautiful exhibit. We will be open until 1pm.
If anyone gets a chance, this movie is amazing! Can you imagine the hours it took to make Van Gogh's amazing art works come to life???
It shows that when creative minds get together, nothing is impossible!
Later this week, the Gallery 62 West by the Taylor County Arts Council will be hosting the work of Catleen Cline Campbell. She is originally from from nearby Fairmont , WV. Her path has led her to Tybee island, GA where she exhibits at #lovellshackstudios. Her art has been displayed at the Savannah Airport and is currently exhibited at the Jepson Center of the prestigious Telfair Museums in Savannah. Cate is also active with the Tybee Cottage Art Gallery and the Savannah Art Association at Chippewa Square. Her show opens on Friday, August 7th and Saturday, August 8th from 11am to 1pm to see her talent! Her work will be on exhibit the month of August.
Cate has a long history of the being in the arts. Even as a little girl, she wanted to be an artist.
She has this to say about her journey in the art world. "As a little girl growing up on East Grafton Road in West Virginia, I always knew I wanted to be an artist. My tools at that time were a large coffee can of broken crayons, some typing paper and a few coloring books. I used to draw mermaids and the ocean because I was convinced I was a mermaid.
I was actually born in Colorado Springs .. my father settled there after the war, and every summer my mother would drag 5 children on the train for 3 days to travel back home to WV. I have memories of the fancy train station in Grafton which was the inspiration for “Waiting for the Train”. My sister and I sat on the old trunk, sad to be leaving my Mamaw and Papaw.
My husband’s people were from Grafton, (The Kirbys) and the pictures “Laundry Day” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter “ come from old family photos along with the truck picture “Rusted” And “Hanging the Quilt”.
As time went on my family eventually moved back home to WV, and I spent many days at Tygart Lake and Valley Falls ( almost drowned) which I painted as “Valley Falls”. “The Path not Taken” and “The River Runs Through it” represent winter in the mountains and the coming of Spring.
I majored in Art at WVU, started my career in the school system, ran a business, had 3 children and helped start the Morgantown Art Walk, A is for Arts, and the Read Aloud Program in WV.
Finally, we had the opportunity to move to an island outside Georgia. Tybee. This is where I finally found my muse as you can see in my ocean and beach pictures. I’ve been blessed to win several awards in Savannah and was chosen to hang in the Telfair/ Jepson Museum in Savannah Georgia. Pretty High Cotton for a little girl from West Virginia.
I’ll always come back to these beautiful mountains. I hope you all continue to support the arts. And yes, this mermaid finally found her muse by the ocean. E.E. Cummings said it best: “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
Due to the the on going problem with the Covid 19 pandemic, we are still unable to have the kind of opening we would like to have for our artists,but we ask that you stop in during open hours and see her amazing work. Our hours are limited at this time. We are open from 11am to 1pm on Friday and Saturday. Masks are required, social distancing is as well. (We provide masks if you forget yours) this show will be running to t September 6th, so you will have several weeks to come in, and enjoy it.
We are always seeking volunteers! The pandemic has made the work of bringing art to our wonderful county a bit more challenging!
We are especially looking for folks to be at the Gallery so we can be open a bit longer. If you become a Gallery Docent, we even have a couple of really cool masks, made for our volunteers, that you can keep to use for your volunteer time!
We have protocol in place to protect our volunteers and visitors. Masks are required (we provide masks ), we have hand sanitizer available at several stations and have physical distancing marked off throughout the Gallery, with a limit of 10 visitors at a time.
Please let us know if you are interested in joining our team of art loving volunteers.
Today is the last day to see the photography of Francis Benjamin Johnston at the Gallery 62 West. Open until 1pm
We are open this weekend. Please take this last opportunity to see the photography of Frances Benjamin Johnston, a WV icon, with roots in Grafton.
Gallery hours are 11am to 1pm today, Friday, and tomorrow.
We ask that you follow our social distancing and mask requirements in order to keep everyone safe while enjoying this amazing show!
Our friends and partners at the. TCFR are doing an amazing job helping the residents of Taylor County!
We are open today until 1pm so there still is time today to see this amazing group of photographs.
Ksenia Bradner, operating with a grant through the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, has developed an online and mobile exhibit showcasing the work of Frances Benjamin Johnston - famous West Virginian and esteemed photographer.
We think you will find the photographs amazing and the stories of this WV photographer compelling.
What a great idea !
Good evening Art lovers! We have decided to shorten our hours a bit tomorrow and Saturday. We will be open from 11AM to 1PM.
Please remember when visiting our Gallery, that we require a mask (we provide if you don't have one), we would like you to use hand sanitizer when you come in (it's just inside the front door to the right) and maintain 6 feet physical distancing from any other patrons who may visiting our Gallery. (just follow the yellow foot prints and you will be fine)
We are asking you to do these things so we can keep our Gallery open for the safety and enjoyment of our visitors and volunteers.
Let me add, this is an amazing exhibit of photographs, done by a woman with roots in Grafton and you don't want to miss it!