ArtSpring Festival

Memorial Day Weekend ~ May 25, 26 & 27, 2018 ~ Tucker County, West Virginia ~

Tucker County’s Annual Celebration of the Arts

Friday Schedule - Saturday Schedule - Sunday Schedule


Handmade Art Market

Activities and Info Booth open 11-5pm Saturday and 11-4pm Sunday unless otherwise noted


At the Davis Center, you can find...

  • ArtSpring’s Information Booth -- Answering all your questions about the festival and area.

  • Handmade Art Market -- meet the artist and purchase the best in regional handmade art

  • Art Market Live Music Stage --    see “live music” for complete schedule

  • Wine Tasting with Honey River Meadery, Saturday only

  • Food Vendors


Hands On Art Activities - All Ages, some activities accept donations

  • Lantern Making with Beth Hestick

  • Screen Printing with Charlie Waters, Sponsored by STArt

  • Found Object Printing with Amy Goughnour, sponsored by STArt

  • Typewriter Project -- add a line of poetry to the wall of words

  • Bird Feeder Making, sponsored by Friends of the 500th (Sunday only)


ArtSpring Merch for sale! @ the Davis Center

  • T-Shirts featuring the artwork of Seth Pitt, adult and kid sizes available
  • ArtSpring Pint Glasses - Great keepsake, excellent discounts! See “Craft Beer Tour”
  • Contemporary Art postcard pack - send your friends small art prints by local artists


Farmers and Artisans Market -- Saturday 11-4pm in the field across from the Davis Center Sponsored by Highland Market


Be sure to visit the galleries in Davis:

  • Sketch Portraits at The Studio Gallery

  • Reception and Demonstrations at WV Highlands Artisan Gallery

  • Young Artists Showcase at Davis Town Hall - Sponsored by WV Highlands Gallery

  • Art by Annie Simcoe at Blackwater Bikes

Openings, Receptions & Events

Explore the Galleries and ArtSpaces of Tucker County

Greater Tucker County:

Ben’s Old Loom Barn -- Canaan Valley -- Open Daily 10am-4pm

Demonstrations of weaving, spinning, crocheting & needle felting


Raven Ring Island -- Open Studio Noon - 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy the grounds and gardens the confluence of Glady Creek and the Dry Fork -- map available at info booth and website. Featuring the paintings, carvings and stonework of Joan Crawford with Katy McClane.



Blackwater Bikes - Open Friday & Saturday 10a-5p; 10-4p Sunday; Monday 10-4p

Featuring the work of multimedia artist Annie Simcoe


The Studio Gallery - Open Friday & Saturday 10a-6p, Sunday & Monday 10a-4p

Event: Quick Sketch Portrait, Saturday 12-3, Sun 12-2

Award winning artist Greg Arens will be available to draw your keepsake portrait. $5 - $10

Free Stone Tower Joe coffee and refreshments courtesy of Trailhead Coffee


Werewolf - Woodcarvings by Sacco


WV Highland Artisans Gallery - Open 10:30a – 5:00p daily

Event: Demonstrations from 12-4pm with Pam Snyder (Pottery) and Betsy Viola (Spinning)

Champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception on Saturday, 2-5p


Young Artists Showcase - at Davis Town Hall - Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm

Featuring award-winning artwork by K-12 students from STArt’s annual county-wide show

Stone Tower Joe coffee and cookies courtesy of Trailhead Coffee

Sponsored by WV Highlands Gallery



Allegheny Holistic Health Care: Friday-Sunday 11-5

Screenprints by Featured artist Nick Altman


Buxton & Landstreet Galleries: Friday - Monday, 10am-5pm


Cortland Acres - Photography Exhibition - Saturday 1pm – 3pm
A juried collection of Tucker County nature photography at the Short-Term Rehabilitation Facility

Sponsored by the Tucker County Photography Club


Cottrill’s Opera House:

Guided tour of this historic Opera House in Thomas, Saturday at 1 & 2pm, Sunday 1pm

ArtSpring’s Silent Auction - Sponsored by the Cultural District Authority

    • Bidding Hours: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-3pm

    • Opening Reception, Friday 6-8pm, featuring music by Aurora Celtic

    • Closing Reception Sunday 1-3pm

Performances, upstairs in the theater:

    • Friday, 8pm: Triptych with Stephanie Nilles and Thomas Deakin

    • Sunday, 3pm: Jazz with Stephanie Nilles and Thomas Deakin

    • Sunday, 6pm: Travelling Appalachian Revue


Lamplight Gallery: Fri -Mon 11-5, plus Saturday Art Walk

"Desert Alchemy" - 3D Cardboard Relief and Stencil Work by Landry McMeans

Opening Reception Saturday May 26, 6:30pm


Creature: Friday 10-8, Saturday 10-9, Sunday 0-8, Monday 10-4, plus Saturday Art Walk

New Drawings of Headless Barons, Aimless Unicorns & Notes from the Afterlife

Live Music by Heather Hannah Sunday 2-3:30pm


Front Street Grocers: Friday 10-8, Saturday 10-10, Sunday 10-5, plus Saturday Art Walk

New Pop-Up Bathroom Gallery exhibition by Illustrator Jen Iskow


Gradient Project Space: Saturday 6:30-9:30, Sunday 11-5, Monday 11-5, plus Saturday Art Walk

"Playgrounds"  A solo exhibition by Michelle Kohler.

Opening Reception Saturday May 26, 6:30, Artist talk at 8:00


Santangelo: Friday - 11-6, Saturday 10-8:30, Sunday 10-6, plus Saturday Art Walk

New Paintings and Illustrations by Featured Artist Rosalie Haizlett


Tiny Llama at Lamplight Gallery: Creative Reuse and Art Supply Shop

Grand Opening and Meet & Greet


ThomasYard: Friday - Sunday 11-6

Saturday 4-6pm: Live blues concert by Two Blue


TipTop: Friday - Sunday 8am-10pm, Monday 8am-5pm

New paintings by Featured Artist Abbie Chessler

Last look at Joshua Gambetta's Pop-Up Bathroom Gallery


White Room: Friday 11-5, Saturday 11-8:3, unday 10-, onday 10-4, plus Saturday Art Walk

Solo Exhibition by Valerie Joan Taylor

Open Studios with new work by resident artists

Live Music & Performances

ArtSpring’s Artist Market Stage -- Davis

Saturday 11:30am: Young Artist Showcase: Lindsey Hull

12pm: Jesse Milnes

1pm: Floyd Cowger

2pm: Josie Martin

3pm: LocalMotive

4pm: Travelling Appalachian Revue


Sunday 11:30: Young Artist Showcase: Sadie Palmer

12pm: Pam Roberts + Diana Vera

1pm: The Masons

2pm: Trevor Reichman

3pm: Sugarfoot Stompers

4pm: Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative’s One-Word Stories


Cottrill’s Opera House -- Thomas  (limited seating available for upstairs events)

Friday 6pm - Aurora Celtic at Silent Auction Opening Reception

8pm - Front Street Sound Astronauts, 8pm upstairs

Sunday   3pm - Stephanie Nilles and Thomas Deacon, 3pm upstairs

6pm - Travellin’ Appalachians Revue, 6pm upstairs


Creature: Live Music by Heather Hannah Sunday 2-3:30pm


Front Street Sound Astronauts - Thomas - Saturday and Sunday, 11a-5pm

An ensemble of live musicians exploring the vast landscape of jazz in and around the galleries of Thomas, WV


Dare to be Square Dance @ Thomas Education Center (St Thomas School) - Friday, 7pm

Old time music from Appalachian roots in WV featuring caller Hannah Johnson with musicians Andy Fitzgibbon, Nate Druckenmiller and more

Beginners, families and people of all ages welcome - no partner needed.


Murder Mystery Dinner, Canaan Valley Resort, Saturday 7pm. Make reservations at


Country Roads Saloon- Live Music Saturday & Sunday, 6-8pm, TBA


Deerfield Restaurant- Canaan Valley

Sunday, 6pm: Nat Frederick


Mountain State Brew Company- Thomas

Saturday 4-6pm The Soda Pop Gypsies Band

9-12am RedHawk


Purple Fiddle

Thursday, 8p - Skunk Ruckus $7
Friday, 8:30p - Strung Like A Horse $12
Saturday, 8:30p - Driftwood $20
Sunday, 8:30p - Triptych (Zach Brock, Matt Ulery, and Jon Deitemyer) with Stephanie Nilles and Thomas Deakin $15
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 1p - Jason Ring, free afternoon concerts



Saturday 4-6pm: Live blues concert by Two Blue


Wicked Wilderness

Saturday & Sunday, 8:30p: Split String Soup

Sunday, 4-6p: Dina Hornbaker Band

ArtSpring’s Silent Auction

Cottrill’s Opera House, Thomas - Sponsored by the Cultural District Authority
The ArtSpring Silent Auction showcases the best of art & culture in Tucker County. Auction items, including original artwork, merchandise and gift certificates from artists and businesses, are available for viewing and continuous bidding during the hours below. All are welcome to bid or simply experience this incredible collection.

FRIDAY    - Bidding opens 6-9pm

  • 6pm - 8pm: Meet the Artist party – Hors d’oeuvres and Drinks from WhiteGrass Café and TipTop, live music by Aurora Celtic

  • 8pm: Concert with Triptych, featuring Stephanie Nilles and Thomas Deakin, upstairs at Cottrill’s Opera House

SATURDAY - Bidding continues 10am - 9pm

SUNDAY - Bidding Continues 10am - 3pm

  • Noon – 3:00        Auction Closing Party with Hors d’oeuvres and Drinks from WhiteGrass Café

  • 3pm - Bidding closes

  • 3pm - Closing Concert – upstairs at the Opera House featuring live music by Stephanie Nilles and Thomas Deakin

  • 4 pm - “Winners Take ALL” – Winning bids and bidders announced

  • 4-6pm -  Silent Auction item winners can pay for and collect their winning(s). Shipping or local pick-up can be arranged if item(s) cannot be collected on Sunday

  • 6pm - Performance by Travelling Appalachian Review, upstairs at Cottrill’s Opera House

  • 8pm - Lantern Parade Departs

Also At Cottrill’s Opera House:

  • Guided tour of this historic Opera House in Thomas, Saturday at 1 & 2pm, Sunday 1pm

  • ArtSpring Merchandise for sale

  • Concerts

Thomas Art Walk - Block Party from 6pm until late

Spend the evening with the thriving contemporary art scene in Thomas, WV

Art openings, late night gallery hours, artist receptions, live music


Interactive Art

Activities for Kids & Makers, including hands-on art and demonstrations

Birdhouse Making - sponsored by Friends of the 500th (Sunday only)


History Walk -- Meet at the Buxton and Landstreet Building in Thomas - 10am Saturday - rain or shine
Historian Chuck Nichols will lead a walk centered on the coal, coke, and rail history of the Coketon area in Thomas. Visit the new historical signage along this walk - maps are available at the information booth and Buxton & Landstreet. Sponsored by Friends of the Blackwater


Lantern Making -- Davis Firehall -- Saturday 11-5p, Sunday 12-4p

Make your own luminaries for Sunday evening’s lantern parade with artist Beth Hestic.

Suggested Donation $5/lantern kit


Lantern Parade -- Cottrill’s Opera House. Gather at 8pm, Parade at 8:30pm


Lady Slippers and Waterfalls: Photography Hike - led by Vernon Patterson

  • Sunday morning, meet at 9am at Blackwater Falls Lodge Lobby

  • Shoot photos at Elakala Falls and the Lindy Point Trail. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes and a hiking pole for stability are suggested.


Fun With Your Camera: A Photo Walk with Ken McCoy

  • Saturday 1pm, meet at the ArtSpring information booth in Davis for a photo walk with Ken McCoy


One Word Story - Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative - Sunday, 4pm at Art Market Stage

Jane Browning leads MLLC youth in an improvised story performance.


Plein Aire Painters -- find painters at large throughout Tucker County all weekend


Print Making - Davis Center, Saturday & Sunday. Sponsored by STArt

  • Screen Printing with Charlie Waters

  • Found Object Printing with Amy Goughnour


Rock Painting and Crafts: Friday - Sunday at Canaan Valley Resort Recreation Center

More information and additional family-friendly activities can be found at


Strolling Poets - Saturday and Sunday in Davis

Be on the lookout for the 19th century poet Emily Dickinson (portrayed by local actress Lindsey Hull). Sponsored by The Studio Gallery


Typewriter Project -- Art Market at Davis Center

Contribute a line or more of poetry and prose to the wall of words


Craft Beer Tour

Purchase an ArtSpring souvenir pint glass at ArtSpring’s Info Booth in Davis to receive discounts at the following craft breweries, watering holes and cocktail purveyors:

  • The Billy Motel (Davis)

  • Healthberry Farm (Vending at Davis Art Market on Saturday only)

  • Mountain State Brewing Company (Davis)

  • The Purple Fiddle (Thomas)

  • Stumptown Ales (Davis)

  • Tip Top (Thomas)

  • Wicked Wilderness (Davis)

  • Also sponsored by Still Hollow Spirits in Job -- check for hours