BRUCE WILSON

Bruce Wilson is enjoying his second career as a paper artist in Tucker County, using his handmade papers in much of his mixed media and collage work, available locally at WVHighlands Gallery (Davis) and Buxton & Landstreet Gallery (Thomas). Before that, Bruce trained as a music educator and retired as Head of the Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland. Now Bruce lives and works with his wife Gerri, a fine art nature photographer, at their studio-home, Deer Run Studios, in Canaan Valley. Bruce and Gerri are Co-Executive Directors of ArtSpring and both are active in the STArt (School-Town Art) Project, an ongoing program of WVHighlands Artisans Group to promote the arts in education and community life in Tucker County.

Bruce Wilson is enjoying his second career as a paper artist in Tucker County, using his handmade papers in much of his mixed media and collage work, available locally at WVHighlands Gallery (Davis) and Buxton & Landstreet Gallery (Thomas). Before that, Bruce trained as a music educator and retired as Head of the Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland. Now Bruce lives and works with his wife Gerri, a fine art nature photographer, at their studio-home, Deer Run Studios, in Canaan Valley. Bruce and Gerri are Co-Executive Directors of ArtSpring and both are active in the STArt (School-Town Art) Project, an ongoing program of WVHighlands Artisans Group to promote the arts in education and community life in Tucker County.

SARAH FLETCHER

Sarah Fletcher is a native of Canaan Valley. Her mother, Dorothy Thompson, was a weaver who received her education in textiles at Arthurdale, WV and Lou Tate’s Little Loom House in Louisville, KY. Sarah took weaving at Augusta Heritage Center and studied with her mother at her weaving school housed in the barn.  Sarah works with the traditional weaving arts and has taught many individuals the techniques of weaving using several looms in the Loom Barn. The Loom Barn became a participant in the first ArtSpring Festival.  She coordinated a Kid’s Corner and had several members of the local Canaan Weavers Group doing demonstrations of weaving, spinning, knitting, and basket making. She currently has items for sale from 20 different local artists working in textiles, jewelry and soap making.  She is a strong supporter of Art pring that showcases a variety of artists in Tucker County. Her hope is for ArtSpring and the arts to become a vital part of the county’s tourism environment. 

Sarah Fletcher is a native of Canaan Valley. Her mother, Dorothy Thompson, was a weaver who received her education in textiles at Arthurdale, WV and Lou Tate’s Little Loom House in Louisville, KY. Sarah took weaving at Augusta Heritage Center and studied with her mother at her weaving school housed in the barn.  Sarah works with the traditional weaving arts and has taught many individuals the techniques of weaving using several looms in the Loom Barn. The Loom Barn became a participant in the first ArtSpring Festival.  She coordinated a Kid’s Corner and had several members of the local Canaan Weavers Group doing demonstrations of weaving, spinning, knitting, and basket making. She currently has items for sale from 20 different local artists working in textiles, jewelry and soap making.  She is a strong supporter of Art pring that showcases a variety of artists in Tucker County. Her hope is for ArtSpring and the arts to become a vital part of the county’s tourism environment. 

GERRI WILSON

Gerri Wilson is a fine art nature photographer whose work is available locally at WVHighlands Gallery (Davis) and Buxton & Landstreet Gallery (Thomas). She specializes in landscape vignettes and native flora of the Allegheny Highlands, and is systematically documenting the flora of Canaan Valley for the National Wildlife Refuge located there. Gerri pursued photography following a long career in music education in Michigan and Maryland. She and her husband, paper artist Bruce Wilson, live and work in their studio-home, Deer Run Studios, in Canaan Valley. Bruce and Gerri are Co-Executive Directors of ArtSpring and both are active in the STArt (School-Town Art) Project, an ongoing program of WVHighlands Artisans Group to promote the arts in education and community life in Tucker County.

Gerri Wilson is a fine art nature photographer whose work is available locally at WVHighlands Gallery (Davis) and Buxton & Landstreet Gallery (Thomas). She specializes in landscape vignettes and native flora of the Allegheny Highlands, and is systematically documenting the flora of Canaan Valley for the National Wildlife Refuge located there. Gerri pursued photography following a long career in music education in Michigan and Maryland. She and her husband, paper artist Bruce Wilson, live and work in their studio-home, Deer Run Studios, in Canaan Valley. Bruce and Gerri are Co-Executive Directors of ArtSpring and both are active in the STArt (School-Town Art) Project, an ongoing program of WVHighlands Artisans Group to promote the arts in education and community life in Tucker County.

PAM AND DAVE RUEDIGER

Pam and Dave Ruediger moved to Tucker County in 2012, although they feel like they have lived here all their lives. Pam directs the choir at First United Methodist Church and teaches piano and voice from their home in Parsons. Dave teaches biology at Tucker County High School. They are Co-Chairs of the Upper Cheat River Water Trail Committee of the Friends of the Cheat. Pam organizes the Concert in the Park Summer concert series in Parsons. Both dabble in many artistic pursuits, the strongest of which is the support of art and artists in the community.

Pam and Dave Ruediger moved to Tucker County in 2012, although they feel like they have lived here all their lives. Pam directs the choir at First United Methodist Church and teaches piano and voice from their home in Parsons. Dave teaches biology at Tucker County High School. They are Co-Chairs of the Upper Cheat River Water Trail Committee of the Friends of the Cheat. Pam organizes the Concert in the Park Summer concert series in Parsons. Both dabble in many artistic pursuits, the strongest of which is the support of art and artists in the community.

SETH PITT

Seth is an artist working and living in Thomas, West Virginia. There he co-owns and operates The White Room Art Gallery, where you can find the most extensive array of his work. He is also the creative director of ArtSpring and Board Member of the Tucker County Cultural District Authority. While he likes to devote most of his days to making art, he tends to spend a lot of time discovering and developing the creative potential of Tucker County which is his favorite place he has ever lived. 

Seth is an artist working and living in Thomas, West Virginia. There he co-owns and operates The White Room Art Gallery, where you can find the most extensive array of his work. He is also the creative director of ArtSpring and Board Member of the Tucker County Cultural District Authority. While he likes to devote most of his days to making art, he tends to spend a lot of time discovering and developing the creative potential of Tucker County which is his favorite place he has ever lived. 

LINDA REEVES

Linda is an artist who shows her work locally at the Buxton Landstreet Gallery in Thomas, WV and at her own gallery, The Studio Gallery in Davis, WV   She is also active with the School-Town Arts (START) program to promote art in education and community life in Tucker County.   In 2000, she worked for AmeriCorps in Tucker County, working on community projects and participating with Cindy Phillips, another AmeriCorps volunteer in collecting oral histories concerning the heyday of the coal and lumber industry of the area.

Linda is an artist who shows her work locally at the Buxton Landstreet Gallery in Thomas, WV and at her own gallery, The Studio Gallery in Davis, WV   She is also active with the School-Town Arts (START) program to promote art in education and community life in Tucker County.   In 2000, she worked for AmeriCorps in Tucker County, working on community projects and participating with Cindy Phillips, another AmeriCorps volunteer in collecting oral histories concerning the heyday of the coal and lumber industry of the area.