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 is the president of ArtSpring and is 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 is the president of ArtSpring and is 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

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. Gerri is the Education Chair for ArtSpring and is 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. Gerri is the Education Chair for ArtSpring and is 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.

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.

 

Elaine George

Elaine has enjoyed dabbling in woodworking, pottery, stained glass, weaving and needle art. While not an artist, she believes that art help us become and be better humans and that art can be a powerful economic engine for Tucker County. She currently serves as Vice President and Development Chair for ArtSpring. She also serves on the Boards of Alpine Heritage Preservation (Cottrill's Opera House) and the Friends of the 500th and is a member of the Tucker County Historic Landmark Commission.  She loves the West Virginia Highlands which she has backpacked, hiked, biked, kayaked and skied since she was a child. Elaine and her husband Tom, both retired engineers, are pleased and proud to call Tucker County their home.

Elaine has enjoyed dabbling in woodworking, pottery, stained glass, weaving and needle art. While not an artist, she believes that art help us become and be better humans and that art can be a powerful economic engine for Tucker County. She currently serves as Vice President and Development Chair for ArtSpring. She also serves on the Boards of Alpine Heritage Preservation (Cottrill's Opera House) and the Friends of the 500th and is a member of the Tucker County Historic Landmark Commission.

She loves the West Virginia Highlands which she has backpacked, hiked, biked, kayaked and skied since she was a child. Elaine and her husband Tom, both retired engineers, are pleased and proud to call Tucker County their home.

SUSAN CALLAHAN

Susan Callahan is the Silent Auction Coordinator for ArtSpring and a member of the Alpine Heritage Preservation Board working to revitalize Cottrill’s Opera House in Thomas, WV. Armed with an MBA and corporate marketing experience, she spent the past 15 years with the Pittsburgh Glass Center working to build a thriving artist community in Southwestern PA. During that time she represented 40+ local artists, marketing and selling their work to galleries, museum shops and specialty stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. A resident of Canaan Valley WV, Susan enjoys the wealth of outdoor adventures found throughout Tucker County with her husband Joe and their dog, Nacho.

Susan Callahan is the Silent Auction Coordinator for ArtSpring and a member of the Alpine Heritage Preservation Board working to revitalize Cottrill’s Opera House in Thomas, WV. Armed with an MBA and corporate marketing experience, she spent the past 15 years with the Pittsburgh Glass Center working to build a thriving artist community in Southwestern PA. During that time she represented 40+ local artists, marketing and selling their work to galleries, museum shops and specialty stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. A resident of Canaan Valley WV, Susan enjoys the wealth of outdoor adventures found throughout Tucker County with her husband Joe and their dog, Nacho.

TOM TILLMAN

Tom   is an accomplished woodworker who enjoys continuing to learn about the craft. He enjoys creating the annual “ArtSpring bench” which he donates to the Silent Auction each year. Tom brings years of consulting experience to helping ArtSpring with medium and long term planning.  Tom is a retired electrical engineer and makes his home in Canaan Valley with his wife Elaine and two dogs. He enjoys downhill skiing, mountain biking and kayaking.

Tom is an accomplished woodworker who enjoys continuing to learn about the craft. He enjoys creating the annual “ArtSpring bench” which he donates to the Silent Auction each year. Tom brings years of consulting experience to helping ArtSpring with medium and long term planning.

Tom is a retired electrical engineer and makes his home in Canaan Valley with his wife Elaine and two dogs. He enjoys downhill skiing, mountain biking and kayaking.

 

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.

Cara Parrish

Cara is the owner of Tiny Llama - a creative reuse & art supply shop in Thomas, WV. She grew up in West Virginia and received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology at WVU. After graduating she traveled throughout New Zealand, Australia, South America, and road tripped through the states. Eventually she found herself back in the familiar mountains of West Virginia and fell in love with Tucker County. Being surrounded by music, art, and nature’s playground reignited her passion for creativity. She is thrilled to be a part of ArtSpring as she strongly believes in its mission, vision, and the importance of supporting the arts.

Cara is the owner of Tiny Llama - a creative reuse & art supply shop in Thomas, WV. She grew up in West Virginia and received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology at WVU. After graduating she traveled throughout New Zealand, Australia, South America, and road tripped through the states. Eventually she found herself back in the familiar mountains of West Virginia and fell in love with Tucker County. Being surrounded by music, art, and nature’s playground reignited her passion for creativity. She is thrilled to be a part of ArtSpring as she strongly believes in its mission, vision, and the importance of supporting the arts.

Juliana Kimbrell

Juliana Kimbrell is a theater artist, and production manager. She was born and raised in Elkins, WV where she benefited greatly from performing arts programs at The Augusta Heritage Center, and The Old Brick Playhouse. She completed her undergraduate degree in performing arts at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA in 2012. Post graduation she was contracted to teach theater workshops for academic programs at Evergreen, while continuing to produce, direct, and act through the company she co-founded Pulp Productions. In 2017 she returned to West Virginia, and has made a home in Tucker County. She feels so supported as an artist here, and is working with Art Spring to create performing arts opportunities for local artists and audiences.

Juliana Kimbrell is a theater artist, and production manager. She was born and raised in Elkins, WV where she benefited greatly from performing arts programs at The Augusta Heritage Center, and The Old Brick Playhouse. She completed her undergraduate degree in performing arts at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA in 2012. Post graduation she was contracted to teach theater workshops for academic programs at Evergreen, while continuing to produce, direct, and act through the company she co-founded Pulp Productions. In 2017 she returned to West Virginia, and has made a home in Tucker County. She feels so supported as an artist here, and is working with Art Spring to create performing arts opportunities for local artists and audiences.

Claire Jones

Claire Jones is a local artist and an educator in the neighboring town of Aurora, WV. She returned to WV in 2017 after two years of international teaching in the United Arab Emirates.  When Claire's not creating or planning activities for her students, she can be found exploring the outdoors with her partner and pups.

Claire Jones is a local artist and an educator in the neighboring town of Aurora, WV. She returned to WV in 2017 after two years of international teaching in the United Arab Emirates.

When Claire's not creating or planning activities for her students, she can be found exploring the outdoors with her partner and pups.

Tucker Riggleman

Tucker Riggleman is an Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area AmeriCorps member serving with ArtSpring as the Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator, as well as on the Programming and Marketing committees. Tucker is a Hardy County native with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and English from Shepherd University, and has been active in the West Virginia music and arts scene for well over a decade as both a performer and facilitator. He’s been a hard-traveling musician, published poet, booking agent, and the manager of his own independent record label during his tenure in the arts. When not actively engaged in a creative capacity you can usually find him fishing or spending time with family back in the Eastern Panhandle.

Tucker Riggleman is an Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area AmeriCorps member serving with ArtSpring as the Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator, as well as on the Programming and Marketing committees. Tucker is a Hardy County native with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and English from Shepherd University, and has been active in the West Virginia music and arts scene for well over a decade as both a performer and facilitator. He’s been a hard-traveling musician, published poet, booking agent, and the manager of his own independent record label during his tenure in the arts. When not actively engaged in a creative capacity you can usually find him fishing or spending time with family back in the Eastern Panhandle.

Alexa White

Alexa White is a full time AmeriCorps member serving ArtSpring for a second term through the 2018-2019 service year. As ArtSpring’s engagement and outreach coordinator, Alexa facilitates collaboration between ArtSpring and the public by managing communications, assisting with marketing efforts, overseeing volunteers, and establishing new channels for fulfilling ArtSpring’s mission. Alexa graduated with a Bachelor of Art from Michigan State University in 2017. Some of her favorite things are knitting, dyeing yarn, growing plants, visiting museums, playing board games, and living in Thomas, WV.

Alexa White is a full time AmeriCorps member serving ArtSpring for a second term through the 2018-2019 service year. As ArtSpring’s engagement and outreach coordinator, Alexa facilitates collaboration between ArtSpring and the public by managing communications, assisting with marketing efforts, overseeing volunteers, and establishing new channels for fulfilling ArtSpring’s mission. Alexa graduated with a Bachelor of Art from Michigan State University in 2017. Some of her favorite things are knitting, dyeing yarn, growing plants, visiting museums, playing board games, and living in Thomas, WV.

Jen Iskow

As ArtSpring’s Program Coordinator, Jen spends most of her time planning the annual ArtSpring Festival, and other arts-related programming year-round. Graduating from West Virginia University in 2014, she has since started her own graphic design business, Beartown Design Studio. Her work can be found at Lamplight Gallery in Thomas, West Virginia. She can also be found running around in the woods with her fluffy dog, Marcel, playing guitar in her band, Corpse Factory, or gushing over her love for West Virginia.

As ArtSpring’s Program Coordinator, Jen spends most of her time planning the annual ArtSpring Festival, and other arts-related programming year-round. Graduating from West Virginia University in 2014, she has since started her own graphic design business, Beartown Design Studio. Her work can be found at Lamplight Gallery in Thomas, West Virginia. She can also be found running around in the woods with her fluffy dog, Marcel, playing guitar in her band, Corpse Factory, or gushing over her love for West Virginia.