Hal Gorby: Immigrant History in Tucker County
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Hal Gorby: Immigrant History in Tucker County

Friends of Blackwater will be hosting a talk titled “Immigrant History in Tucker County” with WVU Professor Hal Gorby on October 27th at Cottrill’s Opera House.

Professor Gorby’s work focuses on Eurpoean immigration to Appalachia during the 19th and 20th Centuries. He is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and WVU and a proud West Virginian. His upcoming book is titled "Wheeling's Polonia: Reconstructing Polish Community in a West Virginia Steel Town".

The event is open to the public, and a small donation to Friends of Blackwater and ArtSpring is encouraged.

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ArtSpring Halloween Movie Night
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

ArtSpring Halloween Movie Night

It just wouldn't be Halloween without scary movies, so ArtSpring has decided to host a special screening of the 1968 independent horror classic "Night of the Living Dead"!
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"Night of the Living Dead" is a 1968 American independent horror film written, directed, photographed and edited by George A. Romero, co-written by John Russo, and starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea. The story follows seven people who are trapped in a rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania, which is besieged by a large and growing group of "living dead" monsters.

It eventually garnered critical acclaim and was selected in 1999 by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a film deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
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Please join us at the ArtSpring Gallery at Cottrill's Opera House on Friday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to watch this classic horror movie on the big screen!

Donations accepted for ArtSpring at the door.
Refreshments and snacks available for purchase.

*while the film pre-dates the current movie rating system, it would realistically garner an "R" rating, so please take that into consideration for viewers under the age of 18, thank you!*

**this event is downstairs in the ArtSpring gallery!**

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ArtSpring Local Music Showcase
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

ArtSpring Local Music Showcase

Friday, December 6th @ The Purple Fiddle
$10

ArtSpring Local Music Showcase
Our annual fundraiser to help support ArtSpring's mission and to help raise money for our annual Memorial Day Weekend Festival.

Featuring performances by...
LocalMotive
Grace Lawson & Heather Hannah

and more to come! (check back for updates)

Raffle of original artwork, gift baskets & local business certificates
Drink specials
Lots of good vibrations & local love

Thank you for you,
the whole team at ArtSpring

PS - for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jen at
artspringwvpc@gmail.com

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Poetry Reading at The Billy Motel & Bar
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Poetry Reading at The Billy Motel & Bar

Please join ArtSpring at The Billy Motel & Bar on Monday, October 14th for an evening of poetry featuring JP Castells & Tyler Elliot (a.k.a. E.T. Jamesyn).

JP Castells, from Eglon, WV, is a poet whose path has brought him from suburban Washington, DC as a young child to growing up in rural Preston County. His poetry explores many themes, but some of the most recent are impermanence, Affrilachain origins, and coming of age reflections, among others. He is a 2016 graduate of Tucker County High School, a recipiant of a 2018 Summer Arts Poet-in-Residence fellowship in Nova Scotia, Canada, and currently is a senior majoring in English at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Lifelong Tucker County resident Tyler Elliott, who also goes by the pseudonym E.T. Jamesyn, casually combines small town simplicity with a universally pertinent array of material. The result is a large body of work, including his 2015 self published initial collection titled "Learning To Share", which is easily digestible as well as pleasant to almost any palate. The volume will be available for purchase at the reading.

Admission: Free, but donations are gratefully accepted and will be given to the Poets. Cocktails will be available at the bar: Cash and credit cards accepted.

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Travelin' Appalachians Revue
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Travelin' Appalachians Revue

Please join us in welcoming the Travelin' Appalachians Revue to the ArtSpring Gallery on Saturday, October 12th for an evening of performance celebrating both regional and local artists.

Featuring art, music, and readings by:

Daniel Cain
Kevin Chesser
Ashley Hoffman
Ezra Mars
Howard Parsons
Sophia Rehak
Nellie Rose
Tucker Riggleman
Rebecca Wudarski
Vincent Trimboli

More about TAR:

The Travelin' Appalachians Revue is a creative arts collective actively curating cultural and artistic events around the state of West Virginia and the broader Appalachian region.

The artistic direction of TAR is based around a commitment to mutual exchange between creative individuals and an ongoing engagement with the community of performers, creative writers and musicians, visual artists and makers within and without Appalachia. Our goal is to facilitate a multi-disciplinary artistic discourse and platform by cultivating and facilitating an ongoing, growing network of practitioners, creators and educators for future collaborative projects and programs.

At any given TAR performances you can expect a blend of vanguard music, creative writing and visual art coupled with traditional Appalachian and folk music and storytelling.

https://travelinappalachiansrevue.org
$5 admission


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Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Journalling Workshop with Judith Polan

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Calligrapher and painter Judith Polan has been keeping illustrated nature journals for over 30 years. They range from diaries of flyfishing and birdwatching adventures in various parts of the world to daily nature observations of the surroundings at her home in Greenbrier County. The books serve as a record of the natural world and its many changes and also an inspiration for larger works such as finished paintings and illustrated maps.

Judith will show a selection of these pieces and talk about the subject matter and locations that brought them to life. This includes not only West Virginia but also New Zealand, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, the Bahamas and Christmas Island in the Pacific.

If you are a journaler or have thought about starting a journal, these beautiful examples will give you inspiration for your own projects.

The second part of her presentation will be focused on guiding fellow Master Naturalists on how to put together their own particular journals. Subjects discussed will include choosing a theme and a format, narrowing down subject matter, sources for supplies and materials, sketching and painting in the field, and possibilities for coverings and bindings. Attendees are asked to bring their own materials.

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Iva Takes a Boat
Sep
7
to Sep 9

Iva Takes a Boat

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Iva Takes A Boat is a performance about history and a pair of yellow polka-dot pajamas. It is also about a boat and everything we know about a handful of dates. It is only thirty minutes, approximately.

September 7th-9th at Cottrill's Opera House
doors at 7:30pm
Thomas, WV 26292

Al & Dog make text-based performances from language fragments, past particularities, small gestures, and a variety of silly props. Part clown act, part absurd theatre, part historical non-narrative, Al & Dog’s work plays with how things are said, when they are said, and where they are said.

5-10$ suggested donation

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Clown vs. Puppet  2020
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Clown vs. Puppet 2020

Don’t miss the most preposterous and obnoxious political debate in the history of our great country! Only two buffoons remain in a historically crowded pool of candidates dog paddling for the presidency of the United States. In a barrel of sinkers these two have floated to the top!

It is Clown VS Puppet 2020!

Neither of them know left from right but that won’t stop them from travelling coast to coast through the rust belt states drumming up votes from people who suddenly matter! Babies will be shaken and women will be kissed as they brag, boast, and blunder their way through the issues that matter most to voters. Issue for issue. Act for act. Nose to Nose. They’ll pose, pretend, and primp to gain the approval of a live audience!

Come out and cast your vote! It is your civic dooty to be part of this de-mock-racy!

While yes, this show has both puppets and clowns, it is not a kid’s show. It is political satire with adult humor, please use your own discretion.

Clown VS Puppet 2020!

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ArtSpring Festival
May
24
to May 26

ArtSpring Festival

The Annual Celebration of Tucker County Arts Returns May 24 - 26, 2019

Thomas, Davis, Canaan Valley, and Parsons, West Virginia

Silent Auction - Gallery Openings - Art Market - Live Music - Artist Demonstrations - Hands-on Activities - Lantern Parade - Photo Walks - Square Dance - Performers at large - Open Studios - Poetry - Wine Tasting - Craft Beer - History Tours - ArtSpring Merchandise & More

https://www.facebook.com/events/2080392548716658/

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Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

Closing Reception


ArtSpring’s Autumn Invitational Exhibition is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov 10th.

The public is also invited to attend the exhibit’s Closing Reception held in conjunction with the Thomas Art Walk on Nov 10th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m  Join the Art Walk to meet the artists and explore the myriad of Thomas galleries and art spaces.

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