Tuesday, November 17, 2009

West Virginia Artists at Work

This little jewel is somewhere in the White House in Washington, DC. This was commissioned as a gift for Michelle Obama during the November 2009 presentation of a National Youth Program Award given to The Old Brick Playhouse in Elkins, West Virginia for their apprentice program.

The image is a hand-embellished oil monotype of the Lehmann Family's shed on their farm in Helvetia, West Virginia.

The artist, Kadra Casseday says this piece "...truly feels like West Virginia. Serene. Simple. Beautiful. I am so pleased with our young threatre program and with the recognition this brings to our little town."

The artist owns The Blue Door Studio, located in Elkins, West Virginia which houses her Conrad C-25 printing press. She specializes in creating oil monotype prints and oil paintings on canvas and is currently exhibiting at Artists at Work, MainLine Books, The Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins, and The Blue House Gallery in Helvetia, West Virginia.

These next three images are from her current exhibit in the Randolph County Community Arts Center.

This first image is an oil monotype called "Uncle Eddie" and was made from a slide image found in an old box of her great uncle's belongings.
The second image is a still life study in oil on canvas of a group of tomatoes from her summer garden.

The last image is an oil monotype of the old Shoemaker's Shop in Helvetia, West Virginia.

The exhibit at the Randolph County Community Arts Center will be up until November 25th.

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