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Opening Reception - Courting Wonder | Thomas Wharton
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

Opening Reception - Courting Wonder | Thomas Wharton

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Announcing our next exhibition. For this show we are bringing in Thomas Wharton from Wheeling, WV. We are honored to have the opportunity to present his work and feature this renowned artist. While we find Wharton painting varying subject matter we are choosing to focus on his realistic portraiture. The scenes that we will present beg the viewer to consider their spirituality, their connection to the universe, and perhaps ask what is divine. As I have viewed Wharton's work and more specifically watched the painting from the flyer be developed, it's clear to me that Wharton wrestles with a question of mankind's role and placement in the universe, both while living and after death. It's a question that some of us ask if we choose to leave behind the seemingly concrete ideologies of organized religion or the spiritual books that we have carried through the ages. Wharton's images feel both vulnerable and strong, organized and chaotic, longing yet peaceful. Each one is a brilliant portrayal of the questions we ask when we search ourselves, as indeed Wharton does and shares with his audience.


"It’s clear to me now that all I can do, is paint what I see, because it’s the seeing that’s the gift, not the making. The making is technique. What I see is a light. Not a light in the usual sense, as external illumination, but something more like an internal radiance, something that shines out from the center of being. When I finally learned to recognize it, I realized that I see this light everything, everywhere. All things project it in some form. This light brings my mind into silence, to presence. It has energy and feels alive in a way that feels vividly real to me. It’s what I’ve come to understand as the experience of beauty and where beauty and awe come together.

It’s not something that I can specifically set out to paint, but if I just paint what I see, it’s there. And when I see it in the painting, I know the painting is finished."

- Thomas Wharton


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Thomas Wharton studied at The Art Student’s League of New York, The New York Studio School, The New York Academy of Art, The Grand Central Academy, and The National Academy of Design. His work has won many awards, including The Georgie Read Barton Award, The Katlin Seascape Award (twice), the Windsor Newton Award, and the Richard C. Pionk Memorial Prize for Painting. He has been included in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon, and his portrait work has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by The Portrait Society of America, where he now has been given Signature Status.


He has shown at the National Arts Club in New York, The Salmagundi Club, the Dacia Gallery, the West Virginia University Museum of Art, The West Virginia Cultural Center, Tamatack Foundation, Stifel Fine Arts, ETC., the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, the RJD Gallery, and the Nutting Gallery. His work is included in the Cultural Archives of the state of West Virginia, and his children’s book art is included in the permanent collection the the Mazza Museum of International Children’s Book Art. His paintings have been included many publications, including American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist, and Poets and Artists magazines, as well as the book, 21st Century Figurative Art: The Resurrection of Art. His work can be found in private and institutional collections throughout the United States.


In addition to his career in fine and applied art, he holds a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in piano from West Virginia University.


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Opening Reception - Sympathetic Magic // Amanda Blake
May
25
6:30 PM18:30

Opening Reception - Sympathetic Magic // Amanda Blake

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Hi all!

We have so much changing to our space it's hard to know where to start. But as usual I would like to introduce our next show. Amanda Blake lives and works out of Morgantown, just a little northwest of us. We have carried her prints for almost exactly one year, and many of you have picked them up. In fact, it was one year ago that her and I first sat and talked as she came to personally see the gallery and meet with me about working together. And it was then that I asked her to be our ArtSpring Festival show in 2019.

Amanda combines her portraits with a lot of earth-based elements and fantasy material which I think many easily relate to, but the thing that really grabbed my interest about her work was the paintings coupled with her titles. Fascinatingly Blake does the opposite of what most painters do, she has days where she writes titles and let's that inspire her subject matter. That’s right, she titles her pieces first and then creates the painting based on it. From there she will use vintage photographs as references. Her following has grown so much that we simply couldn't carry her originals easily, because she sells so much work through her online audience. What we are able to achieve in this exhibition is give her the necessary space to create large pieces, when she usually makes small originals.

Amanda’s Opening Reception falls on one the most exciting time of the year for us. For one, it’s Artspring Festival 2019 – the most celebratory weekend of the year for the arts in Tucker County. There is live music around the county, several art openings and other great events. Secondly the ongoing Thomas Art Walk is on Saturday night, always an electric time to have an evening out. And lastly and perhaps most important for us as a business, it’s our five-year anniversary! All of this falls on Memorial Day Weekend.



NELLIE ROSE

Nellie has worked as an artist collaborator at Lamplight for four years. During that time, we’ve seen her style change and grow into something unique and widely appreciated by most anyone who stopped in our store as well as her returning customers. We’re privileged to have represented her for so long, but it’s time that Nellie sets off and opens her own retail location! See her new space during ArtSpring Festival 2019 just down the road from us. We wish her the best with her new venture!

 
TINY LLAMA ART SUPPLY & CREATIVE REUSE

Tiny Llama collaborated with us this past year and the community widely accepted having a type of product that we’ve seldom seen in Tucker County. Our space acted as an easy start for her and she greatly helped us by keeping our shop open to the public. She was such a great addition, and we’re thrilled that she will also be opening her own location right next to NellieRose. Check it out during ArtSpring!



ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Rosalia Haizlett has joined our team! She moved here about a month ago and has helped me with a lot of behind the scenes with Lamplight. Her work is watercolor and illustration, and everyone will sure enjoy her vibrant works heavily influenced by the natural enviroment. During her residency, she will be creating a body of original artworks that we will present in a solo exhibition we think in January 2020. Check out her new display at this event as well.


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Lastly I want to tell you that we have a slew of new product coming in, new artists that we are adding to our print tables, and many exciting changes. They will all unveil in the coming weeks and especially at ArtSpring. Our space is going to look and feel completely different! Hope to see you all at the Five Year Anniversary – drinks on us!


Best,

Morgan

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Abundant Sanctuary | Logan Schmitt - Opening Reception
Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

Abundant Sanctuary | Logan Schmitt - Opening Reception

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For our next exhibition, we are bringing West Virginia based artist Logan Schmitt. His imaginative illustration feels of one who intimately knows West Virginia and the magic that lies within its natural landscape. His creative work continues to catch the eye of many including large musical acts such as The Avett Brothers, mewithoutyou, Norma Jean, Old Crow Medicine Show, and more. While his poster work makes up the largest part of his silk-screen printmaking career, we have decided to focus on his illustration. Schmitt will bring several ink on paper originals to be displayed for his solo exhibition. We hope you will come to meet this young creative, and enjoy his work as our new show!

ABOUT


Logan Schmitt is an illustrator who grew up in the woods in Wheeling, West Virginia. His fascination with nature and the small places of the forest are ever-present in his work and are a continual source of inspiration. Stylistically, he uses lots of lines and flat colors to present animals and other natural elements in an otherworldly light. When he isn’t illustrating posters for bands or designing t-shirts, you can find him somewhere in the woods or down by the creek. He currently lives in Wheeling with his wife and owl figurines.

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Jan
19
6:30 PM18:30

Feels | Sarah Goodyear - Opening Reception

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When I was a little kid I was obsessed with drawing hearts. I would meet a new friend and challenge them to a heart-drawing comparison.

"Let's see your best heart right there."  It was fascinating to see the way different people decided on the curvature of their individual hearts. Applied calculus in the blink of an eye, creating such a feminine shape. I always took note of what someone's heart looked like, and it always seemed to suit them, every time. 

After my five year old self made this observation, that concept swam in the back of my mind for the next 15 years. It was like I had my finger on the trigger of this truth, and I was just waiting for the right moment to let it fire.

Eventually I realized I simply had to do this. I'm referring to the sense of self I feel when I draw the curves for my own heart. I have an immense feeling of gratification when I make a piece of art; there is my feeling and thought, recorded forever. 

-Sarah Goodyear

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Then And Now | Suzanne Joy Teune - Opening Reception
Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Then And Now | Suzanne Joy Teune - Opening Reception

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Suzanne Joy Teune is a visual artist based out of Asheville, North Carolina. Her mission is to live and create art from the impulses of her heart and to be a healing presence in the world through art. 

“I paint from my heart. Working from the subconscious is important to me in my work because of its authenticity and healing potential. My paintings are an outpouring of my healing journey. What I have learned over the years of struggling with feelings of depression and self-doubt is that connecting with and trusting my heart is the only way to find freedom. I make my art the same way. I let what wants to be made unfold onto the fabric.  When i make art, I am constantly checking in with myself and asking myself questions like, "Do i feel excited about this?",  "Do i feel that inside my body?",  "Am i bored?",  "Does this feel like a chore or does this feel meaningful and playful?" I feel like this is an ongoing and evolving process.  It is the same process that life offers us.  It takes courage sometimes to do what we feel our heart is asking us to do. Questions come up like, "Will this sell?", "Does anybody actually care about this?"  In life the questions that come up are, "What will people think?" "Will they be mad at me?" "What will happen if I do this even though its breaking the 'rules' of my family, my society, the expectations of me etc?" I feel like my art making process is a microcosm of life in this way, like a little laboratory.  

            When I moved to Asheville, NC from the Chicago suburbs, I found a rich inspiring community of people wise with appreciation for the earth and plant dyes. I found myself fascinated and subsequently began experimenting. It is such a gift to be able to paint with dyes straight from the earth that I foraged myself.”

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Thomas Art Walk
Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

Thomas Art Walk

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The next Thomas Art Walk is Veterans Day Weekend!

Art Openings | New Exhibitions | Craft Drinks | Local Eats| Live Music

Creature - Strange Drink - 31 drawings from the month of October by seth

Gradient Project Space - Dutchman's Puzzle - a solo show of reclaimed leather quilts by Kimberly Joy Trathen

Lamplight - Opening Reception - Then and Now | Suzanne Joy Teune

White Room - Counterstitch - a group show of contemporary embroidery by Ashley Lawson, Sophia Rehack and Grace Lawson

Tip Top - Wayfaring Times - a photography exhibition by Meg Elizabeth Ward. Craft food and drink served all night here!

Farm Up Food Truck - Serving dinner from 7pm

Purple Fiddle - Live Music - Jouwala Collective at 8:30pm

 
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Screen Print Demo & Artist Talk from Zeb Love
Nov
3
4:00 PM16:00

Screen Print Demo & Artist Talk from Zeb Love

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Join us November 3rd as we host a silkscreen print demo and artist talk from Zeb Love. Love has worked with lamplight for about a year and a half, and I’ve known him for over ten years. I’ve seen Zeb develop his career as a printmaker, diligently perfecting his ability to design flyers for bands such as The Avett Brothers, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam.

Zeb plans to share some of the behind-the-scenes work behind his prints, while making one in Lamplight that will be sold at the gallery. We’ll also have some Q and A throughout the demonstration. 

This event will fall on the last weekend of his solo exhibition, “It Takes Time.” Complimentary drinks and snacks will be available at the demo – hope to see you!

 
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It Takes Time | Zeb Love - Opening Reception
Sep
1
6:30 PM18:30

It Takes Time | Zeb Love - Opening Reception

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Announcing our next opening! We have represented Zeb Love since May of 2017. Love is a graphic designer and silk-screen printmaker based in Pittsburgh, PA. He began by teaching himself printmaking focusing on the art, but soon began working as a flyer designer for major touring musicians around the country. He has worked with The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, and The Grateful Dead. 

We are proud to host this body of work as this will be the first time that Love presents his paintings. Thomas Art Walk on the same evening with multiple gallery openings in town. 

While you're at our opening, have a look at our Zeb Love silkscreen print section, which is restocked with brand new prints on a regular basis. Lamplight is the only galleries which carries his new art prints. Hope to see you Labor Day Weekend! We recommend you get lodging through The Billy Motel, or check for great Airbnb options in town. 

Paintings from this show will be available for purchase through our lamplightgallery.org. If you can't come to the opening, be ready to view the show at the same time through our website.

 

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