Two local artists go to national show

Full-time studio artist/weaver Wendy Clark and full-time jewelry designer Christine Keller have just returned from exhibiting their work at the Buyers Market of American Craft show in Philadelphia, from Feb. 16-18.

Museum, gallery, and fine art and craft buyers from all over the United States came to purchase directly from artisans at the country’s premier wholesale show of fine American Made crafts.

Both Clark and Keller were sponsored with generous support from the Tamarack Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of West Virginia’s cultural heritage.

Clark’s studio is located in a hand-hewn log cabin, nestled in the eastern mountains of Barbour County, where she dyes and weaves rayon, silk, cotton, and bamboo scarves, shawls, and fabrics. She also has a line of fine textiles for the home, including hand towels and tablewares. Her work is known for its extremely soft quality, uniqueness and huge array of colors.

Keller’s studio produces whimsical rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and brooches in anodized aluminum, sterling silver, copper and brass. Keller incorporates exquisite gemstones and handmade cabochons of fused glass and pottery into pieces, which are either hand wrapped or metalsmithed. Her log cabin studio is located in Upshur County overlooking many miles of mountains, which serve as her inspiration.

Both artists’ works are now available in more than 50 galleries and museums throughout the United States. Locally, work can be purchased at Tamarack in Beckley and other fine shops and galleries throughout West Virginia.