Our Town Inc. announces the release of Elkins-themed art print
ELKINS — A new art project inspired by a mid-west state is celebrating everything unique about Elkins. “Elkins Things,” featuring the graphic design skills of local artist Emily Prentice, is now a significant fundraiser for Our Town, Inc.
The idea was proposed by Dog Walk Creative owner Nanci Bross-Fregonara, who loves the Michigan poster hanging in her kitchen and thought it would be a great idea to offer a print that featured iconic Elkins images.
“When I saw some of the recent projects Emily worked on, including the Helvetia Hoot, Rollin’ Pepperoni, and 304, I knew she was the perfect artist to capture the whimsical, youthful aspect of the project,” she said.
Our Town, Inc. board president Tammy Dolly, was immediately interested in the project when presented with the fundraising proposal.
“We saw this as a great way for residents, former residents, alumni, even visitors, to have a piece of art that truly highlights what is so special about Elkins–from Irish road bowling to our artsy downtown.”
“It was fun to brainstorm on the icons, have it come together so perfectly, and know that the proceeds will be used to make Elkins an even more special place,” she added. Our Town, Inc., a locally-based non-profit, has recently worked on free concerts at the at the new Rotary Amphitheater at The Depot, the decorated pianos project, Mountain State Street Machine weekly cruise-ins, and street beautification.
“I love that we were able to find the perfect artist right in Elkins to do this project,” said Bross-Fregonara.
A recent Davis & Elkins College graduate, Prentice has her own company Wayward Daughter and specializes in zines, jewelry, graphic design and continues to work at the Elkins Sewing Center.
“I’m so excited about this opportunity,” Prentice said. “It gave me a chance to share my love of Elkins and work with other folks who are committed to our community.”
Doug Starcher, another member of the Our Town, Inc. board of directors, said, “this project lets us celebrate what we love about this town and what we are known for. Sometimes those who live here all the time don’t recognize what we have. This project is the perfect way to lift it up our heritage and even our unusual icons.”
The art is printed on high-quality archival paper and is suitable for framing. Additionally, “Elkins Things” will also be featured on a coffee mug, and there are further plans for bags and shirts.
“The artwork is so creative and fun,” said Dolly. “Everyone will love it.”
The eight by 10-inch Elkins Things print is available for purchase at the Delmonte Market for $20, with all profits assisting Our Town, Inc. projects. The coffee mug will be available soon.
“We are happy to have this project wrapped up in time for the holidays and share the enormous pride we have for our town,” said Dolly.
For more information, contact The Delmonte Market, 316 Railroad Ave., Elkins 304-636-4400.