2008-11-13 / Local & State

Wearable Art Gallery Show At Berkeley Springs Ice House

In a burst of seasonal interest, the gallery exhibit opening at the Ice House on Friday, November 14, features art that is "Warm and Wearable." The opening at the Ice House Gallery at 7:30 p.m. is preceeded by an Artwalk with a reception at Mountain Laurel Gallery beginning at 5 p.m.

Curated by textile artist Ellen Kardell and produced by the Morgan Arts Council (MAC), the show is displayed through January 4.

Most of the dozen artists whose work is featured in the Ice House exhibit live and work in the area. The art on display ranges from woven and knit sweaters, scarves and jackets to the pins and buttons that decorate them.

"Berkeley Springs is a hot bed of fabric artists," said Mary Hott, MAC's executive director. "A show like 'Warm and Wearable' is begging to be staged. And it comes just in time to get a fashionable new look for winter."

Kardell assembled the show to highlight the value of functional art that can be used in an everyday setting, "except that in this show we are ornamenting the body not the house," she says. Kardell owns Pocket Meadow Farm just east of Berkeley Springs. She works with the traditional arts related to fabric and calls her interest 'encompassing. I have a small flock of sheep specifically chosen for the type of wool they produce,' she says. "Fiber is a living resource, from live animals, and it is enriching to the final art to have all the processes connected."

Funding for special exhibit gallery shows at the Ice House is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, West Virginia Commission on the Arts and hotel/motel tax revenues from Morgan County and Bath.

The Ice House is located on Independence and Mercer in downtown Berkeley Springs. Gallery hours for seeing the show are Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open for a special shopping day on Friday, November 28. For more information on the Morgan Arts Council, call 304-258-2300 or check online at www.berkeleysprings.com

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