Artists to open their creative space

August 06, 1998

Artists open workshopsBy KERRY LYNN FRALEY / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer [enlarge]

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Given the kinds of questions she fields when showing her work, Berkeley Springs artist Veronica Wilson knows folks who visit her studio during the Berkeley Springs Studio Tour this weekend will be curious to see works in progress.

That's one of the reasons the self-taught potter has wanted to participate in the annual two-day event, during which a variety of local artists and artisans give anyone who is interested a peek into their creative space.

"I think that the tour is an interesting way for people to see what's going on in your studio," said Wilson, who moved to the area in October 1996. "It's a discovery process. It makes them feel closer to the work."


Last year, however, the home she is building with boyfriend Mark Schwenk - which doubles as her studio - was too much of a work in progress to host people in, Wilson said.

"I didn't even have running water until four or five months ago," she said.

The 12th annual Berkeley Springs Studio Tour & Arts Showcase kicks off Friday with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ice House, where a sampling of tour participants' work will be shown, said Berkeley Springs weaver Kim Potter.

Studios are open for touring from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, said Potter, whose studio has become a familiar stop for return tour-takers.

If they visit all 14 tour stops on the self-styled tour, the regulars will see a lot of new faces this year, he said.

Other new artists are photographer Bob Peak, calligrapher/screenprinter L.K. Levine, painter Brian Shapiro, painter Doreane Conrad, wood furniture-makers Phil Kraft and Vicki Kraft, and mosaicist Ellen Gould, Potter said.

Enamel jewelry-maker Jill Moran is returning after a hiatus, he said.

Returning from last year are Potter, glass artist Beverly Kipphan, painter Jonathan Heath, printmaker Jan Heath, ceramic and textile artist Sandy Kay, suede and leathercrafter Michael Pushkin, stained-glass artists Edward and Henry Palczewski, jewelry-maker Carol Reece, metalsmith Glenn Horr, paper artist Jane Kelly Morais, trompe l'oeil painter Harvey Kirstel and potter/painter Charles Malin.

The tour starts at the Ice House, at the corner of Independence and Mercer streets in Berkeley Springs, with the arts showcase, Potter said.

Yellow signs with blue print supplement tour maps to lead the way to the various stops, he said.

Tour information and maps are available at Mountain Laurel Crafts, at 101 N. Washington St., Berkeley Springs.

The shop, owned by Chuck and Jenny Wheeler, displays works by local and regional artists.

For information during the tour, call the store at 1-304-258-1919 or the Ice House at 1-304-258-2300.

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