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Artists bring containers 'Out of the Box' on Friday

November 17, 2009

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Original containers in various media are featured in "Out Of The Box," a curated art show opening at the Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The opening follows an Artwalk that starts at Mountain Laurel Gallery at 5 p.m.

Produced by the Morgan Arts Council (MAC), Out of the Box will be on display through Jan. 3.

Curator Susan Feller of Hampshire County selected the work of more than a half-dozen artisans to feature in the show.

Among the artists featured are four from Berkeley Springs: Jane Frenke, fiber artist; Lynn Lavin, working in clay; and Ralph Gonzales, stained glass. Ellen Kardell showcases her felted vessels both in the show and at her Pocket Meadow Farm shop on Washington Street.

Hampshire County has three artists represented. Jim Lilly and Feller live on Ruckman Mill Farm in Augusta, W.Va. Lilly used found objects to enhance or change gilded containers while Feller created jewelry from wool hooked pins as well as using her hand-dyed wools in small tote bags. Anne-Renee' Livingston from Glass House Studio in Romney, W.Va., is featuring stained-glass boxes as well as pottery.


Rounding out the group of artisans is Daniele Piasecki from Martinsburg, W.Va., who has prepared a variety of containers using collage.


With many people looking to create their own gifts this holiday season, MAC is offering a special, limited registration workshop on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. "The Art of the Gift" is conducted by designer, Michael Dennis for adults. Register by calling 304-258-2300 or email

The Ice House is on the corner of Independence and Mercer streets. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. For more information, call 304-258-2300 or check online at

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