The Art Market at the Cheat River Festival is a semi-circle of high quality artist’s booths located in the center of the main vendors’ row. Come check out a beautiful selection of original work from a variety of local and regional artists. A great day-time activity for the whole family!
Check out the amazing artists who made up the 2017 Art Market and stay tuned for a list of our 2018 artists!
Ajwcreations / Adam j waddell
AjwCreations focuses on unique design with a natural look and feel.
My work mainly consist of home decor items, sculptures, and jewelry.
The Artisan’s Menagerie/ Matthew Benson
Self-taught artist that uses a variety of techniques both ancient and modern to create elegant, unique pieces.
Bare Mountain/ Mindi Bowman
Bare Mountain pottery, soaps & eco printing is all created by the inspiration of mother nature.
Handmade soaps are made by the cold pressed method in small batches with infused oils and scented with essential oils.
Eco-printed cloth is created by layering prepared natural fiber cloth and paper with local plants and flowers. The material and leaves are bundled together, tightly bound and steamed. This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the cloth. All color and pattern come from the plants themselves!
Bily Brown Pottery/ William Brown
My name is Bily Brown and I am an avid boater and potter. My work is handmade on a pottery wheel and then fired in a wood fired kiln while using a soda glaze technique. This involves introducing soda ash and baking soda into the kiln at a very high temperature to create a one of a kind glaze.
Blackwater Alcoves / Sandra Frank
I have been creating with wool since childhood. I learned to crochet at a very young age from my mother and grandmother. I have used crocheting as a way to relax, meditate, and create for as long as I can remember. I began felting in a quest for non-toxic, educational toys made from natural materials. I learned how great the medium is for creating items that are both beautiful and useful. I have always loved color and have explored how things capture and reflect light through both creative and scientific endeavors.
Wool bowls are great for the home as catch-alls for jewelry, office supplies, or educational toys. Rainbow stacking and nesting bowls are valuable for learning colors, sizes and coordination as well as useful for sorting and storing. Panhandlers let you keep your hand cool when your iron skillet is hot! 100% wool mason jar sleeves can help keep the contents cold, hot, act as a coaster and make the jar look beautiful.
The Blaxxmith Shop/ Tim Hibbs
Tim Hibbs could hear the woods calling him from a very early age. As a youngster growing up in rural southwestern Pennsylvania he spent endless hours tramping through the forests and fields, developing a spiritual connection with nature. As a young man his path led him to the even wilder mountains of West Virginia where he met his soul mate, and began to raise a family. A gifted artist since he was young, Hibbs found his creative voice in those rolling hills, cultivating an ever deepening affinity for the peaceful serenity that these places offered, while creating beautiful interpretations of the dynamic images he has witnessed on his journey…
Drawn In Stone/ Darci Thades
After growing up along the banks of the Cheat River, Darci roamed about the country – receiving an art degree from a college on the shore of Lake Superior and then completely ignoring that degree to spend several years Idaho and Montana, backpacking into mountain lakes to collect data on fish and frogs. Six years ago she stumbled back into art, and now her work is fueled by coffee, sarcasm and the sincere belief that art can be functional as well as beautiful.
She focuses on letting the natural beauty of stone and wood take center stage. Each of her designs are drawn directly onto the wood, which allows each image to interact with the grain of the wood in unique way. They are then inlaid with undyed natural stone and sanded smooth creating one-of-a-kind pieces that can be used every day and still last a lifetime.
Eddie Spaghetti Art / Eddie Maier
My name is Eddie “Spaghetti” Maier. I work with woodcut printmaking. Woodcut printmaking consists of carving a slab of wood, inking the surface then printing onto handmade paper. My intention is find a deeper connection with the world we live. I want to create. Even as I write these words, I feel an urge to start tinkering in the studio. It’s about putting things together, taking things apart, being aware for around the corner lies that next great found treasure. The child within helps to keep me in the moment.
Working with children has been a great help at finding the spontaneous in art making. There is no prejudgment on what goes with what in their world. I am often left with awe while enjoying children’s art. I regularly teach by holding art workshops and as a substitute teacher. I am also a daddy of 2 amazing little artists. They help keep unconscious flow in life alive.
It’s all connected, everything we experience. My art is a reflection of my life. It’s a conversation between you and me and the people and places of inspiration. Thanks for taking time.
Erin J Kuehn Studios / Erin Kuehn
Erin J. Kuehn Studios uses white stoneware along with organic form to capture the essence of light and movement. Works incorporate many elements such as continuous motion, strong line and a sense of intimacy. EJK Studios produces many functional pieces such as bowls, mugs, wine cups, wine chillers, cheese trays and herb planters. Decorative works include framed tile and feminine sculptural wall pieces. Mediums include stoneware, cone six glazes, wood, wire and oil paint. Erin Kuehn studied Ceramics at Alfred University and has been working with clay for over 15 years.
Homestead Luminary/ Jessie Tymoczko
A longtime fascination with light and shadow led to the creation of Homestead Luminary. Jessie leans heavily on art nouveau influences in her creations, but is also inspired by the natural world and elements of art throughout history.
Intentional Stones/ Catherine Aulick
I love to explore my connection to nature. I hand forge, chase, hammer, pierce sterling silver into my own interpretation of natural forms. I hand-weave chain with precious metal to create pieces handmade from start to finish. I use creative gem setting techniques to complement the beauty of natural gemstones cut as beads or cut stones.
Kula Tie Dye/ Mary Joe Schick
Mary Jo Schick of Kula Tie Dye has been producing high quality vibrantly dyed adults and children’s clothing for over 25 years. All Kula Tie Dye is guaranteed to wash and wear beautifully, and last for years. A wide selection of items are available, including T’s, Longsleeves, Baby and Kid’s items, Sock, Hats and Tanks. I also produce beautiful leggings to support my practice and love of yoga, my other job – Kula Thai Yoga. Plus I have done Cheat Fest for 10+ years, producing the beautiful tie dye banners and flags you see at Cheat Fest!!
Lone Stone Designs/ Brent A. Nixon
Brent/Lone Stone Designs creates one of a kind jewelry that’s handmade in West Virginia using Sterling silver, gemstones and Crystals.
Milkweed Rising LLC/ Linda Gribko
Linda Gribko is an author, artist, and photographer living in Morgantown, West Virginia. In April 2014, she dragged Milkweed Rising Studio, her creative cauldron, onto the fire and started exploring the world from a place of wide-open wonderment. Her writings and artistic endeavors have been bubbling forth ever since and include unique mandalas that Linda creates from her original Nature photos. She offers Nature Mandala prints, framed pieces, calendars, porcelain ornaments, and greeting cards. She recently added two new sets of affirmation cards to the collection.
In addition, Linda’s quirky first novel, “Giving Voice to Dawn”, was published in November 2016. It’s the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between “this world and that” where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.
xNewhall’s Rustic/ Matt Newhall
My work is the outcome of a overwhelming need to capture nature’s beauty. My aim is to pull it straight from the woods and into someone’s home. I hope to inspire people and show them how incredibly beautiful nature really is.
OfAlbright/ Dave Cerbone
David’s work in photography is the result of his continuing explorations of the Cheat River as it flows through Preston County, West Virginia. He takes many of his photographs within walking distance of his house in Albright, along the edges of the Cheat River Festival site. He also routinely visits various spots on a stretch of the river known as “the Narrows”, which runs along Route 72 between Kingwood and Rowlesburg, as well as various points along Muddy Creek.
David makes many of his photographs using pinhole and zone plate cameras, which are simple wooden boxes that do not use any kind of optical lenses. He also likes using a variety of plastic cameras, including Holga and Diana cameras, as well as various thrift shop finds. As we move further into the digital age of photography, David’s interests have reached further back to the very beginnings of photography in the 19th Century, as he has struggled to master the wet plate collodion process, as well as cyanotype and other early printing processes. Despite this backward-looking bent to his photographic work, he enjoys using digital cameras as well: he has taken many pictures of and around the Cheat using digital cameras that have been converted to record infrared light. David is also a big fan of the Hipstamatic app of his iPhone.
Recycled Glass Art/ Johnny Fetchko
My name is Johnny Fetchko. I am a student at Garrett College studying Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology. I work as a ski instructor in the winter, a outdoor education instructor in the summer, and I support myself through art in the off seasons. Thank you for your support.
I make art to help support my interests and way of life. My focal points are glass acorn necklaces and melted bottles, both of which connect me to the outdoors as I collect the materials while walking around in the woods. That’s the best place to find acorn tops and cool old bottles. I’ll walk around the woods with some glass acorns already made, picking up acorn tops trying to match up the perfect fit. Once it’s’ found, I’ll widdle a hole in the top, wrap copper wire around a branch, and fit the wire to the top. It is then ready to be preserved and attached once I get home. This process connects me with every piece I make and makes each pendant very unique.
Ridgetop Pottery/ Susan Ramey
Preston County’s own Susan Ramey of Ridgetop Pottery creates high-fired porcelain pottery, including both decorative and functional pieces. They are glazed in greens, dove grey, blues, winter white and bronze tones to suggest trees in forests, swirling water and mountain ridges. Educated at The Ohio State University, culminating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics, she places a high value on art in everyday life and the connection between maker and user.
Rockables/ Katie Mullins
Born and raised in West Virginia, I live a simple life in my tiny house in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. I am a self taught bead artist that has been making jewelry for over 20 years. I specialize in bead embroidery which is sewing colorful beads to suede to produce a one of a kind intricate design. I’m obsessed with natural gemstones and earthy colors. I use feathers from my farm and forest. I also use several semi-precious gemstones from the US and India.
Tara Earth Designs/ Tara N. Smith
My artistic process is rooted in experimentation using watercolors, inks, acrylics, and multimedia techniques. I draw much of my inspiration from Appalachian wildlife and adventure opportunities with the hopes of bringing awareness to conservation and outdoor recreation.
Technicus LLC/ Gabe Dewitt
I have this obsession toward the capturing and transference of information. Life seems to be all about it, the communication of information… folding it up in efficient ways as to be unfolded/expanded later for interpretation/use. I try to see how much ‘DNA’ I can capture in a photograph/painting, how much information can be folded down onto a plane of presentation, transported from my eye/mind, to then be unraveled/unfolded/expanded by the eyes/minds of those I share my work with.
Woodcrafty/ John Pitts
I create tiny mosaics using different colored pieces of recycled wood. These intricate designs are used to adorn wooden jewelry and accessories.
**Artists who are interested in participating in the Art Market in the future should check out the Art Market Application page here.