The Art Market at Cheat Fest 2022
The Art Market is a semi-circle of quality arts and crafts booths with prime access to the main Festival area. Curated artists fill these booths with offerings of all sorts! In the past we have enjoyed pottery, glassworks, jewelry, prints, paintings, and so much more.
Ben Kolb, Nativibes
For as long as I can remember, I have retreated to sketching, carving and painting to express myself in a natural way. I am a passionate, versatile, nature craving folk-impressionist. Connection with the natural Appalachian atmosphere fuels my art and I believe the positive energy that I draw from my surroundings stays with the pieces I create and is passed on to the new owner, which is something I call “Nativibes.”I use different mediums to produce my work, watercolor, acrylic, coffee, oil, coal, etc. The Hollered Ground series uses paint made from West Virginia coal and is hand ground and mulled by me at the Nativibes Studio & Art Gallery in Mannington WV. The subjects are all Appalachian themed, focusing on local WV critters, landscape and people that give this culture its distinct mountain flair. The coal is found in the streams and hollers one may wander in the heart of West Virginia. My inspiration and subject matter has always been the beauty that surround me during my travels, the mountains, streams and lakes that are part of my blood come out in every piece that I create. I put my heart and feelings on canvas and hang it up for everyone to see, feel or share. It is my hope that when each of my clients take a piece of my work home, they get to experience the joy that created it.
Katelyn Buchan, Conscious Hearts Gallery and Apparel
Katelyn Buchan is a full time traveling artist who live paints at festivals and shows. She has created her own clothing line that is all created from my paintings. Conscious HeARTS Gallery is inspired by meditations, interactions and journeys throughout her travels. FlowKateOfMind loves paintings landscapes with a impressionist and surreal style with the utilization of blacklight.
Danielle Martin, Icelandic Ponies
Danielle Martin is a FOC board member as well as a forest pathologist, Wildland fire fighter, seamstress, watercolor artist and white water enthusiast.
Sarah Cartron, Sarah’s Soap.A.Saurus
Sarah’s Soap•A•Saurus originated as a soapery in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in 2012, and has quickly expanded their line to include natural body products. Now located in Aurora, West Virginia we produce bar soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shaving cream, body lotion and cologne. Each bar is hand-crafted with locally sourced organic ingredients from West Virginia to ensure the purest quality of soaps. What is great about Soap·A·Saurus is that our ingredients are simple, and you know what they are and all of our products are palm oil free. We strive to create natural, home-made, hypoallergenic soaps for the community at an affordable price. Soap·A·Saurus also strives to package all products with eco friendly and recyclable materials to help reduce our carbon footprint. Our solid natural body products are long lasting, travel friendly, self preserving and are free of synthetic preservatives. Most of our bars weigh around 4.5 oz but because they are hand cut, the weight may vary between 4 and 5 oz.
Courtney Starkey, Mystic Libra Designs
My artwork is heavily influenced by nature and I create items such as hand-sculpted and painted mushroom pendants, sculpted and electroformed pendants with crystal cabochons, real ethically sourced butterfly wing earrings and necklaces, oddity skull and antler assemblage wall art, and whimsical, nature-inspired dreamcatchers created with hand sourced grapevines.
Bobby Rosenstock, JustAJarDesign Press
JustAJar Design Press is a letterpress studio and gallery in downtown Marietta, Ohio. We create custom woodcut posters using our antique printing equipment.
Eddie Maier, Eddie Spaghetti Art
WOODCUT PRINTMAKING consists of carving an image onto a piece of wood, inking the surface then printing onto handmade paper. I also create my frames using reclaimed barn and drift wood.
Lisa Giuliani, Lock House Studios
All of my work is hand built and thrown ceramic art. I also hand build jewelry. All of my work is handmade in Morgantown, WV. it is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.
Leila Jade Giuliani, Leila Jade Jewelry
I am a Morgantown artist, and I am 12 years old. I make jewelry, clay items, trinkets, and more. I upcycle vintage jewelry to give old beads new life. I incorporate recycling into everything I create. I am excited to have a space to display my work in my mom’s booth.
Jon Pitts, Woodcrafty
Woodcrafty is intricate mosaic jewelry made by hand using scrap wood and broken skateboard decks. Jon Pitts creates all of his marquetry using techniques found in Japanese yosegi.Woodcrafty is the exclusive work of Jon Pitts.
Miles Hannah Art
My name is Miles, and I am 10 years old. I make small things out of polymer clay, and I started about two years ago. I was born in Morgantown, WV, and have been coming to Cheat Fest my whole life. I am so happy to share a space in my Dad’s booth this year, and really excited to be merging my love of crafting with my favorite festival.
Matthew Benson, The Artisan’s Menagerie
I use a variety of techniques, both historic and modern, To create elegant and unique jewelry and accessories using silver, gold, glass enamels, precious and semi-precious stones and various inlays. My work is designed to be elegant and unique to match any style. Hand made with dedication and care.
Robert Riffe, Mystical CrystalJewelry
Rob Riffe is an experienced metalsmith, jeweler, lapidary and West Virginia native+ outdoor adventurer. His art is creating unique + beautiful Silver + Stone Jewelry ~ Mystical Crystal Jewelry creations include Pendants, Rings, Earrings + bracelets handcrafted with colorful natural stones in detailed + unique silver settings. Great attention, detail, precision, quality materials and beautiful stones are combined to create these pieces of wearable art. Mystical Crystal Jewelry pieces are functional art~jewelry creations~ they are fine + fancy yet also earthy + enjoyable for everyday wear ~ and maybe a bit Magical.
Darci Macur, Drawn In Stone
The beauty of combining stone and wood was introduced to me early, as I grew up watching my parents build a log cabin with a hand cut slate floor on the banks of the Cheat River. This is also when I discovered the fun of bringing home pockets full of cool rocks (see Mom – I did too have something I wanted to do with them. It just took me 30 years to figure it out.) and an apparently insatiable desire to figure out how to make whatever I’m doing harder. I first started experimenting with creating art out of stone over 10 years ago and it’s grown and evolved as I realized that I love working with wood almost as much as stone. The latest evolution, adding resin into my process, started as a supply-shortage necessity that turned into a fun challenge of exploring the ability to add depth to my pieces and expand my color palette of rocks.
Tristan Macur Art
I like a wide variety of art, but one kind I really got into is stone inlay. I started when I was 4 helping my mom crush rock and getting to use the router. Recently I got into doing full pieces of stone inlay art. I do the entire process including drawing the design, carving it into the wood, inlaying the stone, sanding the piece until it’s really smooth and putting the finish on. I am very proud of my pieces and I like to make art for the experience of doing it and the feel of the final piece. I’m excited to be sharing a booth with my mom at Cheat Fest because I love paddling the Cheat River and playing in the river below my Grandma’s house.
Katie Mullins, Rockables
I am a self taught artist who specializes in bead embroidered jewelry. She uses delicate seed beads to create bohemian style designs in earrings, necklaces, bracelets and hair pieces. Other components you will find in her work include feathers, gemstones, hammered copper and dried flowers.
Mary Jo Schick, Kula Tie Dye
I began producing Tye Dye over 30 years ago. I started selling at Grateful Dead shows. When they started to clamp down on vending at Dead Shows, I switched over to Art Shows; generally in WV, Ohio and Pennsylvania. It was my Day Job from about 1987-2008. I came to WVU to study either Horticulture or Clothing and Textiles. Got a BS in Horticulture, but made my living in Clothing and Textiles. My experience with dying, sewing and inventory management led to a job in Theatrical Wardrobe at WVU during the winters when I wasn’t doing outdoor art shows. Working in theatre really taught me how to take my show on the road.
I create assorted colors and patterns of vibrantly dyed adult’s and children’s clothing including: T-Shirts, Leggings, Socks, Long Sleeves, Tank Tops, Hats, Baby Onesies and T’s; also Kid’s T-shirts, Long Sleeves and Tanks. All Guaranteed to Wash and Wear beautifully. I have been producing Tye Dye for over 30 years. It was my Day Job from about 1987-2008.
Candace Caldwell-Day, Candace Caldwell-Day Designs
Candice Caldwell Day is a multi media artist with an MFA in Costume Design + Technology from West Virginia University, and a BA in Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is a painter, jeweler, crafter, muralist, tattoo artist, graphic designer, quilter & more. Candice has been a whitewater boater for 25+ years and is a former US National Slalom Kayak Team member. 2022 marks her 10th anniversary Cheat Fest, and she’s so excited to return this year… to her second home in the Wild + Wonderful.
Gabe Dewitt, Art By Gabe
Gabe is driven professionally and artistically by an insatiable inquisitiveness. Everything in our observable universe can be boiled down to one simple question—Why? From the curiosity of a child to the most focused minds on the planet, this is the fundamental question. Gabe’s work focuses on the Why – producing intuitive visual media that tells the story via content driven by context, taking the question and solving for Y.
Born & raised in West Virginia, Gabe is a licensed WV Professional Engineer. For the last 12 years, he has provided support for industry & government in the areas of engineering, project mgmt, conceptual design, data science/analytics, & technical graphic/UX/UI design. Engineer by day & artist by night, his work has been published in NatGeo Mag, Nature Mag, Rock & Ice Mag, & Kayak Sess. Mag. He received the WV Juried Art Exhibition’s Award for Excellence in 2017, & won the 2018 Int. Paddling Film Festival’s Best Short Film Award.
Chrissy Zeltner, Chrissy Zeltner Photography
As a Preston county resident who loves to kayak, hike and bike around gorgeous West Virginia, I love to capture images of the amazing things I see and share them with others.
Sandra Frank, Blackwater Alcoves
Felted wool creations are inspired by the colors and textures in the misty wetland forest and bogs around my home. 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 and can sleeves can help keep the contents cold, hot, act as a coaster and make the jar look beautiful.
All my felted creations are hand crocheted from 100% wool and then fulled, blocked, and trimmed. 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 produce, 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.
Rebecca, No Name Art
The Horse with No Name is a part of myself that embraces the concepts of both radical individuality and complete anonymity. Letting go of labels allows for total freedom and exploration. Inspired by nature and allured by the vastness of the mind, I combine these themes in art. I believe in exploring new frontiers without creating more refuse—therefore I often incorporate discarded materials into my work. I am always celebrating those renegades before me and pushing myself to discovering something new.
I paint on discarded canvas and mixed media. I’ve been painting lots of flowers and landscapes but I’m not limited to these things. I just like feral things and try to incorporate that theme into my art.
Susan Ramey, Ridgetop Pottery
Using exclusively high-fired porcelain, my wheel-thrown pottery is both functional and decorative.
Jamie Richarson, J.C. Woodcrafts LLC
I work in the medical field which can be demanding and stressful. I started woodworking to take my mind off of work. This turned into a hobby and then escalated into a small business after several friends started asking me to build them things. I’ve made tables, chairs, desks, signs… even a canoe! My favorite item to make are cutting boards. I enjoy creating beautiful one of a kind cutting boards that provide functionality as well as a beautiful piece of art to put on display.
Mindi Bowman, Bare Mountain Studio
My name is Mindi Bowman and I’m the sole owner of Bare Mountain Studios. I create ceramic pieces with drippy bright, and vibrant-colored glazes… With every small-scale batch, first, I mold the clay body by throwing it on the wheel, hand-building with coils, pinching pieces, sculpting, and carving. Then I put my undivided attention on every little painterly detail. I want to create a sense of smoothness and fluidity by blending and “feeling” the colors with every brush stroke.