President- Member- Painting
Madeline Grant is a painter who focuses her work primarily on abstract ideas and subjects. Often pulling poetic influences into her work she makes a constant effort to ‘bring light into darkness’. In her work she often does this literally by creating pieces that glow in the dark but is often more subtle with her execution. She draws most inspiration from Poetry and Mental Health. Madeline Grant graduated from the School of Art & Design at Marshall University with a BFA in painting and a minor in English. She can currently be found in Vienna, WV with her dog Max and partner Ben.
Secretary- Member- Fibers
Art has been a big part of Tracy's life since she was a child. After receiving a 2-harness child's loom from her grandmother at the age of seven, she became aware of the fact that art could also be a tactile experience as well as a visual experience, which led her to work with clay as well as to expand her work with fiber to include dyeing and felting.
Treasurer- Member- Ironworks
My interest in blacksmithing began about 15 years ago when my ferrier retired from shoeing horses and began doing ornamental ironwork. I asked to watch. I think that introduction to iron, my love of history and my curiosity with science played a role in developing my interest in working with and forging iron. I was amazed to see this very strong iron become pliable with the addition of heat and actually look delicate in some pieces.
Member- Mixed Media
Virginia Killian is an eclectic multi-Media artist. She lives in Parkersburg, West Virginia and has studied art in numerous classes and workshops at Carnegie Mellon University, Ohio University and the University of Cinncinatti. She is a retired elementary school teacher and art educator from from Wood County, WV.
Member- Copper Smithing
John’s fascination with sheet metal began early. In the early 1990’s, when his father could no longer work his tools, he passed them on to John, who did quite a bit of tinsmithing. During that time, he was able to volunteer at the Ohio Village tinsmith shop and work with one of the best tinsmiths in the country. Throughout the time he was tinsmithing, he was crafting items such as sconces, lanterns, lights, tea pots, coffee pots, and mugs: mostly utilitarian items. In 2010 John took a class at John C. Campbell Folk School on creating copperware in the Arts and Crafts tradition. This not only reinvigorated his desire to create, but expanded his vision from the utilitarian nature of tinware to the artistic flair of Artisanal copperware. Since that time, he has continued to study and create, producing traditional and original designs, all in his new medium of choice – copper.
Member-Photography and Jewelry
West Virginia based artist and educator, Scott Bookman, taught art in the public school system for thirty years, and shared his passion for photography and graphic art with high school students as a yearbook adviser for twenty-five years. Although his up-cycled jewelry creations are a relatively new endeavor, he acquired his first 35mm SLR film camera from a Vietnam veteran in 1971 while serving four years as a staff photographer for Marshall University student publications.
His freelance photography experience includes weddings, stringer work for local newspapers, newsletters, and commissioned sign and poster designs. Scott’s photographs have appeared in numerous shows and exhibitions, including a joint invitational exhibition with the works of Rita Hammond, Joan Farrenkopf, and history making photojournalist and social activist Margaret Bourke-White.
Member- Mixed Media
Cathy Norosky is a mixed media artist and has received recognition for her fine art gourds. She has been painting since she was a child. Cathy was greatly influenced by her grandmother, an oil painter and her brother, a metal smith. She went on to study art at Ohio University and received private instruction throughout the years. Beside being a longtime member of The Riverside Artist Gallery she is also a member of The Ohio Gourd Society and The American Gourd Society. Her work has been publish in The Ohio Travel Magazine and The American Gourd Society Magazine. She resides in Belpre, Ohio with her husband and their three kitties.
Consigners- Stained Glass
Gustafson Glass, owned by a husband and wife team, Dave and Janet Gustafson of The Plains, Ohio, is regionally known for unique fused glass work. Dave and Janet, long-time Southeast Ohio residents, began exploring glass art as a hobby in 2003. After retiring from local school districts, they had time to get more serious about their art evolving from stained glass to fused glass after spending vacations taking instruction in many states. By 2005 Gustafson Glass began to sell pieces in nearby gift shops and exhibit in regional art and crafts shows.