A Love for the Arts Gallery Tour
So many talented artists and craftspeople find the Greenbrier Valley a muse for their work. They are enduringly inspired, creating furniture, quilts and jewelry. They form beauty from paint palettes, clay and thread. Some chisel. Some weld. Some capture the Valley’s splendor through the lens of a camera.
We invite you to take a self-guided tour through the studios and galleries that enhance and embody the Valley’s charm. Here are just a few of the places you’ll find artists selling their work. Stop in to enjoy and admire. Maybe you’ll even take a piece of the Greenbrier Valley home with you.
Carnegie Hall Galleries - You'll find not one, but three galleries with rotating bi-monthly exhibits at historic Carnegie Hall on Church Street in Lewisburg. Paintings and photographs are often on display and for sale. Purchasing these distinctive works means supporting Carnegie’s mission to cultivate appreciation for creativity and the arts. 304-645-7917
Alderson Artisan Gallery - The Alderson Artisan Gallery at 100 Riverview Road in Alderson offers stained glass, fiber art, hooked rugs, jewelry, pottery, furniture and many other treasures. The selections are unusual, eclectic and affordable. The Gallery is a nonprofit artisan co-op, and its mission is to bring art to the community, exhibiting work by both local and regional artists. 304-445-7952
Washington Street Gallery – Local potter Gary Roper operates this inviting gallery in downtown Lewisburg. For the discerning eye, he features decorative stoneware, handcrafted furniture, contemporary oils and handmade prints by local, regional and nationally known artists and craftspeople.
Walter Hyleck, one of the gallery’s artists, founded the ceramics program at Berea College, Kentucky in 1967. Although retired now, his passion for the art of throwing pottery has not waned. Working with a variety of glazes, his porcelain pieces with celadon glaze are of particular interest. Evidenced by a transparent, jade green hue, the patterned carvings allow the glaze to pool, giving these pieces a light, ethereal quality. To see more of his work and others: 304-647-4561
Cooper Gallery - On the corner of Washington and LaFayette streets in downtown Lewisburg, Marilyn Cooper has reopened her gallery and is showcasing Max Hayslette, Jorn L. Mork and Lynn Boggess, artists she’s been representing for nearly two decades.
An old friend to Marilyn, Max Hayslette was born in Rupert, WV and debuted at a Rainelle furniture store when he was just 17. Now in his 80’s, he resides on the Puget Sound but still finds painting the Greenbrier Valley landscape always has a way of taking him back “home.” For his work and others: 304-661-1752, 304-645-9882.
The Art Colony Shops - Flanking the northern hillside overlooking the Springhouse are some of the oldest buildings at The Greenbrier. Originally constructed in the 1830’s, the Alabama Row Cottages were converted into an “art colony” in the 1950’s. Today this collection of individually owned and operated shops feature unique works from leather goods and repurposed metal art to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and handmade jewelry.
Step inside the Walls Fine Art Gallery, and you’ll find local work, but not necessarily in the traditional sense. Shop owner, David Leadman, is proud of his home state. He has made it a habit to invite award-winning painters from around the country to interpret the beautiful Greenbrier Valley landscape in their own style.
Located at the end of the row, Virtu is a light-filled studio gallery featuring hand-blown glass, gold-wrapped gems, whimsical paintings and carvings. Susan Thomas is the resident goldsmith, while her husband, Alex Brand, is a talented glass artisan. You’ll likely find one of them in the gallery, sharing their stories and works with visitors. Be sure to check in for one of Alex's glass blowing demonstrations, Tuesday through Saturday at 2pm.
This is just a small sampling of the shops on Alabama Row. Click HERE for additional information. 304-536-1110
WV Fine Artisans’ Gallery - On Washington Street in downtown Lewisburg, 30-plus local and regional artists have joined forces in one central location to display and sell their work. A large bright space, you’ll find original works from pottery, paintings and sculpture to wood carvings, metal work and up-cycled pieces. On most days, you can watch one of the artisans at work with others on hand to share their love for the arts and creative process.
Art in the Valley - The Visitors Center on Lewisburg’s Washington Street showcases local artists from around the Valley. With exhibits rotating monthly, it features work ranging from whimsical sculptures to functional pottery and quilts. 304-645-1000