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.
Whether your tastes run elegant or eccentric, paint or pottery, for the wall or for wearing, galleries and working studios abound. Not only is the regional contingency well represented, but nationally recognized artists as well. Couple it with frequent exhibit openings, meet-the-artist events and hands-on workshops for a truly inspiring Greenbrier Valley itinerary.
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.
ALDERSON ARTISANS 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.
COOPER GALLERY. On the corner of Washington and Lafayette streets in downtown Lewisburg, Marilyn Cooper has recently added several new artists to her gallery collection. A talented abstract and realist artist in her own right, she has an experienced eye for “discovering” fine artists with interesting West Virginia ties. Not limited by any one genre, expect to see Outsider Art and American Realism to Contemporary and Pop Art in the gallery.
One of the artists that has developed a strong following for Marilyn is Bruce Macdonald. His subject matter, the barn, is simple but poignant in the American landscape. His is an abstract expression that depicts the rolling land and brilliant skies against strong lines and the vibrant, broad planes of these simple yet iconic structures.
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.
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.
WALLS FINE ART GALLERY. If you’re looking for expertise -- someone who lives and breathes art -- be sure to meet David Leadman of Walls Fine Art Gallery. A painter, restorer, framer and consultant, his White Sulphur Springs downtown gallery is just a small sampling of the artistic caliber with which he has access.
WV FINE ARTISANS GALLERY. On Washington Street in downtown Lewisburg, 30-plus local and regional artists have joined forces in one central location. Works from every stripe and locus of Appalachian craft including wood carvings and metalwork, paintings and pottery, jewelry and fiber arts. 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.
WANDERING BIRD GALLERY. Just three blocks east, Jorn L. Mork, a self-taught artist with deep roots in symbolism, recently opened her downtown gallery to showcase her breadth of work as well as feature other artists by which she is inspired.
LEE STREET STUDIOS. Historic school turned "art colony," this unique downtown Lewisburg mainstay has been repurposed into working spaces for painters, sculptors, musicians and other artistically-minded visionaries. As a venue where artists can teach, display and sell their work, it continues its history of educating and contributing to the community.