Steam at Harper’s Ferry is showing the work of two exciting artists in the Gallery starting this month, Josh Aterovis and Mark Schumaker. Josh has a sister who lived in Bolivar. He lives in Baltimore and is an author and jewelry maker. I am really impressed with his attention to detail and his ability to capture the steampunk aesthetic in his tie clips and belt buckles. I saw Mark’s door knockers at the 2012 Artomatic held in Crystal City, Virginia and was blown away with his display. Both artists’ pieces are one of a kind.
Josh Aterovis is a published author and artist who has been in the arts in one form or another for over 15 years. Drawn to all things Victoriana, antique, industrial, mechanical, and clockwork from an early age, steampunk was the perfect convergence of all these elements. He has four books published in his acclaimed Killian Kendall mystery series, and is currently working on several literary steampunk projects in addition to his Steampunk Blacks Sheep line of jewelry, accessories and art. (He told me why rubies are in watches to help describe his work derived from vintage timepieces.)
Even though I wasn’t able to go to Railroad Days this year, I was pleased that so many friends and neighbors took the opportunity to ride the train from Brunswick to Harper’s Ferry and back again. I would love to see something like this for Olde Tyme Christmas – maybe extending to Frederick and Martinsburg!
Despite “technical difficulties” (code words for the stairs) Steam at Harper’s Ferry was able to pull together the fall installlation. Check out special Halloween offers in town as well as late night hours the Saturday before Halloween and October 31.
Steam at Harper’s Ferry
180 High Street, 1-B,
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1292
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425