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Eric Holstine’s Solo Exhibit – Through May 25, 2014

Steam at Harper’s Ferry is pleased to present Eric Holstine’s first solo exhibit at Steam entitled “(EH=MC2): The Art of Electrodynamic Illumination” through May 25, 2014. Eric was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. His works include “Melton the Mechanical Marvel” and the “Steampunk Time Machine.” His multi-media art incorporates stained glass, brass fixtures, and robotic elements.

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“From Earth to the Heavens” (c) 2011 Eric Holstine (with permission)

For the opening celebration, we were treated, not only to Eric’s art, but musical accompaniment (with Game Boys, no less!) by Garrett Boone, a/k/a STAR☆DRIVER. 

Don’t miss this exhibit! These are bonafide one of a kind pieces that are guaranteed to delight! It is not every day that you will see a robot carrying his own stained glass umbrella.

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“Melton the Mechanical Marvel” (c) 2013 Eric Holstine (with permission)

3rd Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk – April 26 and 27, 2014 – Thank you!

Thank you everyone for attending the 3rd Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk! The weather was perfect and we had some wonderful performances on the Pavilion. Thank you Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Public Library, The Corporation of Harpers Ferry and the Arts and Humanities Alliance for Jefferson County!

What’s New at Steam?

We have the new book by Terry Pratchett, “Raising Steam,” and have a new collection of Toulouse Lautrec prints – just the right size for your home or office. Two “Lady Mechanika” signed posters are for sale and on display – so come by and check those out.

Look for Steam at Harper’s Ferry owner, Cynthia Gayton, at the Steampunk World’s Fair in a few weeks. Steam at Harper’s Ferry will also be at the Strasburg Rail Road Steampunk unLimited event in September for the second year in a row! We have just a few more prints of Leigh Anne Cassell’s work here at the gallery, as well as three original illustrations which are on display. Hope to see you soon!

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Steam at Harper’s Ferry is pleased to announce a solo exhibition featuring the works of Eric Holstine. Eric’s theme for this exhibit is “(EH=MC2): The Art of Electrodynamic Illumination” and will be on display from April 26 through May 25, 2014.

Eric Holstine

Eric Holstine

Eric Holstine was born and raised in Charleston, WV. He discovered at an early age that he enjoyed taking things apart and seeing how they worked. As he said in a recent interview, “Sometimes I used the parts for something else, and sometimes I just tried to make it do something different than it was intended.” His talent was acknowledged early – in the second grade. Other than basic art classes provided in junior high and high school, he hasn’t had any formal art education.

His family provides ideas and inspiration for his work. His mother is a retired school teacher, and as he said, “quite crafty.” Eric credits his mother with giving him a lot of encouragement. He spent time with his grandfather who also worked on various objects and who taught him how to fix things. With his wife’s grandmother, Eric made huge toy soldiers. He continues, “I built them and she made the clothes.” The goal was to have the soldiers march in place, but Eric didn’t have all the parts to complete the project.

Can you guess what this is? Courtesy Eric Holstine with permission.

 Courtesy Eric Holstine with permission.

When Eric spoke about his artistic influence, he said that he always liked Steampunk style. He found inspiration in movies, books and video games. He said, “Some of my favorites were ‘Myst’ the video game, followed by the books. I also enjoy the ‘Doctor Who’ series, the ‘Time Machine,’ ‘Wild, Wild West,’ and ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.’”

He works professionally in the IT field and found that he can use his computer training to enhance his art and make it unique. Prior to his IT employment, he did electrical work which he said has “merged and evolved into my style of art.”

In many ways, he is a classic tinkerer. He will look at an object and think about how it can serve the same function, but be displayed in a new way. He said, “I tend to look around for items that I can either re-purpose or breakdown and create something completely different.   If I can’t find what I need, I figure out a way to make it. Sometimes it takes trial and error and most often, time. I have works waiting, unfinished until I find that missing object that just seems to complete piece.”

Eric doesn’t think that he fits into a specific artistic mold or genre. He likes to try out different things, including stained glass, painting, woodwork, metal, and polymer clay. When considering which medium he prefers, he responded, “I prefer trying to see how I can merge them together to present a more unique piece.”

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One of many reasons why Steam at Harper’s Ferry opened was to offer an opportunity to learn about Harper’s Ferry in all its historic glory. Steam sells many historic newspapers from the Victorian Period, but the one especially loved is The Ladies’ Garland, published by John S. Gallagher. One recent acquisition is dated October 21, 1826, volume 3, no. 37.

Ladies Garland October 21, 1826

This particular edition contains an article on Female Education, reprinted from the Edinburg Review. Here is a sample:

“A great part of the objections made to the education of women, are rather objections made to human nature, than to the female sex ; for it is surely true, that knowledge, where it does produce any bad effects at all, does as much mischief to the one sex as to the other, and gives birth to fully as much arrogance, inattention to common affairs, and eccentricity among men, as it does among women. – But it by no means follows, that you get rid of vanity and self-conceit, because you get rid of learning. Self-complacency can never want an excuse ; and the best way to make it more tolerable, and more useful, is to give to it as high and as dignified an object as possible. But at all events, it is unfair, to bring forward against a part of the world, an objection which is equally powerful against the whole. When foolish women think they have any distinction, they are apt to be proud of it ; so are foolish men. But we appeal to any one who has lived with cultivated persons of either sex, whether he has not witnessed as much pendantry, as much wrong-headedness, as much arrogance, and certainly a great deal more rudeness, produced by learning, in men, than in women.  …

We are quite astonished on hearing men converse on such subjects, to find them attributing such beautiful effects to ignorance. It would appear from the tenor of such objections, that ignorance has been the greatest civilizer in the world. Women are delicate and refined, only because they are ignorant ; they attend to their children, only because they know no better ! Now, we must really confess we have all our lives been so ignorant as not to know the value of ignorance !  … Let any man reflect too upon the solitary situation in which women are placed, the ill treatment to which they are sometimes exposed, and which they must endure in silence, and without the power of complaining – and he must feel convinced, that the happiness of a woman will be materially increased, in proportion as education has given to her the habit and means of drawing her resources from herself.”

Purchase this and other limited editions of The Ladies’ Garland at Steam at Harper’s Ferry.

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Leigh Anne Cassell’s Solo Exhibit – February 22 – March 30, 2014

The Gallery’s theme for this exhibit is “Rêves et Rêveurs – Dreams and Dreamers” drawing inspiration from the book “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.

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Leigh Anne’s work covers a broad range of visual interest, from whimsical to contemplative. Her strongest and most commented upon works so far are the portraits, of which the Steampunk Dr. Who and her self-portrait are two examples. Leigh Anne will show her recent as well as earlier work, some of which will be on loan to the gallery for this solo show. Visitors are encouraged to participate on opening day wearing theme colors white, red and black.

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Leigh Anne Cassell’s Solo Exhibit – February 22 – March 30, 2014

The Gallery’s theme for this exhibit is “Rêves et Rêveurs – Dreams and Dreamers” drawing inspiration from the book “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.

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Leigh Anne’s work covers a broad range of visual interest, from whimsical to contemplative. Her strongest and most commented upon works so far are the portraits, of which the Steampunk Dr. Who and her self-portrait are two examples. Leigh Anne will show her recent as well as earlier work, some of which will be on loan to the gallery for this solo show. Visitors are encouraged to participate on opening day wearing theme colors white, red and black. An artist’s reception is scheduled for February 22. Please contact Steam at Harper’s Ferry directly for an invitation.

What’s New at Steam

Please put April 26 on your calendar for Eric Holstine’s solo exhibit! He is sending along preliminary photos of his work – this promises to be a very exciting show!

With the heightened interest in the revitalization of the Hill Top House, Steam at Harper’s Ferry has a mini display of related historic postcards. This is also a good time to buy “Of Steam and Spring” the first  of a series (hopefully) which features Hill Top House and the B&O Island Park.

We are always looking for new folks to come in and show their work, so there will be a call to artists in early 2014 for our next open call exhibit. Over the course of the year, we will feature several local and regional artists.

3rd Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk – April 26 and 27, 2014

The 3rd Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk is scheduled for April 26 and 27, 2014. Please keep up with developments on the facebook page. Steam is pleased to announce that the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library and stair-mate Waffle Buzz will provide some welcomed assistance with this year’s event.

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Here is the poster for the exhibit beginning February 22.

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Exhibit “Winter Themes and Best of Steam – 2013” continues through February 2, 2014

On view through February 2, 2014 are the works of our most popular artists including Eric Holstine’s “Celestial Escape” and “Melton the Mechanical Marvel,”; Leigh Anne Cassell’s “Steampunk Dr. Who,” Jason Edwards’s “Captain Tomorrow Gives Chase in His Red Balloon,” and Christopher Loggie’s “Steampunk Nutcracker,” as well as our most popular 3D images and Steampunk Advent Calendar.

What’s New at Steam

Gil Narro Garcia’s steampunk-inspired pins are now available at Steam at Harper’s Ferry! You may have seen his sculpture at the Artomatic @ Jefferson event in October 2013. Come by and take a look!

Please put February 22 and April 26 on your calendars for 2014. Leigh Anne Cassell and Eric Holstine will have solo shows in the gallery on those dates, respectively. We are always looking for new folks to come in and show their work, so there will be a call to artists in early 2014 for our next open call exhibit. Over the course of the year, we will feature several local and regional artists.

3rd Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk – April 26 and 27, 2014

Getting ready for the 3rd Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk scheduled for April 26 and 27, 2014. Please keep up with developments on the facebook page.

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Exhibit “Winter Themes and Best of Steam – 2013” – November 29, 2013 – February 2, 2014

On view from November 29, 2013 until February 2, 2014 are the works of our most popular artists including Eric Holstine’s “Celestial Escape” and “Melton the Mechanical Marvel,”; Leigh Anne Cassell’s “Steampunk Dr. Who,” Jason Edwards’s “Captain Tomorrow Gives Chase in His Red Balloon,” and Christopher Loggie’s “Steampunk Nutcracker,” as well as our most popular 3D images and Steampunk Advent Calendar.

 

 

What’s New at Steam

Thanks to everyone who participated in our in-gallery survey, we’ve brought in more of what you love! More tiny top hats! More prints! More books! The feedback was wonderful and resulted in not only new items in the gallery, but helped us identify our most popular art and artists! Please put February 22 and April 26 on your calendars for 2014. Leigh Anne Cassell and Eric Hostine will have solo shows in the gallery on those dates, respectively. We are always looking for new folks to come in and show their work, so there will be a call to artists in early 2014 for our next open call exhibit. Over the course of the year, we will feature several local and regional artists.

43rd Annual Harpers Ferry/Bolivar Olde Tyme Christmas

On December 6-8 and 15-15, 2013, come celebrate the 43rd Annual Olde Tyme Christmas! There will be live entertainment, children’s activities and extended shopping hours. Not to be missed is the reception and opening ceremony starting at 6:30 on December 6. After the ceremony, take a walk up to St. Peter’s church for a tree lighting and choir performance. Hope to see you this holiday season!

Artomatic in Jefferson County – A Great Success!

Artomatic@Jefferson was a great success for the month of October. If you weren’t able to participate this year, I understand that plans are underway for 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from
Steam at Harper’s Ferry!

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From November 29, 2013 through February 2, 2014, Steam at Harper’s Ferry will be featuring popular artists including Eric Holstine’s “Celestial Escape” and “Melton the Mechanical Marvel,”; Leigh Anne Cassell’s “Steampunk Dr. Who,” Jason Edwards’s “Captain Tomorrow Gives Chase in His Red Balloon,” and Christopher Loggie’s “Steampunk Nutcracker,” as well as our most popular 3D images and Steampunk Advent Calendar.

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Steam at Harper’s Ferry made it through another year. We are now in the midst of a federal government shut down which will certainly have an impact on all the merchants in the lower town who have come to rely on the Park being open and operating! Hopefully, this situation will be resolved quickly.

In the meantime, here are some positive reflections on our second year. So much was accomplished! In addition to expanding our artist roster and organizing a second annual Art Walk, we started a new imprint, Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press – introduced Steam-exclusive postcards, and participated as a vendor at a steampunk event!

None of this would have happened without the help and support of Jason Edwards who managed to stay a lot more calm than I over the course of this year.

October 2012

Steam was fortunate to have the works of Josh Aterovis and Mark Schumaker in the gallery. Josh specializes in steampunk jewelry comprised of antique watch parts and other embellishments. Mark Schumaker displayed his fantastic door knockers.

November 2012

In November, the popular exhibit “Steampunk Leisure” ended featuring the work of Teresa Dunham Cavagnaro a photographer from Hedgesville, WV and Nancy Kautz, a water color painter from Harpers Ferry, WV. The posters and 3D images by Steam’s resident Artist, Jason Edwards, were a big hit. Kasey Hendricks dropped off prints of her “Sleep in Heavenly Timepiece” illustration just in time for the holiday season!

December 2012

The 42nd Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas was held the first two weekends of December. Jonah Knight performed in the gallery on opening day. In the exhibit “Winter Themes and Best of Steam” Steam featured many of our most popular artists, including Pith Helmet Provisions, Christopher Loggie, Kasey Hendricks, Josh Aterovis, Mark Schumaker and Jason Edwards. Steam re-installed our most popular 3D images with a new one featuring a view of Harper’s Ferry from Jefferson’s Rock. We had the good fortune to participate in a “Steampunk Stroll” organized by The Steampunk Family. In addition, we had some new steampunk espresso cups for sale which were made by local artist Phil Berneburg. Theresa Barth contributed to our festive decor with steampunk stockings which decorated our mantle. The letterpress was pumping away with our annual Christmas cards.

January 2013

Steam posted a call to artists for the next exhibit, “Big Top Steam.” We also posted our first guest book review of “Sapphire Blue” prepared by Theresa Barth. Also beginning this month, Steam started promoting the Second Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk. Harpers Ferry National Park Bookshop, Tenfold Fair Trade Collection, Westwind Potters, Mary Adams and Scoops were the first businesses to sign up!

February 2013

The “Big Top Steam” exhibit opened this month. Big Top Steam’s featured artists were Leigh Anne Cassell and Lindsey Donaldson with special installations by two additional artists, Eric Holstine and Phil Berneburg.

March 2013

Steam was awarded a grant from Aha! for the Second Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk! Our first Steam-exclusive postcards featuring Harper’s Ferry themes became available for purchase. March also saw the first publication under the Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press imprint “The Acme Corporation, a political science fiction fantasy, by V. Edwards Clarke. We also started our “Steam’s Got Tech” postcard series.

April 2013

This month was filled with preparations for the Second Annual Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Community Art Walk starting at the Visitor’s Bureau in Bolivar and ending at the Harpers Ferry National Park Bookshop. All told, there were 21 participating venues and over 50 artists. Steam prepared commemorative woodblock prints for the event as well as commemorative bags which held various “goodies” supplied by some participating merchants and artists. Thanks go out to Theresa Barth and Kenzie Allen who volunteered to help greet walkers at the Hill Top parking lot (which looked awesome, by the way). The Big Top Steam exhibit closed this month. On April 26, Steam released its second publication under the Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press imprint “Of Steam and Spring – A Calliope Romance.” Illustrations by Kasey Hendricks.

May 2013

Jason Edwards had a solo show entitled “Aware Amusings” featuring some previously seen and unseen work from this collection. The next exhibit “Around the World” was announced with a call to artists. Steam added a third publication under its Steam at Harper’s Ferry Press imprint “Guide to Creating and Protecting Fictional Characters” which debuted at the Steampunk World’s Fair at a seminar called “Character Development and the Law” held by Cynthia Gayton. Illustrations by Jason Edwards.

June 2013

The “Aware Amusings” exhibit ends. The “Around the World” exhibit begins on June 29 featuring the work of John Hoffmaster and Leigh Anne Cassell. Chris Loggie is a guest artist for this exhibit, along with Steam’s Resident Artist, Jason Edwards, who prepared the promotional illustration. Theresa Barth dropped by some handmade France-themed tiny top hats for decoration. On June 28, Steam had a pre-opening reception with the artists as well as the Artomatic@Jefferson volunteer team.

July 2013

The “Around the World” exhibit continues. Steam began promoting exclusive new hand-painted goggles and handmade tiny top hats.

August 2013

The “Around the World” exhibit closes. Cynthia Gayton made a steampunk in literature presentation at the Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Public Library on August 15. At the presentation, Steam distributed to attendees the first of a new postcard series featuring Jefferson County inventors. The featured inventors were Estelle Black, Royal Emerson Whitman and John Hall.

September 2013

Steam’s “Travels in Time” exhibit opens featuring the work of Eric Holstine, Leigh Anne Cassell and Jason Edwards. For the first time, Steam is a vendor at a steampunk event! On September 7, Steam at Harper’s Ferry was a vendor at The Steampunk Family’s Steampunk Croquet Picnic! It was a lot of fun.

Thank you, everyone, for your support!

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