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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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The Big Top Steam exhibit opens this Saturday, February 23. Big Top Steam’s featured artists are Leigh Anne Cassell and Lindsey Donaldson. There will be special installations by two additional artists, Eric Holstine and Phil Berneburg.

This show will be a first for Steam at Harper’s Ferry – all of the artists live or work in West Virginia! Two artists (Leigh Anne and Lindsey) are from Charles Town, one artist is from Charleston (Eric Holstine) and another has a studio in Bolivar (Phil Berneburg).

Come One! Come All! Step Right Up!

The Show is About to Begin!

Girl on Horseback1909 Harpers Weekly

Girl on Horseback
1909 Harpers Weekly

Leigh Anne Cassell

This is the second show in which Leigh Anne has participated. The following is an excerpt from her original artist statement from the “Gadgets, Guns & Gears” opening in 2012.

“As an artist, one of my personal goals with my work is to strengthen my talent with drawing portraits, especially with the use of color, while also trying more stylized approaches. Since I started drawing portraits in high school I have come to greatly love the technicality of capturing the realism of people’s faces with a pencil. Recently I have expanded my medium to inks and colored pencils. It took me so long to try using color because I did not think that I had the skills to draw with it. One day I just decided to try it, and I ended up surprising myself. Even though I think I still need lots of practice with it, I am happy that I am working well enough with color at the moment. I have been asked in the past why I do not try more digital media to create drawings. I have never had interest in trying a tablet or any other form of digital process to draw. I am in no way against these technological advancements or works of art created by them; I just personally like to sit down with my drawing board, paper, pens, and pencils and just draw. I like the sound and feel of pencils as they move over paper. I can easily say that I do not fit in very well with the more “modern” art world, but I am perfectly fine with that.”

"The Little Jester" (c) 2013 Leigh Anne Cassell (with permission)

“The Little Jester”
(c) 2013 Leigh Anne Cassell (with permission)

Lindsey Donaldson

“I have always had an interest in art but have never had any formal training.  I gained what little prowess I have by constantly doodling, drawing, and sketching. Several broken pencils later, I emerged with a preference in traditional media, mostly graphite and ink, but have started to expand into digital media. I’d like to become more proficient in digital media because it eliminates the boundaries of traditional media.  Since I’ve never been able to spend a lot on art supplies, digital media gives me access to all sorts of things I wouldn’t be able to get normally. I have always preferred working in a more illustrative style because it offers a different sence of control and creativity that I appreciate more than realism.  People have always been my subject of choice ever since childhood.  Real or imagined, mostly imagined, the human form has always facinated me and taking the faces out of my mind and putting them onto paper is one of life’s little joys for me.”

"The Bearded Lady" (c) Lindsey Donaldson (with permission)

“The Bearded Lady”
(c) Lindsey Donaldson (with permission)

Eric Holstine

“I have worked in a variety of mediums.  Most of my work also incorporates my professional life, which is in Information Technology, as well as electrical features.”

Steampunk floor lamp (c) 2013 Eric Holstine (with permission)

Steampunk floor lamp
(c) 2013 Eric Holstine (with permission)

Phil Berneburg

“My interests lie in creating sculptural work (both functional and nonfunctional) and in contributing to education in the ceramic arts. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to gain experience in both the technical and creative aspects of ceramics. My approach to pottery is very experiment-oriented. I explore a lot of ideas and try a lot of techniques; I learn a lot, but I produce relatively little. Not every idea is turned into a finished piece.  The current work is part of my “Steam-Pfunktional” series of Steampunk-inspired  pseudo-functional ceramic pieces. Steampunk, the art of Victorian futurism or science fiction with the celebration of Victorian technology and aesthetics and the rejection of the evils resulting from the Industrial Revolution, has existed ever since the novels of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, but has only recently coalesced from a term referring only to a type of science fiction novel into a broader art movement.”

"High Pressure Brewing Vessel" (c) 2012 Phil Berneburg (with permission)

“High Pressure Brewing Vessel”
(c) 2012 Phil Berneburg (with permission)

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Oh, yeah.

We’ve got quite a mantle display!

Jason Edwards finished our Xmas cards last week using the in-house letterpress. There are a limited number of handpainted cards as well as letterpress on metallic paper cards. The image is taken from the 1888 Christmas edition wrapper for Harper’s Bazar.

In the background is our Steampunk Cabinet of Curiousities Advent Calendar.

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Local ceramic artist and engineer, Phil Berneburg of Three Rivers Pottery, just dropped off these adorable espresso cups today.

Steampunk Espresso cups by Phil Berneburg

Steampunk Espresso cups by Phil Berneburg

They are all one of a kind with an cinnamon red octopus medallion on a nutmeg colored base.  The tentacle handles are in an iridescent gray.

 

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Harper’s Ferry resident, St. Peter’s docent, and sci-fi book reviewer, Teresa Barth made our steampunk stockings.

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Steampunk Stockings by Teresa Barth!

Steampunk Stockings by Teresa Barth!

Lovely!

 

 

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Winter Themes and Best of Steam

Our artist line-up is set for the season! Pith Helmet Provisions is now in the house, along with Christopher Loggie, Kasey Hendricks, Josh Aterovis, Mark Schumaker and Jason Edwards. We have re-installed our most popular 3D images with a new one featuring a view of Harper’s Ferry from Jefferson’s Rock.

Steam at Harper’s Ferry is now in full production of its own signature stylings of prints, solid brass keychains, and hand-colored Harper’s Ferry postcards.

Olde Tyme Christmas starts next week, November 30.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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This weekend is your last chance to see the Steampunk Leisure exhibit. In the next few weeks, we will be installing holiday themed works, so if you can’t make it to this show, please come to the next!

Thank you Nancy & Teresa!

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Steampunk Leisure Exhibit – through November 18!

Final days of the Steampunk Leisure Exhibit featuring Teresa Dunham Cavagnaro a photographer from Hedgesville, WV and Nancy Kautz, a water color painter from Harpers Ferry, WV. The Velocipedes in 3D rendered by Resident Artist, Jason Edwards, continues to entertain. We also have letterpress prints on The Century Magazine pages as well as pumpkin woodblock prints.

Artists Josh Aterovis and Mark Schumaker

Steam at Harper’s Ferry continues to show the work of two exciting artists in the Gallery, Josh Aterovis and Mark Schumaker.

Olde Tyme Christmas

Yes, it is that time again! Jonah Knight will be performing at Steam at Harper’s Ferry on  November 30 the first day of Olde Tyme Christmas festivities.

Check out Jonah’s podcast Pros and Cons and learn, like I did, about filk music. Who knew?

Steam at Harper’s Ferry is Seeking Artists

As you may know, Steam at Harper’s Ferry advertises a call to artists for specific themed exhibits on a quarterly basis. Artists who are interested in displaying their work on commission between exhibits should contact Steam at Harper’s Ferry directly. Steam is particularly interested in art that “works” in the gallery space. Artists are encouraged to come to Steam before contacting us. Information about submitting work is available on the website.

Shameless Steam – March

The next Shameless Steam arts-related business series will be held in March. If you are interested in promoting your arts-related business or your own work, please see the website under the post “Call for Presentations!” or follow the links under the “Events” tab.

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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 Steampunk Jewelry

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.)

Mark Schumaker Door Knockers

Mark Schumaker is a Washington area government worker with a passion for art on the side. He has many different interests in art mediums and, as he says, “I just try to make things that I would like.” Which door knocker is your favorite? Can you tell which one is mine?

Brunswick Railroad Days October 6 & 7, 2012 – Thoughts

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!

Halloween 2012

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
304-885-0094

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