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This is the last weekend to see Pith Helmet Provisions  Steampunk Travel installment here at Steam at Harper’s Ferry.

This morning was the Harpers Ferry Half Marathon. Great day for it! Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Today is the 27th Annual Herb Fair and Bake Sale to support the GFWC Woman’s Club of Harpers Ferry. If you are inspired after purchasing a few choice herbs or flowering plants, you may want to participate in the “Living Antiques!  Heirloom Vegetable Seedlings and Seed Fair” Workshop sponsored by the Harpers Ferry Historical Association.

It is also World Fair Trade Day!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting information about the artists whose works will be displayed during the Art Walk being held April 28 & 29, 2012. The first two artists are Lisa Kovatch and Theodore Staley.

Business Name/address/contact information/description

Lisa Kovatch Pottery
Folksy, functional earthenware pottery with a modern sensibility.
247 Union Street
Bolivar, WV
Open 9 – 6
http://www.LKpottery.com
202-360-9954

Artist Name and Medium

Lisa Kovatch, pottery

Photos

Copyright 2012 Lisa Kovatch. Reproduced here with permission.

Business Name/address/contact information/description

The John Brown Wax Museum
168 High St.
Harpers Ferry, VW 25425
(304) 535-6342

The John Brown Wax Museum graphically tells the story of John Brown and the raid on Harpers Ferry. Voice, music, & animation enhance the experience.

Artist name and medium

Theodore Staley Watercolor, Oil, and Charcoal

Photo (s)

Copyright 2012 Theodore Staley. Reproduced here with permission.

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This event, in cooperation with the Harper’s Ferry National Park Service and the Harper’s Ferry Historical Association, is scheduled for this weekend. Click on the link to find out more.

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We have some new woodblock prints for sale at Steam at Harper’s Ferry! The block was hand-cut into cherry wood and hand-printed. These are limited edition prints (image measured at approximately 7″ x 9″, numbered and dated) made on the premises with oil-based ink on 90 lb. cotton rag paper. $35.

What do you think?

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This is going to be a pretty exciting weekend coming up.  Starting on October 14, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is sponsoring the 2011 National Trademark Expo. Steampunk inventors, makers and all other creatives should know something about trademarks – and here’s your chance!

Steampunk and steampunk-related conventions going on this weekend: Steamcon III in Seattle (actually Bellevue) starting on October 14 and the New York ComicCon starting on October 13.

Closer to home, on October 14, the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative is having a reception as part of the Charles Town Races Breeders Cup Weekend.  The featured artist is Loretta Dovell Bailey, the official painter of the West Virginia Breeders Classics.

The West Virginia Breeders Classics races are held every year at at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races 5 miles from Harper’s Ferry. It will be held this year on October 15.  Good times!

Next, the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park is having activities all weekend as part of the 150 Commemorative of the Civil War.  This weekend the topic is In the Shadows of John Brown: The 1861 Battle of Bolivar Heights.  This is a two-day event starting at 10 am both days.

So what is going on at Steam at Harper’s Ferry? In addition to the continuing exhibition of the works of Angelica Temoche and Jason Edwards, we have Taryn Staples’ steampunk-themed switchplate collection. We also just received Wilbur brand  “train pops” specially be-ribboned with Steam at Harper’s Ferry colors of burgundy and blue!

Steam has original New York Herald newspapers for the dates November 2, 1859, November 4, 1859 and October 24, 1861. In the October 24 edition, on page 7, it says:

“It has been reserved for the rump of the abolitionists – a faction utterly dead to all principle and sense of patriotism – to import from the low political factions of Europe a weapon of offence entirely repugnant to American practices and notions. … It is, however, it must be admitted, a legitimate auxiliary of the ferocious and unscrupulous attacks upon the government by which such journals as the Tribune and the Times endeavor to drive the President into making this war a war of abolition, and thus forever destroy all hopes of a reconstruction of the Union.”

Wow.  Also in the October 24 edition, is coverage of activities on Bolivar Heights.

When you come to Steam, please ask about the painting of Royal Emerson Whitman’s residence, known locally as the “Scottish Castle”.  Colonel Whitman built his home on Bolivar Heights and Whitman Avenue is named after him.

Thank you for reading!

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Copper Enamel Switchplates

What makes these switchplates unique? Enamel fused copper.

“I use enamel powder-fused copper switchplates to create custom housewares. My enameling process renders a glassy, smooth and variably translucent or opaque appearance to each piece. Some designs focus on the positive and negative effects created from a penciling technique, emphasizing a clock or gear motif. Others have real watch gears, screws, or trinkets applied to Victorian color palettes and lace patterns. These abstract Steampunk designs will enhance a room or stand out as a focal point on a simple wall color.”

A limited switchplate series is available at Steam at Harper’s Ferry, 180 High Street, 1-B, Harper’s Ferry, WV 25425.

Taryn Staples
TJC3 Collection
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tjc3collection

Taryn Staples earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2001. She studied fused glass and copper enamel at the Guy Mason Art Studio in Georgetown while working in DC as an Equity Stage Manager at several local theaters. She applied these new skills to create art glass, a jewelry line, and a custom housewares collection.

Custom orders and plates for toggle style switches may be ordered directly from the artist.

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