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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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John Brown Wax Museum

April 2012 Art Walk participant, the John Brown Wax Museum, is offering a special.

This November is 2 for the Price of 1 Days at the John Brown Wax Museum!

Download From the Following Coupon Link:


Print and Bring it With You to the Museum Between Nov. 1 – Nov. 30
Details on the coupon!


Harpers Ferry Historic Town Foundation*

On November 9, 2012 at 7 pm, there will be an annual business meeting. Foundation Members and interested parties are all invited to attend.The meeting is open to the public. Please contact the Foundation for further information.

Art Show and Sale – Potomac River Artists Guild**

Gadgets, Guns and Gears artist, Sue Parker, will be exhibiting at this event being held from November 9 – 12, 2012. For further information, click here.


Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable**

DATE:               Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
TIME:               Dinner 7:00 PM; Program 8:00
PLACE:             Camp Hill Methodist Church, Harpers Ferry, WV
SPEAKER:        James Rosebrock
SUBJECT:         From West Point to Antietam

The Speaker:  James Rosebrock was born in Buffalo, New York. He received his  undergraduate history degree from Niagara University in 1976 and was commissioned in  the U.S. Army after graduation.  While on active duty, he served in the United States  and Germany. Among his assignments was command of a company in the 82nd  Airborne Division.  He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College,  and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  He is a National Park Service certified Antietam Battlefield Guide and  has been chief of the guide service since 2011.

The Subject: This is the story of the 205 West Point graduates who served in the  Union and Confederate armies during the Maryland Campaign. The Civil War is the only  one in history where the major antagonists were students together at West Point. They  run from Joseph Mansfield, a graduate of the Class of 1822, who was mortally wounded at Antietam, to young Peter Hains of the Class of 1861, who commanded an  artillery battery at the Middle Bridge and would go on to serve well into the  20th century, finally retiring at the close of the first World War.

The Meal:  A family-style meal will be served at 7:00 PM prior to the program. The  cost of the meal is $15.00 per person. Reservations for the meal must be phoned in no  later than Sunday, November 11th, to Kyle Wichtendahl at 301-639-8855, or you can  email him at   kfwichtendahl@gmail.com. The meal will consist of: Sliced Roast Pork,  Mashed Potatoes, Gravy,Sauerkraut, Iced Tea, Coffee, Rolls, Butter, & Dessert

The Old Opera House Annual Auction and Dinner

Steam at Harper’s Ferry has a special place in its heart for theater. We donated a woodblock print entitled “Silhouette of a Girl” – so please bid on it!

Going Once, Going Twice– SOLD

What:     The Old Opera House’s Annual Auction and Dinner
When:     Saturday evening, November 17, 2012,starti ng at 5:30 pm – dinner at 7:00 pm
Where:     Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown The Old Opera House built in 1911 is located in Charles Town and is West Virginia’s oldest theatre and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Every autumn the Old Opera House hosts the Annual Auction which provides a significant portion of our operating revenue.  Funds from this effort help to defray the cost of royalties, costumes, sets and otherexpenses associated with mounting stage productions, as well as the cost of maintaining the 1911 historic opera house. This year the Annual Autumn Auction and Dinner is being held on Saturday evening, November 17.

This annual event is the ideal way to kick off the holiday season and to support the work of the Old Opera House.If you are looking for a special gift, want to finish or start your holiday shopping, or just love a great bargain, this auction is theplace to be. Fine arts, antiques, gift certificates, collectibles, furniture, and a variety of other items will be available. Tickets are only $45.00 per person for an evening that includes a  delicious buffet dinner, cash bar and loads of fun.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be purchased through the Old Opera House box-office at (304) 725-4420 or from any OOH Board member listed on the OOH website http://www.oldoperahouse.org

Don’t hesitate … get your tickets now!

We are currently accepting donations of goods and/or services for the silent or live auction and there are still sponsorship opportunities available.

If you happen to be moving or know someonewho is moving, this can be the perfect time to donate. For more information,please do not hesitate to contact Steven Brewer at the Old Opera House officeat (304) 725-4420 or Ray Bolyard at (304) 728-7418.

*Courtesy of Harpers Ferry Historic Town Foundation
* *Courtesy of Curt Mason, Jefferson County Historical Society

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It is hard to believe that a year has passed since Steam at Harper’s Ferry opened its doors! While there was hope that the gallery would have some appeal here with its Victorian/Steampunk theme, expectations were exceeded.

September 2011

Steam at Harper’s Ferry held its first exhibit featuring artist Angelica Temoche and Jason Edwards. Despite seemingly endless problems the week before, the reception went off without a hitch!

October 2011

Steam “officially” opened to the public on October 1, the first day of Railroad Days in Brunswick, MD. There was a Freedom Run early in the morning and those dedicated runners slogged through the rain-soaked streets and pathways. Our very first sale occurred this month. There was also an unexpected snow storm which caused the power to go out and significant tree damage.

November 2011

Steam started selling woodblock prints made on the premises. Jason Edwards, Steam’s Resident Artist, made “3D” prints of his character “Octoboy.”

December 2011

Busy, busy, busy! The 41st Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas was held the first two weekends of December. Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit and the weather cooperated!

January 2012

Things start to slow down in Harper’s Ferry in January, but we were open every weekend that month. The fireplace was on all … the … time.

February 2012

Musician Jonah Knight performed on acoustic guitar to a standing room only crowd, despite the cold weather. Jonah will be back on November 29 with his “Creepy Christmas” tunes.

March 2012

The Appalachian Trail Anniversary celebration was held this month. The Steampunk Travel exhibit opened with fine cabinetry work by Pith Helmet Provisions. The reception spilled out onto the stairway and throughout the town. Pith Helmet Provisions is comprised of members of The Steampunk Family who will have a Steampunk Stroll through the Lower Town on December 9 at 2 pm.

April 2012

This month was filled with preparations for the first Art Walk starting at Bolivar and ending in Harpers Ferry’s lower town. Next year’s Art Walk will be held on April 27 and 28.

May 2012

Author John W. Lamb talked about his book, “A Strange Engine of War” this month. Steam has his book available for sale. I attended the Steampunk World’s Fair.

June 2012

The Gadgets, Guns and Gears exhibit opened this month. This was the first time that we had posters made featuring art shown in the Gallery. It was also the first exhibit we had with five artists showing their work.

July 2012

This month, Steam announced plans for an arts-related business series.

August 2012

The Gadgets, Guns and Gears exhibit closed and the “Steampunk Leisure” call to artists was announced.

September 2012

The Steampunk Leisure exhibit opened and we are holding our first “Shameless Steam” event today with Hannah Ehlman, Larry Gillick and Cynthia Gayton presenting.

We’ve had visitors from as far away as Brazil and as close as Brunswick (well, even closer if your count upstairs and up the street!). It has been great fun talking about Harper’s Ferry’s Victorian Past and introducing people to Steampunk.

Thank you, everyone, for your support! We look forward to this coming year!

 

 

 

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The “Gadgets, Guns and Gears Exhibit” has received some great visitor comments in our guest book. Here is a sample:

“Spectacular!!! I want to see MORE!” L.C.

“Very interesting … me gusta!!” D.S.

“Amazing.” L.B.

“Nice! So amazing! Like from Spain :)” J & A

“Wonderful!” J.G.

“Inspiring” C.B.

This weekend, August 11 & 12, Steam is offering a 10% discount on woodblock prints to ATC 75th Anniversary participants.

The exhibit ends on August 26.

 

 

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Steam at Harper’s Ferry has put together Valentine collections as unique as your beloved. For the past several weeks, Steam has been preparing woodblock print Valentine’s Day cards.  We also have the good fortune to have original steampunk themed charms, bookmarks and earrings from G3 Creations.  There are three collections available.

Hearts Abound collection – One Swarovski red heart crystal and silvertone charm by G3 Creations, one Bear-Heart woodblock print card from Steam at Harper’s Ferry, and one bag of Wilbur Buds brand chocolates.

Music to Her Ears collection – One pair of nickel-free silvertone Heart & Key earrings by G3 Creations, one Bear-Heart woodblock print card and one bag of Wilbur Buds brand chocolates.

Can’t Go Wrong collection – One Bear-Heart woodblock print card and one bag of Wilbur Buds brand chocolates.

Custom collections can be made for you at the shop. All Bear-Heart Valentine’s Day cards were printed on the premises and are numbered and signed. The G3 Creations earrings and charms are from steampunk-themed collection made for Steam at Harper’s Ferry. Wilbur Buds brand chocolates are from Lititz, Pennsylvania and are delicious!

All come with a complimentary sheer drawstring bag, ready for gift-giving! Limited supply available.

Original Bear-Heart woodblock print by TJE

 
Here’s a short steampunk romance  Of Steam and Spring, based in Harper’s Ferry for your enjoyment. Below is the description:
 
“A steam carousel operates on Island Park for tourists. An enchantment occurs on the full moon when a town church clock strikes 12. A railroad executive brings the carousel’s designer to assure mechanics. A mournful calliope portends not all is well.”
 
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
 
 

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The orange and brown woodcut prints are dry and ready to go! The Steam at Harper’s Ferry letterpress prints are drying.

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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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