Please read exhibition guidelines before submitting artwork!
With more than 40 years of painting experience, Southern West Virginian Tom Acosta is known throughout many regions of Appalachia for his artistic works in oil and watercolor paintings and murals.
“After practicing the techniques and style for many years, I began to realize I needed to paint for a purpose. I committed myself to telling the story of my life – the people, places, and events that have shaped me. Through realism, I try to create something timeless – something that touches all of us, in universal themes, often by focusing on emotions, color, atmospheric conditions,” said Tom Acosta.
Born in McDowell County during the last years of the coal boom, Tom, a graduate of Iaeger High School, is a completely self-taught artist. In 1985, Tom moved to North Carolina. After raising a family, Tom returned to Southern West Virginia in 2001.
“Most of the inspiration for my work comes from where I grew up. Southern West Virginia, and McDowell County, in particular, needs new voices to presever the history and heritage of tomorrow, and inspire a new generation to accomplish great things in the future,” said Tom.
Tom is an award-winning painter in both oil and water color mediums, and his work has been seen in galleries throughout the region. Today, his works can be seen at The Pottery at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV.
The bright colors of leaves, the aroma of Fall air, the changing of the seasons, childhood memories, Halloween, favorite Autumn traditions, all made unique by our Appalachian home. The Autumn in Appalachia exhibition is open to all media and interpretation. Click on the prospectus for a full list of rules, guidelines and fees for the upcoming exhibition.
We are now accepting applications for our Holiday Market! The market is open to all media and craft. Smaller work and holiday themed items priced under $50 are encouraged, but all themes and prices are welcome.
The Exhibitions Committee will display items.
Artists are encouraged to work shifts during the market. Shifts will be coordinated at time of delivery.
▪Ornaments are requested for a themed display.
Hanging art must have appropriate frame, 16×20 with wire and no tooth hangers
▪ Tables will be in place. List size of your art and for small collections of multi
pieces give a description of needed space for table top or hanging and whether you have your
own display. Space is limited therefore avoid excessive packaging, large displays, or large/bulky print
bins. Matted work is limited to 15 pieces no larger than 16×20. Smaller items are limited to 20. Framed
work must not be larger than 16×20.
▪ Artists are encouraged to make Christmas and Holiday themes
▪ All items priced with artist’s name and item code on each tag ex: Artist Peg Debnam.
Code with price = PD #1, #2 $6.00. etc.
REGISTRATION FEE AND FORM
▪ $ 20.00 Member * $30.00 Non Member DUE by September 30th 2018
▪ Commission split 30% to the Gallery and 70% to artist. Gallery will collect and pay-tax
▪ Commission checks will be mailed by December 21, 2018
DELIVERY ART WORK
▪Deliver Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th 2018 11 AM – 6 PM to Beckley Art Center. Art objects MUST be your original work
PICK UP ARTWORK
▪ December 17 & 18, 2018 Items MUST remain in Market Place until final day
MARKET HOURS OF OPERATION
▪ Sunday 2:00 – 4:00pm and Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am-5:00 pm
▪ Artists encouraged to work shifts during the market. Coordinate your shift at delivery
▪ Docent training by gallery managers