The Visual Arts became a central focus of the Morgan Arts Council once MAC acquired the Ice House in 1996. Developing gallery space in the building became a top priority after a yearlong visual arts festival in 1997; establishment of the Ice House Artists’ Co-op soon followed. Today, the Ice House is home to several gallery spaces including the Ice House Artists’ Co-Op Gallery, the Ice House Special Exhibit Gallery, The Hall of Dreams and the Carr-Kelly Gallery. Arts education classes in the visual arts take place throughout the year with programming available for all ages, for artist and non-artist alike.
The Ice House Artists’ Co-Op Gallery
The Ice House Artists’ Co-Op is a gallery run independently by a group of local artists. featuring over 20 local artists in varied media. The gallery is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5pm.
304-867-3073 • www.icehousecoop.com
Ice House Special Exhibit Gallery
The Morgan Arts Council produces an annual series of specially-themed art exhibits featuring guest curators. Local, regional and national artists are displayed in a wide variety of media.
Hall of Dreams
This special exhibit space had its debut after the 2013 building renovation. With its placement in first floor lobby space, the rotating exhibit highlights local art in an accessible, central location.
This special exhibit space, opened on the second floor West Wing in 2014, features rotating exhibits of individual artists and groups.
Co-op Gallery – January 12 – February 25, 2018
This elegant wood show that explores all the different techniques used in one of the oldest crafts in the world, and featuring everything from wood earrings to tables.Opening reception: Friday, January 12, 7:30 p.m. All are invited to come and meet the artists.
Hall of Dreams & Carr-Kelly Gallery – January 12 – April 8, 2018
Halima Gay Reilly: Art From the Heart: Intuitive Collage
as a form of journaling.
Ilene Gold: – Collage Artwork: Collages created entirely from National Geographic Magazines.
Handmade clothing and gift items perfect for holiday shopping.
Hall of Dreams & Carr-Kelly Gallery, November 10 – December 31, 2017
V Lynn Moore: Mid-Atlantic Visions. Painting that captures the beauty and value of nature in the Mid-Atlantic.
Carol Wilks: Carol’s Impressions. A collection spanning 40 years of work in oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolor.
September 15 – November 5, 2017
Curator: Paul Berryhill
Harvesting local creativity and the diversity of talent in our region. Exhibit includes watercolor and acrylic paintings; gourd art, hand-knitted accessories, faerie houses and stained glass.
September 15 – November 5, 2017 in the Carr-Kelly Gallery and Hall of Dreams
It’s All About the Surface!
July 21 – September 10, 2017
Curator: Crawford Horne
Pottery created with a variety of different glaze and firing techniques including wood-fired, pit-fired, salt-glazed, soda-glazed and raku.
Opening reception: Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.
July 21 – September 10, 2017 in the Carr-Kelly Gallery and Hall of Dreams
Derek Kan: Images by Derek Kan. Photographs of nature, people and places far and near by someone who observes the world with wonderment.
Forged! The Art of Fire and Metal
June 2-July 16, 1017
Curator: Glenn Horr
More than a dozen regional metal artists display functional and decorative works.
Hall of Dreams, June 2-July 16
Keep Me In Stitches — Annual Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild Show
April 14 – May 28, 2017
Curators: Mickie Sienko & Susannah Kipp
The exhibit showcases work done in new, innovative techniques as well as classical methods. Items range from full-size quilts to wearable items and home decor.
Youth Art Show
3/3/17 – 4/2/17
Curator: Anna Ruggiero
Morgan Arts Council and the Morgan County Schools celebrate Youth Art Month with the works of students from all the public schools as well as Morgan County home-schoolers filling the Ice House.
1/6/17 – 2/26/17
Curator: Sandy Kay
Fabulous fine art, crafts, wearables and jewelry, new-to-you original artwork. Recycled 2- and 3-dimensional art at remarkable prices.
Wrap It Up!
11/18/16 – 1/1/17
Curated by Abby Chapple
Annual holiday show presents wonderful and imaginative artwork created by both local artists and invited artists from around the country. A great opportunity to “shop local” for the holidays.
Into the Woods: The Vision and Art of the Woodworker
9/30/16 – 11/13/16
Curated by Neil Super
More than a dozen regional wood artists working with traditional and modern techniques showcase one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, sculpture and objects.
11/18/16 – 1/1/17 in the Carr-Kelly Gallery and Hall of Dreams
Andrea Theisson – Paintweaver: Multi-mused and Amused. Tapestries and paintings reflecting the relationship between wool and acrylics.
9/16/16 – 11/13/16
Erin Brown – Flowers, Trees and Birds, Oh My!
Hall of Dreams gallery. Nature paintings in pen-and-ink and gouache.
Original watercolors, pastels, oils and other two-dimensional work exhibited by 20 juried members of the Potomac River Artists Guild.
Arts Education – School of the Arts
Since 1978, the Morgan Arts Council has provided arts education programming within the community. When the Ice House was acquired in 1996, art classes in visual arts and theater soon took hold as a complement to new gallery and community theater space. In 2005 a dance studio was added. Youth art education evolved into after-school classes, summer art camps, and artist residencies along with arts integration programming in local public schools.
$35/$30 MAC members. More information and online registration here.
Aug. 19: Medieval Illumination with Sala Chapman
Sept. 30: Gemstone Earrings with Maya Fredo