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 and Monday from 10 am – 4 pm .
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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.

Carr-Kelly Gallery
This special exhibit space, opened on the second floor West Wing in 2014, features rotating exhibits of individual artists and groups.


Current Exhibits

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.
Opening reception Friday, March 3, 7 p.m. with entertainment and refreshments.

 

Previous Exhibits

 

Art Encore
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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Ice House Special Exhibit Gallery:

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11/18/16 – 1/117

Andrea Theisson – Paintweaver: Multi-mused and Amused. Tapestries and paintings reflecting the relationship between wool and acrylics.

 

 

 

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9/16/16 – 11/13/16

Erin Brown – Flowers, Trees and Birds, Oh My!
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paintings in pen-and-ink and gouache.

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7/29/16 – 9/25/16
Expressions & Impressions: Potomac River Artists Guild
Original watercolors, pastels, oils and other two-dimensional work exhibited by 20 juried members of the Potomac River Artists Guild.

 

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6/3/16—7-31/16
ART AFRICA
Art by women participants in Johns Hopkins University’s AIDS programs in Uganda and in China are popular items. Sales revenues help support the women and their children in treatment programs. African art and sculptures from the Queen Street Gallery in Martinsburg augment the showcase of art.  Curated by Mahnaz Motevalli.

 

 

 

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SERENITY
The annual Quilt Show, the centerpiece of May Quilt Month in Berkeley Springs, takes serenity as its theme in 2015, defining serenity as the creative force within every quilter, a force that brings peaceful calm to the quilter and the world. More than 100 pieces of art from more than 50 Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild members including large and small pieces are created especially for this show.

 

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March 4 – April 10
The Ice House celebrates Youth Art Month with an explosion of creativity from the children of Morgan County Schools and homeschoolers.  Curated by Anna Ruggiero.  More information here.
Fri., March 4, 7 PM: Opening extravaganza with student music and dance performances. All are welcome.

 

 

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IN BLACK AND WHITE
“In Black and White” exhibits 10-12 artists working in various media including fiber, paper, art prints, paint and photography. It explores the diversity, interest and strong effect that can be achieved within a limited palette. Curated by Rebecca Grace Jones.

 

 

 

coat_collar2_thIce House Special Exhibit Gallery
November 13 through January 3, 2016
Warm and Wonderful
Ice House Co-Op members and exhibitors from previous shows offer a wide variety of jewelry, artsy wearables and holiday gifts. Art Africa women are sending crafts previewing their show in the summer of 2016. Lynn Lavin curates this popular holiday show. Artist Reception on Friday November 20 at 7:30pm.

 

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November 20 through January 3, 2106
American Folks
Tintype Photos by Elmaleh

 

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November 20 through January 3, 2106
They Call it Music!
Photography by Ryland Swain
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September 25 through November 8, 2015
Freedom of Expression
Featuring 15 to 18 2-D visual and 3-D artists who have taken their work one step beyond the traditional definition of their discipline. The show displays unique and innovative pieces of artwork that combine different techniques, materials and media to stimulate the imagination. Daniele Piasecki curates this unique exhibition. Meet the artist reception Friday October 23 at 7:30pm

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September 25 through November 2, 2015
The Image Within
Photos by Marla Carr

 

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July 31 through September 20, 2015
Portal / Threshold
A variety of artists – metal forger, mixed media artists, painter and sculptors – show transition from one physical, metaphysical or other realm to another.  Curated by Luc Fielder. Opening reception is Friday, July 31 at 7:30pm. 

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July 31 through September 20, 2015
Capturing the Light
Watercolors by Lynn Ferris 

 

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July 31 through September 20, 2015
My Back Yard Birds
Photography by Doug Ritenburg

 

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May 29 – July 26, 2015
GLASS!!!
The long history of art glass in West Virginia leads directly to this 21st century show of stained glass, sculptures, angels and functional glass artwork. Featuring works from Washington Glass School – Erwin Timmers and students, Fenton Glass, Blenko Glass and Appalachian Glass and local Morgan County glass artists.  Opening Reception on May 29 at 7:30pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

cloudsfromthevalleys-150x150Exhibit: Hall of Dreams and Carr-Kelly Galleries
May 29 – July 26, 2015
Natural Forms
Paintings and drawings of nature and landscapes by LieAnne Navarro.

 

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May 29 – July 26, 2015
Indoors – Outdoors: Landscapes and Still Lifes
Paintings by Lois Borgenicht.

 

 

 

 

 

Ice House Special Exhibit Gallery and Hall of Dreams, Carr – Kelly Gallery
10014569_678419695552546_1640807611549829437_nApril 17 – May 31, 2015
Anything Goes
The annual Delectable Mountains Quilt Show and Display showcases new and different techniques of contemporary quilting with a nod to the tradition that continues.  More than 100 pieces of art from more than 50 quilt guild members, including large quilts and small pieces created especially for the show. Opening reception is April 17 at 7:30pm.  This popular show is curated by Denise Cline.
MAC Youth Art CollaborationMarch 6 – April 5, 2015
Community Youth Art Show
Children from all eight Morgan County Schools plus homeschoolers exhibit a diverse display of art.  Showcase of student performance art at opening.  This show has been held annually since 1996.  Curated by Anna Ruggiero. Opening Extravaganza SATURDAY MARCH 14 at 7pm. Youth Art Show Poster 2015

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Wrap It Up is the annual holiday gift show of imaginative artwork from across the country, curated by Abby Chapple. Through January 4.

 

 

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January 9 – March 1, 2015
PLAN B Alternate Media
Working from the heart and outside their usual media, Ice House Co-Op members and invited artist friends share rarely seen pieces of their art.  Curated by Jane Frenke.  Opening Reception January 9, 2015 at 7:30pm.  

 

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January 9 – March 1, 2015
Nature’s Inspirations
Chinese and Japanese themed inks and watercolors by Richard Kaufman.

 

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January 9 – March 1, 2015
Art Inspired by Music
Abstract Expressionist paintings by Joan Fleming Smith.

 

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.

Click here for the latest Arts Education at the Ice House

Upcoming Corks and Creations Classes:
June 20 & 27 – Mosaic Wall Hanging with Veronica Wilson and Amanda Footen
July 18 – Sumi-e Painting with Richard Kaufman
August 15 – Image Transfers with Natasha Fields
September 12 – Indigo Fabric Dyeing with Jane Frenke
September 19 – Watercolors with Lynn Ferris
October 3 – Beaded Bracelets with Pat Williams
November 21 – Clay creations with Lynn Lavin
December 5 – Make a Holiday Tree with Abby Chapple
2016
January 30 – Expressive Painting with Rebecca Grace Jones

February 13 – Jewelry Making with Maya Fredo
June 4 – Beading with Pat Williams