The Ice House Gallery is open Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm

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; the Ice House Artists’ Co-op was established soon. Today, the Ice House is home to several gallery spaces. Arts education classes in the visual arts occur throughout the year, with programming available for all ages.

Click here to check out our past gallery exhibits


MAC Special Exhibit Gallery
The Morgan Arts Council produces an annual series of specially-themed art exhibits featuring guest curators.
These exhibits feature local, regional, and national artists in various media.

Curated by Lynn Lavin

The Ice House Gallery show aims to bring an awareness of animals, plants, and habitats facing environmental challenges. The exhibition underscores vital conservation efforts. Notable successes include the resurgence of pandas and tigers, the reduction of plastic waste in our waterways, and the development of sustainable soil management to combat soil erosion and degradation. These initiatives improve food nutrition and aim to sustain our global population. We can address climate change and ensure a habitable Earth for future generations through such efforts.

Twenty-nine artists from NH, NJ, PA, MD, DC, VA, and WV have been researching, creating, and showing work in clay, fiber, glass, collage, painting, and wood. Curator Lavin comments, “It is a serious topic, yet the show is upbeat. A species can be endangered and still find a way to thrive.”

Hall of Dreams Gallery
This special exhibit space debuted after the 2013 building renovation. Located in the first-floor lobby, the rotating exhibit highlights local art in an accessible, central location.

Donna Housel
“My Creative Journey”

Donna Housel, a Pennsylvania painter, presents beautiful pastel work on the first floor of the Ice House, showing how her creative ideas have evolved over time. Housel notes “Just like every aspect of my life has changed over the years, so have my creative ideas evolved. I hope you enjoy seeing those changes in my exhibit”.

Osha Baxter
“In Between the Void”
Local artist Osha Baxter presents her artwork on the first floor of the Ice House. Her work consists of an abstract style of intricately obsessive doodles on a black background. She notes, “It’s not only always about the lines drawn,
but also the void between them.”

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


Take Me Home Country Roads
Annual Quilt Show
July 26 – September 15
Curator: Dottie O’Toole
Gallery Reception: July 27 @ 3PM

Take a colorful trip down our beautiful West Virginia country roads for the festival and sale of quilts created by local Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild members. Two floors of the Ice House will be packed with large quilts and smaller boutique items.

The Human Condition
September 20 – November 4
Curator: Theresa Wells Stifel
Gallery Reception September 21 @ 6:30 PM

Art that explores the universal experiences of humanity with images of joy, sorrow, love, loss, and other emotions. Artists reflect on the human condition and offer their interpretation of these experiences.

Merry and Bright
November 8 – December 30
Curator: LeeAnn Brannon

A show featuring a variety of beautiful, unique creations from a wide range of artists, both from West Virginia and throughout the region. You’ll have no trouble finding special gifts that will make everyone on your list Merry and Bright!

Ice House Artist’s Co-Op Gallery
The Ice House Artist’s Co-Op is owned and operated by local artists, who rent out space in the Ice House Gallery. It features over 30 local and regional juried artists who showcase and sell their work in varied media.

304-867-3073 •