The Museum’s studio artist program is open to visual artists working in all media. While taking advantage of large, well-lit studios, artists provide opportunities for school and public audiences to observe art in process. Studio Artists are also available during our First Thursday hours from 5–8 p.m. Swing by for a discussion or to see our artists at work!
Margaret Gregg is an experimental visual artist. Gregg got into the arts when she discovered a love in decorating for Christmas and parties as a child. Dance, liturgies, and festivals decorations followed. Gregg would design posters and publications related to the events. She then progressed into more interactive forms, such as film, video and theatre which were more focused on specific cultural, regional, and political themes. Gregg studied at various learning centers with great people. She created a production line of hats and clothing in order to support herself. She believes that sharing a studio space at William King Museum of Art will continue to open more creative adventures on her path. Margaret’s studio is located on the second floor of the Museum.
Cecelia Pippin is a painter and ceramic artist. Currently, Pippin’s focus is in painting with oil, watercolor, and alcohol inks. Pippin has been a professional educator all her adult life. Her specialty is instructing in the art process with youth and adults. Pippin is a Washington County Master Gardener and, while teaching, always tries to impart environmental and plant education into lessons. Pippin earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia and takes continuing education classes at Penland School of Arts and Crafts in Penland, NC and Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC. Cecelia’s studio is located on the second level of the Museum.
My name is O. Lynn Price & I am 73 years young. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I am a self-taught portrait sculptor. I have two grown daughters, Lisa and Lori, & I have worked with children extensively. I take very seriously working with children, your children, your prized possessions, and I will treat them thusly. I look forward to finding that little spark of talent, drive and imagination in a child that will someday add much beauty to this old world. Lynn is a studio artist at WKMA located on the first floor of the museum. He now offers fully-instructed and self-instructed classes in his studio. For additional information contact Lori Rouse at email@example.com or (276) 628-5005 ext. 114.
Melinda Fritts Payne
Melinda Fritts Payne owns The Muddy Hound Pottery. She studied painting and ceramics in college and earned a degree in Studio Art from ETSU, and spent time studying art abroad as well. She tries to keep work on the lighter side of life and embraces the happy but sometimes juxtaposes darker creatures with flowery themes. Her favorite subject matter usually involves whimsical imagery mixed with a flowery elements linking different elements of the painting. Melinda has also taught Pottery, Drawing and Painting at her home studio, Town Square Center for the Arts, and for various organizations around the Tri Cities area. Her work is available for purchase at her studio at the William King Museum, Necessities Barter Theatre in Abingdon and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol.
Kenna Calhoun is an Abingdon, VA based portrait photographer. She received her photography degree from Virginia Intermont and has been in photography for 15 years. She specializes in newborn and family portraits. Of her work she says, "I truly love the beauty, and genuine emotions that come from real moments so I love to document those sweet moments in times for families and couples."
My life in clay started in the early 1970's when I studied Ceramics at Michigan State University's historic Pewabic Pottery under instructor, James Powell. I was particularly interested in Raku firing and salt fired ware. While at the Pewabic, I was fortunate enough to sit in on lectures by many nationally known potters such as Marie Woo, John Glick, Richard Zakin among others. After Leaving Michigan, my family resided in Iowa for a year where I taught Ceramics at the McNaider Museum housed in a beautiful Frank loyd Wright building. During our sojourn there, I entered some of my work in the "iowa Crafts: 9" Show and was awarded 1st place in the category of clay. After moving to Big Stone Gap, Virginia, I did a one year course in "production" clay work. All my work, until then, had been based on one-of-a-kind art pottery. Production work meant, working in series, which I hadn't done before. I taught for many years, courses in hand building and wheel throwing at both Mountain Empire Community College and University of Virginia at Wise. I also taught pottery at summer courses for children, organized by the pro Art Society of Wise County. Twice, I was an Artist in Residence at the Powell Valley High school where I taught a course in Raku, with the theme, mask making. I also ran my own studio, "Powell River Pottery' for many years. During this time, I exhibited my work at many shows around the Region. A two-woman show at the Harris gallery, Wise with my daughter, a painter. I was invited to put on a one woman show at S.E. Community College, Cumberland, KY. For which I produced near to 100 new works. in 2000, I was selected as one of the finalists for the "Governor's award for the Arts". In my "fiber" life, I studied spinning under Persis Greyson, internationally known spinner, spinning "novelty yarns" is one of my specialties. I am also a knitter, a weaver, a felter (both wet and needle felting), and I "twine" rugs and mats. Twining is a relative of, but not the same as weaving.
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