With Winter coming in full force, we are moving to our Winter hours schedule. By keeping our public spaces heated, we run into the problem of astronomical utilities that stress our budget to the breaking point. The House of Art will be open by appointment for the next few months, until we resume our normal schedule. To come see us here, just call the Gallery phone, 304-324-4242, and give us a day’s notice. We are normally somewhere in the building and are more than happy to take you on a tour of the Ramsey. Stay safe and warm!
Have you gotten your 2020 Gary Bowling Chicken Calendar yet? Do you draw, paint, color, sculpt, or just love art? Are you interested in seeing and investing in the arts in West Virginia? Then come to Gary Bowling’s House of Art in Bluefield, West Virginia on Saturday, November 30 to buy our new calendar or works of art by local artists such as Jamie Powers, Jody Queen and others. By doing so you will support Small Business Saturday, help fund our building restoration and enter our first annual coloring contest! Come join us for cookies, hot cocoa, spiced cider, surprises and loads of FUN!!!
Our address: 300 Ramsey Street, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm.
Our phone: 304-324-4242
About the Calendar
John Velke, a long-time friend and supporter, fell in love with a stack of original Gary Bowling chicken cartoons showcasing Gary’s irreverent and quirky sense of humor. (These cartoons are from 25 years ago, proving that Gary has ALWAYS been a little warped). John bought the originals, found 14 of his favorites and had them made into a calendar. He then had 2000 of these calendars printed for the House of Art to sell in order to raise funds for the renovation and restoration of the Ramsey School, our historic and grand building. What a generous contribution to this 501 c3 organization, and an amazing idea, to boot! Thank you, John! Calendars are $10 each.
About the Gallery
Featuring original art work as well as prints, our gallery displays works for sale by local artists. If you like paintings or prints, hand-crafted artisanal items, sculptures or repurposed art, then we have an excellent array of gift ideas for your holiday season. Come by, see our school and enjoy the art we have for sale.
About the Contest
Color, paint, ink or pencil one of the calendar drawings and send a digital picture of your work to us by Facebook Messenger or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be chosen in January. 1st place is $300, 2nd place is $200 and 3rd place is $100. There is no additional cost to participate – buying the calendar is your entry fee!
How It Helps
For the last two years, we have been slowly and steadily repairing and restoring what we could, with our limited funds, and using re-purposed, re-used, and re-imagined materials. Our main focus has been to replace the roof of the Ramsey because we have sustained much water damage throughout the building from the aged and failing roof. This year, we received the necessary funding for the roof replacement from the Shott Foundation and the West Virginia Division of Arts, Culture, and History and are so very grateful! We can now begin to focus on other areas of this magnificent building that served this community for so many decades, providing education, culture and entertainment, and showcasing Bluefield nationally as a vital and progressive commerce center. 100% of the sales of this calendar will help to further the mission of GBHA and restore and preserve the Grand Dame of Bluefield, Ramsey School. Calendars are $10 each.
The 2020 Gary Bowling Chicken Calendars are here! The calendars include original Gary Bowling chicken cartoons from 25 years ago (proving that Gary has ALWAYS been a little warped). The calendars were printed by John Velke, who bought the originals, found 14 of his favorites and had them made into a wonderful calendar. He then had 2000 of these calendars printed for the House of Art to sell in order to raise funds for the renovation and restoration of the Ramsey School, our historic and grand building. What a generous contribution to this 501 c3 organization, and an amazing idea, to boot! Thank you, John!
Come visit the gallery at Gary Bowling’s House of Art in Bluefield, West Virginia on Saturdays between 12-4 pm to pick one up, because by doing so you will help fund our building restoration and enter our first annual drawing contest (for more info on the restoration and the contest, scroll down).
Calendars are $10 each. Read More
On Saturday, August 31, the House of Art will be hosting the Opening Exhibit of West Virginia artist, Tom Acosta. Acosta paints with purpose, depicting contemporary social realities and everyday activities of ordinary people. The perfection he demands of himself and his finished pieces make it evident that his artistic endeavors are much more than a way to make a living. His work is divided into two categories: reality and fantasy allegorical.
Aside from work in the permanent collection at the Butler Institute, Tom has exhibited at the Clay Center, Tamarack, and the Gertrude Smith House in Mt. Airy, NC. His work evokes the regionalistic style of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. Curator Barbara Moore told him, “Your work is dark like Andrew’s, but your palette is light like Jamie’s.” Acosta is represented at the Barbara Moore Gallery in Chadd’s Ford, PA, and the Cooper Gallery in Lewisburg, WV among others. Read More
In the summer of 2018, West Virginia native and internationally renowned artist Patch Whisky exhibited his work at our new gallery at the Gary Bowling House of Art. Read about his West Virginia roots, his work in Bluefield, W.VA. and our exhibit in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph!