BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV—Morgan Arts Council presents the works of 20 artists in a new exhibit, “Freedom of Expression,” in the Ice House Gallery. Daniele Piasecki curates the show, which opens with an artist reception on Friday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. The exhibit lasts until November 8.

Piasecki brings together artists from throughout West Virginia; from the Washington DC metropolitan area, including the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria and the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, VA; and from as far away as Tennessee.


Included in the exhibit is “Rainbow Void” by Martin Cervantez.

“For me, art is a way to express the depth of one’s soul” said Piasecki. “Artists need to feel completely free to experiment with techniques and materials to convey the integrity of what they have to contribute to culture and society.”

Piasecki is a local fine-art photographer and mixed-media artist, as well as a member of the Ice House Artists Co-op. She is best known for her whimsical series of B & W photographs featuring brightly colored bathrobes interacting as human beings. She also works with nature imagery for the healthcare environment and debuts a new body of mixed-media artwork in the show.

The exhibit features both two- and three-dimensional work in a variety of media, including fiber, clay, glass, mixed-media, painting, papier mâché, photography, sculpture, watercolor, wood and collage.

Among the eight West Virginia artists is furniture maker Joseph Elbert, of Leon, whose designs are inspired by Art Deco skyscrapers and Frank Lloyd Wright. Elbert won a prestigious Niche Award for Furniture in 2014. Lavana Lemley, of Vienna, incorporates natural elements in her mixed-media art; branches and roots bring life to her sculptures of curious creatures. Rebecca Williamson, of Williamstown, uses custom made kiln glass to create objects that tell a different story on each side.

Artists from the Torpedo Factory Art Center include sculptor Carol Gellner-Levin, who has exhibited at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington DC; José Piedra, whose imaginative art is a contribution to the strong identity of the Andean and Latino people; and Niki Pickett, an original member of the Torpedo Factory whose large floral watercolors have won many awards.

Artists from the Workhouse Art Center include Martin Cervantez, who previously held the prestigious position as Artist in Residence at the U.S. Army Center of Military History; Lynn Goldstein, a native from Beckley, WV; and David Barnes, who displays a collaborative body of work, including painting and glass.

Funding for Ice House special exhibits comes in part from the National Endowment for the Arts, the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and local hotel/motel taxes.