For our next exhibition, we are bringing West Virginia based artist Logan Schmitt. His imaginative illustration feels of one who intimately knows West Virginia and the magic that lies within its natural landscape. His creative work continues to catch the eye of many including large musical acts such as The Avett Brothers, mewithoutyou, Norma Jean, Old Crow Medicine Show, and more. While his poster work makes up the largest part of his silk-screen printmaking career, we have decided to focus on his illustration. Schmitt will bring several ink on paper originals to be displayed for his solo exhibition. We hope you will come to meet this young creative, and enjoy his work as our new show!
Logan Schmitt is an illustrator who grew up in the woods in Wheeling, West Virginia. His fascination with nature and the small places of the forest are ever-present in his work and are a continual source of inspiration. Stylistically, he uses lots of lines and flat colors to present animals and other natural elements in an otherworldly light. When he isn’t illustrating posters for bands or designing t-shirts, you can find him somewhere in the woods or down by the creek. He currently lives in Wheeling with his wife and owl figurines.
When I was a little kid I was obsessed with drawing hearts. I would meet a new friend and challenge them to a heart-drawing comparison.
"Let's see your best heart right there." It was fascinating to see the way different people decided on the curvature of their individual hearts. Applied calculus in the blink of an eye, creating such a feminine shape. I always took note of what someone's heart looked like, and it always seemed to suit them, every time.
After my five year old self made this observation, that concept swam in the back of my mind for the next 15 years. It was like I had my finger on the trigger of this truth, and I was just waiting for the right moment to let it fire.
Eventually I realized I simply had to do this. I'm referring to the sense of self I feel when I draw the curves for my own heart. I have an immense feeling of gratification when I make a piece of art; there is my feeling and thought, recorded forever.
Suzanne Joy Teune is a visual artist based out of Asheville, North Carolina. Her mission is to live and create art from the impulses of her heart and to be a healing presence in the world through art.
“I paint from my heart. Working from the subconscious is important to me in my work because of its authenticity and healing potential. My paintings are an outpouring of my healing journey. What I have learned over the years of struggling with feelings of depression and self-doubt is that connecting with and trusting my heart is the only way to find freedom. I make my art the same way. I let what wants to be made unfold onto the fabric. When i make art, I am constantly checking in with myself and asking myself questions like, "Do i feel excited about this?", "Do i feel that inside my body?", "Am i bored?", "Does this feel like a chore or does this feel meaningful and playful?" I feel like this is an ongoing and evolving process. It is the same process that life offers us. It takes courage sometimes to do what we feel our heart is asking us to do. Questions come up like, "Will this sell?", "Does anybody actually care about this?" In life the questions that come up are, "What will people think?" "Will they be mad at me?" "What will happen if I do this even though its breaking the 'rules' of my family, my society, the expectations of me etc?" I feel like my art making process is a microcosm of life in this way, like a little laboratory.
When I moved to Asheville, NC from the Chicago suburbs, I found a rich inspiring community of people wise with appreciation for the earth and plant dyes. I found myself fascinated and subsequently began experimenting. It is such a gift to be able to paint with dyes straight from the earth that I foraged myself.”
The next Thomas Art Walk is Veterans Day Weekend!
Art Openings | New Exhibitions | Craft Drinks | Local Eats| Live Music
Creature - Strange Drink - 31 drawings from the month of October by seth
Gradient Project Space - Dutchman's Puzzle - a solo show of reclaimed leather quilts by Kimberly Joy Trathen
Lamplight - Opening Reception - Then and Now | Suzanne Joy Teune
White Room - Counterstitch - a group show of contemporary embroidery by Ashley Lawson, Sophia Rehack and Grace Lawson
Tip Top - Wayfaring Times - a photography exhibition by Meg Elizabeth Ward. Craft food and drink served all night here!
Farm Up Food Truck - Serving dinner from 7pm
Purple Fiddle - Live Music - Jouwala Collective at 8:30pm
Join us November 3rd as we host a silkscreen print demo and artist talk from Zeb Love. Love has worked with lamplight for about a year and a half, and I’ve known him for over ten years. I’ve seen Zeb develop his career as a printmaker, diligently perfecting his ability to design flyers for bands such as The Avett Brothers, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam.
Zeb plans to share some of the behind-the-scenes work behind his prints, while making one in Lamplight that will be sold at the gallery. We’ll also have some Q and A throughout the demonstration.
This event will fall on the last weekend of his solo exhibition, “It Takes Time.” Complimentary drinks and snacks will be available at the demo – hope to see you!
Announcing our next opening! We have represented Zeb Love since May of 2017. Love is a graphic designer and silk-screen printmaker based in Pittsburgh, PA. He began by teaching himself printmaking focusing on the art, but soon began working as a flyer designer for major touring musicians around the country. He has worked with The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, and The Grateful Dead.
We are proud to host this body of work as this will be the first time that Love presents his paintings. Thomas Art Walk on the same evening with multiple gallery openings in town.
While you're at our opening, have a look at our Zeb Love silkscreen print section, which is restocked with brand new prints on a regular basis. Lamplight is the only galleries which carries his new art prints. Hope to see you Labor Day Weekend! We recommend you get lodging through The Billy Motel, or check for great Airbnb options in town.
Paintings from this show will be available for purchase through our lamplightgallery.org. If you can't come to the opening, be ready to view the show at the same time through our website.
Exhibition Dates: July 14 - August 26
Show Length: May 26 - July 8
Show Length: March 17 - May 20
Show Length: Jan 6 - Mar 11