Specialty workshops taught by professional artists

Schedule for workshops, classes and demonstrations

Instructor Medium Time
Kathryn Gillispie Watercolor 10-noon 10-noon
Pocahontas Nature Club DIY Spider noon-2 noon-2
Kristen Lecroy Acrylics 10-noon 10-noon
Woody Harman Blacksmith All Day  All Day
Marcia Laska  EcoPrint 11-noon
 Ken Nagakui  Wood fired pottery  9-5  9-5
 Mary Burruss  Yoga  10-noon  10-noon
 Sigrid Eilertson Mask making & collages  10-noon  10-noon
 Kathryn Gillispie  Nature clay  1-2:15  3-4:15
 Kristen Lecroy  Watercolor  1-4  1-4
Brightside Tea House  Cuppa Tea  2-4  2-4

Kristen Lecroy


Kristen Lecroy works at Pocahontas County Parks and Rec Community Wellness Center in Marlinton. A graduate of California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, Kristen has shown her work in California over the years. She can be seen teaching at the Dirtbean Cafe and Bike Shop. Her preferred medium is acrylic paint on wood, like skateboards and her favorite things to paint are monsters, like a snow yeti or sea creatures as well as owls and cows. Youngsters can expect a great time with Kristen.

Sigrid Eilertson has a BA in Fine Art from College of Charleston and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from Marylhurst College. Sigrid says life experiences have been woven into the content of each work, these memories become the threads that literally create layers on the canvas. “My collages in particular are overlapping layers of my own personal growth experiences through the media of paper. The process has become a metaphor for my utter existence… a mental road map in which art therapy becomes the vehicle for catharsis.”

If you cannot attend both days’ workshops, please fill out this form to have Sigrid make you a mask that you can complete during your one day attendance.

Sigrid Eilertson

Collage & Mask Making

Marcia Laska


A BA with honors in English from Colorado College provided a background in communication that was beneficial in my career. The granddaughter of an architect and daughter of an artist influenced my 25-year career in fashion design that required extensive international travel with home bases in New York City and Alexandria Virginia.
Since 1996 I studied at the Crow Barn and Arrowmont under such teachers as Carol Soderland to learn the essentials of fabric dyeing. For more than 10 years I have hand-dyed silks and fabrics at my home in Pocahontas County using nature as an assistant. Snow, natural found leaves and plants themselves have all found their way into my art.
My interest in ethno botany and healing plants comes from over 200 hours of study with well known herbalist teachers including Mimi Hernandez, Matthew Wood, Kathleen Maier and Sevensong. For three years I hosted an Herb Fair at the National Radio Observatory to engender an enthusiasm for the usefulness of our native plants. For five years I have worked with the Allegheny Mountain Institute fellows to help them identify, cultivate and integrate the use of native and introduced herbal plants into their lives as healing foods, salves and teas.

Mary Burruss is a freelance writer/blogger who specializes in Arts & Culture pieces for several different local, regional and national publications. In addition to being a journalist, Mary has been a certified art teacher since 1996, helping hundreds of high school, college and adult students learn keys to their creative intuition. She holds a BFA from the prestigious Arts School at Virginia Commonwealth University, an MFA in Education from Virginia Tech and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from VCU’s Nonprofit Learning Point.

Mary Burruss

Art therapy

Kathryn Gillispie


Kathryn Gillispie has a Masters in Art from WVU. Years of teaching art to both high school and junior high school students have provided her experience to be an art instructor at Davis-Elkins College as well as Wesleyan College, both in West Virginia. She is a founder of Pocahontas County Art Co-operative as well as Artists at Work in Elkins WV. Her watercolor work is showcased in the WV Division of Natural Resources wildlife calendars.

David ‘Woody” Harman is a self-taught artist blacksmith who has been blacksmithing for over 40 years with a coal forge. Woody is a member of the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America, the Appalachian Blacksmiths Association and the West Virginia Arts and Crafts Guild. Woody instructs week-long blacksmithing classes for The Augusta Heritage Center and mentors students in his own blacksmith shop in Pocahontas County WV.

David ‘Woody” Harman


Ken Nagakui is a native of Japan now living in Charlottesville VA. His pottery name, Karematsu, is named after a small place adjacent to where he was born in Japan. Ken will be using wood firing, which is a very old method in pottery. Ken will dig a kiln on Friday so participants can actually experience the wood firing as they make their piece of pottery. Space is limited for this workshop so sign up early by filling out the form below to make sure there are materials and tools for your experience.

Ken Nagakui

Pottery Karematsu

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