Congratulations to our Memento Mori Award Winners!

Best in Show:  Peggy Debnam - Lazy Day on the Beach
The choice of the topic for the poem was easy because the beach is our favorite place to be.  Each trip we have taken, especially those with the whole family, easily followed the theme of this art exhibit: themes of memory, transience and “time’s relentless melt.”  The words came easily but physically presenting the poem was the challenge. It had to be something special to get the effect it deserved.  The framed poem needed to be embellished; thus the idea of fabric.  This wonderful, shabby chic scarf was the answer! The carefully chosen strips of fabric and silk ribbon were hand dyed, woven and sewn together.  Excerpts of the poem are stamped on the scarf.

1st Place Photograph: Stephanie Todd - The Homestead
I always look for the connection I have to the subject and love images that create a feeling of longing. This quiet farm reminds me of a simpler time, what it feels like to long for home and the endless wait for someone to return.

1st Place Poem: Miles Dean – Coal Dance
In the poem, "Coal Dance", I want the reader to become more aware of the differences between what is being said, and being done in the coal fields, and the long term consequences of same. It ain't just jobs: it's water, air, animals, it's trees, it's what is left when the parade passes by and only the Lorax remains.

1st Place Text & Image: Linda Treadway – Memories
My inspiration for “Memories” came from having family members that fought in World War II. Dear John letters are commonly believed to have been invented by Americans during this war. It was a time of little technology and letters written using cursive writing was one way of communicating with loved ones.
By only having the salutation on the stationary I want the viewer to make the decision as to whether the writer is beginning or ending a relationship. 

Art Bingo!
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Where - Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery
               600 Johnstown Road
               Beckley, WV  25801

$15.00 advance tickets
$20.00 at the door
includes one set of cards for each game

Concession opens at 5:30
Games start at 6:30

call 304-253-9226 for more information or to purchase tickets

                                                                  600 Johnstown Road , Beckley  WV
“Fair & Square”
Beckley Art Center   8 x 8’s   Fundraiser

Exhibition is open to everyone at all skill levels!  All entries will be accepted in all mediums.  Examples include work done on art boards, wood, canvas, fiber art squares, and etc.  No framed work please.

All works will be for sale and may be purchased for $25.00.  100% of all proceeds will be used to fund future exhibits, classes and workshops held at Beckley Art Center / owned and operated by Beckley Art Group, a 501c3 non-profit organization.


·          All work must be an 8 x 8 inch square
·         Do not sign the front of your work.  Sign, date and title your work on the back of your piece or pieces (up to 4).  This will be an anonymous exhibition.  Attach an envelope on the back as well with a thank you note for purchasing your work and any information you would like the purchaser to have such as your contact information, website, blogspot, phone number and etc.  They may want to purchase work from you in the future
·         Drop off dates:   May 28 – 31, 2014 between 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery / Beckley Art Center, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley WV
·         “Fair and Square” will be on display from June 6 – August 2, 2014 in addition to the scheduled exhibition at that time
·         Work not sold will be donated to our ongoing project, Collectors Circle @ Beckley Art Center


People’s Choice award will be given at the end of the exhibition

Best of Show
 Featured artist in WV South fall issue 2014
 Artist of the Month – during the month of September on our new website
Choice of one work of art featured in “Fair & Square”

Contact Karen Lilly or Jim Cox at 304-253-9226 with addition questions.
Gallery Hours:  Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Gallery at Beckley Art Center

Acrylic Painting Classes by Stephen Cassle
Art classes for beginning and intermediate painters are scheduled to begin on Monday March 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley.
Dunbar artist Stephen Cassle will teach various aspects of painting that will begin with landscape painting and eventually extend to still life, painting people, and tapping into your creative imagination. Classes will be ongoing and held every Monday at the Cynthia Bickey Gallery. An information/introduction meeting will be held on February 17, at 6:00 PM where Cassle will discuss the classes and supplies needed. The meeting will be free to anyone interested in learning more about the classes and students may also register at this time. Cassle’s artwork has spanned over forty years and he has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions throughout West Virginia. He also has work in several private collections throughout the United States and abroad including the White House Permanent Collection in Washington D.C. and former President George W. Bush. 
 Scholarship Program  There will be a scholarship offered for one student between the age of 13-17.  Those interested in applying should send in attending the class and all oterh information you would like considered in the selection process.
Classes begin on Monday March 3rd. from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Cost will be $75.00 per month for Beckley Art Group Members
                    $85.00 non-members per month.
Contact Steve Cassle @
    or       JoAnn Byron  304-253-2109 for more information
               Gallery office  304-253-9226

Christmas Portraits

This Saturday, December 7th, Beckley Camera Club will offer free Holiday Portraits for the kids! Stop by the Beckley Art Center/Cynthia Bickey Gallery from 11:00 am through 3:00 pm to receive one free professional 5 x 7 portrait. While there is no charge for the photograph, we ask that you bring a new toy or canned-food item that we will in turn donate to another local non-profit during the Christmas season.

Alcohol Ink Class
Saturday October 26
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Cost:  45.00

Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery