[caption id="attachment_10109" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/09\/DSC_0011.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/09\/DSC_0011.jpg" alt="Gallery owner Kristy Lanier intends to use the front room as a rotating gallery, featuring a variety of artwork from local and out-of-state artists, and hopes to maintain a calm atmosphere. C. Moore photo" width="600" height="268" class="size-full wp-image-10109" \/><\/a> Gallery owner Kristy Lanier intends to use the front room as a rotating gallery, featuring a variety of artwork from local and out-of-state artists, and hopes to maintain a calm atmosphere. C. Moore photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nCailey Moore\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nOn Friday evening, the Dirt Bean Gallery opened its doors and celebrated its grand opening.\r\n\r\nLocated at 102 Main Street in the former House of Style building, the gallery is the newest addition to downtown Marlinton and features a collection of work from both local and out-of-state artisans. \r\n\r\n\u201cIt was better than I expected,\u201d gallery owner Kristy Lanier said. \u201cIt was great. I was just in here scrubbing the paint off the floor at a quarter to five, and I was just trying to get the door open. But it\u2019s been pretty good, and more people came than I thought. \r\n\r\n\u201cI just wanted to make sure we were open by tomorrow for the festival. That way \u2013 even though I\u2019ll keep working to get more pieces and improve things \u2013 at least, with the door open by this weekend, people will know that it\u2019s here.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe gallery hosted 16 artists and a variety of paintings, sculptures and handcrafted wares. \r\n\r\n\u201cThere are a lot of artists in here that we haven\u2019t seen before,\u201d Pocahontas Arts Council president Cynthia Gurreri said, \u201cand that\u2019s what we were hoping for.\u201d\r\n\r\nFredricah Gardner, of Snowshoe, was one of the three-dimensional artists to have her piece featured in the gallery\u2019s main showroom. \r\n\r\nAccording to Gurreri, Gardner began welding in high school and crafted her piece \u2013 a dragon sculpture titled \u201cSpike\u201d \u2013 in her first year. Gardner\u2019s work earned her first place in an art competition. From there, she advanced to Nationals but did not place. \r\n\r\nGardner is now a sophomore at West Virginia Wesleyan College. \r\n\r\nThe gallery consists of four rooms. The front room serves as the main gallery, where Lanier intends to keep the atmosphere calm and have a rotating collection of art. The side room is reserved for more permanent fixtures, such as Bet Curtis\u2019 Silver Rush jewelry, but features other art, as well.\r\n\r\nThe back two rooms are reserved for the gallery\u2019s various art classes in clay, glass and painting and the gallery\u2019s kiln.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re great supporters of Kristy,\u201d one gallery-goer said. \u201cI can\u2019t think of any single person who\u2019s tried harder to develop our downtown than she has.\u201d \r\n\r\nDirt Bean Cafe will host a \u201cWhimsical Tree\u201d Paint Party Friday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m., led by Kristen LeCroy. The cost is $35 per person and includes all art supplies, one beverage and light snacks. The class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. To register, call the Dirt Bean at 304-799-4038.