[caption id="attachment_5457" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/WomenArtsFair002sm.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-5457" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/WomenArtsFair002sm-300x199.jpg" alt="Kathy Henry displays her hand painted silk scarves at the Women and the Arts craft show on Saturday in Marlinton. For info, call 304-799-6311." width="300" height="199" \/><\/a> Kathy Henry displays her hand painted silk scarves at the Women and the Arts craft show on Saturday in Marlinton. For info, call 304-799-6311.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nPocahontas County has a thriving arts community, evidenced by several successful galleries and shops. The county's newest art gallery opened this spring in Durbin. On Saturday, women in the local arts community celebrated and showcased their work during an afternoon art show.\r\n\r\nThe inaugural Celebration of Women and The Arts was held at Locust Hill Inn in Marlinton. The Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op and the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsored the event to \u201cintroduce the women of Pocahontas and surrounding counties to the dynamic arts community we have here and inspire them to become involved as customers, patrons, and perhaps as artists themselves.\u201d\r\n\r\nOrganizer Bet Curtis said female independent artists, as well as members of local arts organizations, were invited to showcase their creations.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_5459" align="alignright" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/WomenArtsFair003sm.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-5459" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/WomenArtsFair003sm-300x199.jpg" alt="Kristen LeCroy displays her unique artwork at Saturday's craft show. " width="300" height="199" \/><\/a> Kristen LeCroy displays her unique artwork at Saturday's craft show.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n\u201cWe decided to invite women from all over the county, who are artists or artisans, to participate,\u201d she said. \u201cWe have a lot of women entrepreneurs here. Tolly Peleuche is from the farmers market. Dorothy Sutton came from the Green Bank Gallery. Regina Hall came on her own. Tracy Walker came on her own. Debbie Walker came on her own. The Art Guild is here too, with representation of all their different arts.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's to empower women,\u201d she said. \u201cYou see the dynamic art community that we have here in Pocahontas County. It's awesome and it's been an incredible day.\u201d\r\n\r\nAlison Flegel is a ceramic artist from Cass.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_5461" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/WomenArtsFair005sm.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-5461" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/WomenArtsFair005sm-300x199.jpg" alt="Cynthia Guerreri shows off her ceramic wares during Saturday's craft show. " width="300" height="199" \/><\/a> Cynthia Guerreri shows off her ceramic wares during Saturday's craft show.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n\u201cI'm originally from Cass,\u201d she said. \u201cI have not been around for about 13 years and then I moved back a year ago. I have a ceramic studio near Cass. I'm part of the Pocahontas County Artisans Co-op and also the Green Bank Gallery.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cI think people come to Pocahontas County because they want to be here,\u201d she said. \u201cThey enjoy the environment and the outdoors. It takes a special person to live here because we don't have a Walmart right down the street or all the night life. We don't really have a lot of that. I think the type of person that lives here and can be happy here is a creative, open-minded type of person.\u201d\r\n\r\nCurtis said help came from various corners.\r\n\r\n\u201cPaula and Dave Zorn have been the most unbelievable hosts for this event,\u201d she said. \u201cThey were so agreeable to everything we wanted to do. They're just very, very special. I would\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_5458" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/WomenArtsFair001sm.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-5458" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/WomenArtsFair001sm-300x199.jpg" alt="Rush Run Philharmonic performs during the Women and the Arts event at Locust Hill Inn in Marlinton on Saturday. Pictured, l-r: Patrick Gabbert, Bob Must, Ginger Must and Phil Rolleston. " width="300" height="199" \/><\/a> Rush Run Philharmonic performs during the Women and the Arts event at Locust Hill Inn in Marlinton on Saturday. Pictured, l-r: Patrick Gabbert, Bob Must, Ginger Must and Phil Rolleston.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nalso like to say it would not have happened without the help of Dave Peacock, from the Denmar Correctional Center, who put up the tent. A big thanks to Joe Smith, our mayor \u2013 he went out of his way to get a truck from Sam Mitchell to get all the tables over here, and he drove them over himself. He and Sam were my saviors yesterday, getting everything over here.\u201d\r\n\r\nFlegel said meeting other artists had been a nice part of her day.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhat is really cool about it - not that it has to be just women - but for artists in the community to get together,\u201d she said. \u201cBecause there are artists here I have never met, who I am in the Co-op with, or heard about in the community, but never met them. So it's a good way to meet and trade and buy each others' works and network.\u201d\r\n\r\nUnder a large, white tent, provided by Parks and Recreation, artists set up mobile store fronts with a dazzling array of artistic creations.\r\n\r\n\u201cEverybody has their own little niche,\u201d said Flegel. \u201cI don't think there's anybody here doing anything the same, which is weird at an art show - and I've done a lot of art shows. Even the potters \u2013 I think there's three or four potters and they're all different.\u201d\r\n\r\nDawn Baldwin Barrett said organizers want to make Women and Art an annual event.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe're hoping we can move this around the county and team up with a bed and breakfast or another business, perhaps, in all the different areas of the county and hold this once a year,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nBarrett said the event provided an opportunity for art groups to work together.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe're really blessed in Pocahontas County to have so many different groups and so many different talented people,\u201d she said. \u201cWe have the Artisan Co-op; we have the Pocahontas County Arts Council; we have the Art Guild, and we have two other galleries in the county. We're all interested in collaborating more, so that we're not duplicating each others' efforts, but we're getting some economies of scale. So, this was a way to get everybody together in a casual setting. There's been a lot of talk amongst all of the vendors and artists here today about how we can work together.\u201d\r\n\r\nBarrett said Pocahontas County seems to be an art haven.\r\n\r\n\u201cI don't have any statistics, but my sense is that the per capita number of artists is pretty high, because we have a very low population and yet, we have so many talented people,\u201d she said. \u201cAll anybody has to do is go to the Christmas Crafts Show at the Opera House, for example, and you just say, 'wow, look at the kind of talent that we have here.'\u201d\r\n\r\nMany local artists moved here from other areas.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_5460" align="alignright" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/WomenArtsFair004sm.jpg"><img class="wp-image-5460 size-medium" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/WomenArtsFair004sm-300x199.jpg" alt="Sixteen female artists displayed their creations at Saturday's Woman and the Arts event, under cover of a large canopy. Pocahontas County Parks and Recreation provided the tent for the event. " width="300" height="199" \/><\/a> Sixteen female artists displayed their creations at Saturday's Woman and the Arts event, under cover of a large canopy. Pocahontas County Parks and Recreation provided the tent for the event.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have people who have moved here in middle age,\u201d said Baldwin. \u201cWe have people who grew up here. I think it's really a mixture. If you want to see the \u201cbeen heres\u201d and the \u201ccame heres\u201d and everybody collaborating together, it's in the art community.\u201d\r\n\r\nRush Run Philharmonic, consisting of Bob Must, Ginger Must, Patrick Gabbert and Phil Rolleston, provided musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. Attendees enjoyed hors d'ourve and refreshments from Locust Hill Inn.\r\n\r\nBaldwin considered the day a success.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's going well, considering the weather was not exactly ideal this morning,\u201d she said. \u201cIt's a little breezy but we've had a nice turnout for a first-time event and we're excited to continue it.\u201d\r\n\r\nCurtis agreed.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's been a really fun afternoon with a lot of interesting women,\u201d she said.