Mission Statement

Our Mission is to promote art and art education in the community and among its members. To encourage and promote a public interest and understanding of art; to create and develop a closer relationship between art and the community and further the education and artistic development of its members.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Encaustic Workshop

Fern Christian Playing I mean working with hot wax!
The Renaissance Art Gallery will host its second Encaustic Workshop
Sunday April 7, 2013
 from 2-4 pm at the Renaissance Art Gallery.
Encaustic is an ancient painting medium using bees wax and pigments. It is both highly durable and impervious to moisture. Encaustic also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added.

 Fern Christian will again be taking the lead, but other artists familar with encaustic will be there.

Everyone loved the experience
We will be working with hot wax and will have some supplies and examples. You are welcome to
bring what you have.
Anyone interested in exploring this medium should contact the gallery.
Last workshop we all have great fun and learned alot about the challenges of this medium.


The Renaissance Art Gallery

900 8th Street, Suite #20

Huntington, WV 25701


Gallery (304) 525-3235

Appointments: (304) 453-3187






Monday, March 25, 2013

Rabert Fulk’s Painting Demonstration

Rabert’s painting presentation was about what he does and why he does it. This made for an interesting afternoon among artists. But his presentation was not just for artist but for anyone who is intrigued by art.
Rabert Fulks speaks about his approach to art
and the products he uses.


When he spoke we all knew we were listening to not only an experienced artist but one who still had a passion for art.


“I have a plan” he said. “when I paint with a plan I see results”


A page from his sketch book.
He pointed out then when we look at art, whether we are an artist or not, our eye naturally looks for unity in the piece. Without this unity, the viewer will focus on the unbalanced bits. It is the responsibility of the artist to provide the unity and balance in art.
Rabert Fulk's artwork will be on display at the Renaissance Art Gallery through April 21, 2013. The Gallery is open Friday and Saturday 12-4 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm. The Renaissance Art Gallery is open to the public.
If you would like to see and learn more about this unique West Virginia artist, you can visit his website at:



Monday, March 18, 2013

Rabert Fulks Art Talk And Demonstration

Class Acts: Earth, Wind, Fire Art Show. The show will be up until April 21, 2013. The opening was great.

The Renaissance Art Gallery is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons until 4:00pm. The Renaissance is located at 900 8th Street on the ground floor of the old Huntington High School building. On Saturday afternoon, March 23, Rabert Fulks will demonstrate his approach to oil painting. He will show everyone how he use cold wax in combination with poppy seed oil, and liquin impasto. Thumbnail sketches to a near finished painting.


Workshop schedule: 

Arrive a little before 1:00.
1:00 -- 1:30 set up.
The demonstration: 1:30 -- 3:30.
3:30 -- 4:00 clean up.

A. Introduction: Explanation of approach to painting, Thumbnail sketches to a near finished painting.
B. Demonstration: thumbnails
C. Demonstration: mixing mediums, poppy oil, wax, liquin impasto
D. Demonstration: first drawing phase, discussion, Q&A throughout
E. Demonstration: painting phase, discussion, Q&A throughout

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Leona Mackey to Talk and Demonstrate Artwork

Leona Mackey
Leona Mackey will be at the Renaissance Art Gallery on Saturday March 16 from 2-4 and Sunday March17 till 4, She will demonstrate how to cut & assemble the glass to fuse, explain the process & show a similar final product.


Ms Mackey is part of the current show, “Class Acts--Earth Wind and Fire” now at the Renaissance Art Gallery through April 21, 2013.


Example of working with glass and steel
"As an artist, I have always worked with organic subjects because they seem to be the  essence of life. I don’t attempt to copy nature but to analyze it and visually show what  only I see. Color is fascinating as it changes each day. I have searched for something other than colors of paint, something I that I could physically touch. I finally discovered dichroic glass. This glass is coated with fine layers of metallic color. It has reflective qualities that I have never achieved using another media. My glass pieces are mini-sculptures that may be worn or framed to hang in one’s home to illustrate individual taste. The wall pieces have gradually turned into sculpture. I mix glass with stainless steel in ways I use sterling silver to complete my jewelry pieces. Many artists work in glass, but I strive to create unique compositions using smooth, blended colors and texture that encourage the viewer to search for his or her own image.


Recently, I have discovered reactive glass which has opened another world of creating with color. Sheet glass that contains copper, sulfur and lead react with one another when fired. Using this glass, I am more aware of composition as well as color. My work is ever changing, so there is never two of a kind. The dichroic glass can be combined with the reactive glass, adding a whole new dimension to my work. I am excitedly still experimenting."
~Leona Mackey
The Renaissance Art Gallery

900 8th Street, Suite #20

Huntington, WV 25701

Gallery (304) 525-3235

Appointments: (304) 453-3187





Gallery hours are:

Friday & Saturday 12-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm

Studio hours Monday 10-Noon, Wednesday 1:00-7:30 pm and Saturday 10-Noon

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Rabert Fulks, Artist in "Class Acts--Earth, Wind & Fire"

Rabert Fulks, an art and graphic design instructor in the Cabell County Career Technology Center, was once a student of Vernon Howell and is only recently retired. He paints using oil and wax. His earthy portraits and landscapes are often subdued and draw on Appalachian life and countryside. His work has already received a number of regional awards including a Best of Show.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Vernon Howell, Artist in "Class Acts--Earth, Wind & Fire

Vernon Howell, an art instructor at Barboursville High School, continues to range far and wide, painting, working in wood and creating his signature three dimensional collage pieces that are often both whimsical and industrial at the same time. The collage pieces are instantly recognizable as his, and consistently receive award recognition. He has exhibited nationally and was recognized in 2012 with the West Virginia Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement for his significant accomplishments in the arts.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Leona Mackey-Artist in "Class Acts--Earth, Wind & Fire

Leona Mackey, a long time art instructor at Huntington High School transitioned from ceramics and painting to dichroic and reactive glass in sterling jewelry pieces. Now she is concentrating on unique fine art works featuring fired glass in stainless steel mounts, either as wall hangings or free standing pieces. She received the first place award in the 2009 West Virginia Emerging Artist Exhibit.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Class Acts--Earth, Wind & Fire, Spring Show

The exhibition “Class Acts--Earth Wind and Fire” will open with a reception on Sunday March 10, 2013 at the Renaissance Gallery.  The exhibit features the work of Leona Mackey, Vernon Howell and Rabert Fulks – each a retired local art instructor, and each an award winning artist producing unique and original work.

Pieces by these exceptional, local artists are consistently found in open or juried shows in the Tri-State region and in the State of West Virginia. One or two pieces in such a show however, often leave the viewer wishing for more. This exhibit offers the opportunity for a broader view of their work either over time or through the use of a variety of media.  

During the exhibit, the artists are scheduling specific time for demonstration, description of their creative process or discussion of specific works, their conception and meaning to the artist.

“Earth Wind and Fire – Class Acts” exhibit will run for six weeks, until Sunday April 21, 2013. In addition to the new exhibit, the Gallery will be showcasing the completion of the second phase of its update and remodeling project.