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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Renaissance Art Gallery To Reopen


Come inside and enjoy the warmth that art and artists can provide.


The Renaissance Art Gallery was closed during the month of January but will reopen Saturday February 1 from 12-4 p.m. We are all happy and exciting about being back.


The artists of the Renaissance cooperative will also be displaying some of their art at the entrance to the dinner theater for the play "Twelve Angry Men".  The dinner and play will be at the Renaissance Ballroom Friday and Saturday Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2014. The art can be viewed after 5:30 p.m. both days. Call Arts Resources for the Tri-State at 304-733-2787, Dinner available for all shows but reservations are filling up very quickly. http://www.artstristate.org/


The Renaissance artists are planning a busy schedule this year with exhibits, art classes, workshops and painting demos.  To find out more call the gallery at 304-525-3235 and check our website at http://www.orgsites.com/wv/renaissance/  We offer classes in watercolor, oil and drawing by artists Fern Christian and Sue Tshantz.  There are also special classes for children. Pati Payne will be giving a workshop in watercolor and Laura Moul will hold a workshop on photography.


Sunday March 9, 2-4 p.m. there will be an opening reception for an exhibit of paintings and original pottery The show “Mother and Son : It is in the Genes". Art by Clarice Kumlien and her son Eric Kumlien will be on display at the Renaissance Gallery until March 20.


Starting Feb. 1, 2014 the gallery will be open it's regular hours of Friday and Saturday 12-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Come in out of the cold, have a cup of hot tea and enjoy the original art by the eight cooperative members.


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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




Monday, January 20, 2014

Fern Christian On Cold Wax Oil


This is the painting that is done with oil  paint, hard wax, and fused with heat. I liked the way it came together, but, I didn't use a good substrate!


I guess it can be called "Dining on Crow "


I did something  I always tell my students not to do.


Never paint on a substrate that is not intended to be permanent. Or at least considered better than cardboard.


Needless to say, I grabbed a canvas board and explored an idea. I did put a coat of gesso on with a painting knife before I started. Yes it looks OK, but because of the quality of the support, or rather the lack of quality of the support, I will not be able to really show or offer this piece. It is simply not up to my professional standards.
~Fern Christian





Maybe we can display it as something NOT to do.


Fern will not sign this work, nor offer it for sale because, using a substandard substrate put this below her standards of excellence.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Color Wheel

~ Julia~


Another student of the Wednesday Open Studio has submitted her color wheel.


Rather than the standard color wheel, where you mix paints to achieve the right hues, we took another approach.


 The assignment was to make a color wheel using found objects and arranging them on their choice of wheel. The object was to help them learn to judge color, to work with color in a real world situation. The student could use any object(s) to populate his/her wheel. And any round object to put the wheel on. Mix and match was fine. Objects could have a theme or not, as the artist/student choose.


Julia finished her wheel, a mix of fabrics, pompoms, marbles and butterflies. She decided to locate the butterflies as compliments of color, adding a nice touch to the wheel.