By Sarah Plummer
Midland Trail Gallery artist Cherese Weaver invites the public to meet her and view her distinct sculptures at an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Weaver, a Tamarack artist, is best known for her mythological icon sculptures, the combination of her passion of archaeology, anthropology and spirituality.
“I strive to create modern artifacts using the age-old techniques of hand-building, wood firing and ash glazing,” she said.
She explained that she bases what she sculpts on her readings.
Currently she is deep into the history of Mesopotamia and expects her next few sculptures to be Sumerian in their imagery and features.
“I’m very spiritual, and a lot of my work is a manifestation of that,” Weaver explained. “As I work, I light candles and I pray to God to help me manifest what I’ve read through my hands.”
Those who have seen her work at Tamarack or at her solo show at Glenville State College last year feel a spiritual connection to her work as well, she said.
The self-taught artist will have other items at the open house, including some of her own pottery and pottery by Jeff Burr and Julie Wingard.
Also for sale will be limited edition prints of work done by her late husband Dave Weaver, a nationally known forensics expert who taught forensics at Mountain State University in addition to is artistic endeavors.
The gallery open house will be the perfect chance for people looking to buy gifts for the holidays or looking to add to their own collections.
The gallery is located in Lookout at the junction of U.S. 60 and W.Va. 41. For more information, call 304-438-8649, or visit www.chereseweaver.com.