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2017-

October 2017-

Sarah West & Michele West were accepted into  Penland’s 4th Annual Winter Residency Program. Both artists have been awarded Winter Residencies. In Winter 2018, they will devote their concentrations to their respective fields and current projects.

Winter Pines Penland- penland.org

Sarah West & Michele West launched the Sarah West Artistic Mentoring Scholarship for Continued Fine Arts Education, made possible through the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art’s Cultural Arts Enrichment Initiative Outreach collaboration with area schools. Through this program, area schools are afforded the opportunity to award Continued Fine Art Education Scholarships to a determined number of student-recipients each year.

Young Artists Studio Classes

In August 2017, Sarah completed the initial series of paintings titled, “the Collision of Culture and Lack of Civility”

In collaboration with the City of Smiths Station, the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art established the Smiths Station City Hall Art Galleries. The City  Hall Art Galleries debuted in May of 2017.

City of Smiths Station- City Hall Art Galleries
City of Smiths Station- City Hall Art Galleries

In May of 2017, the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art debuted the world premiere exhibition of selected writings from Jim Avett. This Original Writings exhibition was made possible in part by the curatorial efforts of Sarah West in collaboration with the archives of Jim Avett. The premiere exhibition opened on May 12th, album release day for Ramseur Records, “For His Children and Ours.” Jim Avett also appeared as a featured artist on Art Walks with Sarah West, a fine arts docu-interview series.

Art Walks with Jim Avett

Spring 2017, Art Walks with Sarah West, featured American Realist, Steven Tette

Art Walks with Steven Tette

In Winter 2017, Art Walks with Sarah West, featured five art students. This Art Walks edition explored varying art student’s perspective on what art means to them.

Sarah joined the Columbus Life Drawing Group. The Columbus Life Drawing Group is collective group of fellow professional art contemporaries including Garry Pound, Bo Bartlett and others, who frequently gather together to draw from life model.

2016-

Through partnership with CTV BEAM productions the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art launched, Art Walks, a cultural arts initiative television program with host, Sarah West. Art Walks is also available via YouTube. Art Walks pilot episode, Studio & Sanctuary,  introduced Sarah West and explored her process and prose where Art meets Activism.

In the summer of 2016, Sarah began her “perceptions” series of documentative paintings/portrait illustrations. The initial series of these works will debut 2017/2018, titled, “the Collision of Culture and Lack of Civility.”

Sarah in studio I

2015

Sarah became member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She continues to the study with the Academy.

PAFA Museum

Sarah was elected member to the Society of Illustrators. Founded on 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable society members include N.C Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, society’s 1st president Charles Dana Gibson and many more…

SI

In July 2015, Sarah exhibited her portrait of Doc Watson at the Doc & Merle Watson Folk Art Museum, Sugar Grove, NC. MusicFest at Sugar Grove hosts an annual Folk Music Bluegrass Festival, and during the festivities the Museum serves as an interpretive center featuring galleries which exhibits permanent collections of art, artifacts and memorabilia honoring the life and work of the late Folk Music Legend, Doc Watson. MusicFest in Sugar Grove, in collaboration with the museum was established in close affiliation with Doc Watson in support of the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson Scholarship, awarded to Appalachian State Alumni for there sustainability endeavors, projects and furtherance of research.

In support of the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson Appalachian State Scholarship Award, Sarah established a Silent Auction to stimulate additional funding. This Silent Auction was held at the Doc & Merle Watson Folk Art Museum in July of the same year.

Doc Watson- Sarah West Oil on Canvas (2015)
Doc Watson- Sarah West Oil on Canvas (2015)

Sarah West & Michele West established the The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art’s Cultural Arts Enrichment Program, an initiative that continues to provide the area and region with Cultural Arts Enriched involvements throughout each year. Most events bring nationally acclaimed singer/ songwriters, musicians, visual artists, writers and more…to the east-central Alabama region.

In October of 2015, Sarah debuted “Jim Avett,” the only formal portrait to be publicly exhibited featuring the storyteller, musician, recording artist. Archival, Limited Edition Commemorative Prints were released honoring the occasion. Both Sarah West & Jim Avett hosted a print signing at the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art on October 8th.

Jim Avett | Sarah West (2015)

 

2014-

Sarah West & Michele West, along with the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art joined with Barnraiser, the Avett Brothers, Chef Vivian Howard, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association along with additional volunteers and event organizers to save and secure funding for the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm, Cabarrus County- Concord, NC. This charitable endeavor in support of the Farm to Table Movement generated national attention and support. Sarah West & Michele West campaigned for the cause and contributed over 10 original paintings, along with many fine art prints. Collectively over $50,000 was raised through the Barnraiser campaign. The Farm was saved and continues to education farmers today.

On Location at Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm: Concord, NC
On Location at Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm: Concord, NC
"The Avett Brothers- Ramseur Records" Oil on Canvas by Sarah West
“The Avett Brothers- Ramseur Records” Oil on Canvas by Sarah West
The High Tunnel- Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm: Concord, NC- By Sarah West Oil on Canvas (2014)
The High Tunnel- Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm: Concord, NC- By Sarah West Oil on Canvas (2014)
Dan's Okras - Brush and Ink on Paper by Michele West
Dan’s Okras – Brush and Ink on Paper by Michele West
Joe's Tomato - Brush and Ink on Paper by Michele West (2014)
Joe’s Tomato – Brush and Ink on Paper by Michele West (2014)
Hops. Lomax Farm - Oil on Canvas by Michele West (2014)
Hops. Lomax Farm – Oil on Canvas by Michele West (2014)
The Avett Brothers - Oil on Canvas- Paintings in Support of the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm by Sarah West
The Avett Brothers – Oil on Canvas- Paintings in Support of the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm by Sarah West
On Location at Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm: Concord, NC
On Location at Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm: Concord, NC

Joe's Tomato

"High Tunnel II" In Support of the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm By Sarah West
“High Tunnel II” In Support of the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm
By Sarah West

In 2014, Sarah was commissioned to render traditional illustrations in pen and ink in the style of etchings, for the historic Cedar Crest Victorian Inn, Asheville, NC. Her work continues to serve as the official logo for the Inn.

Cedar Crest Victorian Inn- Pen and Ink on Paper By Sarah West
Cedar Crest Victorian Inn- Pen and Ink on Paper By Sarah West
"Cedar Crest- Parlor" Pen and Ink on Paper By Sarah West
“Cedar Crest- Parlor” Pen and Ink on Paper By Sarah West

2013-

Since 2013, Sarah has maintained artistic involvement with the historic Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. She serves as an Exclusive to Biltmore Artist. Limited Edition and Archival Prints of her work are sold on the estate. *see Artists (page) for additional info regarding her work exclusive for Biltmore

Biltmore

In 2013, Sarah received invitation to join the Citizen of East Alabama as contributing columnist. Since 2013, over 250 written works of Sarah’s aesthetic sketch and prose have been published in Alabama’s largest weekly distributed newspaper.

citizen I

2010-

Sarah continues her support of the F Scott. & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery Alabama. Since 2010, she has produced a number of pen and ink illustrations for the museum’s annual Gala. Each pen illustration created honoring the museum has been acquired by a private collector. Proceeds support the museum.

In Support of the Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum By Sarah West
In Support of the Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum By Sarah West

2009-

On behalf of the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, Sarah began community outreach involvements which continues to present. She advocates for the arts through public speaking in area schools, and through varying private charitable organizations. See Early Career listed below for more info.

In 2009, Sarah began developing the Sarah West Artistic Mentoring Program, a Fine Arts Program for Continued Arts Education. This program now offers over 80 fine arts classes, courses and workshops for Continued Fine Arts Education.

2008/2009-

Sarah debuted her series of “Masquarade” paintings in October 2008 at the Springer Opera House- No Shame Theatre.

Masquerade - Study of Three Faces Oil on Canvas by Sarah West
Masquerade – Study of Three Faces Oil on Canvas by Sarah West
Masquerade - Venetian Angel Oil on Canvas by Sarah West
Masquerade – Venetian Angel Oil on Canvas by Sarah West
Masquerade (Untitled) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West
Masquerade (Untitled) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West

Sarah served as the Springer Opera House- curator of art for No Shame Theatre’s first season.

2008

Sarah West, along with business partner, Michele West opened the Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art, Smiths Station, Alabama’s only establishment devoted to fine art continued education, exhibitions and more…

Early Career:

As early as 2001, Sarah began her career development. At the age of 15, she established her first arts enterprise, acquired her business licenses and began marketing her works ranging  from handmade jewelry to artistic home decor items. Her marketing experience was then centered around local and regional fine arts and craft festivals. From various Market Days attended in 2002 to the Eufaula Pilgimage Festival of the Same year, Sarah went on to become an award winning artist at the Stewart County Historic Society arts festival (Fair on the Square) 2002, 2003, and later 2005- 2009. Between 2002 and 2009, Sarah contributed her artistry to supporting a number of charitable and cultural causes. These contributions include but are not limited to: Historic Columbus, the Stewart Country Historic Society, Westville, The Boys & Girls Clubs of West Georgia, the Columbus Artists Guild, the Phenix Art Council, the Springer Opera House- dept of costume design (for productions: Sound of Music, Guys & Dolls, Christmas Carol, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, A Tuna Christmas, the King and I, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and many more…) In 2004, her career shifted exclusively to fine arts. She became a Fine Arts Student, where she studied drawing and painting with focus on Realism at Lucas Studios in 2004. She became a student staff artist in 2005. She began exhibiting her art in collective art shows and festivals: including the First Friday Art Walks (2005-2007,) RiverFest (2005-2006,) Arts in the Park (2005-2010) Columbus, Ga. In 2006, she was a founding member of Peachtree Art Studios (located opposite the Bradley Theatre in Columbus, Ga.) There along with fellow artist, Michele West and others, she occupied a resident studio, explored further development of her artistry and collaborated with fellow artists to host a variety of events including: Drawing Nights, Art Walks, etc.. As an art student (2004-2007) she began making frequent trips into the high country of  Appalachia. Sarah now spends most weekends, year round in North Carolina, where she hikes, paints and writes. These trips continue to form a bond between the artist and the wilderness. North Carolina would become a constant source of solace and strength to the artist, and later the region, it’s history and geography would become a muse for her work in the decades to follow.  From the mountains of East Tennessee to Western North Carolina, atmospheric changes in the wilderness paired with early american history, the cradle of forestry, nature conservation and in contrast industrial innovation continue to influence Sarah’s artistic development.

Early Career

Studies, Commissions, Scenes from Atelier, etc…

Early Portrait Study- Einstein By Sarah West (2004) Graphite on Paper
Early Portrait Study- Einstein By Sarah West (2004) Graphite on Paper
(early portrait study) Elizabeth II Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2005)
(early portrait study) Elizabeth II Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2005)
(early self portrait study) Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2009)
(early self portrait study) Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2009)
Commission Portrait - Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2009)
Commission Portrait – Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2009)
Commission Portrait- Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2009)
Commission Portrait- Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2009)
Commission Portrait - Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2009)
Commission Portrait – Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2009)
Commission Portrait II - Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2009)
Commission Portrait II – Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2009)
Commission Portrait- Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2010)
Commission Portrait- Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2010)
Commission Portrait II - Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2010)
Commission Portrait II – Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2010)
(early portrait study) – Sinatra Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
(early portrait study) – Sinatra Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
(early Realism study) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2006)
(early Realism study) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2006)
Commission Drawing-  The Historic Flowers Building - Columbus, GA Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2006)
Commission Drawing-
The Historic Flowers Building – Columbus, GA Graphite on Paper by Sarah West (2006)
Masquerade - Study of Three Faces Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade – Study of Three Faces Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade - "Art is a Jealous Mistress" Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade – “Art is a Jealous Mistress” Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade - (Venetian Angel) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade – (Venetian Angel) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade - The Historic Springer Opera House The State Theatre of Georgia Oil on Canvas By Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade – The Historic Springer Opera House The State Theatre of Georgia Oil on Canvas By Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade (Untitled) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade (Untitled) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade (Untitled) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)
Masquerade (Untitled) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2008)

 

(early Realism study) The Georgia State Capitol - Atlanta, GA by Sarah West
(early Realism study) The Georgia State Capitol – Atlanta, GA by Sarah West (2009)
Autumn Colors of Appalachia (Untitled) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2009)
Autumn Colors of Appalachia (Untitled) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2009)
Autumn Colors of Appalachia (Untitled) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2009)
Autumn Colors of Appalachia (Untitled) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2009)
Commission Portrait - Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2010)
Commission Portrait – Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2010)
Custom Portrait - Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2010)
Custom Portrait – Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2010)
Commission Portrait- Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2010)
Commission Portrait- Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2010)
(self portrait study) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
(self portrait study) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
(study of Saint Peter) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
(study of Saint Peter) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
(study of Saint Andrew) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
(study of Saint Andrew) Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate Ashville, NC Oil on Canvas by Sarah West  (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate Asheville, NC Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate - Ashville, NC Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate – Ashville, NC Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate - Ashville, NC Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC Pen Illustration by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC Pen Illustration by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC Pen Illustration by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC Pen Illustration by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC Pen Illustration by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC Pen Illustration by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC Pen Illustration by Sarah West (2012)
The Historic Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC Pen Illustration by Sarah West (2012)
(study of Battery Park) Pen Illustration By Sarah West (2012)
(study of Battery Park) Pen Illustration By Sarah West (2012)
(study of Battery Park) Pen Illustration By Sarah West (2012)
(study of Battery Park) Pen Illustration By Sarah West (2012)
GSMNP- Pen Illustration By Sarah West (2012)
GSMNP- Pen Illustration By Sarah West (2012)
Cedar Crest Inn- Pen Illustration By Sarah West (2013)
Cedar Crest Inn- Pen Illustration By Sarah West (2013)
The Avett Brothers - Joe Kwon Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
The Avett Brothers – Joe Kwon Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
The Avett Brothers Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
The Avett Brothers Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
(scene from atelier) The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art - The Avett Brothers - Wizard of Oz - Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
(scene from atelier) The Sarah West Gallery of Fine Art – The Avett Brothers – Wizard of Oz – Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
The Avett Brothers - Bob Crawford Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
The Avett Brothers – Bob Crawford Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
"The Avett Brothers- Ramseur Records" Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
“The Avett Brothers- Ramseur Records” Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
Jim Avett Oil on Vintage Barn Door by Sarah West (2014)
Jim Avett Oil on Vintage Barn Door by Sarah West (2014)
The Avett Brothers Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
The Avett Brothers Oil on Canvas by Sarah West (2014)
"Jim Avett" By Sarah West (2015) Graphite on Paper
“Jim Avett” By Sarah West (2015) Graphite on Paper
Doc Watson- Sarah West Oil on Canvas (2015)
Doc Watson- Sarah West Oil on Canvas (2015)
Thankgiving, Valle Crucis, NC- Watercolor on Paper By Sarah West (2016)
Thankgiving, Valle Crucis, NC- Watercolor on Paper
By Sarah West (2016)

 

Field Images:

Sarah at Brandywine River Conservatory & Museum
Sarah at Brandywine River Conservatory & Museum
Sarah on location filming Art Walks
Sarah on location filming Art Walks
Sarah in studio, filming pilot edition of Art Walks
Sarah in studio, filming pilot edition of Art Walks
Sarah in studio (Appalachia) (2016)
Sarah in studio (Appalachia) (2016)
Sarah, filming Studio & Sanctuary, Art Walks
Sarah, filming Studio & Sanctuary, Art Walks
Sarah in studio, self-portrait (2015)
Sarah in studio, self-portrait (2015)
Sarah on Buck Springs Trail, Mt. Pisgah| NC
Sarah on Buck Springs Trail, Mt. Pisgah| NC
Sarah sketching along the Vieux Carre, New Orleans
Sarah sketching along the Vieux Carre, New Orleans
Sarah with New Orleans friends, Doreen Ketchens
Sarah with New Orleans friends, Doreen Ketchens
scenes from atelier, Sarah with Appalachia
scenes from atelier, Sarah with Appalachia
scenes from atelier, Sarah with Appalachia
scenes from atelier, Sarah with Appalachia
Sarah with David Watson, at the Doc & Merle Watson Museum, NC
Sarah with David Watson, at the Doc & Merle Watson Museum, NC
Sarah's atelier classes with young art students
Sarah’s atelier classes with young art students
A Chef's Life Premiere with Lomax Farm
A Chef’s Life Premiere with Lomax Farm
Sarah with Jim & Susie Avett, Original Writings, Exhibition Opening
Sarah with Jim & Susie Avett, Original Writings, Exhibition Opening