7 Places To Free Your Inner Artist

man painting an American flag

What does art mean to you? Ask ten people that question, and you will get ten different answers. But one thing all ten will agree on, art is important!


It is important because it makes you feel the beauty of freedom. It is the free expression of the human mind and senses.

There is a reason educators changed STEM (a curriculum based on educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach) to STEAM (which adds art to the mix).

Check out these 7 ways to help you bring out your inner artist:

Mountain Creative

Instead of the kids sitting inside watching Netflix, why not indulge their desire to get dirty in a new way—with paint? The whole family can choose from a wide range of ceramic pieces to paint together at Mountain Creative.
The art-savvy staff will help you choose colors and designs that can help your artist side shine as bright as your ceramic masterpiece coming out of the fire!

With love for the arts of all kinds, this shop hosts ceramic painting, mosaics, kids’ two-dimensional painting, and drawing classes. And if you are feeling adventurous, sign up to paint a canvas in their Moutain Mess Room. Or try your hand at wheel throwing. 

The Tattered Daisy

Maybe DaVinci and Michelangelo don’t fit your “homey” vibe in decorating your abode. How about jumping into the fabulous world of shabby chic decor? At the Tattered Daisy, both the aspiring artist and art collector can find handmade items to make and buy! This upscaled stone structure contains enough chalk paint and wooden signs to make your heart sing and your nose smile with the scent of a handmade gingerbread candle.

For those who want to know the how-to of this decorating craze, craft nights offer lessons on handmade cards and barn-sign paintings to gift a special someone or showcase in your own crafty corner.


The Seeking Stars Art team has revived the historic Mannington train depot with the Nativibes Studio & Art Gallery, a community hub for the arts.

Nativibes gallery brings classes, exhibitions, themed events, fashion shows, and other art-inspired activities to the community. They plan to round out the cultural variety with special guest instructors and international artists.

Nativibes gallery resident artist Ben Kolb is a Mannington local who captures his outdoor adventures and infuses their spirit into his paintings, watercolors, and jewelry collections. He crafts everything from hand-carved bone and abalone shells to heated and hand-pounded gold brass. The colorful, nature-driven pieces guarantee to delight fishing, nature, and earth lovers.

Discover a deeper sense of your own creativity by exploring different art mediums. There are affordable classes for all ages and levels, and all materials are included.

My Happy Place Art Studio

At My Happy Place Art Studio and Gallery, you will find a fun and inviting space to come in and shop for art and learn about acrylic pouring and abstract art. Book classes and have fun with this mistake-proof art.

The Potter’s House Art Center

Whether you are just starting or have been making art for decades, this studio has the classes for you.  They offer pottery, quilting, painting, and crochet classes. In addition, they carry a small number of art supplies, clay, fabric, and yarn. The studio also hosts a full PYOP (Paint Your Own Pottery) room. Looking to buy? They also have a well-stocked gift shop. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Ask! They also do special orders.

Gump Gallery & Studio of Fine Art

Along with the gallery and private studio work, Tim teaches classes focusing on oil painting techniques, where he and his students will experience studio and Plein Air sessions. Commissioned pieces and framing are available.

Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts 

The academy is dedicated to providing students with quality training and exposure to the arts. Visual art, music, and theatre instruction enable students to appreciate, perform and create.

Academy students can be found performing their craft throughout the county.

What’s your creative outlet of choice? 

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