With more than a dozen galleries to explore, you’ll be astonished by the area’s array of art, including traditional and contemporary painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, and textiles . Greater Morgantown’s Appalachian roots are reflected in many of the galleries, but plenty of the world’s other cultures are represented, too.
Just five miles out of Morgantown is Brown’s Creations In Clay, Anna Brown’s pottery enclave, where the artist grows her own herbs and presses them into clay to complete her signature dishware, decorative vases and drinking vessels.
Stan and Sue Jennings run Allegheny Treenware, handcrafting kitchen and other household implements from West Virginia hardwoods. The couple demonstrates their art by making a spoon from beginning to end while you watch!
Don’t miss the chance to meet some of the area’s visual artists at gallery openings, which take place year-round but with more frequency during the summer months. Arts Mon, The Monongalia Arts Center and WVU’s Creative Arts Center Mesaros Galleries are sure bets!
Broadway comes to Greater Morgantown every summer. The West Virginia Public Theatre’s elaborate musicals pack the house–and has a new home, the historic Met Theatre. Community theater groups offer fans a never-ending showcase of dramatic plays, musicals, comedic performances – even children’s dance and theater. Rising stars performing at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater are rivaled by -- the stars! The outdoor venue is situated on the river front and hosts live performances and family movie nights all summer long.
The WVU Arts Series brings nationally-touring, professional performances to Greater Morgantown: The Ten Tenors, Garrison Keillor, African Children’s Choir, and Brian Wilson are just a few!
Wine & jazz, country & western, rock & roll – it’s all here in Greater Morgantown. The All Good Music Festival is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most successful music and camping events. The annual weekend-long gathering is held every July in Masontown and has featured past performances from Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh & Friends, Trey Anastasio, and String Cheese Incident.
The West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival is known for its scenic splendor, renowned musical performances and diverse wine selection. The event stretches over a weekend every September at Camp Muffly.
West Virginia University pays tribute to its Appalachian heritage each fall during Mountaineer Week. The craft fair is an indoor, juried craft fair featuring quality Appalachian handcrafted objects by over 60 artisans from West Virginia and surrounding states.
As you visit the area, discovering one gallery after another, a large playhouse or the intimate one-man stages, you’ll agree: art lies at the heart of Greater Morgantown!
For over 20 years, West Virginia Public Theatre has delivered professional Broadway performances to North Central West Virginia. From June through August, WVPT’’s Summer Season produces shows ranging from the classics to hit Broadway musicals. The West Virginia Public Theatre’s new home is the historic Met Theatre in downtown Morgantown. 369 High St., Morgantown, WV 26505.
304-291-4117 | Website
Newly restored and once again “West Virginia’s most wonderful playhouse.” A venue in downtown Morgantown showing plays, films, and more in a historic building. Please visit www.morgantownmet.com for more information about show times and event dates. 363 High St., Morgantown, WV 26505.
304-291-4884 | Website
Energetic, daring, avant-garde, cutting edge theatre! Promoting new works, women & minorities in the arts with theatre that enlightens, provokes, inspires and entertains! Located in the Monongalia Arts Center. 107 High St., Morgantown, WV 26505.
304 284-0049 | Website
Arts and culture center that includes two galleries, community theatre, and arts education. Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-4pm. 107 High St., Morgantown, WV 26505.
304-292-3325 | Website
MTC provides school age children with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of theatre arts activities. Each semester, every MTC student “gets a part” with direct on-stage experience. Besides acting, singing and dancing, MTC students develop behind the scenes skills in set and prop design, lighting, sound effects, makeup, stage management, and even directing. 364 High St., Morgantown, WV 26505.
304-291-6826 | Website
Over 500 performances yearly, monthly art exhibitions. Tours available. Located on WVU Evansdale Campus. PO Box 6111, Morgantown, WV 26506.
304-293-4841 | Website
Located on the Caperton Trail just off of University Ave. next to the Westover Bridge. Outdoor amphitheatre overlooks the Mon River. During the summer months, the public is invited to grab some lawn chairs, popcorn, and the kids for “Movies on the Mon,” free family-friendly films are projected on a large outdoor screen beginning at 9pm. Restrooms and vending area. 185 Garrett St., Morgantown, WV 26505.
304-296-8356 | Website
Two art galleries within the Monongalia Art Center. Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-4pm. 107 High St., Morgantown, WV 26505.
304-292-3325 | Website
A non-profit Art Association with a gallery displaying local original paintings by regional artists. They also have crafts for sale. Classes for children and adults available. Show changes monthly. Wed-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment. Located in the Mountaineer Mall, 5000 Green Bag Rd., Morgantown, WV 26501. 304-291-5900
Gallery, cafe and studio. A fully functional ceramic studio (complete with electric throwing wheels, gallery, two kilns) Mon-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 10am-11pm. 1862 University Ave., Morgantown, WV.
304-599-POTS | Website
Beauty and function for the kitchen. Tour the woodworking shop and watch as some of the nation’s finest hardwood kitchen utensils are made. Purchase products at discounted rates. Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm or by appointment. U.S. Route 50 10 miles east of Grafton on Route 1,Thorton, WV.
866-279-7526 | Website
Hand-built stoneware pottery, herb imprints in clay, demonstrations. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun. by chance. 343 Bull Run Road, Morgantown, WV.
Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-Midnight. 229 Pleasant St., Morgantown, WV.
304-413-0229 | Website
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