KEYSER, W.Va. — Arts advocates in Mineral County recently decided on a name for its fledgling arts council.

“I am very excited about the progress of our new artists group, which now has a name — Mountain Arts Guild,” Randy Crane, president of the Mineral Chamber of Commerce, said.

Meanwhile, planning for the group’s first public arts event is well underway.

The Open Gallery Event is set for Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, which is located in Wiley Ford.

The Chamber and the Convention and Visitors Bureau have been offering their facilities and expertise in the development of the arts organization, citing its importance to economic vibrancy in the community.

“The name was chosen by the artists present at our Thursday meeting, and seems very representative of who we are,” Crane said.

The group decided that participation will not be limited to Mineral County, but will be open to all area artists and arts supporters.

“The group also formed an initial board of directors to help lead Mountain Arts Guild through the first year,” Crane said.

Board members include Hosanna Barrett, Brenda Caldwell, Ashley Centofonti, Dea Clayton, Randy Crane, Anna Dolly, Nelson Kesner and Linda Van Vranken.

“It was important to form an initial board so that a 501(c)3 can be formed, and that guiding documents for the organization can be created, such as vision and mission statements and our bylaws,” Crane said.

The next meeting of Mounrain Arts Guild will be Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Chamber office, 40 1/2 N. Main St., Keyser.

All artists and arts supporters are invited to participate. Bylaws will be discussed along with vision and mission statements and creation of a logo.

For the Open Gallery Event, artists may enter two pieces of work by registering online at https://www.mineralchamber.com/arts-council or https://www.govisitmineralwv.com/artist-registration-form.

“This event is open to all artists in the region — artists do not have to reside in Mineral County to participate,” Crane said. “We hope to get a nice crowd to come see and purchase your work.”

Further information is available at rcrane@mineralchamber.com or at www.mineralchamber.com or at the Chamber and CVB offices.

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