The record delta | Moore opens new exhibition in the MIB Gallery


BUCKHANNON – Following the opening reception of the last contributing artist in the MIB gallery on Friday, fascinating new works of art will be on view for a short time.

Artist Robby Moore was born and currently resides in Beckley, WV. Moore is a mixed media artist who completed his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and a minor in Theater from Concord University. After graduating in 1999, Moore began exhibiting his artwork professionally.

In 2004, Moore co-founded Treehouse art ensemble, an arts organization dedicated to the production of original visual and performing arts in West Virginia. The artist has curated many art exhibitions in West Virginia and Ohio, and his work has been exhibited in a variety of spaces including the Juliette Art Museum in Charleston, WV and the Huntington Museum in Huntington, WV.

Moore is also a theater director who has worked professionally as a set designer, artist, consumer, actor, technician and puppeteer.

From 2011 to 2016 Moore spent some time as a Tamarack Resident Studio Artist at Tamarack in Beckley. He has been a juried artist there since 2008 and was once recognized as one of the 15 best Tamarack artists. Moore was recently featured in the Fall 2020 edition of Artworks. He is currently the executive director of the Beckley Art Center.

“Variations on a Mountain Man” takes a closer look at the evolution of the artist’s characters, particularly those depicting the subject of a man in the mountains of West Virginia.

“For the past 18 years I have used my work to analyze my experience as a male artist in the Appalachians. I have drawn this experience in the human form as a symbol and character in a narrative. Sometimes with recognizable features and sometimes abstracted to align the most common denominators in reflection, there is also a presence of Appalachian culture and practices in process engineering and media. This anthology of selected works from 2003 to the present not only tells the story of a man who lives in the contemporary Appalachians, but also shows similarities with the mountain man’s identifier through the feeling of being different and often strange in the place where I was born and grew up, ”said Moore.

The exhibition can be viewed at the MIB Gallery at 48 East Main Street Buckhannon, WV 26201. The collection will be open until October 16, the gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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