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WV Artist on Display: Don’t Be Afraid to Throw Paint On

Alice-Gervais Sabatino is a painter and painting instructor with a focus primarily on landscape, executed in a loose and colorful style. Her emphasis is on moments of celestial transcendence seen through the lens of a night sky or a group of trees. Alice-Gervais was born in Miami, and raised in NYC and West Virginia. She completed high school in Clarksburg and attended classes by WV Artist Beth Crowder, then went on to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1983 and transferred to the Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale in 1985. She has worked as an artist and teacher for over 35 years, and has worked as a freelance sign painter, logo designer and brochure artist.

Many of Alice’s independent pieces are in private collections and have been published in magazines such as the Galactic Crossroads newspaper and Easy Riders. She illustrated “The Pioneer index of Randolph County” with 24 pen and Ink drawings of places of interest in the Randolph County area. In 1996, she won best of show in the Clarksburg’s WV Days at which time she began working for Arts Bank in Randolph Co., bringing art instruction to local grade schools.

Above: Gaius Fate

Throughout her career, Alice has consistently worked as a commission artist and has delivered private instruction in pen and ink, paper mache and acrylic painting. She is currently exploring photography, with a piece published in WV’s Art Works. Alice presently resides in Elkins and is a member of “Artists at Work” in town and has been working on commissions, private works and logos for musicians while teaching acrylic classes, along with paint and sip classes in Tucker, Randolph, and Lewis counties. Learn more about Alice with our Q&A:

How do you describe your palette?

I am interested in everything. I began as a pen & ink Artist and I have evolved to Oil, Acrylic, mixed medium, watercolor, color pencils.

Above: Lady of the Blues

What’s your greatest accomplishment?

To have been blessed to plant the seed of creating and self-expression in my students

What obstacles do you need to overcome to find your creative space/muse?

Chaos, disorganization is my greatest challenge.

How do you find your inspiration? 

I find it everywhere and in everything.

What advice do you have for other artists?

Do not be afraid to throw the paint on.

Above: My Cave

What is your favorite piece(s) you have made and why?

“Gaia’s Fate” is my favorite due to my deep concern over our planet’s condition and the people disrespecting it. “My Cave” is a favorite because I am a caver.

How can our readers purchase your pieces? 

You can find my work via Artists at Work. Mountain Arts District, and the Randolph County Community Art Center, Call or e-mail. My website crashed so I am in the middle of redesigning the site. It will be available on Mountain Arts District.

What is the best way for our readers to contact you? 

Please reach out to the Mountain Arts District, Randolph County Community Art Center, find me on facebook @alice.sabatino.7 or email me at sabatinoalice@yahoo.com

– Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper #125. August 2020.

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