Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 28, 2013

Thanks for artist work in Bluefield

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — As the year 2013 comes to a close on Wednesday, I would like to end 2013 with a final thank you to Bluefield artist Gary Bowling for a job well done operating Gary Bowling’s House of Art for seven great years in downtown Bluefield.

Gary Bowling’s House of Art was probably by far one of the greatest non-profit art galleries in the world, featuring a wide range of unique figures of art, as well as producing great artists. Gary Bowling, along with fellow artists such as: Isaac Preston, Jody Queen, Chris Dehart, Laquay Slade, and Patch Whiskey have done a remarkable job creating and sharing their works of art in front of a world audience.

Believe it or not, the presence of Gary Bowling’s House of Art helped bring young adults like myself to Bluefield and southern West Virginia to seek employment. I used to work in  production at WVVA Television, and the main reason why I accepted the position at WVVA was simply because of Gary Bowling.

I had the privilege of a lifetime to visit and on occasion participate in many activities at the House of Art. I credit Gary Bowling and his artists for encouraging me to become more creative in anything and everything that I do.

I hope in the near future that Gary Bowling’s House of Art relocates into a new home in downtown Bluefield and of course provides more opportunities for individuals of all ages to take part.

Tony Hampton

Dublin, Va.