LEWISBURG, W.Va. – Carnegie Hall’s January/February Exhibits continue with three galleries featuring the works of regional artists. The Old Stone Room Gallery (located on the ground floor) showcases the work of Andrea Burnaise with her exhibit “Color That Sings.”
A veteran journalist, author, poet and photographer, Andrea Brunais earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. She retired from Outreach and International Affairs at Virginia Tech as director of communications in 2020 and took up soft pastels. Now she is a juried artist at Tamarack, West Virginia’s premier cultural and arts exhibition center.
She studied with online instructors and pastel artists Alain Picard (Painterly Landscape Course), Marla Baggetta (Trees in Pastel Workshop and Abstract in Pastel), and impressionist Susan Jenkins of Café Monet. Her work has been exhibited widely in southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia.
Bluefield University in Virginia hosted a solo exhibition of her work in late 2022, and her work was shown in a solo exhibition at the Paine Gallery in Bluefield, West Virginia, in spring 2023, sponsored by the Bluefield Arts Revitalization Corporation.
In 2022 her painting “Curvaceous Juggernauts” won Bronze in Scottsdale-based Camelback Gallery’s international still life competition and “Alone Yet One With Everything” was awarded Silver in the Shades of Purple competition. In 2023 the painting “Where the Waterfall Ends” took Best of Show in the annual exhibit of the Appalachian Artist Association.
Two other paintings – “Alone Yet One with Everything” and “In My World” – won honors in the same exhibit. Also in 2023, the painting “Turning Point” took Best of Show voted by Glade Church, host of the annual theme show of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association. She is a member of the Appalachian Artist Association and the Blacksburg Regional Art Association.
A resident of the Mountain State, she lives in Bluefield and spends as much time as possible meditating on West Virginia’s rivers, waterfalls, mountains, bluffs, and wild skies.
The exhibits are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and run through the end of February. For more information, please visit carnegiehallwv.org, call (304) 645-7917, or stop by the Hall at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.
Carnegie Hall programs are presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.