WV Artist-Blacksmith Jeff Fetty Awarded and Named One Of The World's Seven Premier Metal Designers
March 11, 2012 - The Media Center provided live news coverage via-satellite at Chestnut Ridge Artist Colony in Spencer, WV today, for a Press Conference held for WV Artist-Blacksmith Jeff Fetty, who's been named "One Of The World's Seven Premier Metal Designers," and selected to be featured in the "2012 International Metal Design Annual."
SPENCER, W.Va. (April 3, 2012) – Perched high atop a ridge in Roane County, West Virginia, with a commanding view of the countryside, master artist-blacksmith Jeff Fetty feels like the king of the world, and he should. Fetty is one of only seven metal designers in the world to be selected and featured in the 2012 International Metal Design Annual. The Annual, published in Germany, selects the world’s premier metal designers and devotes a chapter to each artist and their work.
“Being chosen as one of the world's leading metal designers is a pinnacle in my career. I could not have imagined this level of achievement and recognition 40 years ago when I began this artistic journey,” said Fetty. “The beauty of West Virginia inspires me and the people of West Virginia have supported me and that is a magical combination. Throughout my artistic career, individual patrons, government officials and foundations have been unwavering in their support of me, my vision and my art.”
First published in 1999, this series of books has become the world's most comprehensive compendium of contemporary metal design. It is worth noting that the competition is so fierce that Fetty is only the sixth American to ever be included. (The most recent American featured was Albert Paley in 2007.) The 2012 book features artists from Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, and the United States.
State and local dignitaries gathered Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Chestnut Ridge Artist Colony in Spencer, W.Va., for a special news conference in honor of Fetty’s accomplishment. The event and promotion of the award was coordinated by the Tamarack Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing West Virginia’s artists and their businesses.
Below are some pictures from the special event.