With community effort and support, the works of photographer and president of Zendik Arts Foundation, Fawn Wulf, will be on exhibit at The Inn at Snowshoe now through the end of the winter season.
Wulf's composites show a clarity of detail as she captures the beauty and diversity of the state and Pocahontas County in her photographs.
According to Kaila Butler, secretary of Zendik Farm Arts Foundation, "Fawn is a magnificent photographer and we have wanted to have an exhibition of her work for some time."
Photos by Fawn Wulf
Wulf is a self-taught photographer who continually expands her knowledge of art through shared information with other photographers, reading and continually working to improve and perfect her craft.
A lover of the outdoors, flowers, animals and children, it became natural for her to capture them on film, and she has been avidly pursuing her passion for photography the past three years.
"She prefers to capture the intimate nature of things in her photographs," Butler said. "And she doesn't tend to photograph abstractly or rely on heavy photo editing."
Wulf has won several awards for her photographs in local contests, but this is her first exhibition.
The daughter of Arol Wulfing and Wulf Zendik, the founders of Zendik Arts, Wulf was exposed to the arts from an early age, everything from painting and performance to dance and public speaking.
"Wulf was raised on the philosophy, anything you have the passion for you can learn, so start practicing the art form and learn technically as you go," Butler said.
"The Snowshoe Resort, which attracts visitors from all over the country and the world, is a good place to showcase the beauty of the area and Wulf's talent," Butler said. "I've been very moved by the initial positive response in the community. In general, everyone we've approached in Marlinton has been very receptive and supportive of Wulf's photo exhibition," Butler said,
Butler cites the efforts of Alain Cain, director of housing at Snowshoe, who generously gave them carte blanche to exhibit on any of the walls in the Inn; Darren Jackson at State Farm Insurance, with ideas about funding; Coby Brown with Snowshoe Career Center; Arthur Kreft at the Pocahontas Arts Council, who offered to donate the printing of the photos, to name just a few.
A traveling exhibition to highlight the talent and beauty of the state is a goal of Zendik Arts, which plans to open a gallery on Main Street in Marlinton in the spring.
Arol Wulfing, director of Zendik, said she has been very concerned about the lack of presence for artists in Marlinton, and has been talking to many community leaders for months about a gallery to display local artwork.
Butler said eventually they would like to incorporate a wine bar, offer classes and local music.
"When you bring in art and things to do, it helps the community," Butler said. "There is a big push going on to create an arts presence in Marlinton to support and promote local artists and make the community an exciting place to come for cultural events."
"Pocahontas Woods is at the forefront of this vitalization push, with Gibbs Kinderman being very active," Butler said, "but I think I have to name everyone in Marlinton as active participants in this effort, there is a feeling that the whole community is ready to come together and work hard to make things happen."
Go Marlinton is a group of community leaders and people interested in the vitalization of Marlinton, through the Arts and Community Initiatives.
For more information on the organization, visit www.gomarlinton.com.
Wulf's photo exhibit is open to the public and all photographs are available for purchase.
For more information, e-mail Butler at Kaila@zendik.org.