About Us...

Appalachian Gallery is Morgantown’s largest framing studio, gallery and gift shop specializing in art & crafts by West Virginia artists & artisans. In operation since 1987, Appalachian Gallery is owned by Laurie Nugent and Penelyn Van Orange, whose experience in the fields of art and fine custom picture framing has a combined total of over 60 years.

The staff’s experience, knowledge, and fine craftsmanship have earned Appalachian Gallery a reputation for quality and integrity, providing a level of professional custom framing and a body of regional artwork & crafts unsurpassed in the area.

Ms. Nugent, previously co-owner of ART, ETC. Custom Framing in Wheeling, has nearly 4 decades of experience in the field. Possessing a BS in Commercial Art, she is a highly qualified framing consultant with a natural sense of color & composition. The primary buyer for the gallery, Laurie believes in supporting and promoting the talent in our state, keeping the gallery’s focus on West Virginia artists and craftspersons.

Ms. Van Orange has over 30 years experience as a picture framer and is an accomplished artist in her own right. With a BFA in painting, she is proficient not only in that specialty, but is also a skilled seamstress, and is highly creative & talented in the areas of costume design, set design and set construction - skills which, in various ways, factor into her work as an expert custom picture framer.

With lovely displays of artistry in ambient surroundings that encompass two floors, the gallery’s retail location offers a large variety of art and crafts including handblown glassware by Blenko and Ron Hinkle Glass, both functional & non-functional stoneware pottery; wooden bowls and utensils; wrought iron work; stained-glass window panels and suncatchers; silver, copper, brass, aluminum, fused-glass & semi-precious stone jewelry; hand-quilted, handknit and crocheted items; handcrafted puppets, soft dolls & wooden folk toys; thumb pianos; unique cards, WV-theme books and calendars; block prints, watercolors, oils, drawings, photographs, collages, giclees and limited-edition lithographs from regional artists such as Don Whitlatch, Jeanne Brenneman, Frank Ceravalo, Charlotte Gerlach, William Goebel, Daryl Gray, Jan & Jonathan Heath, Kenny Krieder, Lotus MacDowell, Robin Quinlivan, Eddie Spaghetti Art and Wolf Creek Printery.

In 2011 Appalachian Gallery moved into the historic "Sandcastle" building, an elegant 119-year-old brick & stone Romanesque Gothic style structure with such beautiful features as the original handcarved oak woodwork, stained glass windows and hardwood floors, providing an exquisite showcase for the gallery's many treasures.
On the first floor you'll find three beautiful rooms filled with unique jewelry, gifts, crafts & art by local & regional artists, as well as the custom framing design room with over 2,000 frame styles to choose from. The second floor is comprised of two additional gallery features: the Young-At-Art area with a variety of handcrafted toys & puppets, baby items, children’s reading and coloring books; and the Penelyn VanOrange Gallery contains her finely framed original artwork as well as a large selection of prints & cards in her colorful, bold and unique graphic style; original works by Jan Heath, Eddie Maier, Barbara Beer, Sharon Stackpole, Linda Gribko, Steve Pavlovic and Diane Newlon are also featured.

Now located at 270 Walnut Street next to Morgantown Beauty College and right across the street from the Public Safety Parking Garage, Appalachian Gallery is open most of the year from 11am to 4pm Monday through Friday and 11 - 6 Saturday. Check our Business Hours section on our homepage for changes in hours and information on special events.

Quality, Selection, Expertise . . . Appalachian Gallery