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Hurricane business to host local artist studio sale

By Clint Thomas, Metro Reporter
Hidden Creek Mercantile on Main Street in Hurricane will host a Music at the Merc! performance by Highway Jones on Saturday and a Meet the Artist Studio Sale on Friday, June 30. Courtesy photo

Hidden Creek Mercantile in Hurricane will host a pair of music- and art-related events this week and next, as part of its monthly series of programs to highlight area artists for the general community.

Featuring a performance by Highway Jones, Music at the Merc! will be held in the Copper Room from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 24.

The Copper Room is located on the second floor of Hidden Creek Mercantile, 2803 Main St., Hurricane.

Indie rock band Highway Jones is made up of members Darren Kirk (guitar), Scott McCracken (lead vocals and guitar); Tom Kirk (drums and vocals); Diana Burton (bass) and Phil Perry (guitar and vocals).

“This is the inaugural Music at the Merc!,” said Karen Workman, who opened Hidden Creek Mercantile in May, with her husband and co-owner, Steve Neu, in the former Main Street Art Studio site. “Highway Jones is an area band that’s been playing since the ‘90s. Many of their band members are from here in Hurricane, so we’ve known about them forever.”

The Music at the Merc! performances will be presented monthly at Hidden Creek Mercantile.

“We want to continue the music programs into perpetuity,” Workman said.

Saturday’s Music at the Merc! will offer a wine and beer cash bar, with food available for purchase on the first floor at Hidden Creek Mercantile.

Admission is $5. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.

Saturday’s program is sponsored by Real Estate Central, Joshua A. McGrath, broker.

On Friday, June 30, Hidden Creek Mercantile will welcome Scott Depot’s J.P. Owens of JP Owens Art and Denys Snodgrass of Appalachian ReThread from South Charleston as participants in a Meet the Artist Studio Sale. The sale will also will be held in the second-floor Copper Room from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Items available for browsing and purchase from Owens and Snodgrass will include paintings, prints, shirts, sculptures, necklaces, pottery, pendants and more, many of them deeply discount priced.

Admission is free for the Meet the Artist Studio Sale. The sale will include a wine and beer cash bar.

Workman said the Meet the Artists sales will also be offered monthly in the Copper Room. “Meet the Artists will also be one of our regularly occurring events, once a month, with local and other West Virginia artists.

“We also host a More Than Words literary arts series once a month,” she said.

The next More Than Words program, featuring Huntington novelist Carter Taylor Seaton, is slated for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. Ace Boggess of Charleston will be the speaker at the Aug. 8 program.

“The intent is to support the artistic community,” Workman said, “as well as draw people to Main Street in Hurricane and see what we have to offer.”

For further information about the events, go to


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