Creature Art Gallery
A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. –Salvador Dali
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Seth Pitt, owner and sole resident artist of Creature art gallery, on East Avenue in the heart of Thomas, WV. In a modest 12 years as a resident of Thomas, WV, Seth has worked his way to becoming a pillar of the art community and prolific store front owner with the opening of Creature. Oh ya, and Thomas City Council member, now how about them apples!
We conversed for a solid hour about Creature and how Seth got to this point in a world full of possibilities. I came away realizing the story on Creature is a direct reflection of Seth, and Seth, a direct reflection of Creature. Everything about Creature has fallen in place because of Seth’s small successes, tenacity, genuine good will, and zest for life in a fabled Appalachian coal town.
Three distinct series frame in the arts of Seth Pitt. The original series is titled Creatures of the Heart. This series speaks to humanity on all the different levels found in the day in, day out of life. Very relatable, full of meaning.
Some World and Small Tales came in tandem with Creatures of the Heart as the flagship pieces that have propelled the birth of Creature art gallery. Between Some World and Creatures of the Heart, you will be amazed to find 200 original pieces on location.
Doing a 180 degree turn from drawing two years ago, Seth reverted back to what us Gen Xers grew up with. Crayons. He is doing what some of us mischievous types wished to do all along to the childhood hallmark, melt the sucker! A new platform is under development and under the radar. 23 galleries from Flagstaff, AZ to Fargo, ND showcase and sell Seth’s art work, only in Thomas, WV will you find “Crayon”.
The creative pipeline knows no end, kind of like the longevity being played out in new historic Thomas. With the larger space of Creature, opportunity came knocking, Seth can now play with large format pieces. “Put Together, Falling Apart” is the newest series jetting out from the walls of Creature. Some finished, some not so much, it is a work in progress that each and everyone one of us will watch grow in the coming years.
Creature is located inside one of the two dozen stoic brick store fronts along East Avenue in iconic Thomas. During the gallery’s hours, there is a high likely hood of chatting with Seth and fair chance of seeing him in his creative state, just do not ask him to melt crayons on canvas or pull a rabbit out of a hat. If there is one take away before visiting Creature, Seth makes every-single-thing in the gallery. Quite the insight into one individuals mind.