From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page:
Ever heard of Steve Cassle? Well, if you’ve shopped at Tamarack, or one of West Virginia’s many art fairs and festivals, or been to an area Civil War reenactment, you’ve likely been touched by his work.
Cassle, a working artist and craftsman of 43 years, died in June. The artist’s legacy includes a long list of accomplishments and, more importantly, his love of helping artists across the state, according to the West Virginia Press Association.
The Tamarack facility on the West Virginia Turnpike in Beckley will hold a celebration of his life and retrospective of his art Sunday, July 30, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
At the time of his death, Cassle was Director of Artisan Services for Tamarack, and involved with the planning, coordination and implementation of jury sessions.
The lifelong Dunbar resident’s work can be found in private collections around the world, including a former United States president and West Virginia governor. He was honored twice at receptions at the White House, where he met First Lady Laura Bush; and was commissioned to illustrate the cookbook of West Virginia First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.
Cassle was the Tamarack Artist of the Year in 2004 and won the West Virginia Juried Exhibition Award of Merit in 1987.
Cassle was an avid history buff and embodied Civil War General Stonewall Jackson for “History Alive!,” lecturing on the life of Stonewall Jackson at reenactments throughout West Virginia and Virginia.
Learn more about the celebration at www.tamarackwv.com.