The story of an artist blacksmith
Gail Beavers Wall is a full-time metal artist working from her home studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After receiving a scholarship to study at Penland School of Crafts, a national center for craft education located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, she embarked on a two-year apprenticeship with German-trained blacksmith, Bernd Mergener of Winston-Salem, NC. Later, Gail expanded her metal artistry skills at the John C. Campbell Folk School where she received the Francis Whitaker Scholarship to study advanced blacksmithing. In 2004, she honed her skills at architectural blacksmithing at Penland. She attended an 8-week work study program to create a nature-inspired garden gate. In 2007, she returned to Penland for concentrated study.
Gail's work has been featured in the Winston-Salem Monthly magazine, the Winston-Salem Journal's Artview column, and various exhibits at Associated Artists of Winston-Salem (AAWS). In the past, Gail has been commissioned to design and fabricate metalwork for the Guth Chapel at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, NC. In addition, she has designed and constructed decorative ironwork for Knit Picky Yarn Shop in Winston-Salem, NC. Today, a number of Gail's sculputres are featured in private collections throughout North Carolina as well as New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Galleries currently displaying her work include The Collectors Gallery in Raleigh, NC; the Treasure Potts Gallery in Fancy Gap, VA; and the AAWS Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC.