West Virginia brands come together in
June 11, 2005
by DEBBIE SCHWARZ SIMPSON
Register-Herald Newspaper, Beckly, WV
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Fenton Portfolio for The Greenbrier has
opened its doors on Alabama Row at the world-famed resort.
Fenton is the 34th specialty shop at The Greenbrier, according to
Steve Baldwin, the resort's director of retail operations.
"We're extremely happy to be able to share in the excitement of
Fenton's 100th year," said Baldwin. "Any time we can partner with
a West Virginia company, it is good for both of us," he stressed.
"It's two West Virginia 'brands' coming together," notes Nancy G.
Fenton, design director for the Fenton Art Glass Co. based in
"Both have long histories and value artistry," she said in
comparing Fenton and The Greenbrier.
Fenton Portfolio for The Greenbrier is located just a stone's
throw from the President's Cottage Museum, which houses the
resort's long and storied history.
"We are carrying some of everything," points out Fenton. She said
the resort shop also will showcase exclusive pieces.
"We do more colors and more unique colors than any other glass
factory," maintains Fenton. "We try to stay up on the color
Fenton stressed that the family-owned business has attempted to
save the art glass heritage. She explains Fenton's unique method
of creating glass colors from pure gold and silver is the same as
it was a century ago.
The diversity of the art glass which is turned out at the
company's factory in Wood County is evident at the Fenton shop at
"They have a satin finish and are hand-painted," says Fenton of
the blackart glass showcased in a white cupboard. "They are part
of our regular 2005 line," she added.
A square vase in shimmering Marigold iridescence rests on a
lighted column filled with crystal and amber glass and is part of
the Generations Collection for the Centennial Year while another
cabinet brims with cameo glass signed by Richard Delaney of Vienna
and with one-of-a-kind blown glass created by Dave Fetty of
"We have a number of whimsical pieces," says Sonja Cole, manager
of Fenton Portfolio for The Greenbrier.
She singles out the figurines, bells and trinket boxes which are
right at home among the vases, baskets and rose bowls which are
Exclusive to the resort is a designer hat in pink and green with a
rhododendron design, notes Cole, a native of White Sulphur
"Each handpainted piece is signed by the artist. It has its own
decorative touch that identifies it with the artist," Cole added.
Cole says that signings of the art glass at Fenton Portfolio for
The Greenbrier already have been scheduled for July and October.
"A member of the Fenton family will be here to do the signings,"
According to Nancy Fenton, the Fenton Art Glass Co., a household
name worldwide in the art glass industry has from 130-140 retail
outlets in West Virginia as well as in numerous state parks.