Artist’s Work On Display In Charleston

Artwork created by Moundsville native Joseph Hughes, who resides in San Francisco, is now being shown in Charleston.

An exhibition titled “Joseph Hughes: Selected Paintings, 1990s-2000s,” is on display in the Avampato Discovery Museum at the Clay Center through Sunday, July 31. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The artist gave a museum talk, “Coming Home,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.

Since leaving his hometown, Hughes has made a mark, both nationally and internationally, as an artist specializing in abstract painting. He is a graduate of Moundsville High School and a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art and English literature and a Master of Fine Arts degree. He pursued further graduate study at the University of Cincinnati and the University of London.

Born in Moundsville in 1941, Hughes has lived and worked in San Francisco since the late 1960s.

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Meanwhile, the artistry of Hughes’ niece, set designer Molly Hughes Lavino, can be seen in the new film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.” She designed the dining room in Malfoy Manor for the film.

While living and working in London, Molly designed settings for every one of the eight “Harry Potter” films.

She is the daughter of interior designer Mary Beth Hughes of Wheeling and attorney Charles Hughes of Glen Dale.

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Wheeling native Bobby Campo has just finished acting in two new films, “Seance” and “General Education.”

His father, former Wheeling resident Robert Camposecco, who now lives in Florida, shared the news in a telephone call last week. The actor, whose full name is Robert Joseph Camposecco, was born in Wheeling in 1983.

Campo stars as Joey in “Seance,” which is described as a thriller. A plot synopsis online at the Internet Movie Database states, “After a loud-mouth college punk singer accuses an amateur medium of being a fake, four college students break into a city morgue and video themselves holding a seance.”

The other film, “General Education,” is a comedy set to be released in the United States next June. It appears destined for wider release, with a more prominent cast. The movie stars Janeane Garofala, Maiara Walsh and Elaine Hendrix. Campo plays Brian Collins in this film which takes places during a summer school session.

A synopsis for “General Education” at the IMDb website begins, “Levi is set to go to the local university on a tennis scholarship, but he forgot to tell his parents one thing – he didn’t graduate.” The IMDb site also offers this description: “‘General Education’ is a quirky comedy about a family and how they learn to grow together.”

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When Dr. Anders Henriksson, chair of the history department at Shepherd University, visited the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling Tuesday, July 12, to share bloopers that college students have written on exams, he observed that students aren’t the only people challenged by geography.

Henriksson related that a friend, who is a travel agent in Washington, D.C., made arrangements for a congressional staffer’s vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. After returning from the holiday, the congressional staffer called the travel agent and complained irately that he had wanted “a room with an ocean view.”

The travel agent explained that the request was impossible to fulfill because Orlando is located in the middle of the state. Henriksson said the congressional staffer responded by saying, “Look at the map. Florida is a real thin state.”

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