Logo Designer Unveiled

If you’re wondering who designed the bright, bold, dynamic logo for the Wheeling Arts Fest that was featured on last Sunday’s Life cover, we have the answer for you!

Victoria Lavorini, a West Liberty University junior majoring in graphic design, is the designer of the Wheeling Arts Fest logo.

Robert Villamagna, an art professor at West Liberty and a member of the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission (which is organizing the Wheeling Arts Fest), spearheaded an Arts Fest logo contest at the university this past spring. Lavorini’s design was deemed the best of nearly two dozen entries submitted, Villamagna said.

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Speaking of art and the Wheeling Arts Fest, four new mural-style panels of artwork are to be unveiled at the Ohio County Public Library this week, just in time for the arts festival.

The panels, to be on display in the library’s auditorium beginning Thursday, Aug. 18, offer an artistic depiction of four aspects of historic Wheeling created by area artists. The participating artists, and their featured themes, are Anne Hazlett Foreman (frontier Wheeling), Liz Neumann (Civil War and statehood), Patricia Croft (Wheeling as a transportation hub) and Andree Weimer (Wheeling as a manufacturing center).

Postcards featuring the art will be available for purchase at the library.

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We note with sadness the passing of the premier storyteller of West Virginia, Bonnie Collins. She died in Pennsboro at the age of 96 on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Several years ago, Collins and Wheeling author Marc Harshman collaborated on a children’s book, based on an old folk. The book, “Rocks in My Pockets,” has been popular with young readers and has been adapted for the stage. Area residents will recall that the theatrical version of “Rocks in My Pockets” was performed as a Towngate Children’s Theatre production in Wheeling earlier this year.

Recalling Collins, Harshman commented, “She was a lovely and funny lady and will be sorely missed. I will be, of course, eternally grateful for her sharing with me what became our collaboration on ‘Rocks in My Pockets.'”

Collins, who was born in Doddridge County in 1915, earned recognition across West Virginia for her gift for humor and storytelling.

attended the first Vandalia Gathering in Charleston in 1977 and served as a judge for the state liars’ contest at that event several times.

Meanwhile, Harshman is one of four featured writers who will be participating in the literary arts segment of the Wheeling Arts Fest at the Ohio County Public Library Saturday, Aug. 20. He will be reading from his work at 10 a.m. and conducting a workshop for aspiring creative writers at 1:30 p.m. In addition, the library’s children’s department will offer a special storytime featuring readings from Harshman’s award-winning children’s books at 11 a.m.

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The Aug. 15 issue of People magazine includes a five-page feature on Connie Culp, the brave Hopedale woman who underwent the first successful face transplant in U.S. history at the Cleveland Clinic in December 2008.

The article is illustrated with several photographs of Culp as she looks today, nearly three years after the near-total transplant that eight surgeons performed in a 22-hour operation. The magazine identified the donor as “Anna Kasper, 44, a former nurse and mother of three who was left brain dead by a heart attack.”

According to People, Culp, now divorced, lives in a “modest two-bedroom apartment” in Steubenville and has “hope again.” The article on her medical breakthrough is titled “A New Face, A New Life.”

Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net