Artist Chosen For Juried Exhibition

Artist Betsy Cox of Glen Dale has had a piece selected for the Three Rivers Juried Visual Art Exhibition in Pittsburgh this month.

Her featured work is an abstract wall piece of ceramic and wood. To this viewer’s eye, the colorful creation resembles a whimsical alien character.

The juried exhibition is on display in the Trust Arts Education Center, an indoor Cultural District gallery. The show is part of the 10-day Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival that concludes today, June 10, in downtown Pittsburgh. The exhibition may be viewed from noon to 6 p.m. today.

Cox, a member of Artworks Around Town in Wheeling, operates Echo Valley Pottery in Glen Dale.

Officials have said that the Juried Visual Arts Exhibition “showcases the region’s most vibrant and creative community.” The festival received hundreds of entries in the realm of visual arts. Cox related that 60 works from 46 artists were selected.

The jurors for the 2012 exhibition were Linda Benedict-Jones, curator of photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art; Murry Home, curator for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Michael Olijnyk, co-director of The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh.

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“Doughboy,” the patriotic movie shot in Wheeling last year, was shown at the Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C., in late May as part of the sixth annual GI Film Festival.

Veterans, members of Congress, film and TV celebrities and other dignitaries were invited to the screening.

Describing the movies chosen for the festival, organizers stated, “All films in some way express the courage, selflessness and value of our fighting men and women, and honor the heroic stories they tell about the global struggle for freedom.”

Officials of Flyover Films, which produced “Doughboy,” said the local movie also has received a five-star rating from the Dove Foundation, a nonprofit organization “supporting exemplary family-friendly entertainment.”

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Area theater fans watching the Tony Awards ceremony tonight will have a particular interest to see if “Leap of Faith” wins the award for best musical. Wheeling native Michelle Duffy was a member of the ensemble cast for the Broadway production.

The experience, though, will be bittersweet for Duffy and her castmates. Shortly after “Leap of Faith” received the Tony nomination, the show closed abruptly.

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Famous evangelist Billy Sunday’s 1912 Wheeling revival is featured in the new issue of Goldenseal magazine. Wheeling freelance author Kate Quinn wrote the article, “Fighting a Good Fight: Billy Sunday Comes to Wheeling,”

Area history buffs will recall that Quinn gave a presentation on Sunday’s Wheeling crusade for the Lunch With Books program at the Ohio County Public Library in January 2011.

Quinn related that Sunday brought his evangelical caravan to Wheeling in February and March of 1912 to hold an extended revival. Citizens built a temporary wooden tabernacle for the event. The tabernacle, constructed on 26th Street, could seat 8,000 people on wooden benches. The structure was torn down at the end of the revival.

Goldenseal is the state’s magazine of traditional life and is published quarterly by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History in Charleston. The magazine is available for purchase locally at the Wheeling Artisan Center and the Weirton Area Museum and Culture Center.

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