Artist To Show In Pittsburgh

Northern Panhandle artist Sharon Lyn Stackpole will present a special show, “Uncharted Territories,” at the Shaw Galleries, located at 805 Liberty Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh, later this week.

The two-day exhibit will be on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22. In addition, a reception, that is free and open to the public, is planned at the galleries in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Describing the exhibit, Shaw officials stated, “‘Uncharted Territories’ is an exploration of the emotional landscapes we traverse, often without maps. The images within are those cartographies, delicately calibrated though they may be – the seismic lines of our thoughts and feelings guiding the way.”

Stackpole’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the country and have been placed in private collections internationally. She also has worked as a public muralist in Charleston.

She studied painting and art history at Fairmont State College and West Virginia University. She also has worked as a newspaper reporter and columnist in West Virginia.

Speaking of art, a fine new show opened at the Wheeling Artisan Center’s Loft Gallery Thursday, Sept. 13.

The exhibition, “Growing Up in Black and White,” features work by Wheeling artists Robert Peterson and Robert Villamagna. The artwork illustrates their memories and perspective of their youthful years in the Upper Ohio Valley, in Wheeling for Peterson and in Jefferson County and in Weirton for Villamagna.

For this exhibition, the artists said they consulted with each other on the size of their paintings and on artistic media, but didn’t discuss subject matter. Both artists were surprised when they saw their finished work and noticed the similarities and contrasts in their visualization of boyhood memories. For example, both painted scenes of sled riding and of swimming pools.

However, as they depicted Ohio Valley life in the 1950s and 1960s, their perspectives diverged because of their individual reaction to the sad realities of segregation that persisted to some extent in the area during that era.

The paintings that show swimming pools and the reality behind those scenes offer a poignant, and painful, reminder of how American society acted along racial lines in those days. One observer remarked thoughtfully that area schoolchildren ought to have an opportunity to see this exhibition for its social and cultural lessons.

Another guest suggested that the artwork could be reproduced in book form.

The exhibition will remain on display in the Loft Gallery through Friday, Oct. 26. It can be viewed, free of charge, during the Wheeling Artisan Center’s regular hours of operation Monday through Saturday.

I had the privilege and honor to speak to the Wheeling chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution when the members gathered for a luncheon meeting at Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Park, on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

During the luncheon, Joan McClelland, chapter regent, related that the Wheeling chapter has secured sufficient funding, from local and governmental sources, to restore the Madonna of the Trail statue along National Road, adjacent to Wheeling Park. The work on restoration of the historic statue is expected to begin as soon as state and federal officials approve the final plans.

History buffs know that the national society of the DAR was responsible for a series of Madonna of the Trail statues being placed across the country. Today, the Wheeling chapter also pays the monthly electric bill for illuminating our local Madonna of the Trail.

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