Park Grad Signs Deal In Nashville

As the new year approaches, a new opportunity awaits an Ohio Valley native. Casey Wood, who hails from Dallas, W.Va., has garnered a songwriting contract in Nashville.

Disney Music Publishing in Nashville has signed Wood to its expanding creative writer roster. Wood’s new deal is a partnership between Disney Music Publishing and Walter Campbell Music Publishing.

Prior to the signing, one of the songs penned by Wood, “This Is My Blood,” was recorded by the Dirt Drifters on the Warner Brothers label.

In making the announcement of the new contract, Kos Weaver, vice president of Disney Music Publishing, stated that Wood “left his home of coal mines, steel mills and farmland upon his high school graduation to pursue his dream of becoming a household name singer-songwriter in music city.”

Wood is a 1997 graduate of Wheeling Park High School. He and his wife, Amy McWhorter, a 1998 graduate of Park, live in Nashville with their daughter, Sienna, 3.

Works by a number of artists with Ohio Valley connections were featured in a juried exhibition at the Zanesville Museum of Art this month.

Museum officials said that 49 paintings in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media were chosen for the 35th annual exhibition of the Southeastern Ohio Watermedia Society. The show opened Saturday, Dec. 8, and continued through Saturday, Dec. 29.

Artists with works accepted for the exhibition included Ada D. Clark of Cadiz; Doris W. Jones of Andover, Ohio, formerly of St. Clairsville; Cambridge resident Betty Jane Atkinson, who is well known in Wheeling for her involvement in church and community activities, and Zanesville residents Yan Sun and Dr. Hong Yin, whose paintings were featured in a joint exhibition at Artworks Around Town in Wheeling in September.

The participating artists in the watermedia exhibition were honored at the Zanesville Museum of Art’s public holiday celebration Saturday, Dec. 15. Karen Benedetti of Dayton served as juror for entry and awards this year.

The Southeastern Ohio Watermedia Society was founded in 1977 as the Southeastern Ohio Watercolor Society. The first exhibition was held at the Zanesville Museum of Art.

As mentioned in last week’s column, I traveled with a group from St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wheeling, earlier this month on a coach trip to see Colonial Williamsburg at Christmas.