Poet’s Portrait At Library

Area residents have a new opportunity to view a portrait of a poet in Wheeling.

Readers and art lovers will recall that in September 2012, world-renowned artist Yan Sun, a professor of art at Muskingum University in New Concord, painted a portrait of West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman at Artworks Around Town in Centre Market while an intrigued audience of artists and art lovers watched the entire process from the first brushstrokes to the final touches that the artist put onto the canvas to capture the poet’s likeness.

After the master artist completed his work, the finished oil painting was presented to Harshman and his family.

Now, Harshman has agreed to place the painting on loan to the Ohio County Public Library. The portrait of the poet laureate is on display in the Wheeling Room on the main floor of the downtown library.

By the way, are you interested in seeing stars?

The next course in the Ohio County Public Library’s People’s University program will explore the topic of astronomy, with most of the sessions led by Wheeling scientist Chuck Wood. Program coordinator Sean Duffy said that at least 70 people have registered already for the free eight-week course which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4.

To participate in this experience of vicarious interplanetary exploration, contact Duffy at the library to register for the series of classes.

We commend all of the talented and dedicated volunteers who created paper hearts, banners and messages of love and placed them on a number of Wheeling buildings for the Ohio Valley Young Preservationists’ second annual “Share the Love” campaign this month.

Many of the bedecked structures are located in the downtown business district, but some historic buildings in South Wheeling also have expressions of love affixed to them, thanks to the efforts of South Wheeling Preservation Alliance members.

Attracting the most accolades is the beautiful, large needlecrafted heart created by members of Ohio Valley Homemade for the Professional Building on Market Street.

Congratulations are extended to the 2014 West Virginia History Heroes who were honored at the state Capitol in Charleston earlier this month.

Some of the heroes and other participants in the annual History Day at the Legislature faced treacherous traveling conditions as snowstorms ravaged the southern part of the state. In some places, sections of interstate highway were closed because of the weather conditions. Motorists traveling to and from History Day encountered arduous driving conditions. In fact, one group of young historians from Wheeling even had to push their rental car up a highway off-ramp during the snowstorm.

The just-completed 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, brought back fond members for Wheeling resident Ed Jepson, who was one of the torch carriers transporting the Olympic flame to Lake Placid, N.Y., for the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Jepson represented West Virginia in the torch relay 34 years ago. He recalled that there were only 52 carriers that year – one from each state, plus one from Washington, D.C., and one from Lake Placid, home city of the winter games.

“The remaining 52 are still in touch frequently,” Jepson said. “They also unite annually to generate a team newsletter each winter.”

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@the intelligencer.net