‘Women Speak’ Recognizes Area Artists

Storyteller Judi Tarowsky of St. Clairsville has been chosen to participate in the Women of Appalachia Project.

She is among 33 Women Speak artists selected for the 2017-18 program year. The participants include Weirton native and author Anna Egan Smucker, who has been named in the poetry category.

The initial Women Speak presentation is set for 1-3 p.m. Sept. 30 at West Virginia University’s Downtown Campus Library, located at 1549 University Ave., Morgantown. A reception is planned after the performance.

The event is being hosted by WVU Libraries with assistance from the Women’s Resource Center, WVU LGBTQ+ Center and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.

A Women Speak presentation also is scheduled at the Parkersburg Art Center, 725 Market St., from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 10, with a reception after the performance. In addition, the Women of Appalachia Project is presenting a fine art exhibit at the Parkersburg Art Center from Nov. 19 through Dec. 24. An opening reception for this show is set for 3-5 p.m. Nov. 19.

Additional Women Speak presentations and fine art exhibits are planned at Ohio University Southern in Ironton, Ohio University’s Baker University Center in Athens and at the Pump House Center for the Arts in Chillicothe, Ohio. A Women Speak presentation also is slated at Bowen House in Logan, Ohio.

According to its organizers, the Women of Appalachia Project was created “to address discrimination directed at women from the Appalachian region by encouraging participation from women artists of diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences.”

In a biographical sketch on the Women of Appalachia Project’s website, Tarowsky stated, “I have had the unique experience of growing up in a more urban part of Appalachia, and spending a great deal of time in rural Appalachia.

This has allowed me to be immersed in two distinct parts of this region. While these two areas were different in population size, they both carried the Appalachia value of family being the foundation of life, of family being the centering factor for many. This has allowed me to experience the world beyond my door, knowing that there is always home waiting for me.”

Smucker, in her artist’s statement, wrote, “Having grown up and lived most of my life in West Virginia, I’ve found that I need to be surrounded by trees and hills … Nature informs many of my poems. It sustains me. And more and more I see the need to protect our Appalachian mountains, hills and our way of life rooted in this extraordinary place.”

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The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office is seeking nominations for Our Legacy, Our Future Preservation Awards. Recommendations for nominees will be accepted until Sept. 15.

The awards will be presented at a reception at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling at 2 p.m. Oct. 15.

The three prize categories are the Betty Woods “Snookie” Nutting Award, Individual Historic Resource Awards and Historic District Awards.

Officials explained, “The Snookie Nutting Award will be presented to a West Virginian who embodies the spirit and dedication that is making a difference in a community. Nutting has a passion for historic preservation that is inspiring and contagious. Her lifelong pursuit of preservation projects in her hometown of Wheeling is an example of how one person can have an impact on a community.”

Meanwhile, the Individual Historic Resource Awards recognize historic preservation efforts associated with an individual historic resource that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Historic District Awards are considered in two categories: organization and historic district.

The nomination form is available online at http://www. wvculture.org/shpo/2017 HPAward.pdf.

For more information about the preservation awards, call John Adamik, SHPO education and planning coordinator, at 304-558-0240 or contact him by email at john.d.adamik@ wv.gov.

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

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