Steffl Chosen For Art Project

Artist Melanie Steffl, who hails from Mount Pleasant, has been chosen by Astoria Visual Arts to work in its studios in Astoria, Oregon, as part of the AVA artist-in-residence program.

She and artist Lucca Dust are participating in the residency that runs through Dec. 31.

“Melanie and Lucca were selected from a competitive field of terrific applicants,” AVA board president Lisa Smith told the Coast Weekend newspaper in Oregon. “It was a difficult choice, but they were the two standouts. Their respective work is highly original and of a very special nature — albeit quite different.”

Smith said Steffl’s practice “is focused on the digitalization of imagery.”

Steffl received a Master of Fine Arts degree in contemporary art practice from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio drawing from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

“My goals for this residency include taking my art practice another step towards combining traditional image-making with contemporary ideology,” Steffl wrote in her AVA residency application. “This would culminate in an installation at the end of the residency based on the un/recognizable climate change at the mouth of the Columbia River.”


Some area pooches and their human handlers became national celebrities as a result of their Labor Day frolicking.

On Tuesday, CBS News carried a story about Drool in the Pool, which was held Monday evening in Oglebay Park’s outdoor swimming pool at Crispin Center. Video footage showed several dogs (accompanied by their human friends) enjoying a dip in the pool and shaking off as they emerged from the water.

The CBS report stated, “A public swimming pool in Wheeling, West Virginia, became the ultimate dog park on Monday for the sixth annual Drool in the Pool event at Oglebay Park.”

The network noted that Drool in the Pool is “a perfect end-of-summer event since the needs to be drained after the dogs swim in it.”

Traditionally, Labor Day is the final day of the season for Oglebay’s outdoor pool to be open.


A fun fact: Reader Joann Cozad Williams of Wheeling pointed out a mathematical phenomenon for alumni of area high schools’ classes of 1968 who are celebrating their 50-year reunions this year. She found it interesting that that majority of class members who graduated in ’68 are now 68 years old.


What is Wheeling’s favorite novels?

I had the honor of participating in a kick-off party Thursday evening at the Ohio County Public Library for “The Great American Read.” Several community members were invited to share reflections about their favorite selection from a list of America’s 100 favorite novels.

For my favorite, I cited “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” a wonderful novel by John Irving. Other books mentioned by speakers on Thursday included “1984” by George Orwell,“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte, “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, “Tales of the City” by Armistead Maupin and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

In case you’re wondering, the top 100 list is based on the results of a national survey of 7,200 individuals.

The library also is conducting a survey to determine the “Great Wheeling Read.” Readers can stop in the library to cast a ballot or fill out an online survey on the library’s website at

A reveal party for the “Great American Read,” “Great West Virginia Read” and “Great Wheeling Read” will be held at the library in late October.

In addition, four “Great American Read” movies — based on novels from the list — will be shown in the library auditorium at 6 p.m., beginning on Monday. Movies to be shown are “Jurassic Park,” Monday; “The Help,” Sept. 17; “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Oct. 1, and “The Hunt for Red October,” Oct. 15.

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