‘Dots’ Mark Peace

Wheeling artist Robert Villamagna, director of the Nutting Gallery at West Liberty University, has issued a call to artists, age 18 and older, for a new exhibition, “The Dot Show: A Tribute to Bernie Peace.”

Bernie Peace, who died at age 85 on Jan. 14, was a professor emeritus of art at West Liberty. Over his long, distinguished career, Peace participated in more than 300 art shows throughout the region and created art in a variety of media. His final show, a retrospective look at his artwork, was presented at the Wheeling Artisan Center last year.

The theme of the upcoming exhibition takes its inspiration from a well-known series of large paintings — featuring patterns of colorful dots — that Peace created several years ago.

“The Dot Show” will open at the Nutting Gallery, located in West Liberty’s Hall of Fine Arts, on April 17. The art exhibition will run through May 2.

The prospectus for artists will be available beginning Friday. For more information, artists may contact Villamagn by email at rvillama@westliberty.edu.

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Three area residents have been chosen for Leadership West Virginia’s Class of 2019.

Named are Michael Mistovich of WesBanco Bank in Wheeling, Jessica Rine from the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and Scott Schenerlein of Oglebay Park.

They are among 57 leaders from across the state who have accepted invitations to participate in this year’s class of Leadership West Virginia. The program is affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Explaining the purpose of the training, officials said, “The eight-month program identifies emerging leaders from a variety of employers throughout West Virginia and enhances their knowledge not only of the challenges facing the state, but also the state’s unique attributes and diversity.”

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As the renaissance of downtown Wheeling continues, renovation has begun to a building at 1226 Chapline St. to house the offices of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.

An anonymous donor provided a gift to allow the Community Foundation to purchase the property as its new home. Over the years, the foundation has rented office space in a variety of locations. Its current rental space is located at 1310 Market St.

The Chapline Street building was the former home of the Bachmann Hess Bachmann & Garden law firm. The two-story structure, constructed in 1901, housed the gas company originally.

The gas company later built a modern office tower on 16th Street where the utility firm’s offices were located before the closing of its Wheeling headquarters. That building, with its distictive exterior featuring bright blue panels and an intricate tile mural, also is in the process of being remodeled for office space.

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Meanwhile, Friends of Wheeling’s annual Preservation Forum will be conducted in the auditorium of the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event is free and open to the public.

The presentations, co-hosted by Wheeling Heritage, will provide updates on preservation projects in the area.

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Scott Mingus, who made his second appearance at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books series Tuesday, is quite the renaissance man: author, tour guide, creator of war gaming miniatures and patent scientist.

The guest drew warm applause from the Lunch With Books audience when it was noted that he was part of the team that developed and secured a patent for self-adhesive postage stamps.

Mingus, who grew up in Zanesville, spoke about his 19th book, “Erin Go Bragh: Human Interest Stories of the Irish in the American Civil War.” His 20th book, also on a Civil War-related topic, is scheduled for publication.

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

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