Artists To Open Studios

Area artists, do you want to show off your studios to the public?

If you do, the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission is looking for you!

The commission is organizing its third annual Wheeling Artists Studio Tour and is seeking artists to participate by opening their studios for a day.

This year’s studio tour is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 27.

Commission members said, “This event is open to all artists in Ohio County and we will also consider those in neighboring counties.”

The application deadline is March 16. Artists have to pay a nominal fee to participate. Studio owners can apply online at https://bit.ly/2X4oRpa.

Previous tours have taken arts lovers to studios in Ohio, Marshall and Brooke counties. After purchasing tickets for the event, visitors are given directions to each site on the self-driving tour. Guests may visit any or all of the tour stops, traveling at their own pace that day.

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Several local organizations and entities are offering special programs this year as part of the Wheeling 250 observance of the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding.

The presentations are informative, thought-provoking and enlightening. These programs are open to the public, with many of the events offered free of charge.

If area residents or out-of-town folks are unable to attend a given presentation, they don’t have to miss out on the entire experience, though. Jay Frey, Wheeling 250 Committee chairman, points out that people in the Wheeling area, or anywhere in the world, now can view videos of Wheeling 250 presentations on the committee’s website at www.wheeling250.net.

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Speaking of Wheeling 250-related ventures, it was exciting to hear the ideas shared on Feb. 22 during Wheeling Heritage’s first visioning session for the proposed Wheeling history museum.

Energy and enthusiasm for the project was evident among the 35 or so community members who participated in the discussion at the invitation of Wheeling Heritage. Suggestions for the museum’s features and mission were compiled during the session.

At the conclusion of the luncheon meeting, Jake Dougherty, executive director of Wheeling Heritage, told the participants, “We’ll take this (information) and get it into a more usable format and get back to you.”

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If a trip to Pittsburgh is on your schedule in the next few months, you might want to plan a visit to the Carnegie Science Center’s PPG Science Pavilion to see “Da Vinci The Exhibition.”

The exhibition, which opened in mid-February, continues through Sept. 2.

Center officials describe it as a hands-on examination of Leonardo da Vinci’s life, research and art. With 31 hands-on exhibits placed throughout the gallery, the exhibition features more than 60 life-size reproductions of his inventions, more than 20 detailed art studies and dozens of other displays.

Guests also can visit Da Vinci’s Workshop, described as “a series of activity tables designed by Science Center staff and based on the invention and art concepts depicted in the exhibition.”

In the workshop, officials said, “Visitors will design catapults, build structures, create and launch flying machines, design and test their own gear mechanisms, solve wooden puzzles, draw their own ‘Mona Lisa’ and try their hand at mirror writing and figure drawing.”

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

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