Gussie Smith’s Works Featured At Grave Creek Mound

MOUNDSVILLE — The Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville is featuring the works of Marshall County native Gussie Smith.

A native of Glen Dale, Smith’s accomplishments include illustrating the children’s book “Why Tommy Hid His Toys,” by Cheryl A. Ward, designing a pen and ink drawing for the Extension Service Development Department at West Virginia University, painting the Christmas ornament to represent Marshall County for the Capitol Tree in Charleston and painting the “End of the Trail” Bass drumhead seen on Brad Paisley’s video “Letter to Me,” and later (2017) in a photo included in a display honoring Paisley in Nashville.

Keeping active, Smith is the art instructor for the Family Service of the Upper Ohio Valley and teaches a beginner and intermediate watercolor class at the Grisell House Center for the Strand Theatre Preservation Society.

Smith’s work will be on display in the lobby of the museum throughout the month. This has been the third year of the museum’s artist exhibition program with more than 25 local artists having displayed their work. The program will continue into 2019.

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